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CD D 297

ADOLPH HOFNER Swing With The Music. B.A.C.M. 297

Hofner's band created a unique and highly distinctive style of Western Swing, blending Tex/Mex and Czech Polka influences. This selection spans their recording career all the way from the 1930s to the mid 50s.


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CD D 483

AL VAUGHN – Country Music From the 40s & 50s. BACM CD 483

Obscure country singer/guitarist who cut some 40 sides for the 4Star label between 1947 and 1950 with some top session musicians. We have selected the best, nice mix of songs many with a Western Swing feel.


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CD D 292

AMBROSE HALEY & His Ozark Ramblers. B.A.C.M. 292

Some jazz-influenced interpretations of old timey and nostalgic classics as well as some newer songs by this talented and exuberant vocalist. Selections across all stages of Haley's career from the '30s through to the early 50s.


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CD D 282

BAR X COWBOYS Complete Recordings Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 282

Pioneering 6 piece Western Swing band which spawned the careers of, among others, Jerry Irby and legendary songwriter Ted Daffan. The 26 tracks selected for the CD date from 1937-44. Many tracks feature Ted Daffan's fine steel guitar.


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CD D 310

BAR X COWBOYS Complete Recordings Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 310

A further selection (carrying on from CD 282), with examples from each of six different line ups of the band – but all of them Western Swinging! Dates range from 1941 to 1953.


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CD D 546

BENNY LEADERS & The Western Rangers BACM CD 546

Leaders was an accomplished bass player who played with Jerry Irby’s Texas Ranchers and the Bar X Cowboys in the late 1940s before striking out with his own band. This is the first CD collection dedicated solely to Leaders’ recordings, gathering the best of his 1949-53 studio tracks plus a number of superb live recordings including a sizzling take on Lonesome Hearted Blues from 1948 and featuring legendary steel guitar pioneer Bob Dunn.


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CD D 545

BIG JIM DeNOONE The Giant Of Western Swing BACM CD 545

Our first collection from Big Jim DeNoone, the best of his recordings on the 4 Star and Obit labels, 27 tracks, good solid late ‘40s/early 1950’s ‘Country’, including several hit covers. DeNoone was a bandleader and superb fiddle player (won the North West Fiddlers Contest three times, 1958-60 and earlier, was National Champion Fiddler); a regular on the northern California country scene in the mid ‘50s.


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CD D 49

BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS Swinging & Singing. B.A.C.M. 49

Fine Western Swinging tracks recorded between the mid 30s and mid 40s; mix of vocals and instrumentals - 21 fine recordings.


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CD D 362

BILL BOYD Vol. 2 When The Sun Goes Down. B.A.C.M. 362

This second collection concentrates mainly on Boyd's early 'Cowboy Ramblers' recordings although we also include a few post war RCA Victor tracks; Boyd was one of the major figures in the development of Western Swing but these recordings show there was always an undercurrent of country in his vocals and guitar work. The musicianship is always excellent, reflecting his contemporary dubbing as the 'King of Instrumentals'!


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CD D 512

BILL BOYD Vol. 3 – When They Play Rural Rhythm. BACM CD 512

A third collection from the great Texas singer, guitarist and Western Swing band leader, whose groups over the years featured many of the top Western Swing musicians of the era; 22 tracks from the 1930s and four from c. 1950. Impossible to listen to and not start foot-tapping (or getting up and dancing!) Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and informative liner notes.


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CD D 312

BILL WIMBERLY At The Old Town Hall. B.A.C.M. 312

Some fine Western Swing songs and instrumentals by this fine artist (one with a somewhat erratic private life), from 1954-56.


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CD D 489

BILLY BRIGGS – CHEW TOBACCO RAG. BACM CD 489

A unique once-off, quirky vocalist/songwriter/distinctive steel guitarist, Briggs is nowadays best remembered for his early ‘50s hit Chew Tobacco Rag, but his recording career goes back to the 1930s including playing steel with the legendary Hi-Flyers (eg: on BACM 406), early exponents of Western Swing. This CD features his recordings with the Imperial label between 1949 and 1953 – mainly up-tempo novelties, many jazz-tinged, just guitar, steel and bass but producing a solid, driving sound.


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CD D 550

BOB WILLS & The Texas Playboys Live 1948 – 51 BACM CD 550

For Bob Wills fans, a collection of exciting live and radio recordings, not hitherto widely available. Opens with an off air capture of Bob’s second ever Grand Ole Opry appearance – a superb hot version of Wills’ classic Beaumont Rag. Ends with some fine 1951 tracks taken from WFAA station Dallas. Some great band line-ups.


