Buck and Bonnie Owens, Merle Haggard, Bill Woods – their names are forever associated with the Bakersfield Sound. But what about the lesser known artists who also belted out their stories of hardship defying Nashville’s more polished grooves? Music historian and writer Scott B. Bomar has just released a 10-CD collection The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974 that fills in the blanks for even the most diehard fans. He’ll appear in conversation with The Bakersfield Californian’s Robert Price at the Walter W. Stiern Library at Cal State Bakersfield Oct. 15 at 6 p.m to talk about the Bear Family Records release. There’s also a CD launch party Oct. 16 at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Doors open at 5 p.m. Valley Public Radio’s Don Fischer spoke with Bomar about the collection.