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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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Track listing:

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DIXIE DEMONS recorded New York 1935 After Youve Gone
- Shine
- Aint She Sweet
- Yes Sir, Thats My Baby
- Rainin Wild
- Casey Jones
- Old Fashioned Love
- From Monday On
- Me And My Shadow
- Sweet Sue - Just You



HAL OHALLORANS HOOLIGANS recorded New York 1936 Shes Way Up Thar
- By The Sea
- Corrina Corrina
- Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again
- Sleepy Time Gal
- The Music Goes Round And Round



ARTY HALL & HIS RADIO RUBES recorded New York 1937 Conversation With A Mule
- Maple On The Hill No. 4
- By The Stump Of The Old Pine Tree
- Sarah Jane



JOHNNY FENTON & HIS SWAMP STOPPERS recorded New York 1939 Sweethearts On Parade
- Dont Let Your Love Go Wrong
- Dream Kisses
- Tonight You Belong To Me



RADIO RUBES recorded 1939 Youre On The Right Side Of The Ocean
- The Big Little Family Of The Hills
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01 After-You're-Gone (Dixie-Demons)

Tonight-You-Belong-To-Me (Johnny-Fenton & His-Swamp-Stompers)


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CD D 656

JIMMY WAKELY Vol. 5 – Twilight On The Trail. BACM CD 656

Our fifth collection from Jimmie Wakely, some wonderful Western songs from a clutch of old transcription LPs we unearthed from deep in the archive. If you love the classic cowboys songs like Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie, I’m An Old Cowhand (On The Rio Grande) and In The Hills Of Old Wyoming, there’s no better way to relax in these troubled times than to sit back and enjoy this easy going country crooning from the “Bing Crosby of C&W”.


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CD D 657

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SWING – Various Artistes. BACM CD 657

A mixed bag of western swing and country from California spanning the years 1941-54. The Great Depression had brought a mass migration to California from Oklahoma and Texas and elsewhere adding Western and rural influences to the local musical scene, eventually spawning the Bakersfield Sound near LA and, another regional scene 200 miles to the north covering the central and lower San Joaquin Valley. Thanks due to Kevin Coffey for contributing recordings from his collection and for the liner notes.


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CD D 658

BLUE RIBBON LABEL. Tribute to Phil Tricker. BACM CD 658

34 recordings on Blue Ribbon, a budget label which specialised in cover versions of popular country and rockabilly songs, using talented singers who were either unknown or had become out of work because of changing tastes, backed by top session musicians. Early to mid 50s. One track by the later to be famous, Roy Clark. Hearing these songs with a slightly different take to the originals is like fresh air to the ears. The CD was a work in progress by our long time collaborator and friend, the collector and authority on all things country and rockabilly, the late Phil Tricker. We dedicate this CD to his memory.


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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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