Country Chat -
December 2019. The sad news of the month for us at BACM is the passing of our old sidekick, Phil Tricker. Phil lived and breathed country music for the best part of his life and left a legacy of Country/rockabilly music memories that he had collected over the years as a collector and record dealer. We’ll sure miss all the old tales that he used to tell and of the people that he met. Above all his best mate Al Turner will feel the sadness more than most that another one of the few has departed. Thanks are due to both of them for all they’ve contributed to BACM’s output over the years, loaning us tracks from their collections and helping us track down information on the artists.
Last month’s releases gave me great pleasure as there was something for everyone. First the Ricky Riddle CD was nice to produce as he was an artist that should have had more recognition. Maybe he didn’t push for stardom like so many but he certainly had the talent to have become a mega star given the right promotion. Judging by the amount of releases Ted Daffan had over the years, he was no ordinary band leader and although he didn’t have quite the zip of others of his time he didn’t do too badly. Swinging in Diego spoke for itself such was to sound coming out of the dance halls of the day in this area.
So on to this month’s gems. I’ve always thought of Ted Daffan and Al Dexter going alongside each other on the Columbia label. Not that their music was identical, which it certainly wasn’t, but Al Dexter could sing and play anything from the Blues to Boogie Woogie. He had that extra to give his listeners, and this is a sample of the different style of tunes that he had been playing over the years.
So this month we have brought you two more enjoyable CDs from the Golden Days, when Country meant Country with a capitol C. Firstly Al Dexter Volume 2 which features a good many songs that he recorded in his career that haven’t seen the light of day since they were recorded back in the 30s/40s.
Secondly, another performer that has been looked over since his songs of the 40s/50s Billy Starr. He is an excellent example of how the strong nasal country sound was enjoyed by so many after WW2. If you’ve never had the chance to listen to his music then I ask you to slip the CD into your player and make your own decision. You’ll love it, I’m sure.
The third CD has been compiled by Brian Golbey and features Brothers in Country music. A lot of these were recorded in the very early years of Country and their style is definitely Old Time. If you like the sound then it’s a gem, if you don’t then it’s history and I think you should, for your sake go into it deeper and educate yourselves on these old timers. They are the first of a generation that made Country Music and should be appreciated more for their effort and enjoyment that they gave. 75% of modern so called country is not that at all. It’s gone out of all proportions, not for the music but for the money and stardom that it may bring. How dare some of them say that they are country! The saying All Hat and no Cattle is quite true and they all think that having a beard and a hat is the way to go about things.
Oh yes, it’s Christmas time again, so we wish the very best of Good Health, Wealth, and Music over this holiday period to our customers and friends all over the world. Have a good one,
Dave, Brian and Barry plus our BACM side tracks
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