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CD D 33

BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Ole Buttermilk Sky Tiffany Transcriptions 1945. B.A.C.M. 33

25 tracks - most of them never before available on CD from this legendary Western Swing band. Great takes on the classics "Nobody's darling but mine", "Don't fence me in" and "Silver dew on the bluegrass tonight" .


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CD D 343

BUCK NATION Western Range Ahead. B.A.C.M. 343

Mix of early Country and Western-Swing on this 30s/40s compilation, some with nice steel guitar accompaniment.


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CD D 169

CAL SHRUM & His Rhythm Rangers/ Colorado Hillbillies. B.A.C.M. 169

Through their long and prolific recording careers, brothers Cal and Walt Shrum managed to draw to their band(s) some of the best western musicians of their era including future stars Spade Cooley (fiddle), Deuce and Ace Spriggins (both, guitar) and the great deep voiced vocalist Tex Williams. Also the tragically short-lived Cene Haas whose guitar style sounds (to this listener) remarkably similar to Hank Snow’s. This CD features rare tracks, none previously available on CD. Nice mix of instrumentals and superb vocals including refreshingly different takes on Old Shep and Walking The Floor Over You. A superb hour’s listening enjoyment.


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CD D 336

CAL SHRUM Vol. 2 Rodeo Rhythm. B.A.C.M. 336

Recorded between 1938 and 1953, this is a companion to CD169; 30 recordings, mixed bag of Old Time, Hillbilly, Western Swing and instrumentals


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CD D 255

CHARLIE HERALD AND HIS ROUNDUP RANGERS. B.A.C.M. 255

From the vaults, some early Canadian Country from 1933/35 - a time even before Wilf Carter and Hank Snow had began recording - an eclectic mix of 23 tracks by this band. Canadian country music history in the making, a nice variety of styles and featured vocalists.


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CD D 52

CLYDE MOODY Six White Horses. B.A.C.M. 52

Originally with J.E. Mainer and then Bill Monroe, he turned to country crooning - as featured on these 23 recordings from 1947 to 1952.


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CD D 525

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE DE LUXE LABEL – BACM 525

Some rootsy hillbilly from the De Luxe label which merged with King Records in the late 1940s. Includes tracks from Jimmy Widener (banjo and guitar, busy LA session man who played and sang with several of the top Western Swing Bands including Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and Spade Cooley) and Leon Rusk, best known as a songwriter with credits on such classics as A Petal From A Faded Rose (recorded by Hank Snow, George Morgan and Little Jimmie Dickens) and Devil To Pay (recorded by Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash).


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CD D 448

CUSTOM MADE HILLBILLY Vol. 6 (Custom Starday Label). – B.A.C.M. 448

Yet another assortment of solid country tracks from this great series, recordings from the Starday Custom label, mix of lesser known and big stars. As always we have taken care to arrange a nice balanced programme, perfect for sitting back and enjoying an hour of good, real Country!


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CD D 356

DAVE STOGNER Western Swing Time. B.A.C.M. 356

28 choice recordings from the 1950s - mainly Western Swing with a few Country and Rockabilly numbers thrown in.


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CD D 279

DEUCE SPRIGGINS Down The Trail To San Antone. B.A.C.M. 279

Some nice, tight Western Swing on these 26 songs recorded in the mid 40s by Spriggins, former Spade Cooley band member .


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CD D 314

DEWEY GROOM & GEORGIA SLIM. B.A.C.M. 314

Some great Western Swing from the late 1940s/50s from Groom, Slim and Howdy Forrester including some fine instrumentals.


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CD D 259

DICK HARTMAN’S Washboard Wonders/Tennessee Ramblers. B.A.C.M. 259

This great mix of mainly upbeat 1930s recordings include all the Washboard Wonders' recordings plus six tracks from the Tennessee Ramblers.


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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 144

DICKIE McBRIDE I Still Care For You. B.A.C.M. 144

Great Western Swing vocalist with 23 songs from the late 30s to early 40s including several rare unissued demos.


