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Country Chat - July 2015

July 2015. I’m going to kick off with an appeal – if any of you have spare copies of old time magazines from the 1940s / 50s that you wish to sell (or loan the archive to be photo copied for our files), please drop us a line. We are after magazines like COWBOY SONGS ,  COUNTRY SONG ROUND-UP,  PICKIN’ MAGAZINE,  SONG & SADDLE,   MOUNTAIN BROADCAST & PRAIRIE RECORDER ,  NATIONAL HILLBILLY NEWS – or  COUNTRY MUSIC JOURNAL; or any similar magazines.  If you have some, let me know, with details of each title/ volume/issue number. We already have quite a few in stock here at the archive but there are gaps. Information from these magazines is really helpful for the research we do for our CD releases. And we are keen to make sure historical items don’t get thrown away but get saved for future generations of enthusiasts and collectors. This really hasn’t anything to do with money, it’s all about preservation – too many items get thrown out these days in our  throw-away society. More recent magazines are not really wanted as we have full sets. Other items we will always treasure are 78s and old time photographs, Old Country Music Books, just about anything that has anything to do with Country Music in the 30s to 50s maybe into the 60s as well.  Our email is: bacm.uk@googlemail.com

Now onto our three brand new CDs, ready for release at the beginning of July.

BACM CD 490 – MERLE KILGORE.  JOHNNY REB.

Despite the fact that Merle was born in Chicasha Oklahoma, he was known as the Tall Texan.  An all round talent, at 16 he was already making a name for himself as a radio DJ and fast becoming a leading guitarist on the Louisiana Hayride. But it was his song writing skills that brought him fortune and fame, beginning with his 1954 More And More becoming a smash  hit for Webb Pierce, and later for others. Other Kilgore compositions include Ring Of Fire (recorded by Anita Carter then June Carter and later a hit for Johnny Cash), Johnny Horton’s Johnny Reb and the Claude King crossover hit Wolverton Mountain. He later managed Hank Williams Junior for whom he wrote several songs.  He had a great talent for impersonations of other country stars and you’ll find several examples on this CD.

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

One reason we’ve not already  produced a CD by Ramblin’ Jimmie Dolan is that after Bear Family used a good number of his songs I thought that there wouldn’t be enough left to form another CD. Well, there were – and here is the result; largely thanks to the kindness of BACM collaborator Phil Tricker  who has loaned us a dozen very rare tracks from his collection. Dolan has been sadly neglected over the years but we’ve now made up for it with this release. We hope you will enjoy  hearing them.

BACM CD 492- CUSTOM GOSPEL Vol 2. VARIOUS ARTISTS               

Another fine selection of Hillbilly Gospel songs, continuing our Custom Gospel series.  Gospel music is an important part of the country scene in the USA and fans of bluegrass will enjoy these arrangements. Some unfamiliar names but they include the A L Phipps family, one of the best of the groups modelled on the legendary Carter Family.

Well that’s about all I have to say for another month “Thank goodness for that” you’ll be saying. Before I sign off, remember to look out any country music items from the 40s/50s that you’d like to share with other fans, and please contact me at our regular address.

Wishing you all the very best from us all here

DAVE on behalf of the BACM Boys – especially BRIAN, DEREK  and BARRY.

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