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CD D 493

ASA MARTIN. Old Time Picking & Singing. BACM CD 493.

Fine acoustic hillbilly from the late 1920s to early ‘30s, featuring Asa Martin, Kentucky farmer and one of the early pioneers of recorded country music. 24 great recordings, mostly just Asa and guitar, accompanied by the legendary Doc Roberts on fiddle. Some awesome guitar/fiddle duets including Brickyard Joe (Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts, fiddle with Asa Martin, guitar, recorded 1928).


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BLUEBIRD LABEL Vol. 2 Various Artists CD 555

Our 2009 collection from the legendary Bluebird label (BACM CD 270) became one of the most popular in the catalogue, and featured several of the most influential country musicians of the era. Here is our second compilation, a treat for die-hard country music fans spanning the years 1935-40 plus two tracks from 1929. There are superb cuts from Tennessean Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith as well as both of the Carlisle brothers, Bill and Cliff. Fans of the Jimmie Rodgers style will enjoy the two Norwood Tew songs. Stand out track, a great Johnny ‘Highway Hobo’ Barfield 1939 cover of Rex Griffin’s Everybody’s Tryin’ To Be My Baby.


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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 389

CECIL SURRATT & SMITTY SMITH Last Mile Of The Way. B.A.C.M. 389

27 early 1960s recordings from these talented singers / musicians; many traditional songs, some in Bluegrass style.


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DELMORE BROTHERS That Old Train. B.A.C.M. 44

These 21 tracks showcase the fine harmony of this legendary brother duo. 17 from the early '40s and four from the early 50s; two tracks have Wayne Rainey on harmonica.


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CD D 205

DON RENO & RED SMILEY Tree Of Life. B.A.C.M. 205

Bluegrass at its very best from this musically talented duo with a 1952-57 selection of traditional and gospel songs and some virtuoso instrumentals.


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DUSTY ELLISON & The Saddle Dusters Trail Of Dreams CD 558

Ellison was a formidable talent, now sadly almost completely written out of the Country history books. He was raised in Oklahoma into a musical family and he began recording in the mid 1940s, initially for 4-Star. Four of these recordings are included here and have the legendary Porky Freeman on lead guitar. The remaining tracks are mainly with his group The Saddle Dusters featuring Dusty (vocals and either lead or rhythm guitar) and pals Hil Duffy (bass and vocals) and Buddy Woody (accordion, vibraphone – and vocals on several tracks), both of whom had considerable talent and interesting musical careers, well summarised in Kevin Coffey’s liner notes. When Dusty sang cowboy harmony with his group there were none better.


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CD D 85

FRANK & JAMES McCRAVY Old Time Harmony Singing. B.A.C.M. 85

Interesting old time harmony from these South Carolina born brothers with some of their 1920s/30s recordings.


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Frank WELLING & John McGHEE – I Wants My Lulu.

A fine rootsy old timey duo, Frank Welling on steel and guitar, John McGhee on harmonica and guitar, sentimental harmonies on a mix of religious and sentimental songs with a few humorous numbers for good measure. Recorded 1928-31, nice harmonies, style somewhat akin to but smoother than, Darby and Tarlton. Female voices on some tracks from either Welling’s wife or McGhee’s daughter.


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GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST – Vol 1. “Home Sweet Home in Texas”. B.A.C.M. 09

Millie and Dolly Good the yodelling girls. Very popular in their day with western & cowboy harmonies. Always had the feel of the 30s with their music


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CD D 74

GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST – Vol 2. Roll Along Prairie Moon. B.A.C.M. 74

21 songs here from the 1930s by this harmonious sister duo including cowboy songs and yodeling.


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GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST – Vol 3. South Of The Border. CD 458

Recorded nearly 30 years after the duo’s heyday when they were one of the most popular country acts on radio and on record, here are 27 hauntingly beautiful recordings Dolly and Millie Good made in the early 1960’s. Sweet harmony singing, backed with Dolly’s acoustic guitar on a nice selection of nostalgic, easy on the ear, songs, many of them country classics – like South Of The Border, Sleepy Rio Grande and Bury Me Beneath The Willow.


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IDAHO CALL & BOOTS FAYE – Heartaches. CD 462

1940s style country from fellow Missourians Roscoe “Idaho” Call and Grace Tartsch (“Boots Faye”) – mix of their solo recordings and duets together and some with Idaho as lead vocal with Ted Daffan’s band. Talented and enjoyed big popularity in the late ‘40s to early ‘50’s, now sadly overlooked in most country music histories; well worth rediscovery!