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CD D 242

DIXIELAND SWINGSTERS Sing A Little Swing Song. B.A.C.M. 242

This jazzy swinging-country collection features all 24 of the band's 1937/39 Bluebird recordings including ten instrumentals. Awesome musicianship but this is not for hard core country fans. They were mainstays for several years on the Mid Day Merry Go Round radio show, the Swingsters providing upbeat, jazzy, novelty contrast to the station's core output which was country. Another country association, a very young Chet Atkins was part of the band for a while in the mid '40s.


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CD D 219

EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS Release Me. B.A.C.M. 219

Singer/ Western-swing bandleader/ famed songwriter (the much recorded "Release me""included here) - with 27 songs from the mid 1940s/mid 50s. (The first of our two samples is Eddie's original cut of his "I Love You Honey" composition, later a minor hit for Patsy Cline).


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CD D 521

EDDIE SHULER & His All Star Revellers – Grand Mamou. BACM 521.

Eddie Shuler was founder of Goldband Records, a label which first brought us Dolly Parton (at age 14!) and, over the decades, everything from traditional cajun, blues legends, pop hits and R&B to zydeco. But Goldband began as a vanity label to showcase Shuler’s own recordings from the mid ‘40s onwards. Here are 24 of these cuts, most with Shuler on guitar and vocals but backed by some of the top musicians of the era. Mix of (mainly) upbeat Western Swing and Cajun styles and it includes Shuler’s regional hit Ace Of Love, co-written with his long time band member, steel guitarist Pee Wee Lyons.


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CD D 145

ELDON BAKER and his Brown County Revelers. B.A.C.M. 145

One of the less well known hot string bands with 26 excellent foot tapping tracks from 1938-52.


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CD D 302

HANK HARRAL with The Plains Riders & Palomino Cowhands. B.A.C.M. 302

Singing mainly his own songs, Hank turns in a nice mix of Country, Boogie and Swing; these 26 songs were laid down in the 1940s and early '50s, many featuring the great Weldon Myrick on steel.


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CD D 406

HI-FLYERS 1937–1941. B.A.C.M. 406

Pioneering early jazz-tinged western-swing, emerged from Texas at the dawn of the Great Depression.


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CD D 11

Hoosier Hot Shots “Rural Jazz”. B.A.C.M. 11

Twenty tracks of jazz-tinged hillbilly from a group whose somewhat crazy humor undoubtedly influenced Spike Jones. Underlying the madcap, frantic humour was their skilled and versatile musicianship - every group member was a gifted multi instrumentalist.


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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 453

HOYLE NIX & His West Texas Cowboys. B.A.C.M. 453

Superb Western Swing in the authentic style of Nix’s idol, Bob Wills; nice mix of songs and tempos, mainly upbeat swingers but with some smooth ballads. Great versions of San Antonio Rose and A Big Balls In Cowtown.


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CD D 245

HOYT ‘SLIM’ BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 245

More great swinging Country from this superb guitarist and his band; 30 RCA transcriptions for radio recorded during the 1940s.


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CD D 178

HOYT ‘SLIM’ BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS. B.A.C.M. 178

A man who played a big part in Country music history and whose career spanned several decades - he played guitar on Jimmie Rodgers' recordings and performed with the Skillet Lickers yet was still giving guitar lessons in 2002! There's some great guitar playing on these 31 rare transcription recordings.


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CD D 268

HOYT “SLIM” BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS Vol. 3. B.A.C.M. 268

These 33 Thesaurus transcriptions from the 1940s complement our two previous CDs (BACM 178 and 245), broad ranging. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Bryant died in 2012 aged 102 and was the last surviving musician to have recorded with the legendary country singer Jimmie Rodgers, who died in 1933.


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CD D 361

JACK RIVERS Vol. 2 Navy Hot Rod. B.A.C.M. 361

Brother of Texas Jim Lewis, Jack Rivers was a talented vocalist and songwriter and one of the most exciting country guitarists of his era. This CD focuses mainly on his 1946 1950 and 1952 recordings, across several different groups.


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CD D 307

JERRY IRBY & LINK DAVIS Texas Swing. B.A.C.M. 307

Irby with his Texas Rangers and Davis with his Bluebonnet Playboys play some excellent Western Swing on these 29 tracks from the 1940s.


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CD D 369

JIM BOYD Texas Moon Waltz. B.A.C.M. 369

Some fine recordings – mix of country waltzes, Western Swing and Boogie tunes from the mellow voiced, talented but (undeservedly) lesser known brother of Bill Boyd. Superb multi-instrumentalist (guitarist, bass, mandolin etc!). This 29 track selection features a wide range of styles and has his entire RCA Victor recordings from 1949 to 51.Includes some rare (not previously on record) radio tracks including hot jazzy versions of Bill Bailey and El Ranche Grande.


