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Country Chat - 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 summer weather, don’t blink or you will miss it.

I happened to be sitting in a place where music (if you can call it that) was being played on the radio. Within seconds I was completely bored with the electronic backing and the same line being sung over and over again.  Have the public that listen to this c… no minds of their own or are they all brainwashed to think the same way as others of their age, thinking this noise is ‘Music’?. I dread to think what ‘pop’ music will be like in say a hundred years from now.  Will kids be born with a telephone stuck in their ear and a chip drilled into their thick skulls pumping out empty noise non stop?

The music that goes on to our BACM CDs came from the heart – played by musicians with talent who lived through tough times and expressed themselves through their music, mostly knowing it would never make them rich. Real music, whereas it seems the music industry of today has gone round the bend with kids wanting crazy sounds that drive their minds into a frenzy. Of course I am speaking of POP music and not classical or jazz or blues, all of which have just as good a claim to be called ‘real’ music as does Country.

Okay, let’s leave my gripes and get on with B.A.C.M.’s three new releases.

BACM CD D 563 The Melotone Label. This label held many forms of music including a vast amount of Old Time Country.  On our CD  you’ll find a great deal of rural music by various artists recorded mostly in and around New York, others from Chicago and Fort Worth. Most were recorded in the mid thirties to the end of that decade. These were the years that country music was building up to the big changeover which would happen  during the war years with bigger groups and smoother vocalists. But make no mistake about it the artists that you hear here are the founders of great sounds to come.

BACM CD D 564 The Razorback Label, Here you’ll find a large helping of country music from the late fifties by various artists that never hit the charts, be it no fault of their own, but just poor management and distribution held them back. Just a small fraction of the talent out there got picked up by the larger companies like Decca, Columbia, RCA Victor who had all the facilities to make or break an artist.

BACM CD D 565  Custom Hillbilly Vol 10 comes under the same heading with various performers trying to make it upon their own and with a release  on a budget label. For all those collectors that like the obscure name label or song, then maybe you’ll enjoy hearing some of the songs that you almost certainly haven’t not heard before.

We do our best to rotate the different styles and eras so that you can compare them for yourself. If you would like to give your opinion of our CDs, please drop me a line. Maybe we’ll start a customer’s review page for you all to share. Brian and I are educating ourselves musically all the time, working hard doing our country music conservation work.

Any of you who have 78rpm country discs that you no longer play or want, do let us know as we may be able to give them a home and maybe include on one of our future releases.

Well, That’s That for yet another month except to say do keep the music alive by sometimes playing it to your friends and relatives. They might find it refreshing, hearing something different and maybe surprised to find they enjoy it; although it’s also possible they will think you’re old fashioned and/or round the bend, if so, you know better! 

Our best wishes from us all here.

The BACM BOYS, Dave, Brian, & Barry. & all sidekicks.

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March 2018


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 2018


February 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 2018


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December 2017


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


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October 2017 Newsletter


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September 2017 Newsletter


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August 2017 Newsletter


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July 2017 Newsletter


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