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CD D 161

JAMES ROBERTS & MARTHA CARSON I’m Gonna Let It Shine. B.A.C.M. 161

Superb gospel harmony from this talented song duo with a delightful hillbilly flavor - especially noteworthy for James Roberts' mandolin playing.


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JOE WERNER Early Cajun Artist.  BACM CD 543

Joe Werner is nowadays largely forgotten but was a talented musician who made some superb music in the 1930s - Joe singing, playing guitar and harmonica - and adding his haunting whistling on several tracks, whilst backed with some of the top Cajun musicians of the era. Our compilation covers the period 1937-38; the music is more ‘Hillbilly with Cajun musicians’ rather than strictly ‘Cajun’– familiar songs and tunes, some sung in English, some French and includes a fine version of Wondering, a song which later became a big hit for Webb Pierce. Refreshing to hear familiar hillbilly classics like Twenty One Years and They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree sung in French!


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CD D 183

JOHNNIE & JACK & The Tennessee Mountain Boys. B.A.C.M. 183

Rivaling the great brother duos (The Louvins and Blue Sky Boys etc), these brothers-in-law started out bluegrassy and then took on a variety of other styles, well showcased in this 28 track CD of 1940s/50s recordings.


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KARL & HARTY – Vol. 2 Old Time Harmony Singing. B.A.C.M. 430

Brilliant old time harmony singing with guitar / mandolin from this fine Kentucky duo whose compositions were widely recorded including by the Everly Brothers whom they influenced.


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KARL & HARTY Old Time Harmony Singing. B.A.C.M. 168

Fine harmony from this non-brother duo with a mixture of traditional mountain ballads and popular songs of the day. These 21 songs range from 1931 to 1945.


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LeGARDE TWINS One Little Letter. B.A.C.M. 266

29 tracks from the yodeling twins, Tom and Ted LeGarde from Queensland, Australia, recorded 1951-56. Accomplished cowboys and rodeo riders they worked with legendary Aussie entertainers Buddy Williams and Tex Morton eventually landing a recording contract, billed as "Australia's Yodeling Stockmen". Most of the cuts on this selection are of well known country classics including Jimmie Rodgers' "Whisper your mother's name" and "In the jailhouse now" and fine versions of Hank Snow's "I don't hurt anymore" and Web Pierce's "There stands the glass".


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LULU BELLE & SCOTTY Vol. 2 BACM CD 535

Lots of enthusiasm for our first collection released in early 2011, so we’ve at last compiled a Volume 2, rarities, mainly from the late’40s (6 tracks released on ‘picture’ 78rpms) and early ‘50s. Nice Lulu Belle solo interpretation of Jimmie Rodgers’ Any Old Time. Big thanks to Al Turner for the tracks and Don Cusic for the insert notes.


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LULU BELLE & SCOTTY The Sweethearts Of Country Music. B.A.C.M. 330

These recordings highlight the fine harmony singing of this married couple - mostly written by Scotty including his giant hit "Have I told you lately that I love you" - and his whistling!


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CD D 67

MAC & BOB Songs For Country Home Folks Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 67

1920s/30s influential duo (big influence on Monroe Bros, Blue Sky Boys), blind from birth, singing old time songs with mandolin and guitar accompaniment.


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MAC & BOB Songs For Country Home Folks Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 116

They were big influences on the Blue Sky Boys and the Monroes with their very early combination of guitar, mandolin and harmony singing; 22 songs recorded 1927-1944. Companion to CD 67.


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CD D 286

MERLE TRAVIS & TEX ANN Wild Goose.. B.A.C.M. 286

Merle and then wife Tex Ann with 28 Capitol transcription recordings from 1946 - includes a mix of folk songs and Travis original compositions.


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MILO TWINS Swamp Woman Blues. B.A.C.M. 272

Identical twins Edwin and Edward with 32 close harmony songs from the 1930s/40s, much in the style of the Delmore Brothers.


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MORRIS BROTHERS Salty Dog Blues. B.A.C.M. 220

North Carolina born brothers - Zeke on mandolin, Wiley on guitar - with 24 songs recorded 1938-1945 include Zeke's classic "Salty Dog Blues".


