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Country Chat - March 2019

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 to make sure we can produce another three CD releases, every month. With this month’s we now have created 625 CDs, all of them still available. Thanks are due too to our customers and especially our regular subscribers (‘Archive Buddies’) who have signed up to automatically receive each month’s CDs at a discount price. Country music enthusiasts all – and we do our best to play fair with them, keeping prices low despite the battle with rising postage and production costs. We and our loyal customers have grown to be like a family, many of us in our twilight years.

Mind you there are some people out there who do not play fair. Over the past few weeks we’ve been trodden on by a company that sells illegal copies of our CDs at highly inflated prices. I do hope that those who are tempted to buy through them will find out what downright crooks they are – an illegal company (based in Delaware who advertise on Amazon) selling goods that are poor quality copies of BACM products. And you can be sure you won’t get from them the guarantee and free postage we provide. And I bet the crooks behind it aren’t even proper country fans, just after duping people to make a quick buck.

So please spread the word to other country music fans who might be interested in buying BACM discs, tell them only to buy direct from us or direct from Amazon; and not chance their arm on other untrustworthy sources.

That done with, let’s move on to the nitty gritty of our March CDs.

BACM CD 632 Ed McCurdy. Mainly known for his Folk songs, Ed produced some fine renditions of traditional Western and Cowboy Music. Supported by his guitar and the banjo of Erik Darling these come across as superb Western songs, many of them a favourite of the likes of myself, who first heard them on Tex Ritter discs and later by other various stars of the Western World. Whatever Ed McCurdy is listed under, you’ll find that his style is very hard to beat.

BACM CD 623 Bud Hobbs. Bud didn’t have a long career in recording Country Music but when you record for MGM the sound of Hank Williams is always in the air. Here you’ll find his MGM discography, all 24 of his recorded songs from that label. There are others around where he vocalised with the Dude Martin combo, these we’ll use at a later date as there are not enough for a full CD.

BACM CD 624 Jack Hunt. Here’s another performer that could hardly fill a CD with his Capitol recordings, Of course we used all these plus others from a minor label to bring this up to the required length. There’s hardly a word written about Jack in magazines of the 50s and 60s, maybe because he hardly made the grade during the time he was recording. One had to be quick in those days to get a hit under their belt, before they were written off as a “has been”.

I just wish at times that we could go back to the days before computers and phones that seem to be attached to the teenagers’ arms twenty four hours a day. I would find it very difficult to put enough words together and stay on the phone for hours on end.

Speaking of computers, the one thing I like best about them is the way it’s made it possible for us to make the database of every recording we have in the BACM Archive (78s, 45s, LPs, CDs), now getting on for 700,000 as well as the listings of our books, magazines and videos we are always working on. And I guess I have to thank computers too for the help they give in producing our monthly three CDs!

So it’s goodbye from us for another month and closing with thanks to the others in our team who do so much work on our productions – finding tracks, loaning us discs, doing research, writing liner notes –This includes Kevin Coffee, Tony Byworth, Paul Hazell and Al Turner – and Robin Jones for his work maintaining and updating the BACM website. All country enthusiasts and Men of dedication and substance!

Roll on the summer!


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