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CD D 546

BENNY LEADERS & The Western Rangers BACM CD 546


Leaders was an accomplished bass player who played with Jerry Irby’s Texas Ranchers and the Bar X Cowboys in the late 1940s before striking out with his own band. This is the first CD collection dedicated solely to Leaders’ recordings, gathering the best of his 1949-53 studio tracks plus a number of superb live recordings including a sizzling take on Lonesome Hearted Blues from 1948 and featuring legendary steel guitar pioneer Bob Dunn.

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Track listing:

- Youll Know Why
- I Dont Want Anyone But You
- Darling Im Blue Over You
- Tell Me
- Second Hand Heart
- Somebodys Stealin My Baby’s Sugar
- Houston Texas Blues
- Please Be Careful Little Darlin’
- Salt Your Pillow Down
- In A Land Of Broken Dreams
- Boots Dont Leave Me
- Ive Got The Craziest Feeling
- Ill Be Jumped Up And Down
- Harbour Lights
- Why Won’t You Leave My Heart Alone
- Naggin’ Woman
- Clean Town Blues
- Dont Take My Ring Off Your Finger
- Hey Miss Fannie
- Lonesome Hearted Blues (incomplete)
- Theme (Sunbonnet Sue) and Woodchoppers Ball
- Please Dont Leave Me
- Fiddle Swing
- Seven Come Eleven
- Four Or Five Times
- Honey Song, Farewell Blues, Close. '

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03 Darling I'm Blue Over You.mp3


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CD D 655

MY HEART’S ACROSS THE BORDER- Various Artists. BACM CD 655

“A fascinating mix of sounds and styles across a diverse mix of artists, all centred around the theme of cross-border western music in its various forms” (to quote from musicologist and Broadcaster Paul Hazell’s liner notes). Hazell adds “It never ceases to amaze us where the BACM team find these old recordings that they clean up so well and preserve for us record collectors and radio presenters”. Some of the artists are very obscure but there are also tracks from Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, Tommy Duncan, Spade Cooley and Red River Dave McEnery. A nice companion to our 2008 South Of The Border collection (BACM CD 221) which has been one of our best sellers over the years (and is still available!)


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CD D 654

JOHNNY RION – Sunny Tennessee – BACM 654

Missouri’s Johnny Rion began his radio career in 1937, accompanying himself on guitar singing hillbilly songs and much influenced by his idol, Jimmie Rodgers. This kicked off an ‘On air’ career that would continue for 60 years. During the 1950s he and wife Ann operated the Johnny Rion Hillbilly Park in various locations with shows featuring many of country music’s top names. Despite his talents both as songwriter and musician he never achieved national fame, and we are delighted to rescue these fine recordings from obscurity. Several just have Johnny accompanying himself on guitar; the two 1956 tracks on the Paramount label include Chet Atkins (guitar), Roy Wiggins (steel) and Dale Potter (fiddle) as session musicians. There are two versions of Rion’s That Heaven Bound Train, dedicated to Hank Williams. Thanks to Tony Byworth for the liner notes.


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CD D 653

THE SEVEN ROWE BROTHERS – Polk County Two Step. BACM CD 653

Rough-edged Western Swing from this musically talented family, who moved from Oklahoma to Texas in the 1930s and post war to California where they made their first recordings on the Pioneer label in 1947. This set has 21 recordings under the Rowe Brothers name, plus six radio broadcast tracks featuring their sister Louise Rowe’s vocal work with Bob Wills in early 1953 – Louise is one of the last surviving and musically active Texas Playboys, still swinging were Texas Cowboys in the North Texas area. The title track is one of the earliest recorded versions of the fiddle tune Faded Love which the Rowes had been using as their radio theme song since the pre-war years. Thank you Kevin Coffey for the liner notes.


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CD D 650

BILLY WALLACE – Got Ramblin On My Mind. BACM CD 650

Billy Wallace was an Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose early influences were the country stars of the 1930s/40s including Roy Acuff, the Delmore Brothers and Rex Griffin. He moved to Nashville around 1950, cutting his first recordings on the Tennessee label in 1950. He had a distinctive sound, one of those deep nasal voices somewhat in the Hank Snow mould coupled with a blues-influenced guitar style. Undeservedly, he is nowadays largely forgotten although many of his compositions have become country standards, recorded by the likes of Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Kitty Wells and Little Jimmy Dickens. Hank Williams was regularly including Wallace’s co-write Back Street Affair on his radio shows although he never got around to recording it in the studio. It became a big hit for Webb Pierce in 1952 and later as a duet between Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Our CD showcases the best of Wallace’s recordings from 1950 to 1962.