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OKLAHOMA WRANGLERS Hillbilly Rhythm. B.A.C.M. 190

A.K.A. the Willis Brothers, these 24 Okie Wranglers' tracks (including three instrumentals) were cut in the 1940s/50s, well before their big 1960s hits "Give 'em 40 acres" (1964) and "Bob" (1967).


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PELL BROTHERS Brooklyn Hillbillies BACM CD 435

Private recordings, most never heard before from this bluegrassy close harmony duo who were setting the New York country music clubs abuzz in the early 1960s. Everlys-style close harmonies, bluegrassy instrumention, nice selection of easy-on-the-ear country songs.


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PINE RIDGE BOYS Mississippi River Blues. B.A.C.M. 216

Selection of 23 tracks recorded on RCA Victor, 1939 to 1941 by this close harmony duo; mix of sentimental and popular songs of the era including the first ever recording of Jimmie Davies' "You are my sunshine".


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Ranch Boys “Songs of the Plains”. B.A.C.M. 12

Selection of 1930s/40s recordings from this tight harmony trio with guitar accompaniment; running through the songbook of fine traditional cowboy songs.


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Shelton Brothers “Rompin’ and Stompin’ Around”. B.A.C.M. 10

Exceptional duo Bob and Joe from pre-war days. Mandolin and guitar accompaniment they appeared with the Sunshine Boys on many recordings. Recorded for Decca records in the USA. They helped Jimmie Davis with musical backing in his campaign for governor of Louisiana.


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SHELTON BROTHERS Vol. 2 Beautiful Louisiana. B.A.C.M. 370

This companion volume to CD 10 finds the brothers in their heyday from 1935-47 with Old Timey and Swing styles in abundance.


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SLEEPY HOLLOW RANCH – Cowboys & Cowgirls. B.A.C.M. 428

Another great act from the days when radio was king in the US, Elmer and Pete Newman and their mandolin/guitar playing wives, here with a great collection of classic country songs. Easy to see why their Sleepy Hollow Shows were such a phenomenal success drawing quite an array of top star performers over the years including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Bill Haley.


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TEXAS & OKLAHOMA Duos & Trios 1935’1940. B.A.C.M. 324

Some brilliant but very rare tracks. Complete released recordings by The three Williamsons, The Rambling Rangers, Ike Cargill and The Stalsby Family - from 1937, 1938, 1935 and 1940 respectively - authentic1935-1940 Country.


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TEXAS RUBY & CURLY FOX We May Meet again Someday. B.A.C.M. 303

Some fine fiddle playing from Curly and singing from his wife Ruby on these 1940s recordings and including some excellent instrumentals. Nice mix, wistful ballads, folk and tragedy songs,and instrumentals; vocals mainly Ruby, a few by Curly and a few close harmony duets. Superb instrumentation - Curly's fiddle plus some top guitarists (the legendary Mose Rager on some) and steel.


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THE BROWNS: Bonnie, Jim Ed & Maxine. B.A.C.M. 275

Early (1954/57) recordings from this great brother and two sisters trio of 'The Three Bells' fame, some of the most beautiful harmony recordings in country music history. Our CD gives you taster - for a real feast, there's their 8 box set on Bear Family (http://www.bear-family.com/en/country-western/classic-country-artists/browns-the-three-bells-8-cd-box.html); we also recommend Maxine Brown's "Looking Back To See", one of the best, most authentic country music autobiographies ever (http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Back-See-Country-Memoir/dp/1557289344).


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THE CARLISLES Tennessee Memories. B.A.C.M. 167

Brothers Bill and Cliff had sung together as 'The 'Carlisles' back in the 1920s, but Bill formed a new group with the same name in the mid 1950s, following Cliff's retirement. Here are 26 recordings from this mid '50s period, many of them humorous and some bawdy,


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THE JONES BOYS Neal Jones & Oakie Jones. B.A.C.M. 405

Not brothers as the CD title suggests but two fine out and out country singers, Oakie Jones (12 tracks, 1950-52) and Neal Jones (14 tracks, 1954-60) from a time when the USA Columbia label was getting into country and attracting talent. Obscure artists but first class.


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THE NITE OWLS. Featuring Al Dexter & Clay Long. BACM CD 538

They have largely dropped out of the history books and their recording era lasted just a couple of years in the late 1930s, but the Night Owls were an accomplished trio of superb musicians who went onto become leading players in the fast developing Western swing scene; lead instrumentalist, Bob Symons played (variously) steel, standard guitar and electric guitar – one of the first to record on the instrument, playing one of the early Rickenbackers. This compilation, 28 tracks, mix of styles – proto Western Swing, honky tonk and novelty; 18 as The Night owls, featuring several vocalists including two (unissued) tracks featuring a young Al Dexter a few years before he hit the big time with Pistol Packing Mama.


