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Early String Bands


CD D 24

ARTHUR FIELDS & FRED HALL Eleven More Months & Ten More Days. B.A.C.M. 24

Prolific and gifted songwriters they composed all 21 songs featured here, all recorded in the 1930s. Best are their humorous songs.


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CD D 555

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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CD D 23

CROCKETT’S KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS Classic Old Time String Band Music. B.A.C.M. 23

19 tracks from 1930 to 37 by, as the title says, "Classic old time string band music" from this six piece group.


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CD D 300

EARLY CALIFORNIA COWBOYS & HILLBILLIES Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 300

Some great uncluttered late 20s/early 30s recordings from five different bands from California, preceding the Bakersfield Sound by a couple of decades.


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Early California Cowboys & Hillbillies Vol. 2 BACM CD 544 

There was a thriving country music scene in California in the 1930s and we have at last got around to this second compilation of historic recordings (a follow up to the first volume issued in 2010). Includes five rare 1934-37 recordings from the great Stuart Hamblen when his style was still largely modelled on Jimmie Rodgers. Another highlight, six more transcription recordings from Dude Martin & his Nevada Nite Herders (following up those on BACM’s CD 194, DUDE MARTIN’S NEVADA NIGHT HERDERS Cowboy’s Nightmare). Curiously, yet another group called ‘The Rolling Stones’ – this one even earlier, featuring Jimmy Adams (guitar) and Bud Jamison (harmonica and tenor), recorded in 1930. Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and comprehensive liner notes.


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CD D 31

ERNEST THOMPSON Pioneer Artist From North Carolina. B.A.C.M. 31

One of the first country artists on record, these songs from his first recordings in 1924 contain a mix of instrumentals and traditional songs in his distinctive high pitched delivery.


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FIDDLIN’ SID HARKREADER Early Opry Star B.A.C.M. 424

A slice of country music history, early recordings from this accomplished fiddler and singer, an early sidekick to Uncle Dave Macon and who continued playing the Grand Ole Opry through to the early '60s. Nice collection of songs, many later becoming huge sellers for other artists.


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FOUR PICKLED PEPPERS & Associates -B.A.C.M. 452

Brilliant bunch of musicians on this band formed in 1938 by Norman Woodlieff, singer and guitarist who accompanied legendary old timey musician Charlie Poole on his first sessions in 1925.


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CD D 73

GEORGIA YELLOW HAMMERS Johnson’s Old Grey Mule. B.A.C.M. 73

Classic 20s recordings from this influential 4-piece band.


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CD D 340

OLD TIME TUNES & SONGS 1926 – 1937. B.A.C.M. 340

26 recordings from the great era of old time music are here, some on CD for the first time.


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CD D 364

OLD TIME TUNES & SONGS Vol. 2 1924-1954. B.A.C.M. 364

Following lots of positive feedback to the earlier BACM 340 collection, another selection of rare and historical tunes and songs of all styles, lovingly put together - in total, 22 songs from the 20s and 30s.


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CD D 108

RED FOX CHASERS Classic Old Time Music From North Carolina. B.A.C.M. 108

21 tracks of real old time music from 1928-31 by this classic and gifted band.


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CD D 10

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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CD D 20

UNCLE HENRY’S ORIGINAL KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS Vol. 1 B.A.C.M. 20

27 1940s transcriptions, nice mix of old timey and contemporary hillbilly instrumentals.


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CD D 373

UNCLE HENRY’S ORIGINAL KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS Vol. 2 B.A.C.M. 373

27 songs and instrumentals from the 1940s, a mix of Old Time songs and popular songs from the era plus some instrumentals. Companion to CD 20.


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CD D 431

WALLY FOWLER & The Georgia Clodhoppers Vol .2. B.A.C.M. 431

Singer/songwriter Wally Fowler founded the Georgia Clodhoppers in 1943 with a then unknown Chet Atkins as lead guitarist. This collection features mainly transcription recordings with the Clodhoppers plus a few later recordings with the Oak Ridge Quartet.


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CD D 232

WALTER HURDT & The Singing Cowboys. B.A.C.M. 232

With an instantly recognizable distinctive sound, a high energy string band with sophisticated harmony, popular in their era but nowadays sadly largely forgotten. From deep in the Archive shelves and restored, here are 29 of their recordings mainly from the 1930s.


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