The Bakersfield Sound

Developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, The Bakersfield Sound used Telecaster guitars, the singers developed a clean, ringing sound that stood in direct opposition to the produced, string-laden Nashville sound. The Bakersfield sound became one of the most popular — and arguably the most influential — country genres of the ’60s, setting the stage for country-rock and outlaw, as well as reviving the spirit of honky tonk.