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Country Chat - JANUARY 2014

Yet another year has passed by – and once again we’ve managed to fulfil our promise to keep unearthing great music from Country’s golden era for country music collectors and enthusiasts around the world. Every month, three new ones – just as we’ve done every month for the past 12 years. So, the 36 releases in 2013 brought us to No. 435!

Now onwards to 2014!  We will continue, despite the long hours and 7-day weeks, because we love the music and believe great music, like all good ‘art’, should be  preserved and treasured. Statues and paintings have museums and art galleries – and those folks have no trouble getting big grants despite a lot of it being rubbish (piles of bricks and unmade beds will never be art in my book!).  But when it comes to country music, everyone seems to recognise its ‘Roots’ importance – but unless the work gets done to preserve it – such as cleaning up old recordings before they deteriorate and doing the needed research and cataloguing, so much of its history and sound will be lost. So we bash on …

Here’s our first batch of three to kick off  the new year:

BACM CD D 436 -PAUL HOWARD & His Arkansas Cotton Pickers – “Western Swing At The Opry”.

Paul Howard was one of the first to introduce Western Swing to the Grand Ole Opry causing shock and consternation to audiences. Listeners who tuned in to the Grand Ole Opry couldn’t believe their ears at the Jazzy sounds and unconventional instruments they were hearing on their favourite Saturday night programme. Yes Western Swing had arrived in Nashville – first step in its journey around the world.

BACM CD D 437.  HANK PENNY  “A Bad Penny Always Returns”

My first introduction to Hank Penny was when I purchased “Wham Bam Thank You M’am” on a 78 on the Parlophone label from the HMV Shop in Oxford Street back in the 50s. Well I played and played this until my father threatened to throw me and the record into the street. So with this thought in mind I humoured him with a George Formby from time to time. Hank was prolific and popular in the USA but not much of his music ever got to England. A great showman and musician, the likes of we’ll never see again. You’ll love this one.

BACM CD D 438. LEON McAULIFFE  & His Cimarron Boys

Without fail every so often a little package would show up on my door from Leon with his latest 45s or LPs. Yes Leon was a great promoter and every radio station and magazine received promotional copies of his records. In later life he didn’t travel too much although when he did he went in style in his own aeroplane! If you lived in Tulsa Oklahoma then you were treated to his music at the local dance arena where he played to thousands.  Again this music is based on Western Swing and you’ll find plenty of instrumentals featuring the technique and skills of Leon on the Steel Guitar. A true son of Western Swing who, as a member of the Texas Playboys for several years, learned from the master, Bob Wills.

That’s it for another month; meanwhile we are already planning and doing the groundwork and preparation  for several months ahead – so you can look forward to more interesting releases ahead.

Don’t forget that BACM CDs are a great gift for father’s or grandfathers and if you sign up to be an Archive Buddy, we can offer special deals on the price – and no post to pay.  And it’s a the best way to build up a quality collection of Old Time Country Music. Is there a better deal around than that?

Another thing, we welcome feedback and suggestions – so if there’s an artiste or label which you feel has been neglected or would like more of – do let us know. And  if you are desperate to hear a certain song, give us a call and maybe we can help you.

From all of us, we hope you had a very happy Christmas and that next year will be a prosperous one for you,

HAPPY CHRISTMAS    THE BACM BOYS        Dave Brian & Barry.

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