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September 2020. The year is hopping along at great speed and, as far as I’m concerned, I’d like to see the back of it. A very dear cousin has just passed away as well as two friends who were perhaps the closest pals that I’ve had in my lifetime.
One, David (Daffy) Carr was the man who actually built the Archive over 30 years ago, and remained a close friend right to the very end. His handiwork has done such a good job for the preservation of Country Music – not just the building work but all the rest that I’m so thankful for, especially collecting my post and odd jobbing around the Archive for years upon end. My other friend who passed away earlier this month was the first person that I met upon joining Dover Cricket Club in 1962.
I cherish the memories of both of them and all the good times we had through the good and the bad over the years. Then my cousin passed away. Sometimes it feels like I’m just about the only person left from what we like to call the “Good Old Days”. Time cannot repeat itself as we all know so it’s always good to pass on your memories to the younger generation and hopefully they will take heed and do the same in the years to come.
So it’s on with the music, and for this month’s CDs we’re featuring three acts which I believe might be new to most of you but are all prime, authentic country, as it used to be!
For our first CD we have Hoot & Curley, (Hoot Rains & Curley Herndon) who were part of Slim Whitman’s group back in the 50s. We’ve gathered together what we believe is all of their recordings although I expect that somewhere there might be other songs from live shows that we were not able to find. As there was not quite enough for a full CD, we also include a few tracks by Jack Ford, an artist who performed with Hoot & Curley on the Louisiana Hayride during the same era.
Our second is by Ernie Lee, another newcomer to our catalogue. Here was a man that had that perfect Radio voice and personality. He never achieved great stardom but was a brilliant entertainer and a truly hard worker who with bit of luck would have gone far. When he wasn’t working with the music he loved he was out selling tickets, organizing chalets for the weekend crowds and anything else that needed doing behind the scenes to make his show a success. This is good easy listening Country that you never get tired of. Give it a spin or two. I’m sure you will agree.
Our third CD is thanks to Kevin Coffey, 27 fine tracks from the Nettles Brothers who recorded prolifically in the pre war years. Authentic country well worth bringing into the light of day I think you will agree. Many thanks to Kevin for all the hard work..
We are always pleased to receive your suggestions for future CDs. So do drop us a line – and if you are a collector holding some rare tracks which you believe deserve bringing to a wide audience, even better.
I’ll end by thanking all the “Back Room” boys who contribute their time and energy to BACM. All of them dedicated to our work preserving and keeping alive the legacy of country music’s golden years. Music which still had a down home authenticity, sung from the heart. Nowadays, most of the singers who are called “Country” think having a beard and wearing jeans and a cowboy hat makes them country but wouldn’t know a country song if it were handed to them on a plate. Personally I wouldn’t mind what they call their music as they don’t label it ‘Country’. My other grouse is that nowadays’ country voices all sound the same. In the past all the great artists had a distinctive sound – just one moment of the voice, whether it was George Jones, Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell or Tommy Duncan – that was enough to know who it was. That’s why it was a great age and I count myself have been lucky to be around for it.
Well, I’ve had my little “Moan” on the world, and I’ll now keep on plodding along as long as I can. We’re already working hard on the next set of CDs which we’ll have ready to release end October or early November.
Meanwhile, to all our friends, please stay safe
DAVE, BRIAN & BARRY – the BACM Boys.