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Country Chat - 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 ‘ground rules’ are – must be out of copyright, so nothing post 1963 and we try to avoid recordings already issued on other labels where possible so collectors won’t finish up with lots of duplicates.

As well as preparing the new CDs I’ve been busy designing a printed BACM CDs Catalogue which I’ll soon be sending out to our subscribers. Our 604 CDs cover all genres of country music from its early days in the 1920s and is a great way of building a fine and varied collection; all are still in stock and being sold at a great discount to our subscribers (our Archive Buddies). Non subscribers can of course browse the catalogue on the website.

Let’s turn to the new releases.

EDDIE KIRK Vol 2. Away Out On The Mountain. BACM CD 602
One of our earliest CDs was one by Eddie Kirk, and after looking at what else I could find by him, I came up with enough songs for this, Volume two. These have got to be classified as California Country, a land that is cut off from the rest of the USA by the Rocky Mountains. The California style is as Country as Capitol records & others wanted it to be with a huge chunk being more western than country. The days of the singing cowboy originated there with hundreds of B westerns in the making amongst the rocky terrain and ghost towns. This was ideal country for making B Westerns on a budget. The stage was set but the story had to be boosted with musical and comedy content. The actors were almost the same bunch of goodies and baddies you’d see every time you watched them, some wore a white hat so you could identify them as to which side they were on. Hundreds of song-writers and songsters arrived on the scene and a blend of Country – western music was born. Eddie Kirk had a hand in this just after WW2 and these songs are a memory to behold. Oh how I wished as a youngster to have been there with them all.

PRAIRIE RAMBLERS Vol 4. Rollin’ Along. BACM CD 603
Our second CD is by none other than those top notch singers and instrumentalists, The Prairie Ramblers. These boys could be heard most days on WLS Chicago, and when you listen to this you’ll agree that there were no better song-smiths and musicians on the radio at that time, with the exception maybe of The Sons Of The Pioneers and a couple of others.
They were brilliant to say the least, and the songs they sang had that magical touch that led you to the place they were singing about. Be it Capri or Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the world. They played a mixture of pop – western – hillbilly or country, they had you chained to the radio during the hours that they played. This is our Volume 4 or 5 if you count the Rusty Gill CD we did in our early days – or Volume 6 if we include the ‘risque’ recordings they did as the SWEET VIOLET BOYS (BACM CD 353).

G’DAY Vol. 2 – Country Music From Down Under. BACM CD 604
For our third album we delve into a rich bunch of vocalists from down under, these were mainly cowboy and yodelling efforts that were born in a huge land of barren waste where the only true inhabitants were the Aboriginal natives and convicts that were sent there many years before. Country music in Australia was derived from copies of the recordings from Canada and the USA during the 1930’s. It therefore had plenty of good guitar picking and superb yodelling and the splendour of the Australian rural accent. These recordings sound so clear and possibly naïve, but none the less played a huge part in the Country music scene.

Hope you’ll find some of this music to your taste. So for another month it’s G-Day from us.

DAVE , BRIAN & BARRY, The BACM Boys > > >

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