Country Chat - October 2018
Oct 1st. Can it really be October already? We’re going to have to get our “Superman” boots on if we can complete another six CDs out for you before Christmas! Thank goodness we have such a great team pulling out all the stops – selecting the new songs, researching the artistes and putting together the cover designs etc. Mostly this is now routine but finding new tracks does get more difficult; in theory there are millions of recordings out there awaiting our selection, but putting, say 25 songs into a certain category, artist or show becomes harder each year.
I start by thinking of a certain artist, then go into our library to hunt for and select the originals from the shelves to record them. Many of them are on 78rpm discs – and when we get to digitising them, they rarely go through smoothly first time, there’s always a jump or false start that has to be corrected. Sometimes something bad slips through – like with last month’s Dolph Hewitt CD – which led to us having to replace all of the first batch we sent out. If you were one of the customers affected – don’t forget to throw away the first CD!
For those of you who enjoy numbers, BACM have now issued 610 CDs, containing nearly 16,000 songs; and we are adding 36 CDs a year, that’s 1,000 songs a year! We cover all kinds of country music right from the 1920s through to the early 1960s and it’s a great way to build a collection of authentic, country-roots music. If you are a new customer, do browse through the catalogue on the website and maybe choose a few to enjoy. Or sign up to be one of our regular subscribers as this gets you a really good discount – and it does help with the cash flow to keep the show on the road!
Please remember, we are growing rather old now and we cannot go on forever. A complete set of BACM CDs should be worth quite a little bit in the days to come and I can’t see anybody else doing anything comparable, bringing back to life the best of country music from its earliest recording days onwards.
On to our new releases, released 1st October.
Our first is Billy Hughes, songwriter, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, who tried his hardest to produce good Western Swing. This CD by him doesn’t have the bite of the other big bands, with a far softer, more laid back sound than the rival combos of the era. But, don’t let me put you off it, this CD has some fine songs and excellent musicians.
Our second CD is a gem the Overstake Sisters (“Little Country Girls”) blend their voices to each song. This is our third CD by them and if you enjoy this, you’ll like the other too I’m certain. I think maybe we have enough for a 4th volume but I won’t promise at this stage. These songs were not commercially released. They actually derived from a fine series of transcriptions that MM Cole made up for radio stations. How many of these 16 inch discs are still around, nobody actually knows, but if anyone has a listing we would be extremely interested in getting a copy.
Finally Kevin has put together a bunch of various artists from the West Texas and New Mexico scene in which it shows up the mediocre and good music from that area. You’ll find some very rare items amongst this selection. This CD follows up on a selection of songs that we produced from the Texas Panhandle BACM CD D 574. This time we go west as far as New Mexico. We will occasionally bring out a CD from various areas of the USA, so that you can hear the slight difference in the sound of the music from each locationWell unless something urgent come along after I’ve written this I’ll say a speedy farewell to you all, and take care.
With all our best wishes from the guys at BACM, see you all again next month in which we’ll bring you another package of gems from the past. From the Golden Years of Country Music to the Twilight Years of the producers.
Dave, Brian & Barry, & all the BACM team
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