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Country Chat - Nov/Dec 2020

November 2020. How is it that folks in this era of computers and electronics can be so stupid? Here we have a situation with coronavirus that the world has perhaps never seen before and yet people still go about without a face mask saying to each other that how they wish they could get back to normal. How do they expect to do that? Again I believe it’s the younger generation thinking that they know better than anyone else.
Mind you older folks can be a bit stupid too – I remember once a customer return a CD, saying that it was too small to play on her (vinyl) record player!
But back to the better things in life, like our new releases. This month we start of a mini series of the songs of Jimmie Rodgers recorded by other performers of the era. Firstly, we feature Gene Autry, who must be at the top of the pile to have recorded such songs. We will in future bring you a lot more songs and a lot more artists who featured music in the style of the great Jimmie Rodgers, songs that will always be top of the Country Charts, Yes still after 90 years.
Secondly we go to the late 50s/early 60s to crossover artist in the Pop field as well as Country,  an entertaining CD by Del Reeves. It seems that there was a period in his life when he didn’t know which road to take and which depended on his record sales. Luckily enough for us all he took the Country Road and produced some fine songs during his career.
We’ve not done a lot of cajun collections so let’s make up for this with a compilation of fine 1930s cajun by one of the pioneers, Leo Soileau and his Four Aces. Here you’ll recognise a lot of the songs as old timey favourites, sung of course in Cajun style with great fiddle playing by Leo. Hard to believe these were recorded some 80 to 90 ago. It’s a bit like Marmite, folks either love cajun or hate it. It’s not my own favorite genre but in small doses it can be rather enjoyable and a change from strict old time country.
Producing only three CDs instead of six every two months gives me a lot more time to catch up with other work around the archive, such as cleaning up and reordering the place, adding titles to our database and other bit and pieces, all keeping me plenty busy. Amazed to find we have way over a thousand books on country music here – I’ve read a lot of them and not sure I’ll have time to read the rest. But there’s plenty , all waiting to extend their knowledge to some music lover somewhere in the world.
We’ll be introducing a new series of CDs for your enjoyment shortly. Can’t reveal details yet but I can tell you it won’t be billed as strict country nor Blue Grass or anything remotely in the style you are accustomed to. So watch this space! They will be available to Archive Buddies at £6.00 each Post Free, Other Non Archive Buddies will have to pay the full price of £12.00 each for them. USA $19.00 Post Free .
Meanwhile we are already preparing our next three BACM CDs – including the next collection of Jimmie Rodgers songs recorded by another artist; hoping to get them out  shortly after the Christmas festivities, (Maybe a little sooner)
So please keep yourselves safe by adhering to the health restrictions and keep yourselves happy with listening to the music from the Good Old Days. It’s got to be the best in this world of musical madness.
We’ll be seeing you “In all the old familiar places”, I hope

All Country Chat newsletters

Nov/Dec 2020

November 2020. How is it that folks in this era of computers and electronics can be so stupid? Here we have a situation with coronavirus that the world has perhaps never seen before and yet peopl... Read the newsletter

Sept/Oct 2020 (1st Sept 2020)

September 2020. The year is hopping along at great speed and, as far as I’m concerned, I’d like to see the back of it. A very dear cousin has just passed away as well as two friends who were perha... Read the newsletter

1st July 2020

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May (April/May 2020)

1st May. Hi Everybody, I’m back to say a few words on the new releases for May/June. It seems it always happens that I hit some blockages when putting together the new releases.  Sometimes it... Read the newsletter

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... Read the newsletter

January 2020

January 2020. Another year and I’m pleased to say I’m still here everyday, working to keep the BACM wheels turning, restoring more of the forgotten treasures of country music. One of the best thin... Read the newsletter

December 2019. The sad news of the month for us at BACM is the passing of our old sidekick, Phil Tricker.   Phil lived and breathed country music for the best part of his life and left a legacy of C... Read the newsletter

November 2019

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July 2019

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June 2019

JUNE 2019. Here we are and a bit under half the year gone by already. Our three new releases brings to 18 the number of CDs we’ve produced so far this year – which means another 500 or so recordin... Read the newsletter

May 2019

May 1st 2019. Here we are again and yet another month has slipped by. Why is it that the older you get, time goes faster or at least it does to me. It seems not so long ago that we started off this ve... Read the newsletter

April 2019

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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 t... Read the newsletter

February 2019

1st February. It’s back to normal right now with the holidays over with for a while. The supermarkets and travel companies keep reminding us that it’s not the case as they rummage around getting e... Read the newsletter

Jan 2019

1st January 2019.  Another year done and dusted and each year they seem to fly by faster than ever. Once again we’ve achieved our mission – producing 36 new CDs, three each month and nearly alway... Read the newsletter