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CD D 651

REX GRIFFIN-The Lovesick Blues. BACM CD 651

Rex Griffin was one of the most talented singer/songwriter/guitarists of his era and a fine yodeller whose career was tragically cut short by ill health. Several of his compositions became country standards including Just Call Me Lonesome (Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb,Elvis Presley), Everybody’s Tryin’ To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins, The Beatles both of who bizarrely gave Perkins the songwriting credit) and the extensively covered The Last Letter, recorded by everyone from Jimmie Davis to Willie Nelson. A few years back Bear Family put out a superb box set with all his studio recordings plus bonus tracks from son Buddy, also a fine musician. For our compilation we are focussing on his Decca recordings from the 1930s as we have them all here in the BACM archive on 78 rpm. They include a couple of tracks from his very first session (1935) as well as his original cut of The Last Letter and a fine version of Rodgers’ Sweet Mama Hurry Home. Ernest Tubb’s liner notes on his album of Griffin songs included these words: “Not only did Rex write many great songs but in my opinion his singing was second only to Jimmie Rodgers” – we agree!


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CD D 652

HERB REMINGTON – Jean Street Swing 1951-62. BACM CD 652

Some fine instrumentals from the innovative pedal steel guitar legend whose performing career stretched across seven decades. He moved easily between jazz tinged Western Swing (as a 20 year old he joined Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys for a four year stint in 1946), Country (he played with Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson and later on countless Starday sessions including many classic George Jones sides) – as well as his main love, Hawaiian. Our compilation has an excellent cross section of his solo recordings from 1951 to 1962. Big thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and liner notes.


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CD D 647

BROTHERS IN COUNTRY MUSIC. Various Artists. BACM CD 647

Another collection of Old Time Songs & Tunes, following on from our CD 340 and CD 364 compilations, this time focussing on brother acts. Thanks to BACM co-founder Brian Golbey for the sleeve notes and for digging deep into his private collection. Many of the tracks are from the very first generation of country recording artists - some of whom have featured on earlier BACM collections (like the Carlisle Brothers, the Callahan Brothers, the Delmore Brothers and the Morris Brothers). A treat for fans of early hillbilly roots music.


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CD D 648

AL DEXTER Vol. 2 My Love Goes With You. BACM CD 648

Our second collection from Dexter, a mix, more of his 1930s era recordings (backed by The Nite Owls – see also BACM CD 538) and later recordings from the early 40s (several Light Crust Doughboys musicians on the sessions) and the early 50s, plus a few unissued acetates. Good solid honky tonk and mostly previously unreleased on CD.


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CD D 649

BILLY STARR – Steppin’ Out Again. BACM CD649

Billy Starr (a.k.a. Bill Stallard) is another of those post WWII stars who somehow gets overlooked in the country music reference books. A native of Kentucky he left home aged 15 and by the early 1940s was an established radio star, moving across several stations in different regions singing and emceeing and even square dance calling. He joined the Downhomers in 1944 – an Indiana-based group best known for two of its members, champion yodeller Kenny Roberts and Bill Haley, later of Rock & Roll fame. Starr’s first solo recordings were on the Clarion label in 1949 before signing with Columbia then Imperial. BACM’s collection includes his hit Steppin’ Out and a bluesy Hound Dog recorded three years before Elvis. Mostly though an hour of early-50s-country, from an artist with a fine country crooner voice.


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CD D 644

RICKY RIDDLE – I’m A Whip Crackin’ Daddy-BACM CD 644

Many will not have had the chance of hearing Ricky Riddle before, a fine baritone voice some would see as a trailblazer for the early Eddie Arnold and Jim Reeves style of country crooning, so we have gathered up a couple of dozen of his recordings, all from the early 1950s. Good straight out country, a fresh listen to recordings you almost certainly will not be familiar with. Includes Price Of Love, a fine duet with Anita Kerr later of the Anita Kerr Singers. The band is led by guitarist Harold ‘Hal’ Bradley who became an A-team session man through the 60s’, both on rhythm and lead (Bradley played the opening banjo notes on Johnny Horton’s 1959 hit “The Battle of New Orleans and his electric bass guitar can be heard on many legendary hits including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.)


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