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CD D 556

JIMMIE HEAP & The Melody Masters Wild Side Of Life CD 556

Our first collection from this fine band, featuring Jimmie on lead guitar with a superb bunch of musicians - serving up a mix of mainly original compositions by Heap and piano player Arlie Carter – plus a couple of instrumentals; style a blend of Western Swing and ‘early 1950s Country’. A nice complement to the excellent 1992 Bear Family collection covering Heap’s later Capitol recordings.


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CD D 100

JIMMIE REVARD & HIS OKLAHOMA PLAYBOYS Naughty Naughty. B.A.C.M. 100

24 recordings of pre-war Western Swing from one of the premier, most popular bands in the genre. Here with recordings from 1936-40.


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CD D 126

LEON HUFF The Early Years Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 126

Late 1930s transcriptions from is great voiced Texan, nice mix of songs, great backings. Superb interpretation of Jimmie Rodgers' hauntingly beautiful Prairie Lullaby.


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CD D 127

LEON HUFF The Early Years Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 127

A master star of Western Swing and a superb vocalist - here is another great selection - 27 tracks, a mix of commercial and transcription recordings.


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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 572

LEON SELPH & His Blue Ridge Playboys BACM CD 572.

A treat for Western Swing enthusiasts, this new CD features great swing fiddler Leon “Pappy” Self, one of the legends of Western Swing. Line ups include some of the top Western Swing musicians of the era including Moon Mullican, Floyd Tillman, Cliff Bruner, Bob Dunn and Tex Daffan. Includes the recording debuts of Mullican (piano) and Tillman (guitar), November 1936, years before they achieved national prominence in their own right.


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CD D 478

LEON’S LONE STAR COWBOYS 1932–1937. BACM CD478

Some superb hot Western Swing from his Lone Star Cowboys plus a couple of his early solo recordings, from singer/ songwriter/ guitarist / bandleader Leon Chappelear.


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Les Smithhart & Super X Cowboys – Live & Swinging. B.A.C.M. 444

These songs are all from radio programmes and is a mixture between good Country music and Country Jazz. Little was commercially recorded by Les Smithhart although you’ll find a few 78s scattered around but they are quite rare and hard to find. There are one or two good fiddle instrumentals that keep the CD sounding more Country than Jazz.


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CD D 94

LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS Guitar Jump. B.A.C.M. 94

25 Western Swing delights from 1947/48 from one of the very best and most influential purveyors of the genre; the band attracted many of the top musicians of the era. Jazz tinged country, with a swing.


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CD D 363

LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS Vol. 2 Roll Up The Carpet. B.A.C.M. 363

Another selection (see also CD94) from the boys with a good cross section of their music from 1933, to 1941, early 'String-band' evolving into 'Western Swing'!


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CD D 173

LOUISE MASSEY & THE WESTERNERS Ridin’ High 1933-1941. B.A.C.M. 173

Some great upbeat foot-tappers from this superb Western, swinging band - some nice traditional songs. This selection from their early (1931 to 1941) period.


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CD D 541

MERL LINDSAY & His Oklahoma Night Riders Vol. 1. BACM CD 541

For Western Swing collectors - 27 recordings, non previously released commercially, by one of the best of the great western swing bands, led by fiddler, guitarist and singer Merl Lindsay. They began performing and recording in the early 1940s but our collection focuses mainly on the 1950s, a mix of radio transcriptions, unreleased demos and some excerpts from a live radio show in 1958. Track 12 features future superstar Wanda Jackson, singing Jimmy C. Newman’s Cry, Cry Darling.


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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 281

OKLAHOMA ED MOODY Down The Trail To Home. B.A.C.M. 281

Another Oklahoma born singer/ songwriter with a fine voice who made few recordings but all of them excellent; 20 songs recorded 1945/47 with an interesting variety of accompaniments. Nice version of Woody & Jack Guthrie's "Oklahoma Hills".


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CD D 436

PAUL HOWARD – Western Swing At The Opry. B.A.C.M. 436

Pioneer of Western Swing, whose band harbored several waves of seriously important musicians championing swinging beats and jazzy solos in the very heartland of the hillbilly, folksy world of Tennessee.


