Cart is empty $0.00 USD

Country Chat - May 2016

May 2016 – Hi again everyone. Yet another month has bitten the dust, one which  bringing us to May, almost halfway through the year. The month of April saw the passing of one of the greatest Country artists that  ever  graced our turntables. Yes at only 79 years old, Merle Haggard said his goodbye to the world.  He started his journey into the world of Country music with a few songs on the obscure Tally records label but his talent could not be held back and we was soon signed up to after a while his talent could not be held back and he signed a contract with Capitol Records that was led by master producer Ken Nelson.  Ken led his latest signing into stardom and from that day on, he was the top attraction wherever he appeared, churning out a succession of great country recordings. Thank you Merle for all the terrific music you played and we’ve enjoyed during your life time.

Such a contrast with the modern stream of so called country music where most of the performers seem just after the pop market. No longer do we have the good old fiddle with flat top guitar & bass, but electrified and electronic instruments and what sound like the same riffs repeated on song after song.  Calling yourself country isn’t cool anymore unless you join the crowd churning out the same stuff as the others and make it loud and all that distinguishes you from run of the mill rock is a hat or cowboy boots. My advice is to grow up and listen to the original sound of Country/hillbilly music; great songs like those recorded by The Browns or George Jones or Merle Haggard – so many of those songs stand the test of time, all the ingredients to be crossover hits.

Anywhere here at BACM We’ll keep on plugging the original artists and music from the golden era, hoping it brings enjoyment to all those folks who love those great sounds and talents, our legacy from the past. Maybe one day classic country will be cool again, probably not in my lifetime but at least we’ve done our best,  ploughing the ground … restoring the old recordings and getting them out on CD.

Now we go on to our three CDs for the month of May.

ARIZONA JOE – Radio Transcriptions. CD 522

A few years back I was looking at some old transcriptions and the name Arizona Joe sprang out to me. Arizona Joe – real name Robert Streepy – seemed to have escaped mention in most of the  hundreds of reference books we have in the Archive; but with a little detective work we came up with 27 of his songs, put together for this our first CD by him.  Sounding a little of Burl Ives, Robert Streepy comes up with a good selection of Cowboy songs with just his guitar and maybe a comb-yazoo  for his accompaniment .  You’ll think that you’re around a prairie campfire when you listen to these. Most songs you will know and give you a chance to sing along as you go through them.

EDDIE SHULER & His All Star Revellers – Grand Mamou. BACM 521

The voice of Eddie Shuler takes the second spot of our monthly three CDs. Not everyone’s cup of tea, many of them in the Cajun style,  but nevertheless a name to add to our ever expanding list of Country-styled performers of that era.

KENNY CLARK & His Merry Mountain Boys – BACM 523

Thirdly a bluegrass artist that didn’t hit the headlines over the years, but played such exceptional music during his career, Ken Clark and his Merry Mountaineers.

Thanks to Jerry Steinberg and John Cowling who supplied many of the tracks on this months’ CDs.

Well I guess that’s about all I have room for this month. Brian Golbey would like to thank all our friends that have written in and being concerned with his health. I’m happy to say that he is now well and back to normal.

Goodbye for another month, from

Dave, Barry and Brian the BACM Boys, with all our helping hands who make it all possible

 

All Country Chat newsletters

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


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 ... Read the newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter


1st 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.  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 ... 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... 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 h... Read the newsletter

April 2017


April 1st. April Fools day and here’s hoping that if you’re doing a prank or at the receiving end it will be innocent fun like I remember when we were kids, what I like to call “The Good Ole Day... Read the newsletter

March 2017


March 2017 Newsletter. Here in the archive I’ve had a very busy time cataloging a big collection of old time music that we’ve just purchased. From this we will be picking out some good item... Read the newsletter

December 2016


December 2016. This being the last Chatterbox before the New Year ... Read the newsletter

1st Nov 2016 Chatterbox


1stRead the newsletter

October 2016


October 2016. Here we go again as another month has slipped by. Everybody wants a nice summer but these last couple of months have gone over the top, at least, for us in the South Eas... Read the newsletter

Sept 2016


September 2016. Hi Everyone!  During the next few months BACM will be putting out CDs on various subjects and we will welcome your suggestions on t... Read the newsletter

