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Country Chat - April 2019

April 2019. Whilst reading hillbilly.com the other day I noticed that an old friend had passed away aged 86. He was Pennsylvania’s King of Country Music, Cowboy Howard Vokes. I first met him in 1961 when visiting the DJ convention in Nashville, a guest of Lou Epstein the manager of Jimmie Skinner’s Record shop and Jimmie’s personal manager many years before. Howard was one of the greatest promotional people that you’ll ever come across and was always there to give a helping hand to any fellow Country Music performers. He gave me a lot of introductions over the years and was always someone I could call on for assistance or information; a true gentleman and it is with great sadness that he is no longer with us.

Sad also to hear of the passing on April 6th of Jim Glazer, the youngest brother of the legendary Tompall & The Glazer Brothers – three brothers who had a massive influence on the country scene from the 1960s onwards not just through their fine harmony recordings but also through their successful publishing and studio businesses.

Back to BACM news, well life goes on and we’re still managing to put out our regular three CDs a month. There’s just one thing that gets under my skin is the postal services not working as well as they should. One guy in Canada was recently kept waiting for about a month after we’d posted it. We post out orders promptly via Royal Mail and via Air Mail where applicable. Once the package has been posted, it is then in the hands of the postal service and if their system goes wrong it’s us who are left with the customer’s wrath. We do guarantee the service we give, so nobody looses but ourselves. My answer is, please have a little patience with them, they will deliver in their own time.

So on to our releases for April. In the past our policy has been to avoid issuing tracks already issued on CD by other labels. But now, after producing over 600 CDs and nearly 18,000 tracks it becomes a bit more difficult to find good quality un-released tracks so we may have to change our strategy. We’ve done this for two of our releases this month.

Our Charlie Walker CD gives you the earliest of his work on such labels as Imperial, Mercury and Decca, tracks that you can also find on Bear Family’s superb but expensive box set which has all his releases along with a book with hundreds of photographs & information. You can treat our CD as a sampler, showing what a wonderful artist Charlie was and if you like it, by all means go out and buy the box set as well, so everyone is a winner. We regard these other labels not as competitors but as our friends who, like us, are doing their best to maintain the legacy of the great country artistes of yesteryear.

Similarly with our Jimmie Driftwood CD – giving you 28 of his songs from the late 1950s and very early 60s to wet your whistle. Bridging the gap between country and folk in his early days he became popular with songs like Tennessee Stud and Battle Of New Orleans which just about everyone was singing some 70 years ago.

Finally we have another CD by the great Elton Britt, our 628th CD. Here you’ll find a lot of sentimental songs to prove that it wasn’t just his yodelling powers that made him famous but he had such a fine voice that suited almost anything he put his voice to.

We’re already working on the three releases for the month of May; as usual we are not giving you any clues about them because our subscriber customers tell us they enjoy opening each month’s package and the surprise factor.

Here’s wishing you all our very best wishes in life.

THE BACM BOYS, Dave Barry & Brian, plus our sidekicks who do a splendid job.

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April 2019


April 2019. Whilst reading hillbilly.com the other day I noticed that an old friend had passed away aged 86. He was Pennsylvania’s King of Country Music, Cowboy Howard Vokes. I first met him in 1961... Read the newsletter

March 2019


1st March. Over the past 17 years we’ve grown to be a leading source of authentic early country music, thanks to our dedicated team – a small group of country music devotees who put in the hours t... Read the newsletter

February 2019


1st February. It’s back to normal right now with the holidays over with for a while. The supermarkets and travel companies keep reminding us that it’s not the case as they rummage around getting e... Read the newsletter

Jan 2019


1st January 2019.  Another year done and dusted and each year they seem to fly by faster than ever. Once again we’ve achieved our mission – producing 36 new CDs, three each month and nearly alway... Read the newsletter

December 2018


1st December. Well, here we are at the end of the year again with Christmas looming up and festivities bringing smiling faces across the world. A month or two back we sent Freddie Hart some copies ... Read the newsletter

Nov 2018


1st November. Just as I was patting myself on the back and jumping for joy over there not being any mistakes in last month's releases, I get a call from Kevin Coffee telling me we’d used the wrong p... Read the newsletter

October 2018


Oct 1st. Can it really be October already? We’re going to have to get our “Superman” boots on if we can complete another six CDs out for you before Christmas! Thank goodness we have such a great... Read the newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter


1st September. There has been a lot of controversy over the years as to certain artists saying that they are country, but their music has little or nothing in common with what most of us would recogni... Read the newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter


1st August. Another month and another 80 or so recordings dug up from the archives for our three new CD’s. Remember we welcome suggestions for future releases, just drop me a line. Remember our ‘g... Read the newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter


1st July 2018. Another milestone, this month the release of our 600th BACM disc. And we made it a couple of days early, thanks to Brian postponing his holiday which also gave me a bit... Read the newsletter

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 eve... Read the newsletter

May 2018


May 1st 2018. I will begin with telling you about our CDs for the month of May. First we have BONNIE LOU Vol. 2. Bonnie began her career as a down home country son... Read the newsletter

April 2018


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... Read the newsletter

March 2018


March 2018. Running the reissue of rare country recordings takes quite a bit of money and effort and we depend on our customers to keep supporting us by buying our CDs. We’re a small outfit, not out... Read the newsletter

February 2018


February 2018. Here we are in the midst of winter, fortunately for us down here near the White Cliffs Of Dover, we have had no snow whereas areas of the north are well covered by that... Read the newsletter

January 2018


January 2018. Here’s hoping that you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I’m afraid that I’m not a big fan of Christmas holidays as I don’t  like crowds where everybody is swarm... Read the newsletter

December 2017


1st December. Hi everybody. The sound of Christmas carols and related songs are now filling the air in shops all over the world,  beating out the music so that it might increase their sales and profi... Read the newsletter

November 2017


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October 2017 Newsletter


In a flash it was gone - the England summer! Well I’m told we had one, as I never saw much of it as I spend most of my days shut away amongst a record collection that has grown somewhat over the pas... Read the newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter


1st September. Saddest news of the month, the end of the line of one of the biggest stars in the country music circle, Glen Campbell. Not a pure Hillbilly or country mu... Read the newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter


Sad that another pioneer in the world of country music passed away last month. Rodney McElrea was one of a whole string of devotees that published journals and magazines which were issued in the 60s. ... Read the newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter


It seems just like yesterday that I was writing up the notes for the month saying that winter was ending and spring was in the air. Well, what happened to spring? We are now in the midst of the s... Read the newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter


June 1st. Hi Everyone! Another month passes by and I sometimes feel I’m getting older quicker than anybody else but on the plus side I’m lucky to be really enjoying what I am doing every day, gett... Read the newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter


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April 2012


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