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101 Ranch Boys
CD D 342

101 RANCH BOYS. B.A.C.M. 342

Billed by Variety Magazine in the late '40s as the "Fastest rising cowboy band in the land" , this talented group had begun in 1937 with celebrated musicians Andy Reynolds (guitar) and Cliff Brown (fiddle) joined soon after by accordionist William "Smokey" Roberts and much later by Leonard T. Zinn who added steel guitar and comedy. Here, a nice variety of cowboy, country and popular tunes as well as some great guitar instrumentals featuring Zinn.


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CD D 341

ARTHUR ‘GUITAR BOOGIE’ SMITH. B.A.C.M. 341

This 1948 to 1956 collection by ace guitarist Smith includes a 50/50 balance of instrumentals and vocals.


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CD D 383

BUDDY DURHAM Fiddle Tunes. B.A.C.M. 383

Fiddler extraordinaire Durham shows off his stunning prowess on these 1950s recordings . All the great 'country fiddle' tunes are here including Under The Double Eagle, Over the waves, Missouri Waltz, The Waltz You Saved For Me, Arkansas Traveler, After The Ball, Mexicali Rose, Home On The Range - no less than 43 tunes on 20 tracks!


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CD D 467

CECIL CAMPBELL & The Tennessee Ramblers. CD 467

A treat for fans of steel guitar played Hawaiian-style, from one of the early pioneers of the genre, here with the Tennessee Ramblers a popular Hillbilly/Western Swing group which Campbell joined in the early 1930s, becoming its leader in the mid 1940s. Nice mix of tunes, including country (superb version of Jimmy Work's heart rending Paper Roses) and Hawaiian, some of them Campbell originals.


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CD D 81

CLAYTON McMICHEN The Legendary Fiddler. B.A.C.M. 81

The old time fiddler is showcased on these 24 recordings from between 1926 and 1939, either as soloist or accompanist. Vocalists include Riley Puckett, Slim Bryant and Bob Miller


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CD D 142

CLAYTON McMICHEN The Legendary Fiddler Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 142

Another selection of brilliant recordings by one of the all time great fiddlers; 20 tracks recorded from 1927/39 in a variety of line ups which feature some of the most brilliant country musicians of the era.


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Don Helms 457
CD D 457

DON HELMS Plays Hank Williams & Other Favourites. CD 457

The man whose wistful steel guitar helped create the magic on all of Hank’s greatest recordings went on to play on many classic hits for other artists including Patsy Cline, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash (Columbia era). Here are 24 instrumental tracks showcasing Don’s talent on a mix of Hank Williams hits and other country standards.


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CD D 215

FIDDLIN’ ARTHUR SMITH Give Me Old Time Music. B.A.C.M. 215

Brilliant often-imitated fiddler and a good singer; here with 17 commercial and 8 transcriptions from the the 1930s/40s. Great selection of songs, various accompanist line ups including The Delmore Bothers, Billy Byrd, Clyde Moody and Jimmy Wakely.


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424 Fiddlin Sid Harkreader
CD D 424

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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CD D 571

GORDON TERRY – Orange Blossom Special – BACM 571

Rated by some as ‘The best bluegrass fiddler ever’,  highlights of Gordon Terry’s career included a first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age 9 (in 1941), several years as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, session work with the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Roger Miller,  recording a square dance album with Flatt & Scruggs - and getting inducted into the Fiddlers Hall Of Fame in 1981, the same year as Bob Wills.  BACM’s new collection showcases Terry’s brilliant fiddle playing, with great versions of many classic tunes.


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CD D 222

GRADY MARTIN & HIS SLEWFOOT FIVE Cornstalk Hop. B.A.C.M. 222

When it came to fancy guitar licks, they didn't come much better than Grady Martin, a musical genius whose list of credits includes Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly, Marty Robbins , Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley ... the list goes on. A country boy at heart who early in his career was in the Bailes Brothers' backing band, he could play any style of music and his talents are well showcased in this collection of 28 tracks recorded between 1952 and 57.


