Country Chat - June 2018
1st June. The months certainly slip by these days. Looking through our mailing list of a few years back we find a good few of our amigos are no longer with us. I am reminded of this every time I get to label the envelopes to post the coming month’s CDs to our subscribers.
I consider myself very lucky in being too young to fight in the last war, and for not having to fight in my two years of National Service. When I was demobbed in 1957, the world was going crazy with the introduction of Rock and Roll music, but you could still obtain old Country Music on 78rpm if you looked hard enough at the catalogues or in second hand record shops. The 45rpm disc was fast becoming the most popular format and remained so for the next 40 odd years . Some of these old 45s and 78s have become collector’s items with a few fetching really big money with the traders. But 30 years ago the first CDs arrived – they don’t have the smell or feel of the 78s or 45s but still, they have their advantages – especially being able to contain so many tracks.
Next month we’ll release our 600th CD having produced three CDs every month for getting on 17 years – which means we’ll have brought around 18,000 country tracks into the light of day – many of them rare. A lot of work but it’s something we enjoy and I know from the letters and emails we get that our efforts are appreciated.
This month our three CDs mainly feature recordings made in the 1950s.
MISSOURI ROUNDUP – Various Artists. BACM CD 596
First we have a collection from the state of Missouri, put together for us by Al Turner and Phil Tricker. You’ll find these songs truly entertaining as they were all recorded in the Golden Era, which is so popular with people of around my age.
GLENN DOUGLAS TUBB – Let Me Cry Alone. BACM CD 597
The name “Tubb” is legendary in country music, maybe second only to “Acuff” and everyone is familiar with Texas Troubador Ernest and his mellow voiced son Justin Tubb who carved out a successful career in his own right. Well here’s another one - . Glenn Douglas Tubb, a relation to the great Ernest, and with a fine voice able to put over a Country song as well as anybody else in this era. Why he wasn’t a bigger success is bit of a mystery, but maybe he was just unlucky with the record companies.
RED SOVINE Vol. 2 – Heart Of A Man. BACM CD 598
Last of all, there’s a mixture of good songs that Red Sovine recorded but never hit the charts. He was a kind of down to earth fellow that would stop and chat to almost anybody. His career went full steam ahead with the introduction of “Trucker’s Songs” These were about the men that listened to the radio all day whilst driving their trucks all over the USA. They lived by the music and the songs because it gave them the lift from the boredom that they were looking for on their long journeys reaching out all out over the USA. The hub of the nation on wheels is our second volume by Red.
That’s our three for this coming month. We’ll be back again with something a little more vintage next month.
Some of our Country Music friends tell me they have regular get togethers with other nearby country friends to play their favourite songs which I think a really good idea, and you get the chance to switch off the dreaded TV which doesn’t have much on it these days despite having a hundred channels. Making friends through Country Music seems a good idea and can be a fun night out. Do any of you remember the old Folk Voice of the 60s and 70s, that was a form of passing around a reel to reel tape with your favourite songs or interviews with the artists to each other? Thanks to Jim Marshall we have a collection of these which upon playing now brings us a lot of pleasure in hearing our friend’s voices and their choice of music or subject from some 50 odd years ago. A lot of these people have now passed on but the Archive is preserving their memory.
So we come to the end of another month and three more CDs available to add to your collection. I hope that you’ll enjoy our selection of golden country favourites. Please remember that if you get a faulty CD or print error please drop us a line. Our CDs which have the vinyl looking surface are guaranteed by us. If they don’t have the vinyl-looking surface then they are fakes or copies and we do not guarantee them.
Watch out for the sunburn this summer, enjoy it whilst you can!
With best wishes to you all.
Dave, Brian & Barry The BACM BOYS.
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