August 2016


Read the newsletter

Chatterbox- July 2016


1st July. Hi Everyone, Let me first start off with wishing everyone a mar... Read the newsletter

June 2016


June 2016. Hi Everyone. As I... Read the newsletter

May 2016


May 2016 - Hi again everyone. Yet another month has bitten the dust, one which  bringing us to May, almost halfway through the year. The month of April saw the passing of one of the greatest Country ... Read the newsletter

April 2016


April 2016. I was just sitting down to write my monthly notes when I became aware that the three letters that stand for the Archive of Country Music (ACM), also stand for three things my life has evol... Read the newsletter

February 2016


Feb 2016. Well, here we are well into a new year and another has slipped into the past never to come around again. I find myself looking back through my life … the war days and school days, then the... Read the newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter


Jan 2016. I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and maybe had some moments to sit back and listen to some of our music  we have issued during the past 14 years. Yes, it’s ... Read the newsletter

December 2015


December 2015. I never have been a fan of December, It’s been taken over by companies trying to sell things that you don’t need or presents for folks who don’t need them either.  Here at the Ar... Read the newsletter

November 2015


1st November. The months are slipping by so quickly, especially now when the nights draw in and the time falls b... Read the newsletter

Oct 2015 Chatterbox


October 2015. We’ve passed the 500 mark! Yes this month is special for us, after producing three CDs a month for 13 years, we’ve reach Number 50... Read the newsletter

Sept. 2015


September 2015. What makes a man go out of his way to do a favour for another? This happened to us here at the archive when having bought a rather large item to be posted from the Mid... Read the newsletter

August 2015


August 2015. A couple of weeks back we had another visit from Al Turner & Phil Tricker, country enthusiasts and serious collectors and the very people who have making possible our Starday Custom H... Read the newsletter

July 2015


July 2015. I’m going to kick off with an appeal – if any of you have spare copies of old time magazines from the 1940s / 50s that you wish to sell (or loan the archive to be photo copied for our f... Read the newsletter

June 2015


June 2015. Another month has flown by and we’ve managed once again to produce our three new CDs on schedule; we thought for a while we were well in  advance but then had some problems with the new ... Read the newsletter

May 2015.


May 2015. Hi Everyone. The glorious scent of summer is in the air and the Archive door is wide open letting out the stale air of the winter months letting the new spring air flow in.... Read the newsletter

April 2015


April 2015. Hi Everyone. “Here we are again”, as Barnacle Bill the Sailor said, leaving behind us March madness and taking in the April Fools. March was a hectic time for us piecing the three new ... Read the newsletter

March 2015.


March 2015. Hi Everyone, I must say that the last few weeks have been pretty busy with one thing or another, but we’ve struggled through it all and we’re here again with another three CDs which lo... Read the newsletter

February 2015


February 2015. Hi Everybody.  Well here’s my little piece to go with our February releases. So far in this part of the world it’s been wet and frosty but luckily no snow. We are all looking forwa... Read the newsletter

January 2015


January 1st 2015. WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR -2015 is here so we can at last close the door on 2014 and start again!  That’s the idea anyway, not so easy in practise but st... Read the newsletter

December 2014


December 2014. Hi Everybody. Well here we are again at the festive season and it doesn’t seem like a year ago that I was figuring out what to say to all our good friends who had sup... Read the newsletter

NOVEMBER 2014


November 2014. Hi everybody. Firstly, a warm greeting to all our new Archive Buddies – welcome to the fold and I do hope you will continue t... Read the newsletter

OCTOBER 2014


October 2014. Sad news to hear of the passing of George Hamilton IV who did so much to spread country music around the world, including here in the British Isles with his many tours and appea... Read the newsletter

SEPTEMBER 2014


September 2014. Hi Everybody. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a new friend awaiting me when I turn up at the Archive each morning, ready to start unlocking the  doors. He knows nothing abou... Read the newsletter

August 2014


August. We've had a bit of a sample of what summer should be like, but then today it’s pouring down with rain, and there’s plenty of wo... Read the newsletter



July 2014


 July 2014We were very lucky in having an old friend and his wife ... Read the newsletter



June 2014


June 2014. Hi Everyone. Well it doesn't pay to be late with anything and last month we were showered with letters, emails and telephone calls from as far away as Japan asking whether our monthly C... Read the newsletter

