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Our very first three releases (in 2002) were assigned numbers 001-003, since when we have produced and issued three CDs every month, from 2020 reduced to bi monthly, and will soon reach number 700 Plus the Chart Memories limited edition series!


CD D 650

BILLY WALLACE – Got Ramblin On My Mind. BACM CD 650

Billy Wallace was an Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose early influences were the country stars of the 1930s/40s including Roy Acuff, the Delmore Brothers and Rex Griffin. He moved to Nashville around 1950, cutting his first recordings on the Tennessee label in 1950. He had a distinctive sound, one of those deep nasal voices somewhat in the Hank Snow mould coupled with a blues-influenced guitar style. Undeservedly, he is nowadays largely forgotten although many of his compositions have become country standards, recorded by the likes of Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Kitty Wells and Little Jimmy Dickens. Hank Williams was regularly including Wallace’s co-write Back Street Affair on his radio shows although he never got around to recording it in the studio. It became a big hit for Webb Pierce in 1952 and later as a duet between Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Our CD showcases the best of Wallace’s recordings from 1950 to 1962.


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CD D 651

REX GRIFFIN-The Lovesick Blues. BACM CD 651

Rex Griffin was one of the most talented singer/songwriter/guitarists of his era and a fine yodeller whose career was tragically cut short by ill health. Several of his compositions became country standards including Just Call Me Lonesome (Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb,Elvis Presley), Everybody’s Tryin’ To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins, The Beatles both of who bizarrely gave Perkins the songwriting credit) and the extensively covered The Last Letter, recorded by everyone from Jimmie Davis to Willie Nelson. A few years back Bear Family put out a superb box set with all his studio recordings plus bonus tracks from son Buddy, also a fine musician. For our compilation we are focussing on his Decca recordings from the 1930s as we have them all here in the BACM archive on 78 rpm. They include a couple of tracks from his very first session (1935) as well as his original cut of The Last Letter and a fine version of Rodgers’ Sweet Mama Hurry Home. Ernest Tubb’s liner notes on his album of Griffin songs included these words: “Not only did Rex write many great songs but in my opinion his singing was second only to Jimmie Rodgers” – we agree!


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CD D 652

HERB REMINGTON – Jean Street Swing 1951-62. BACM CD 652

Some fine instrumentals from the innovative pedal steel guitar legend whose performing career stretched across seven decades. He moved easily between jazz tinged Western Swing (as a 20 year old he joined Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys for a four year stint in 1946), Country (he played with Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson and later on countless Starday sessions including many classic George Jones sides) – as well as his main love, Hawaiian. Our compilation has an excellent cross section of his solo recordings from 1951 to 1962. Big thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and liner notes.


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CD D 653

THE SEVEN ROWE BROTHERS – Polk County Two Step. BACM CD 653

Rough-edged Western Swing from this musically talented family, who moved from Oklahoma to Texas in the 1930s and post war to California where they made their first recordings on the Pioneer label in 1947. This set has 21 recordings under the Rowe Brothers name, plus six radio broadcast tracks featuring their sister Louise Rowe’s vocal work with Bob Wills in early 1953 – Louise is one of the last surviving and musically active Texas Playboys, still swinging were Texas Cowboys in the North Texas area. The title track is one of the earliest recorded versions of the fiddle tune Faded Love which the Rowes had been using as their radio theme song since the pre-war years. Thank you Kevin Coffey for the liner notes.


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CD D 654

JOHNNY RION – Sunny Tennessee – BACM 654

Missouri’s Johnny Rion began his radio career in 1937, accompanying himself on guitar singing hillbilly songs and much influenced by his idol, Jimmie Rodgers. This kicked off an ‘On air’ career that would continue for 60 years. During the 1950s he and wife Ann operated the Johnny Rion Hillbilly Park in various locations with shows featuring many of country music’s top names. Despite his talents both as songwriter and musician he never achieved national fame, and we are delighted to rescue these fine recordings from obscurity. Several just have Johnny accompanying himself on guitar; the two 1956 tracks on the Paramount label include Chet Atkins (guitar), Roy Wiggins (steel) and Dale Potter (fiddle) as session musicians. There are two versions of Rion’s That Heaven Bound Train, dedicated to Hank Williams. Thanks to Tony Byworth for the liner notes.


