Country Chat - March 2020 (for Feb and March)
1st March. Well, after 18 years of producing three new CD’s every single month – we’ve decided to reduce the pressure and from now on we’ll give ourselves two months for each batch of three. So this month’s CDs are coming out in early March instead of early February and this is working well, as trying to rush out the CDs inside of every four weeks was getting a bit much with all the ills that old age brings upon us.
One worry we could do without is the way some people are copying our CDs and selling them as if they are on genuine, mostly on Amazon. If we find anyone guilty of this practise, we will stop supplying him or her with any of our catalogue and will prosecute for breach of copyright. So beware any of those people reading this – we’re on your tail.
If they would like to set up a dealership with us then we can supply at wholesale prices and we would all be happy, but to blatantly sell copies of our CDs with cover notes copied exactly as we produce is just not cricket as we say here. It is especially unfair as we are a small outfit running on very tight margins.
But, on to more important things than the unfair behaviour of the con people – the good old music that we work hard to produce for you on our BACM CDs.
The first of the three is by The Seven Rowe Brothers plus sister Louise. They were not a widely famous group but more of a popular, regional one that built up a popular following on radio and TV. A very talented and gifted family and our selection gives you a hatful of popular Country and Western Swing songs that will hold your attention whenever you play it. We’ve added a few radio cuts of sister Louise Rowe recorded when she was the vocalist with Bob Wills Outfit, plus a very rare track “Oh Darlin’ Why Can’t It Be You” that we have had to put a disclaimer upon as the disc quality was not up to our usual standard. We decided to leave it on the CD rather than leave such a rare item out. Should anyone have a good clean copy of this we’d love to hear from them. It seems that nobody knows anything about this song and only the CMF in Nashville have a copy.
For the second, after years of asking for us to do it by my friend Jerry in the USA, we have found just about enough songs by Johnny Rion. You may not recognize his name as he didn’t hit the headlines too many times during his career, but none the less I think you will agree when you hear it that he was a great singer/songwriter with a distinctive voice and able to write and perform songs in many styles. Just another one of the surprises, that come from the BACM workshop, now and then.
Then on to the third of the bunch with items we compiled as a follow up to our “South Of the Border” CD which we released a good many years ago. The CD has a Spanish/Mexican flavour – some of the places mentioned are over the border in Mexico, others are well and truly on the US side like with the San Antonio Rose or the New Mexico Waltz. I think you will agree it all adds up to a cracking CD with a mix of very obscure names as well as some very well known ones.
So on we go in phase two of BACM, I hope we’ll continue for many years to come but of course nothing is guaranteed in that line from old buzzards such as us, all reaching out to get a letter from the Queen upon reaching that golden age of 100. What odds would you give on that?
I regret to say that our prices have risen this month, but not by much and not of our doing. The increase is mainly because of the increased postal charges. Gone, are the days when we could send a CD to the USA for a few pence, now it’s more nearer to £4.00 and that claims a lot of money from our budget each month.
To all of you who have faithfully supported BACM over the years we say a big thanks – with your help we have managed to produce a grand total of 655 CDs, surely one of the best catalogues of rare country music anywhere. And especial thanks to our regular subscribers, those who have been getting their surprise pack of three CDs through the letter box every month and who will now be getting it every two months.
From the Boys at BACM, Dave, Barry & Brian, plus all that lend a helping hand in our quest to preserve the real sound of Country Music with all it’s roots and branches.
NEXT CDS will be MAY / JUNE delivery early May. We are working hard on them now – some big treats and surprises to look forward to.