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CD D 664

BILL & NORMAN NETTLES. The Early Years 1937-1941 – BACM CD 664

Bill Nettles’ name remains better known than his brother Norman but early in their careers they performed as a team, billed first as the Dixie Blue Boys and later as the Nettles Brothers. In common with other vocal based brother acts of the era they featured mandolin (Bill) and guitar (Norman) but seem to have rarely sung as a duet. They developed a distinctive style usually incorporating bluesy fiddle. To quote from Kevin Coffey’s liner notes “Their style, while always unashamedly country and never abandoning basic early influences straddled the fence between rural tradition and more modern urban Influence. Their music, especially Bill's, was steeped in blues and, like most of those who catered to the jukebox demands of the era, also gave more than a nod to the emerging western swing bands”. Bill Nettles was an excellent songwriter and it is widely believed that Davis’ massive hit Nobody’s Darling But Mine was written by Nettles who sold the rights to Davies to meet an urgent need for cash. Our compilation presents 26 of their recordings, equally split between 1937 and 1941.


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CD D 635

Hillbilly Novelty Bands In New York Vol 1 (1935-39). BACM CD 635

Many will be surprised to learn there was ANY country music happening in New York in the late 1930s but there was – as evidenced by BACM’s earlier Carson Robison and Denver Darling releases. There was also a thriving ‘hillbilly-novelty’ scene, with several groups serving up corny treatments of popular and western songs, often featuring top rate musicians some of whom were regular players on straight hillbilly recordings of the era. This brought forward a new sound that achieved some popularity with city folk back in the thirties who were so used to Jazz & the big orchestral sounds. We at BACM thought that it should not be forgotten and lost within the pages of time - so we’ve dug up these recordings – five novelty groups working out of New York during the period 1935 to 1939


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CD D 471

NEAL BURRIS – The Ozark Trail Rider. B.A.C.M. 471

A sweet voiced tenor and guitarist who joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1951 but whose singing career was cut short by a serious throat infection in the mid 1950s’ He then made use of his guitarist skills, evolving into a bass player with various jazz ensembles. His excellent country credentials are showcased in this 23 track selection, nice mix of songs and tempos, all solid country with plenty of fiddle, piano and Hawaiian tinged steel. Amazing how someone of this calibre has dropped into oblivion.


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CD D 606

NOVELTY ACES – Transcriptions & Broadcasts. BACM 606

The Novelty Aces were a quartet (later quintet) who included fine musicians and vocalists performing a wide variety of styles including hillbilly and country and novelty, some sung solo some as a close harmony group. Their first recordings, cut for Victor in 1933 appeared on earlier BACM releases (two Jimmie Rodgers songs sung by Hazel Maus on Cowgirl Shuffle BACM CD 421 and two guitar solos by her brother Harold Maus on Hot Guitars Vol 1, BACM CD 554). This dedicated CD 606 features some of their fine transcriptions and radio broadcasts mainly from the mid 1940s, with the group (fine multi instrumentalists themselves) augmented by several important musicians including the legendary guitarists Merle Travis and Jack Rivers and fiddler (and multi instrumentalist) Slim Duncan. A fine hour of easy on the ear listening across a wide mix of styles.


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CD D 537

THE NASHVILLE LABEL Vol. 1. BACM 537

Our first compilation of lost gems from the Nashville label – a subsidiary of Starday, established by Don Pierce in 1961. 28 tracks, mostly produced by the legendary Tommy Hill; a feast of authentic 'Nashville country' tracks, featuring top session musicians.


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CD D 538

THE NITE OWLS. Featuring Al Dexter & Clay Long. BACM CD 538

They have largely dropped out of the history books and their recording era lasted just a couple of years in the late 1930s, but the Night Owls were an accomplished trio of superb musicians who went onto become leading players in the fast developing Western swing scene; lead instrumentalist, Bob Symons played (variously) steel, standard guitar and electric guitar – one of the first to record on the instrument, playing one of the early Rickenbackers. This compilation, 28 tracks, mix of styles – proto Western Swing, honky tonk and novelty; 18 as The Night owls, featuring several vocalists including two (unissued) tracks featuring a young Al Dexter a few years before he hit the big time with Pistol Packing Mama.


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