Bakersfield

band from the early 1970s

Bakersfield was a rock/pop group formed in 1969 in Des Moines Iowa.  At the time, it was one of the few bands in the area recording and performing music only written by the group.  The band recorded extensively at downtown DSM-based Lariam Studios, completing and pressing its first album just six weeks after the band's creation.  As the group evolved in the studio, Lariam evolved as well, expanding from dual twin-track machines to its final configuration based on a Scully 284-8 one-inch eight-track.  Bakersfield performed continuously throughout the state of Iowa until mid 1971 and produced a total of three albums and eight singles.


Several tracks from the group's "four six seven" album are being remixed here in Hollywood along with several singles being re-mastered.  These are songs that Steve wrote and brought to the band while still a teen.

As sort of an interesting aside, NBC news captured the band on 16mm film back in 1970, performing at what was then known as the Greenwood Park Sunday Rock Concerts in Des Moines.   The Greenwood Park events had been organized by local radio stations in response to the wildly popular 1969 Woodstock Arts and Music Festival that had occurred a few months earlier.   The local music scene was quite polarized after Woodstock and the Greenwood concerts consistently drew thousands of people as well as lots of interest from the media.  Film of the band playing at Greenwood was broadcast on television news August 16, 1970. 

The 16mm film is being edited here in Los Angeles along with the song remix project.

ⓟ 1966-1976 KellyAnn Music.  Songs written and arranged by Stephen Kern.  Produced by Steve except where otherwise noted.