On today’s two-hour edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” a celebration of Johnny Cash, Americana music, and Country & Western (C&W) roots in the 805!

Of my next broadcast, producer / host Ted Coe writes: “‘How many of you that sit and judge me / Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?

"JohnnyCashJuneCarterCash1969" by Joel Baldwin - LOOK Magazine, April 29, 1969. p.72. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

JohnnyCashJuneCarterCash1969” by Joel Baldwin – LOOK Magazine, April 29, 1969. p.72. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Or of ‘Ventucky’ for that matter? (A name given to Ventura by both friends and foes of the neighboring, working-class beach community to the southeast of Santa Barbara, California.)

This past weekend, I attended ‘Roadshow Revival: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash,’ an annual two-day festival of C&W, Americana, Folk, Rockabilly and other examples of Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll music, in Ventura’s Mission Park.

The event was particularly eye-opening for me as a lover of music from the American South and the Southwest. I had never before realized that the rationale for this now six-year old tradition is traced back to the history of Johnny Cash’s residence in Ventura County throughout the 1960s.

There has always been a detectable ‘retro’ vibe within our local culture. So close to Bakersfield, the seat of Kern County, the ‘TriCounties’ area is a particularly rich part of the world for fans of Americana music.

The very definition of a ‘Southern identity’ has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, in the wake of the horrifying racist violence against parishioners in a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Today’s program will present an alternative take on Southern pride: blending white, black, and brown artists. Rebels of a more enlightened stripe.

I’ll touch on Johnny Cash’s C&W (and regional) legacy, along with the Bakersfield sound, and will also feature a selection of local and other contemporary artists who have sustained the ‘rootsy’ traditions of this part of the country.

Join me as we hop on a ‘Mystery Train’ straight from Nashville and Memphis all the way to Bakersfield, Ventura, and Casitas Ranch — and our local airwaves.”

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Summer from 11am-1pm PDT.