Country Chat - 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 always reaching the deadline of having them ready for release around the first day of the month. The exception is this month’s when we’ll be a few days late; I hope our subscribers (our Archive Buddies) will excuse us and will find this month’s releases well worth waiting the extra few days for.
First on the list comes Kenny Roberts a top yodeller in his profession with 28 great songs. In my opinion there are few better yodellers in the world of Country Music. On a couple of tracks he is joined by Elton Britt, who must rank along side Kenny as one of the all time greats as far as yodelling goes. Others heard backing Kenny on some tracks are Tommy Sosebee, The Down Homers and The Pine Toppers.
Our second album is an old favourite from the 1960s, Warner Mack, who will be well remembered by the second generation of Country Music fans. These songs are from his collection of Country Music hits Volume one and two with a few extra added to extend the playing time to 70 minutes. Some fine takes on popular country songs from the 1950s and ‘60s.
Finally, a treat for Western Swing enthusiasts – Pre War Western Swing Volume 2. This includes 33 Western Swing items recorded from the radio before 1942 and we must thank Ken Coffey for all the effort putting this together including the exhaustive research work. The recordings are rare and mostly not previously released and because they are radio recordings the sound quality is not always the best but I think fans of the genre will really enjoy hearing these lost treasures. Nice mix of styles and performers – some top names like Pee Wee Kings’ Golden West Cowboys, Rex Griffin, Texas Jim Lewis, W’ Lee ‘O’Daniel and His Hillbilly Boys and some less known.
So, those our January CDs and by the time you get them Christmas will be just a memory. But we hope that you had a great time with your families and friends.
This will be our 17th year in the production of BACM CDs, bringing the catalogue to 618 CDs! I never thought that we would reach that in my lifetime and I must admit it gives us some satisfaction having brought back so many recordings from country music’s golden years to new audiences. It doesn’t get easier as the years move on but it’s a labour of love, we do enjoy what we are doing and we are buoyed by the appreciative letters and emails we get from so many fans and enthusiasts from around the world.
Don’t forget as well as our main catalogue (the 618 CDs, historic recordings from the early 1920s to early 1960s aimed at core collectors) we also have our Chart Memories series. This is a new series of popular Country and crossover CDs, featuring top chart hits from 1957 to 1962, with the likes of Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many others who brought a country tinge to the pop charts through those years. For each year, we have compiled the ‘Top 100’ country songs on a set of four CDs – check the website to see the titles. Subscribers (Archive Buddies) can buy them at half price, just £20.00 per set. Single CDs cost just £5.00 each (Buddies) 50% off the regular price.
Closing here as we’re busy preparing next month’s releases, sending warmest greetings to all our customers and friends and take care, life is precious!
From all the team here,
That’s the BACM BOYS, DAVE BARNES, BRIAN GOLBEY and BARRY FARNES and all our side kicks who do so much helping with our work. > > >
All Country Chat newsletters
May 1st 2019. Here we are again and yet another month has slipped by. Why is it that the older you get, time goes faster or at least it does to me. It seems not so long ago that we started off this ve... Read the newsletter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Newsletter1st 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
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 1st 2018. I will begin with telling you about our CDs for the month of May.
First we have BONNIE LOU
Bonnie began her career as a down home country son... Read the newsletter
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. 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 2018February 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 2018January 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
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. “Howdeeee!” was how Minnie Pearl would introduce the Grand Ole Opry Show and would have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats repeating her words and getting into the mood... Read the newsletter
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 Newsletter1st 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
May 1st. Holidays, the thing everybody has but me, it’s my own fault! I could shut everything down for a couple of weeks, but then I’d have a couple of starving cats to worry about and a lot of cu... Read the newsletter
April 2012Early April 2012.
Yes, it's come around again for another batch of BACM CDs. I'm hoping that you'll enjoy these as much as you did last month’s.
I did mention in th... Read the newsletter