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Published on Apr 11, 2011
The story of my knife fight at the Pumpkin Center Barn Dance in 1956. Pumpkin Center is located in Kern County, just south of Bakersfield, CA. It was the only place in the 1950s that young people could go to dance to live music, because they didn't serve alcohol. It was one of the birth places of the Bakersfield Sound, a genre of county music made famous by artists like Merl Haggard, and Buck Owens. The music was born in Honky Tonk bars like the Blackboard, and other "Okie Stomp" joints around Bakersfield and of course at Cousin Ebb's Pumpkin Center Barn Dance. The Bakersfield Sound was in reaction to the slickly produced Nashville Sound, and was influenced by early Rock and Roll.