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CD D 655

MY HEART’S ACROSS THE BORDER- Various Artists. BACM CD 655

“A fascinating mix of sounds and styles across a diverse mix of artists, all centred around the theme of cross-border western music in its various forms” (to quote from musicologist and Broadcaster Paul Hazell’s liner notes). Hazell adds “It never ceases to amaze us where the BACM team find these old recordings that they clean up so well and preserve for us record collectors and radio presenters”. Some of the artists are very obscure but there are also tracks from Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, Tommy Duncan, Spade Cooley and Red River Dave McEnery. A nice companion to our 2008 South Of The Border collection (BACM CD 221) which has been one of our best sellers over the years (and is still available!)


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CD D 656

JIMMY WAKELY Vol. 5 – Twilight On The Trail. BACM CD 656

Our fifth collection from Jimmie Wakely, some wonderful Western songs from a clutch of old transcription LPs we unearthed from deep in the archive. If you love the classic cowboys songs like Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie, I’m An Old Cowhand (On The Rio Grande) and In The Hills Of Old Wyoming, there’s no better way to relax in these troubled times than to sit back and enjoy this easy going country crooning from the “Bing Crosby of C&W”.


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CD D 657

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SWING – Various Artistes. BACM CD 657

A mixed bag of western swing and country from California spanning the years 1941-54. The Great Depression had brought a mass migration to California from Oklahoma and Texas and elsewhere adding Western and rural influences to the local musical scene, eventually spawning the Bakersfield Sound near LA and, another regional scene 200 miles to the north covering the central and lower San Joaquin Valley. Thanks due to Kevin Coffey for contributing recordings from his collection and for the liner notes.


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CD D 658

BLUE RIBBON LABEL. Tribute to Phil Tricker. BACM CD 658

34 recordings on Blue Ribbon, a budget label which specialised in cover versions of popular country and rockabilly songs, using talented singers who were either unknown or had become out of work because of changing tastes, backed by top session musicians. Early to mid 50s. One track by the later to be famous, Roy Clark. Hearing these songs with a slightly different take to the originals is like fresh air to the ears. The CD was a work in progress by our long time collaborator and friend, the collector and authority on all things country and rockabilly, the late Phil Tricker. We dedicate this CD to his memory.


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CD D 659

CARSON ROBISON-Radio Shows Vol 2-BACM 659

A second set of 1930s radio shows by Carson Robison & His Buckaroos, mixing easy going chat with song, showcasing the group's instrumental and vocal skills. A total of 34 tunes, variety of styles - cowboy, hillbilly and comedy as well as popular and sentimental songs of the era.


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CD D 660

REDD STEWART – Gotta Get Back To Dixie. BACM CD660

Best known for his songwriting skills (Tennessee Waltz, Bonaparte's Retreat and You Belong To Me) and his partnership with bandleader Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart was a talented musician (fiddle, banjo and piano) and versatile vocalist, pitch perfect and equally at home on country weepies and more upbeat numbers. Our collection focuses mainly on his 1949-51 recordings on the King label plus a few later RCA and Do-Re-Mi label recordings. On most tracks the backing is credited as Kentucky Colonels, apparently comprised of members of his long term backing group The Golden West Cowboys but not named for contractual reasons. An enjoyable hour of fine note-perfect early-50s country listening.


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CD D 661

San Francisco Bay Area Western Bands 1944-52. Somewhere Along The Trail. BACM CD661

