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Benny Leaders-546
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:

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

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26 Honey Song.mp3

03 Darling I'm Blue Over You.mp3


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Custom 11- CD583-150
CD D 583

CUSTOM MADE HILLBILLY Vol.11. BACM CD 583

Some real gems here despite the obscure names; the only act which achieved some broader fame was the Cackle Sisters (named for their amazing impersonations of animal sounds as well as their yodelling), also known as the De Zurick Sisters). But the voices, arrangements and songs are all good, authentic ‘50s-style country’ - This CD will be enjoyed by folks who like the authentic sounds of 1950s/early ‘60s country and who like hearing songs and artists they’ve not heard before.


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Eddie Hill CD581-150
CD D 581

SMILIN’ EDDIE HILL BACM CD D 581

Friendly-voiced Eddie Hill was a pioneering country music DJ, nowadays best remembered for his compering at WSM-Nashville and the WLAC-TV Country Junction show. But he was also a prolific recording artist, recording for Decca, Mercury, RCA and Columbia. Bear Family and Cattle Records have issued selections of his recordings and we’ve put ‘The best of the rest’on this BACM compilation. Hill always had top session men on his recordings (hear Chet Atkins and Grady Martin trading licks on Educated Fool; and Johnny & Jack doing the vocals alongside Eddie’s recitations on the 1947 tracks). Some hilarious comedy numbers including a spoof country version of Jack & The Beanstalk, name-checking Hank Snow and Chet Atkins among others!) An enjoyable hours’ feel-good-country-listening.


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Jimmie Thomason-582-150
CD D 582

JIMMY THOMASON The Early Years. BACM CD 582

Jimmy Thomason was a fine singer and excellent fiddle player from Waco Texas who played an important role in the development of what became known as The Bakersfield Sound from the early 1950s onwards. Back in the early 1930’s he was leading his own bands whilst barely beyond his mid teens and in 1936 the 18 year old Tomason was star vocalist and fiddle player on some superb Doug Bines & His Dixie Ramblers recordings. Other early cuts on our CD include Tomason alongside Moon Mullican (as The Sunshine Boys, 1937) and several early 1940s recordings with the Shelton Brothers. Thomason’s fiddle playing can also be heard on our Shelton Brothers CDs, BACM 10, 370 and 562 respectively and several later-era tracks recorded under his own name are on our Swinging On The Brazos CD 561.


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Callahan Brothers-small-578-150
CD D 578

CALLAHAN BROTHERS Take The News To Mother BACM CD 578

BACM’s first Callahan Brothers collection focuses mainly on their 1930s recordings, featuring their close harmony ‘White country yodelling-blues’ style. Songs a mix of old time country and Jimmie Rodgers numbers (several of the latter are adapted and retitled, for example Rodgers’ Mississippi Moon becomes North Carolina Moon and Blue Yodel No. 7 becomes I’ve Rode The Southern & The L&N ). Both brothers were accomplished musicians, Walter playing guitar and Homer variously guitar, fiddle and mandolin and on several tracks they are joined by the great Kentucky mandolinist Roy “Shorty” Hobbs.


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Mid Western Hayride-small-579-150
CD D 579

MIDWESTERN HAYRIDE Various Artists BACM CD 579

Through the late 1940s and through the ‘50s, the popular Mid Western Hayride, based in Cincinnati, Ohio featured not only an impressive roster of nationally known performers such as Red Foley, Little Jimmie Dickens and Tex Ritter but also the cream of the Cincinnati Country scene. We have decided to showcase  some of these lesser-remembered talents;  27 tracks, all good solid 1950s country, a treat for fans of the era who will enjoy this selection, an hour of authentic 1950s-style country.. 


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Pacific North West-small-580-150
CD D 580

PACIFIC NORTHWEST Various Artists BACM CD 580

A big thanks to Dick Heil, musician, collector and historian who years ago put together a compilation of mid ‘40s to mid ‘50s western band recordings from the Pacific North West. Correspondence over the years with British musicologist Kevin Coffey has eventually borne fruit with this BACM collection. featuring some of the biggest stars on the 40s/50s North Western scene as well as some obscure ones. Twenty of the tracks are from Heil’s original compilation and as usual we have worked hard on the remastering to remove imperfections and noise whilst preserving musical integrity. A fine celebration of the vibrant NW music scene of the era, complementing earlier BACM releases including the various Texas Jim Lewis and Jack Rivers CDs. As a footnote - the first track, Three Day Pass by Arkie Shibley has , on piano, Dean Manuel later one of Jim Reeves’ Blue Boys who died in Reeves’ 1964 plane crash.


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Hylo Brown-575-150
CD D 575

HYLO BROWN Ace Bluegrass Singer BACM CD 575

Nowadays best remembered for his work with Flatt & Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys, Hylo was a superb bluegrass musician (vocals, Guitar, Bass guitar) and songwriter whose career stretched from 1939 to 1980 including a burst of popularity in the early 1960s following his Newport Festival appearances with Earl Scruggs, bringing bluegrass music to new audiences. For our CD we have selected 26 of his best recordings, mainly early 1960s and some from the 1950s. Nice bluegrassy interpretation of T For Texas.


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Autry Inman-576-150
CD D 576

AUTRY INMAN Brown Eyed Baby BACM CD  576

BACM have at last got around to showcasing the work of Autry Inman, prolific songwriter and a versatile country performer with a distinctive voice. A big talent and undeservedly nowadays largely forgotten; his compositions were recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Hank Williams.


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Texas Rangers-577-150
CD D 577

THE TEXAS RANGERS Vol. 2 1941–1947 BACM CD 577

An unusual ‘Western Harmony’ group in that few of the musicians came from a traditional or hillbilly background so they developed a distinctive style, shaping their repertoire to their own strengths, described elsewhere as “Impeccable musicality, some fine song writing and an infectious sense of fun”. The ‘Impeccable musicianship’ includes some extraordinary instrumental work with great solos by Clarence Hartman (who could play 18 instruments but here playing bass – often taking the solo part which most western bands would have given to the fiddler), Joe Strand (accordion) and guitar virtuoso Herb Kratoska (who was also featured on our recent HOT GUITARS Vol. 1 Early Country Hillbilly & Jazz collection). Nice mix of standards like Old Chisholm Trail, When The Bloom Is On The Sage and Careless Love – and some fine originals. Many thanks to Kevin Coffee for the research and liner notes.


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