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THE RANCH BOYS Vol 2 – More Songs Of The Plains. BACM 536

One of the most accomplished, talented cowboy groups of their era – here another 28 tracks, recordings from the mid 1930s – a mix of studio recordings and radio transcriptions including 10 rare tracks from the ‘Pinto Pete & His Ranch Boys shows. Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and liner notes (this and the Night Owls). A follow up to our popular Ranch Boys “Songs of the Plains” CD (BACM 12).


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The Randall Sisters (The Aaron Sisters)-On Air 1934. BACM 552

The Randall Sisters (The Aaron Sisters)-On Air 1934. BACM 552 Tight harmony nasal singing from the three Aaron sisters (a.k.a. The Randall Sisters), taken from their 1933-34 appearances on Wade Lane’s syndicated transcription series Pinto Pete & His Ranch Boys. Nice mix of hillbilly, novelty and sentimental tunes – all give the impression that singers and musicians alike are having fun.


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THE ROUGH RIDERS Vol. 1- Moon Over The Trail. B.A.C.M. 102

This trio consisted of three stars in their own right - Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Bond and Dick Reinhart - and they created some fine cowboy harmony on these rare transcriptions recorded in 1939.


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THE ROUGH RIDERS Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 384

This second volume (a follow up to BACM 102) contains 29 1942 transcription recordings of this fine harmony trio (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Johnny Bond, Singer/Actor/Guitarist Jimmy Wakely and singer Dick Reinhart) - with pleasant simple guitar accompaniment from Bond and Wakely.


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The Tennessee River Boys (Two different groups!). B.A.C.M. 417

There has long been much confusion amongst collectors arising from these two groups, both doing fine Bluegrass and using the same name. Paul (Boswell) and Roy (Pryor) were both registered blind and played guitar and mandolin respectively, recording on Mercury and Pace. The other pair, Curtis McPeake (5 string banjo/guitar) and Benny Williams (fiddle, guitar, banjo, autoharp, and mandolin) were both sometime members of Bill Monroe’s legendary Blue Grass Boys.


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CD D 131

THE TOBACCO TAGS Get Your Head In Here. B.A.C.M. 131

Excellent musicianship (two mandolins and guitar) and gentle harmony - old songs from the 30s including some comedy tracks.


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CD D 71

THE VAGABONDS Old Cabin Songs. B.A.C.M. 71

Twenty 1933 recordings from this trio singing old timey sentimental songs.


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CD D 254

THE WILBURN BROTHERS The Knoxville Girl. B.A.C.M. 254

Another of the legendary brother duos from the country music annals - here with a selection of 26 tracks from their USA Decca recordings, mid 1950s. Fine version of "One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart".


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TOMPALL & THE GLASER BROS. Same Old Memories. BACM 476

Early recordings from Tompall and The Glasers, distinctive and instantly recognisable - gutsy country …


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CD D 315

WAYNE RANEY featuring The Delmore Brothers. B.A.C.M. 315

A double bonus here - Raney's virtuoso harmonica playing coupled with the renowned Delmore's harmony singing - 25 tracks from the 1950s.


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WILEY WALKER & GENE SULLIVAN – Live And Let Live. B.A.C.M. 427

Their "When my blue moon turns to gold" composition has become a country standard but their recordings have been overlooked in recent decades. However, they were top favourites on Texas radio stations back in the 1930s and 40s and this selection from the vaults, 20 of their Okeh and Columbia recordings, shows why. As a bonus, we’ve included tracks from two of their radio shows.


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WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER On The Banks Of The River. B.A.C.M. 154

An interesting crossover between Old-timey and Bluegrass but all with a commercial leaning, this husband and wife team produced some great authentic country music as evidenced by this selection of 22 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1955.


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YORK BROTHERS Going Back To The Sunny South. B.A.C.M. 160

27 early (mainly 1939-41) recordings from this Kentucky born brother duo who became an inspiration to many others, including the Everly Brothers, who recorded the Yorks' "Long Time Gone" on their Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album. Includes their first recording " My Little Honeysuckle Rose". For fans of the 'close harmony singing plus guitar' genre.


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