Singer and Economic Development Official Jennifer Keel Faughn

I’m Either Selling a Song or a Community

Jennifer Keel Faughn is a Bakersfield-based singer and economic development official. Before participating in a discussion of what Bakersfield sounds like today, she talked in the Zócalo green room about why she was nicknamed “Froggy” as a kid, what her two vocations have in common, and what reality TV show she would be on.

Buckaroos Music Engineer and Keyboardist Jim Shaw

My Midlife Crisis Is in the Garage

Jim Shaw was country music legend Buck Owens’ longtime business manager, music engineer, and keyboard player for his band, the Buckaroos. Before participating in a discussion about what Bakersfield sounds …

When Bakersfield Plays, America Listens

Buck Owens Put the City on the Map with an Entirely New Country Sound. Does His Legacy Live On?

Depending on the person you ask, Bakersfield, California became a musical mecca thanks to the Gold Rush, Dust Bowl migration, or World War II, when young men flocked to California …

Singing Harmony with Buck Owens

There’s Nothing Quite Like Taking the Stage at Bakersfield’s Crystal Palace

I have been singing ever since I can remember. Growing up in Bakersfield, I sang three times a week in church, and, at home, my dad would play the guitar …

When Art Disappeared from Our ArtWalk

After Vendors of Nacho Cheese and Knockoff Purses Arrived at Bakersfield’s First Fridays, We Had to Implement New Policies—and Define Art

Things were going well until the crockpots of nacho cheese began showing up next to the knock-off purses in 2013. Once that happened, Bakersfield’s ArtWalk, part of its monthly downtown …

San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Jarrod McNaughton

I’d Love to Be the Beast … or Warren Buffett

Jarrod McNaughton is vice president of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield; he also sings and performs in musical theater. Before participating in a panel on how Bakersfield can recruit—and …