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CD D 447

PORT ARTHUR JUBILEERS & Associates. B.A.C.M. 447

This collection traces the development of the Jubileers, through their several name changes, from “a ragged band flirting with the emerging western swing sound to one of the most sophisticated and swinging bands of the day” and featuring some of the legends of western swing including electric mandolinist Tiny Moore who later went on to fame with Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys.


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CD D 527

PRE WAR WESTERN SWING Vol. 1 1937–1943 BACM CD 527

A treat for Western Swing fans, the first in our planned series of rare live (radio broadcast) Western Swing performances from the 1930s onwards. Mix of obscure and well known bands, including a great I Get The Blues When It Rains from W.Lee O’Daniels Hillbilly Boys. An hour of excellent hot swing, of special interest to collectors and historians of the genre.


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CD D 491

RAMBLIN’ JIMMIE DOLAN. ONE TRUE HEART – BACM CD 491

A nice collection including several rare tracks. Ramblin’ Jimmie Dolan was a LA based country performer whose sessions over the years featured many of the top musicians of the era. Sometimes classified as ‘Western Swing’ but Dolan’s vocal style was solid country!


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CD D 117

RICE BROTHERS GANG King Cotton Stomp. B.A.C.M. 117

Combination of Western-swing and popular music from the 1930s/40s; 25 tracks including three fine instrumentals. features Hoke and Paul Rice; the latter composed the evergreen hit You Are My Sunshine, selling the rights to Jimmie Davis for just $35.


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CD D 519

RICE BROTHERS Vol. 2 – Hurry Johnny Hurry. BACM CD 519

A second collection from the prolific Rice Brothers Gang, led by Hoke (mainly tenor banjo, also guitar) and Paul (bass and guitar), various line ups, many jazz tinged but although they could do fine upbeat swing their sound was distinctive, falling somewhere between the developing ‘Western Swing’ and Eastern/South Eastern jazz. This collection includes their recording of the evergreen classic You Are My Sunshine (which Paul Rice composed but sold the rights to, apparently during a low-cash crisis!)


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CD D 367

ROY NEWMAN Round The World On A Dime. B.A.C.M. 367

This collection gathers a number of gems from Roy Newman's 1934-39 stint with ARC-Columbia, closing with a handful of radio performances of the band from the early 1940s. Newman was a bandleader and pianist, who surrounded himself with some of the best musicians around to create some of the finest Western Swing music of the era. Many classic songs in this collection including a great version of "When you and I were young, Maggie" with vocalist Ish Irwin.


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CD D 328

SAM NICHOLS The Old Cowhand From The Rio Grande. B.A.C.M. 328

28 tracks of smooth Western Swing selected from Nichols' recordings from the mid 40s (the time before the harder-edged Hank Williams sound took over), to the early 50s.


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CD D 401

SHELLY LEE ALLEY And His Alley Cats. B.A.C.M. 401

Prolific songwriter (the legendary Jimmie Rodgers recorded several of his compositions) who started out as a jazz/pop bandleader but who later turned to Western Swing. Here are 27 songs reflecting the wide variety of his output from 1937 through to the mid 50s.


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CD D 562

SHELTON BROTHERS Vol. 3 CD 562

This third collection spans the Shelton Brothers entire recording career from their first sessions in 1935 through to their last - two tracks from a 1961 E.P. Over the years they progressed from a Southeastern-flavoured harmony duo with Bob (v. and guitar) and Joe (v. and mandolin) plus fiddler Curly Fox - to hot western swing, featuring some of the top musicians of the era. A really enjoyable hour’s listening, nice mix of styles and tempos.


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CD D 516

SHORTY & SMOKEY WARREN & The Western Rangers. BACM CD 516

Our first CD from the Warren Brothers, Shorty and Smokey, stalwarts of the Northeastern country music scene for several decades, starting from the mid ‘40s. Tracks feature several of their regular or guest vocalists – nice selection of songs and styles. Described as: "... mainstream country music of the era, with pop and western overtones ... with some western swing influence'. Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and sleeve notes and to Al Turner for his help sourcing the recordings.


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CD D 78

SONS OF THE PIONEERS Western Harmony And Hot Swing Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 78

Superb harmony and swing from one of the top 1930s/40s groups; 32 rare transcription recordings , great music.


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CD D 79

SONS OF THE PIONEERS Western Harmony And Hot Swing Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 79

More selections from this superb and much emulated group. Includes several foot stomping instrumentals.


