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Country Chat - 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 500, every of them still in the catalogue and available.

A great deal of thought goes into every CD we produce, not only selecting the tracks but finding a copy good enough to put into the CD.  We have a great network of friends/ Old Time Country collectors around the world whom we contact when we need help finding a missing track or two – we are really lucky that so many of them are  happy to share their gold with us and eventually on to you. Only pure devotion to the music makes them give up their time in supplying the rare items that have eluded the Archive’s library.

Writing the notes for the sleeves is no mean job either and I thank those who do this for us on a regular basis, Bryan Chalker and Kevin Coffey to name but two, but there’s a long list who have devoted their time for us over the years. If there’s anyone else who’d like to join the team, researching and writing liner notes let’s hear from you.

Well next thing for me is getting on with the next 500 CDs! By then I’ll be close to getting a letter from the Queen, if she’s still around, God Bless Her!

So on with our selection for this month.

The Specialty Label – Country Music on Specialty.  BACM CD  499                 

The Specialty label was best known for R&B, blues, gospel and early rock and roll – but a few Country items did creep in, and how.  If you want early country this is it, you won’t do better by looking elsewhere. Now ask yourself, who else would think to put out a hillbilly/country CD from this label? One guess only, yes BACM and Al Turner & Phil Tricker, the boys with the knowledge of Britannica bring you this for your enjoyment. It’s pure down to earth Hillbilly Honky Tonk music that BACM thrives upon. Artists like Claude King, Biff Collie and Johnny Tyler all started their career’s singing music like this and Specialty gave them the chance to survive.

RED FOLEY – My Keepsake Album.  BACM CD 500                 

One of the best voices in Country Music pre to 1960 was Red Foley, He was a tremendously popular artist on radio & record and a true professional who made his name by hard work rising through the ranks to the top of his trade. OK he had reputation as a womaniser and a fondness for the booze but what an entertainer – he had that deep mature voice that could sing a joyful song or a recitation that his fans would listen to every week on the radio. His recitations were mostly the work of Cottonseed Clark, another successful radio star. Many will say that these are a load of rubbish but Jim Reeves didn’t do bad on some that he recorded, did he? You’ll enjoy this for many a year.

KELSO HERSTON – BACM CD 501                                  

Many have never heard of Kelso Herston but you’ll be surprised at the great sound he made with his fellow studio musicians. The music here is 95% bluegrass with a couple of his guitar monsters thrown in to give you. I think you will agree this is one of the outstanding CDs you’ve heard in a long long while. All these tracks originated from his own Time Label LPs which were released in the early 60s.

HARRY McCLINTOCK  - BACM CD 502                                         

What a life this character had! He travelled all over the world, fought in various wars and still had time to record songs of the Hobo & railroads. Most of his songs had a humorous appeal and a story behind each song he sang, that was the kind of man he was. Here we present the remainder of his recorded work on this Volume 2. Not enough tracks to fill a CD so we’ve included a few other artists from that same age that we feel you’ll enjoy.

So on behalf of all of us here, thank you to all our customers for your support we wish you all our very best wishes

The BACM BOYS, Dave, Brian Barry & Robin (Web consultant)

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