May 2014


May 2014. Another month passes by and for me one bit of sad news in April was that Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith has passed on. What a brilliant instrumentalist!!!, they just don’t make ‘em lik... Read the newsletter

April 2014


Hi Everybody, Well it’s that time of the month when I sit down and write a few words to you, customers and friends and supporters of the Archive. It’s a way for me to keep in touch both with th... Read the newsletter

MARCH 2014


March 2014. “Hello again, we’re on the radio again!”  How many times did we hear that introduction in the Radio Days just after the war? Yes, I'm off again, reminiscing about the good ... Read the newsletter

February 2014


February 2014. Once again the days have slipped by so quickly, for January never seemed to end when I was younger. Nowadays, every month I hear the sad news of another of our country favourit... Read the newsletter

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 t... Read the newsletter

December 2013


December 2013.  For those that don’t personally know us, we are a small company, basically it’s me, my old buddy Brian Golbey – who looks after the artwork and cleaning up the acoustics ... Read the newsletter

November 2013


November 2013. Last week I went to a reunion of pals from my cricketing days,  many of us meeting up for the first time since playing together some 40 years ago and we thoroughly enjoyed diggi... Read the newsletter

October 2013


October 2013. I sit here in the archive at times wondering what will become of the world in some 50 or even 10 years from now. Technology is going so fast now,  it hardly gives anyone time to ... Read the newsletter

September 2013


1st Sept 2013. When I first heard the sound of real country music I was oblivious to the multitude of acts that were performing in the USA at the time. I thought that there were only a dozen ... Read the newsletter

August 2013


Hi Everyone, Well the weather we’ve all been waiting for has come at last, although many are saying that we now need rain for the gardens & crops. There’s no pleasing some people is there, ... Read the newsletter

June 2013


As time goes by (rather quickly it seems at my age) I like to think I have a good sense of what our customers will and won’t like. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case and I was completely wr... Read the newsletter

May 2013


MAY 2013. “Spring, Spring Beautiful Spring”, That’s the title of an old Carson Robison track that we put out on CD 177. It makes me chuckle every time I hear it.  All those people lik... Read the newsletter

April 2013


Early April 2013. OK, I was wrong, Springtime is not on its way, it’s over there in the “Rockies”, and that’s too far away for the likes of us old “billies” in the UK. ... Read the newsletter

March 2013


Early March 2013. Hi All, Well, country music CD time has come a little quicker, three days earlier than usual to be precise. Yes the month of February is always a little shorte... Read the newsletter

February 2013


Early February 2013. Hi There, We may be a little early with our February releases but timing always depends on how well it goes in getting all the biographical information —... Read the newsletter

January 2013


Early January 2013. Hi Everyone Well, all that shopping for presents that hardly anyone wants is now over although there's still the January sales to contend with. I hope you al... Read the newsletter

December 2012


Early December 2012. Hi everyone... A very good day to you all. Well this is the last chatterbox of the year and we have now put out a total of 399 CDs since we started just ove... Read the newsletter

November 2012


Early November 2012. Hey, another 30 odd days have slipped by bringing us earlier nights and cold winds. Good job that I work indoors surrounded by the wall-to-wall insulation of C... Read the newsletter

October 2012


Early October 2012. Here we are back again after another four weeks of trying to find another seventy or so songs for this months CDs. Thank goodness we have some excellent sidekic... Read the newsletter

September 2012


Early September 2012. Hi Everybody It's so good to be able to write yet another few words of dribble to you all. During my life I've been rather lucky by having reasonable healt... Read the newsletter

August 2012


Early August 2012. Hi Everyone, As the summer months disappear for yet another year I'm wondering,  did it ever arrive or did it just pass by without a blink or wink?  We just... Read the newsletter

July 2012


Early July 2012. Howdy Doodle everyone. Well, since the last time I put a few words on to our chatterbox letter, quite a few things have happened. Firstly I was taken to hospita... Read the newsletter

June 2012


Early June 2012. Hi Everyone Time for another get together, and a new bunch of CDs from us at BACM. Holiday time always disrupts the even flow of getting our usual package to yo... Read the newsletter

May 2012


Early May 2012. Howdee. I'm so pleased to be here, as Minnie Pearl used to say every time she made her entrance on to the stage. Well, the audience applauded her every time for ... Read the newsletter

April 2012


Early April 2012. Hi All, 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