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Country Chat - 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 music star but an amazing talent and one of the best guitarists of his generation.  

Another sad passing, D.J. Steve Scott who used to assist Derek Taylor on his Country Roots show on radio Caroline. Derek says this was the final straw and he’s going to give up the programme – leaving one less radio show representing authentic country music.

This reminds me of the recent discussion in Country Music People about the demise of Country Music as we knew it. Many a fan had their say on the subject and mine is to spread the word that if you still have any love at all for early Country then please stick by the small number of  record companies that are re-releasing that good old country sound. If you don’t, they too will reach the end of the trail and be unable to continue.

 Here at BACM we still have enough material to last a good few years yet but as Ernest Tubb  & Red Foley once sang “It’s The Age That Makes the Difference”, and our long term loyal customers are not getting any younger.

We always welcome suggestions for future releases – so if there’s some artiste or group you think merits being researched and brought onto CD, drop us a line. Remember, we can only release recordings hade up to 1962. Anything after that is still in copyright and will remain so until the likes of Cliff Richard & Paul McCartney get off their high horses. 

Well onto our three new CDs for release 1st September, all of them from the late ‘50s-early ‘60s era.

First we have the Parker Family with their strong gospel based vocals with a good country backing to entertain you. Many rate them as good as or better than The Carter Family, excellent hillbilly harmony spring forth, I wonder why they didn’t record more? They were just right for the period.

Next we go to the Lucky Label which brings us a great deal of fairly unknown artists. Whilst quality of the songs recorded here are not top rated, they are passable and certainly in the style of the 50s music. But then the public were looking for the new sounds as Rock & Roll swept over the world and many of the country talents of the day got totally overlooked. Some made the switch, others left the business despite big talents.

Come the third CD, this time by Gordon Terry, well, this 01′ boy tried it all, from Hoedown Instrumentals to gospel to imitating the sound of the late Jim Reeves, and other stars of the day. In The way I see it  he didn’t have to go that way as he was a star in his own right. He had the looks the voice and could play most any instrument in the band, but, never quite hit the headlines.

I cannot think of anymore to say about our latest CDs but we’re already working hard putting together next month’s three.

Very best of luck from us all

THE BACM BOYS – that’s Dave Barnes & Brian Golbey with help from our regular crew. These guys, “The backbone of our music” include Phil Tricker & Al Turner, Kevin Coffey, Bryan Chalker, Tony Byworth and webmaster Robin Jones-  and all that I’ve missed mentioning, with apologies .

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