This is a companion piece to our recent release which covered western bands from California's San Joaquin Valley. We now turn the spotlight on the San Francisco Bay area from 1944 to 1952. The Bay Area's hillbilly and western music scene had been a lively one since the mid-1920s and this continued through the 1930s and even more during the war when things exploded with the region bursting at the seams with military personnel and shipyard and other defence industry workers from all over the US. Ray Wade’s Rhythm Riders was a fine western swing group who were packing the dance halls in the mid 1940s and included future star Dave Stogner on fiddle as well as members of Bob Style’s pre war band. One of Wade's featured vocalists, Dusty Dale had been active on the local scene for at least a decade and recorded six fine sides with his own group The Trail Blazers in 1946. Five of these tracks are included here – great western swing with wonderful fiddle and accordion – and a fine banjo intro on the novelty Cal-i-for-ny-i-a! Don Churchill was one of the best known western band leaders in the Bay Area from the war years Into the 1960s. Here we feature seven late '40s tracks on the Trilon label with Clint ‘Curly’ Burns on lead vocals as well as some Four-Star recordings from 1952 with Don himself on vocal duties. Nice version of Texas Plains. We also have four recordings by "Tiny Mite of Yodelling Dynamite" Arvada Miller. Brought up in Colorado she was performing in Northern California by 1930 becoming vocalist with Dude Martin’s band during the war years. Her replacement on leaving to get married was her admirer, the teenage Caroline Cotton. Post war, Arvada had her own band the Rhythm Rustlers but the four tracks here were recorded with the Gallion Brothers for the LA-based Cormac label in 1950-51. In great voice on covers of Lovesick Blues, Mockingbird Hill and she also waxed My Ever Lovin' Ducky Daddy Blues, which her former protégé Carolina Cotton also cut for MGM. Beyond Miller's vocals, the highlight of the sessions was Rex Gallion's fantastic lead guitar work.


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CD D 662

HOOT RAINS & CURLEY HERNDON. Additional tracks by JACK FORD. BACM CD 662

Hoot Rains and Curley Herndon were already seasoned musicians when they joined Slim Whitman’s band in 1950, getting wide exposure on the Louisiana Hayride as Whitman’s popularity soared with early hits like Love Song Of The Waterfall, Indian Love Song and China Doll, on all of which they played. Hoot’s “Soaring steel’ and Curley’s lead guitar produced a sound like no other, perfectly complementing Slim’s yodelling and the public loved it! Hoot and Curley meanwhile struck up a double act themselves, performing and recording as a fine harmony duo. Our CD showcases 16 of their recordings on the Imperial, Starday and Starrite labels. We round off the collection with some tracks from another regular Hayride performer from the same era, Nathaniel “Jack” Ford – four of his Chess recordings and plus five off-radio recordings of Jack singing accompanied by Hoots and Curley.


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CD D 663

ERNIE LEE – Easy To Please. BACM CD 663

Here is another of those talented country artistes who despite having enjoyed regional popularity never got the break (or hit record!) to become nationwide stars. Ernie Lee became an early regular on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in the early ‘40s, later joining the Midwestern Hayride as MC and featured singer before moving to Florida in 1954 becoming a mainstay on several local radio shows as well as the area’s first TV station WSUN. He remained the major country music figure in Florida for the next 30 years with his laid back style and easy-going country crooner voice which many have rated as better than his friend and co-performer Red Foley. BACM are pleased to offer this collection of Lee’s recordings made in the late 1940s and early 50s. It includes the rarely heard Cold War era song No Jo, a swipe at communism and Joseph Stalin and first recorded by Hank Williams.


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CD D 664

BILL & NORMAN NETTLES. The Early Years 1937-1941 – BACM CD 664

Bill Nettles’ name remains better known than his brother Norman but early in their careers they performed as a team, billed first as the Dixie Blue Boys and later as the Nettles Brothers. In common with other vocal based brother acts of the era they featured mandolin (Bill) and guitar (Norman) but seem to have rarely sung as a duet. They developed a distinctive style usually incorporating bluesy fiddle. To quote from Kevin Coffey’s liner notes “Their style, while always unashamedly country and never abandoning basic early influences straddled the fence between rural tradition and more modern urban Influence. Their music, especially Bill's, was steeped in blues and, like most of those who catered to the jukebox demands of the era, also gave more than a nod to the emerging western swing bands”. Bill Nettles was an excellent songwriter and it is widely believed that Davis’ massive hit Nobody’s Darling But Mine was written by Nettles who sold the rights to Davies to meet an urgent need for cash. Our compilation presents 26 of their recordings, equally split between 1937 and 1941.


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CD D 665

Gene Autry – Sings Jimmie Rodgers. BACM CD 665

Our 9th Gene Autry compilation takes us back to the first stage of Autry’s career when his style was closely modelled on that of his idol, the legendary Jimmie Rodgers. We have pulled together nearly all of his Rodgers covers, recorded between 1929 and 1933 under various names. He could get astonishingly close to the original when he wanted to but could also create a fresh sound – nice version of Carolina Sunshine Girl which strips out the jazz band and just has Autry with his own fine guitar backing. This is the first of a BACM mini series of the songs of Jimmie Rodgers recorded by other performers of the era.


