photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Alan Sheckter Photo | profile | all galleries >> Music photos May 2008 - to present >> Brokedown in Bakersfield, Nov. 16, 2011, Sierra Nevada Big Room, Chico, Calif. tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Brokedown in Bakersfield, Nov. 16, 2011, Sierra Nevada Big Room, Chico, Calif.

A really fine show came through the Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Big Room in Chico, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2011 - with Brokedown in Bakersfield. The new band formed organically at the High Sierra festival in July, and features Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips), Nicki Bluhm (The Gramblers), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO), and Scott Law (Darol Anger, Honkeytonk Homeslice), along with ALO rhythm section members Dave Brogan and Steve Adams.

The amalgamation of players kicked out twangy, country-roots stuff aka the Bakersfield Sound, and featured covers of such luminaries as Merle Haggard (“Working Man Blues,” “Mama Tried,” “California Cottonfields,” “Okee From Muskogee”), Buck Owens (“Hello Trouble,” “Together Again”), and Gram Parsons (“Luxury Liner,” “You’re Still on My Mind”). The show also included a couple of originals, as well as Nicki Bluhm’s nice cover of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight,” and Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City.” The band also revived old classics “Six Days On the Road,” and “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.”

The players were technically proficient, but more than that, Brokedown in Bakersfield delivered the heritage-heavy material with just-right quantities of strength, reverence, grace, and sophistication.

The band’s press kit appropriately describes the band: “Brokedown in Bakersfield showcases the striking songwriting and instrumentation of guitar-slinging country sounds that added oil to the Dust Bowl life of ‘60s-era Southern California – on the road, in the truck, out the back, and at the honky tonk.” Images, shot for the Big Room, ©Alan Sheckter / AlSheck@comcast.net. Linking to this gallery is permitted, but individual photos may not be republished without documented consent from the photographer.
t4%2f45%2f850245%2f4%2f139724622.Ebh4CrAI.jpg Tempting chocolate mousse desserts worthy of a picture -
Tempting chocolate mousse desserts worthy of a picture -
Band manager Jenna, and Dan Lebo Lebowitz
Band manager Jenna, and Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz
KZFR autographed guitar giveaway
KZFR autographed guitar giveaway
KZFR engineer Bill Deblonk (left) and GM Rick Anderson getting ready for live broadcast
KZFR engineer Bill Deblonk (left) and GM Rick Anderson getting ready for live broadcast
KVMR (Nevada City), and KZFR (Chico), do pre-show analysis
KVMR (Nevada City), and KZFR (Chico), do pre-show analysis
Big Room GM Bob Littell introduces the band (Scott Law at right)
Big Room GM Bob Littell introduces the band (Scott Law at right)
Tim Bluhm
Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Lebo, Scott Law, Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Lebo, Scott Law, Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Lebo and Scott Law
Lebo and Scott Law
Dave Brogan
Dave Brogan
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Nicki and Tim Bluhm
Watching and listening
Watching and listening
Having fun up front
Having fun up front
Lebo takes the mic for a tune
Lebo takes the mic for a tune
Brokedown in Bakersfield
Brokedown in Bakersfield
Nicki Bluhm
Nicki Bluhm
Dan Lebo Lebowitz
Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz
Nicki Bluhm
Nicki Bluhm
Slow dance
Slow dance
Watching from up front
Watching from up front
Watching from up front
Watching from up front
Scott Law
Scott Law
Scott Law, Nicki Bluhm
Scott Law, Nicki Bluhm
Scott Law, Steve Adams
Scott Law, Steve Adams
Dave Brogan
Dave Brogan
Dan Lebo Lebowitz
Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz
Brokedown in Bakersfield fills the Sierra Nevada Big Room with sound
Brokedown in Bakersfield fills the Sierra Nevada Big Room with sound