The Bakersfield Sound

10 CD box set & 224-page hardback book
New York Times Best Box Set of the Year
Nashville Scene Best Reissue of the Year
Named among the best box sets/reissues of 2019 by Rolling Stone, Variety, All Music, 
Los Angeles Times, and others

Scott B. Bomar grew up in Nashville before relocating to Los Angeles and becoming a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV Music. He moved to the other side of the desk to work for Universal Music Group before going to BMG, where he's now the Senior Director of the company's music-related book publishing efforts.

Scott has worked on projects with the Library of Congress' National Recording Archive, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gibson Guitars, the Grammy Museum, Ken Burns' Florentine Films, Leiber & Stoller Music, SiriusXM, Omnivore Recordings, Bear Family Records, and others. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his album notes for the compilation The Other Side of Bakersfield (which he also produced). Additionally, his 2019 box set The Bakersfield Sound was named one of the best of the year by the New York Times, Variety, and Rolling Stone.


Scott's book Southbound, a comprehensive history of Southern rock, was awarded "Best Historical Research in Recorded Rock and Popular Music" by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. He has co-authored five additional titles, including Johnny Cash at Folsom & San Quentin, The 'Odessey' (with the Zombies), Every Night is Saturday Night (with Wanda Jackson), and How Sweet It Is (with Lamont Dozier). His current project is the forthcoming Bakersfield Sounds: The Rise and Fall of Country Music's Nashville West. As an editor, Scott has worked with authors including Barney Hoskyns, Colin Escott, and Tony Fletcher, as well as with artists such as Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Marty Stuart, William Bell, Janis Ian, Billy Bob Thornton, and Dwight Yoakam.  

Along with Paul Duncan, Scott co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters. He lives in Inglewood, California, with his wife Melanie and his 1972 Ford pickup truck, Irma. 

"Scott B. Bomar is one of my favorite writers, historians and musical scholars, as well as one of the nicest guys in the world. His orbit is filled with the the coolest people, books and music. I am truly one of his biggest fans."


recording artist, musician, preservationist

"Scott is a wonderful writer, and he really shines in my book. I think he's great....He's just fun to hang out with."

Wanda Jackson

recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

"The most incredible collaborator and writer I could ever imagine. Scott, you've been such a blessing to me."


Songwriters Hall of Famer, Motown legend

"Scott is a great historian with deep knowledge in the music business. He is engaged and very thorough. I'm impressed with the work he does, and have enjoyed working with him on various projects."


founder, Bear Family Records


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