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Country Chat - Nov 2018

1st November. Just as I was patting myself on the back and jumping for joy over there not being any mistakes in last month’s releases, I get a call from Kevin Coffee telling me we’d used the wrong photograph for the cover shot on Billy Hughes.  I had used a pic of Charles Starrett the film star who was in so many B Westerns back in the good old days of the Saturday morning picture house.  I am truly sorry! We’ve now sent out replacement covers – hopefully to everyone who had the wrong one.


So on to the first of our CDs for November – which gives you a nice mix across different genres and eras – some 60’s Nashville Country, some classic Western Swing and some hard core yodelling Country-blues from the mid ‘30s.


First, we’ve managed to find enough good tracks to complete a Volume 3 of recordings by the superb Goldie Hill. This I’m sure will please collectors who like the sound of late 50s and early 60s female performers. I hardly think that there will be enough for a fourth album as many of Goldie’s recordings have  already been issued by other companies. Mind you, we’ll keep looking and who knows, maybe we will dig up a  stash of unreleased recordings hidden away somewhere – it’s happened many times before!


Bob Skyles and his Sky Rockets is a new name to BACM. They sound very much in the style of the Hoosier Hotshots with  their own style of novelty accompaniment . The CD is a little jazzy on a most of the tracks and it’s a group which never tried to be tied down in just one category –  they were just trying to give their audience a good time with new novelty sounds that were becoming popular. Many a group tried to sound like this in the fifties, remember Red Ingle & the Natural Seven, then the Korn Kobblers and even Texas Jim Lewis to a minor degree with his wonderful washboard bells and horns.
In my opinion the cream of the crop for this month comes by way of Daddy John Love and the Dixie Reelers. All these songs were recorded in 1935/36, A prime year as far as I’m concerned as I was born then, some 82 years ago. Most are in the style of the late Jimmie Rodgers who died a few years earlier.  Although Daddy John Love recorded a few years later on the Star label in the late 40s early 50s, which we hope to bring to you in a later CD. The songs featured here are collectors’ pieces and are very rare. Of course I’m not comparing the dealer’s pricing of such things but items in various collections around the world because there are so few copies left.


So it’s time to say Goodbye October, and Hello November.  And in no time it will be December again and all the fuss and fuddle trying to get us to spend money on presents.  I really feel sorry for those with large families & grandchildren to contend with It because nowadays it seems that the latest games cost a fortune and there’s the pressure to keep up with the Joneses and buy the ‘Latest Big Thing’. However, if I may be a bit two-faced about this, a gift of a BACM CD or two might be  a nice thing to give Grandpa for Christmas to bring back some long lost memories.


Well that’s my thoughts for the month apart from do keep the wheels oiled and the fires burning and hopefully we’ll meet up again next month with some more Old time country music to fill your ears.


DAVE , BRIAN & BARRY and everyone who helps out, keeping the music flowing on BACM CDs. > > >

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