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CD D 554

HOT GUITARS Vol. 1 Early Country Hillbilly & Jazz CD 554

BACM’s first volume of early jazz-influenced country guitar maestros includes the legendary Les Paul, Karl Farr and Leroy “Slim” Johnson (both of whom added their guitar magic to many of the great Sons Of The Pioneers recordings) – plus some amazing performances from guitar virtuoso Herb Kratoska. Also 8 tracks by Les Paul’s mentor and one time musical partner, multi-instrumentalist Joe Wolverton. The four Les Paul Trio tracks include Chet Atkins’ elder bother Jim Atkins on rhythm guitar/ vocals and future Nashville A-List session man Ernie Newton on bass. Stand out track, an upbeat jazzy I’ll Take You Home Kathleen by Joe Wolverton & His Boys. Superb Karl Farr guitar solos on the two 1938 Gene Autry tracks.


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CD D 150

JACK RIVERS There’s A New Star In Heaven. B.A.C.M. 150

25 rare radio transcriptions from 1947 from this distinctive singer/ace guitarist including six instrumentals. He was the brother of Western Swing bandleader and western film star, "Texas Jim" Lewis (See CDs 62 and 261). He also picked some hot solos on several of Jimmy Wakely hits In the '30s the boys had recorded for Vocalion & Decca Records – & in the '40s Jack recorded for Capitol Records; on scores of Hollywood film soundtracks; & picked some hot solos on many Jimmy Wakely hits (including "Milkcow Blues, see CD 380).


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CD D 438

LEON McAULIFFE & His Cimarron Boys. B.A.C.M. 438

One of the great pioneers of the steel guitar and mainstay for several years of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, McAuliffe had a long and distinguished career, well showcased on this selection


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CD D 253

MERLE TRAVIS Dapper Dan. B.A.C.M. 253

Singer, songwriter, poet and guitarist extraordinaire who influenced and inspired a whole generation of guitar players including Chet Atkins; Travis has become a legend and rightly so as this material - 24 cuts from the 1940s/50s will show.


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Miller Bros Vol 1. BACM 468
CD D 468

MILLER BROTHERS – Vol. 1 Ramblin’ Round. CD 468

First of two planned compilations from the Miller Brothers Band from North Texas, who achieved massive popularity through their late 1940s broadcasts on Station KFDX. Mainly upbeat foot-tappers. Includes a superb rendition of old-timey fiddle classic The Wednesday Night Waltz ...


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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 288

TENNESSEE RAMBLERS Vol. 2 The Jack Gillette Years. B.A.C.M. 288

Some fine, gentle Western-Swing here on this mix of label recordings and air checks - including some great steel guitar instrumentals featuring the great Cecil Campbell. (Complementary to CD 259, DICK HARTMAN’S Washboard Wonders/Tennessee Ramblers, and CD 467, CECIL CAMPBELL & The Tennessee Ramblers).


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CD D 333

TERRY FELL / LEODIE JACKSON Ramblin’ Oakie. B.A.C.M. 333

28 tracks from Alabama born Fell and Oklahoman steel guitarist Jackson; all recorded in the mid ‘40s. Lovers of steel guitar will enjoy the Jackson tracks in particular.


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CD D 42

THE COONHUNTERS featuring Merle Travis. B.A.C.M. 42

25 Capitol transcriptions from the mid 1940s. The Coonhunters group is usually associated with Merle Travis and Wesley Tuttle, but on this set of recordings it is primarily Merle on lead vocals; exciting mix of old and new songs, several of the new ones penned by Merle and featuring a fine group of session musicians including 'Herman The Hermit' on banjo and Charlie Lindville on fiddle. From the banter, it is clear the boys are having fun, whilst creating some great music.


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CD D 294

TOMMY JACKSON The Legendary Session Fiddler. B.A.C.M. 294

Brilliant fiddle player who graced innumerable country sessions for top artistes is found here with his 50s square dance recordings for Dot.


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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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Zeb Turner-506
CD D 506

ZEB TURNER – Things Just Happen That Way. BACM CD 506

Brothers Zeke and Zeb Turner were both superb guitarists and both contributed session work on some classic Hank Willams recordings (eg: Zeb on Wedding Bells!). Both took early to the electric guitar, and our collection of Zeb’s recordings kicks off with Zeb’s superb landmark recording of Mountain Boogie. He is nowadays best remembered through his song writing credits (including the classic It’s A Sin, which charted for Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins and was also recorded by George Jones and Don Gibson as well as Elvis). But he was also a superb and distinctive vocalist, here heard mainly on his own compositions.


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