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CD D 261

SOUTHEASTERN SWING BANDS Complete Recordings. B.A.C.M. 261

The complete 1938 recordings of three fine swing bands, The Swing Billies, the Hi Neighbour Boys and Herald Goodman & his Tennessee Valley Boys - nice mix of 'Swing-Western and Swing-blues and even a touch of yodeling blues!


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CD D 411

SPADE COOLEY & His Western Dance Band Vol 1 – Live 1944-46. B.A.C.M. 411

These amazing air checks feature Cooley's classic Columbia Records-era band, with vocals by Tex Williams, Smokey Rogers, Colleen Summers (AKA, Mary Ford, later of the legendary Les Paul & Mary Ford recordings) and others. A particular highlight is the presence of steel guitar wizard Joaquin Murphey heard at his very best. The live setting gives Murphey, fiddling leader Spade and other instrumental stalwarts like electric guitarist Johnny Weis and accordionist George Bamby plenty of room to shine.


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CD D 449

SPADE COOLEY LIVE Vol 2 – B.A.C.M. 449

We had a big response to our recent issue of live recordings of Spade and band so have put together this second compilation. Great, mainly upbeat, foot stomping tunes …


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CD D 561

SWINGING ON THE BRAZOS Unissued Demos etc. CD 561

An interesting slice of Western Swing History. Two dozen previously unissued recordings cut in Waco, Central Texas in the early 1950s, a mix of live performances and studio demos. Several tracks feature legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble. Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and liner notes, both for this one and for the Swinging On The Brazos CD.


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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 327

TEX ATCHISON Natural Born Gamblin’ Man. B.A.C.M. 327

Former Prairie Ramblers member with 27 tracks, nice mix of styles,recorded 1945/46. Some brilliant instrumental backings including Atchison's great fiddle playing.


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CD D 46

TEX WILLIAMS Hey Mr. Cotton Picker. B.A.C.M. 46

Although best known for his "Smoke, smoke smoke that cigarette", Williams was a prolific and versatile recording artist. These 22 tracks show off his Talking Blues/ Western Swing style.


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CD D 97

TEX WILLIAMS River Of No Return. B.A.C.M. 97

A mix of transcriptions and commercial recordings from the "Smoke, Smoke,Smoke" man; follow up to the CD 46 collection. Also see CD 334 for some of Tex' later ('50s-60s) recordings.


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CD D 62

TEXAS JIM LEWIS Rose Of The Border. B.A.C.M. 62

This man had many talents - as a vocalist, guitarist, comedian as well as appearing in dozens of movies - oh and he invented the original 'Hootinanny" (one man band musical contraption)! Here some of his great Western Swing recordings, mainly from his 1940-46 period.


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CD D 271

TEXAS JIM LEWIS Vol.2 In New York & Hollywood 1937–39. B.A.C.M. 271

A pioneer of early Western Swing, this 26 track second volume features his 1937/39 recordings.


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CD D 175

TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON Purple Night On The Prairie. B.A.C.M. 175

24 of Victor 1930s/40s records by this nowadays largely forgotten Texan with various accompaniments.


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CD D 538

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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CD D 372

TUNE WRANGLERS Drivin’ The Dogies Along. B.A.C.M. 372

These boys could sure wrangle a tune; 23 fine slices of Western Swing, from the mid to late '30s.


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CD D 463

W. LEE O’DANIEL & THE HILLBILLY BOYS 1935–1938 CD 463

Classic Western Swing, from the Hillbilly Boys, the band which O'Daniel formed to promote his Hillbilly Flour Company after leaving the Light Crust Doughboys. Lead vocals by the great Leon Huff (The Texas Songbird); these are rare tracks, mostly not previously available on CD. Complements our two CDs of Doughboys recordings (BACM CD363 and BACM 94).


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CD D 573

WAYNE JOHNSTON & The Blue Bonnet Playboys BACM CD 573

A fine band, although little known outside West Texas and Southern New Mexico, where they were established performers on the dance band circuit and through their radio and TV live performances. Johnson was a big fan of Western Swing from childhood on, becoming an accomplished steel player. After war service and a stint as a DJ he joined the established Bluebonnet Playboys band in 1952. These live recordings show the band in good form, with various vocalists including long time member Lindsey Smith and guest vocalists Floyd Tillman and Red Brown. Nice mix of songs, Western Swing standards, popular country songs of the day - and from 1956 - a curious jazzy version of See You Later Alligator!


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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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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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