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CD D 515

BIG SLIM ALIFF – Footprints In The Snow. BACM CD 515

Hank Snow fans will have come across the name “Big Slim, The Lone Cowboy”, credited in Hank’s autobiography as having been a big influence on his early career and style, and helping him get started in the US. Snow of course went on to international fame, selling millions of records; but “Big Slim”, although remaining a mainstay of the West Virginia Wheeling Jamboree from 1936 to 1966, never made the big time outside his home state. He was an authentic cowboy / rancher, and was in huge demand at rodeos and fairs, appearing with his trained horse. He made some superb recordings, mainly just Slim and guitar, and has songwriting credits on many songs that have become country classics such as Sunny Side Of The Mountain and Patanio The Pride Of The Plains. A big talent, nowadays undeservedly forgotten and BACM are pleased to release this collection – 23 titles from various sources.


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CD D 34

BILL CARLISLE Duvall County Blues (early recordings 1933). B.A.C.M. 34

20 historic recordings, mainly just Bill singing solo with guitar, bluesy numbers many in the style of Jimmie Rodgers; see also recordings with Brother Cliff (the Carlisles, BACM 167).


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CD D 568

BILL COX – The Dixie Songbird – BACM CD 568

26 tracks, many of them not previously issued on CD from Cox, one of the best of the white country blues singers from the late ‘20s/early ‘30s era. An accomplished yodeller in the Jimmie Rodgers style he was also a solid guitarist and could play fine bluesy harmonica. Several tracks feature him duetting with singer/ guitarist Cliff Hobbs.


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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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CD D 613

DADDY JOHN LOVE Recorded 1935–36 BACM CD 613

Rare recordings, mostly in the style of the late Jimmie Rodgers. Love's first recordings were as guitarist and sometimes vocalist as a member of J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers in 1935 (several tracks on BACM CD122 and more here). A distinctive vocalist, guitarist and yodeller.


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CD D 124

DICK REINHART A Broken Heart For A Souvenir. B.A.C.M. 124

Here is the entirety of Reinhart's solo recordings, recorded 1929-47, nice mix of moods and styles. Also sang as a group ("The Rough Riders") with Johnny Bond and Jimmy Wakely (See BACM CDs 102 and 384).


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CD D 274

DOCK BOGGS & EMRY ARTHUR. B.A.C.M. 274

12 songs from Virginian Dock Boggs and 12 from Kentuckian Emry Arthur - hard core old time country from the 1920s and 30s.


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CD D 665

Gene Autry – Sings Jimmie Rodgers. BACM CD 665

Our 9th Gene Autry compilation takes us back to the first stage of Autry’s career when his style was closely modelled on that of his idol, the legendary Jimmie Rodgers. We have pulled together nearly all of his Rodgers covers, recorded between 1929 and 1933 under various names. He could get astonishingly close to the original when he wanted to but could also create a fresh sound – nice version of Carolina Sunshine Girl which strips out the jazz band and just has Autry with his own fine guitar backing. This is the first of a BACM mini series of the songs of Jimmie Rodgers recorded by other performers of the era.


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CD D 111

GENE AUTRY – Vol. 6. Texas Blues – Early Rare Recordings. B.A.C.M. 111

More early recordings (1929-37) some from his 'Jimmie Rodgers stylist' phase before he became famous as a cowboy singing movie star.


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CD D 225

LEON PAYNE Lost Highway. B.A.C.M. 225

Blind country crooner and prolific songwriter who gave the world many great songs which became country standards. This collection includes his original recording of "Lost highway", recorded by (and often incorrectly attributed to) the great Hank Williams. Bob Dylan did an improvised version on his 1965 "Don't look back" movie.


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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 633

Wanderer’s Stomp – Pre War Dallas Vol 1-BACM CD 633

Dallas was a hotbed of progressive string band music in the early 1930s, influenced by its neighbour Fort Worth (the reputed Cradle of Western Swing) and taking on board other regional jazz, blues and hillbilly influences. BACM has already dedicated some CDs to early Dallas western swing stalwarts like Bill Boyd and Roy Newman and this collection focusses on lesser known groups. Many of the musicians were legends in their own right including tenor banjoist and mainstay of the Light Crust Doughboys Marvin Montgomery and singer-guitarist Dick Reinhart. Nice mix of styles including stripped down blues from the Paradise Joy Boys with what we believe is the first ever cover of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s Matchbox Blues. The fiddler is trained violinist and child prodigy, Felix St Clair. Other highlights included four fine recordings from “hot” Hawaiian trio the Hauulea Entertainers, led by local steel guitarist and teacher J. B. Stevenson and nine from the Wanderers, a Western Swing group much influenced by Milton Brown.


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CD D 412

WHITEY McPHERSON & The Rhythm Wreckers. B.A.C.M. 412

Rare tracks, including 17 from 1937-38 when McPherson was 13-14 years old, mainly Jimmie Rodgers' songs in a distinctive country-jazz style. We also include nine non-studio tracks recorded 50 years later. In between, Whitey’s colourful life included being a musical sideman to Woody Guthrie and several spells in gaol!


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