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April 2018. I’ve always known the month of March as the month in which there are signs of the spring in the air. Well here we are and at last winter is behind us which brings me to start thinking of the jobs outside that have been neglected over the past few months.
But there is still the important matter of the old time music that keeps me busy and sane every month. Good news for the Archive as we’ve had yet another collection of LPs donated to us. The only trouble with this is that we are running out of space, especially for items that are duplicated. We have many thousands of LPs which are unwanted so if any of our customers have any room to spare within their collections I am prepared to let as many go as can be to give us a return on our expenses in collecting them. Unfortunately I’m kept so busy producing the BACM CD releases I just can’t find the time to make up a listing; so for now it will just have to be ‘Cash & Carry’ – so if you’re interested and plan to pass by these parts, do get in touch.
One other thing that’s been keeping me busy is adding everything on to my data base on the computer. This has proved a godsend over the years in producing the monthly CDs. I’ve been working on the database now for as long as BACM Records have existed, and I’m proud to say that we now have some 650,000 recordings in it.
So on we go with our opinion of the April releases which are ready to send out.
BACM CD D 590. Riley Puckett, Volume 3
The extent of Riley Puckett’s recordings is outstanding, there are hundreds of songs in the record catalogues still awaiting a release so here we give you Volume three of his collection which I hope that you will all enjoy. Like most blind musicians they seem to have the edge on some of the sighted ones. I suppose that it brings your sense of hearing to a peak with the and Riley had a fine voice to go with exceptional songs in which you’ll hear on this CD. I think this one will be my pick of the month.
BACM CD D 591 Johnny Denis Volume 2.
I personally wasn’t all that keen to add another Johnny Denis compilation to the BACM catalogue but he really was one of the pioneers as far as British Country Music was concerned. On this CD we hone in on his perfection as a whistler. Older folk here in England will be reminded of the radio programme Workers Playtime Hour during WWII, in which companies allowed their employees to listen to keep up morale and help greater production.
BACM CD D 592 Pete Pyle + Chuck Harding
Pete Pyle is no stranger to the Country Music scene as there have been a good selection of his songs released over the years. Personally, I like the first track on this CD which demonstrates how well he could yodel. This seems to be the only song he recorded that you could hear him yodel, and how well he did so, Other songs by him on this CD are pretty much the run of the mill 40/50s country that was so plentiful back then. Pete is joined by his friend Chuck Harding who turned out a bit more modern in his approach to the music.
Our continued best wishes to you all
Dave, Brian and Barry, the BACM Boys.