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EARLY / MID 1950'S



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 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 638

RAMBLIN’ LOU SCHRIVER and the Twin Pine Mountaineers. BACM CD 638

RAMBLIN’ LOU SCHRIVER was very popular in the Niagara Falls region of New York State back in the late 40s / early 50s. and owned a record store in that region. His Twin Pine Mountaineers band included his multi-instrumentalist wife Joanie Marshall, who played guitar, fiddle and banjo. Passionate about country music he became renowned not only as a performer but also as a broadcaster (station WWOL in Buffalo on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York). He had talent and built a loyal radio audience and his show was able to attract the big names from Nashville and the West Coast to guest on. Nice mix of original compositions, traditional songs and classic country songs like Gene Autry’s Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine, Roy Acuff’s Radio Station SAVED and Hank Snow’s Brand On My Heart.


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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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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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