This is part of an article from the Bakersfield Californian. You can read the rest of the article here.

It’s not that Bakersfield enjoys breaking the rules. It’s just that some rules are made to be broken.

Buck and Merle did it in the ‘60s and ‘70s — and in the late 1990s, Bakersfield-based Big House did it again when the band exploded on the scene with a style of “soul country” that rejected the mud-on-your-tires, Bud-in-your-hand bro country that would come to dominate the genre in the early 21st century.

Two decades after the formation of Big House, the band is getting together again, albeit in a slightly altered lineup, for two anniversary shows Nov. 27 and 28 at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

“We’re going to play the first album front to back, as well as some of our later stuff,” said Monty Byrom, a primary songwriter, lead vocalist and one of the group’s three guitarists.

“It’s going to be good,” he promised, and if a nighttime rehearsal held last week in northwest Bakersfield was any indication, Byrom was not blowing smoke.

The rehearsal, held at a home just west of town, included Byrom’s brother, Tanner Byrom on drums, Sonny California on harmonica and Chuck Seaton on guitar.

BY STEVEN MAYER smayer@bakersfield.com Nov 19, 2015

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