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CD D 666

Del Reeves – I Watched You Walk Away. BACM CD 666

Our first compilation from the late 50s/early 60s crossover artist Del Reeves who scored a No. 1 hit in 1965 with Girl On The Billboard. The CD features rarely heard, early tracks that laid the foundation for his successful career.


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CD D 667

Leo Soileau & His Four Aces – BACM CD 667

BACM have not done a lot of cajun collections so let’s make up for it with a compilation of fine 1930’s 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. Most of Soileau’s French language recordings have already been re-issued on other labels but little of his English language material, something we are glad to remedy here.


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CD D 668

FRANKIE MARVIN – Sings Jimmie Rodgers & Others. BACM CD668

A third collection from Frankie Marvin, 26 early recordings(1928-34) including another bunch of Jimmie Rodgers covers and other songs in a similar style.


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CD D 669

MARC WILLIAMS – Little Joe The Wrangler. BACM CD669

A collection of cowboy songs from Texas born MARC WILLIAMS whose long broadcasting career began in the mid '20s on Dallas station KRLD and stretched through to the mid '50s, when he enjoyed a long stint as Happy Hank The Singing Cowboy on a popular children’s radio show. In the liner notes, Brian Golbey tells "When I was a boy, we had several of Marc Williams recordings at home ... in my opinion he recorded the definitive versions of several well-known cowboy songs including Roy Bean (the story of the self-appointed judge ... who boasted he was 'All law west of the Pecos', The Dying Ranger and Night Herding Song". Our CD showcases the best of his recordings, easy going vocal style, mainly just Marc and guitar.


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CD D 670

RUDY SOOTER – Out In The Golden West. BACM CD670

A second set of RUDY SOOTER recordings, mainly focussing on Sooter’s early recordings (1938-41). A nice variety of styles - western songs, humour/novelty numbers and swinging instrumentals. Musicians include fiddler Spade Cooley and electric guitar pioneer Curly Hoeg and several members of the Beverley Hillbillies including their lead singer Ezra Paulette and guitar-mandolinist Speed Hansen. Storybook Cowboy contains a playful jab at Sooter’s friend Bob Nolan, a former lifeguard “I’m a Storybook Cowboy from down on the beach. I write about cattle and such”). BACM’s 670th CD release.


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CD D 671

BRIAN GOLBEY – Dew On The Purple Sage. BACM CD 671

Brian Golbey is widely recognised as the best ever British interpreter of old time country music making many fine albums over the years, all sadly now out of print so this release is a nice reminder of his talents. It kicks off with a tribute to the ‘Singing Cowboys” of the 1930s, 14 songs capturing the sound and style of his heroes from the era, the likes of Gene Autry, Tex Ritter and The Sons Of The Pioneers recorded in his own studio with multi-instrumentalist Golbey serving up the guitar and fiddle accompaniment as well as vocals. Plus another eight recordings recorded over the years, nice mix of styles and eras. Brian was co-founder of BACM, and is a long time country music collector and promoter of the genre through magazines, books and broadcasts.


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CD D 672

CURLEY BRADLEY Sings Jimmie Rodgers & Other Classics (1933-34). With The Ranch Boys . BACM CD 672

The name will be unfamiliar to many but Curley was one of the star vocalists with the Ranch Boys, a western trio who achieved enormous popularity back in the 1930s, singing and acting their parts in the widely syndicated “Pinto Pete & his Ranch Boys” radio shows. (Veteran singer Wade Lane played the foreman and the Ranch Boys played his hands). BACM have already issued two CDs of Ranch Boys songs and this new collection showcases early (1933-34) Pinto Pete & his Ranch Boys excerpts focusing especially on ones where Curley sings solo. Quoting from Kevin Coffey's liner notes: “Although he was a consummate group singer, he had a beautiful solo voice, could yodel with the best, and also had a real feel for the blues." Includes a dozen superb renditions of classic Jimmie Rodgers songs.


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CD D 673

A Tribute To Dave Barnes – Various Artists BACM CD 673

Dedicated to the memory of BACM founder Dave Barnes, we have put together this selection of some of his favourite recordings, easy going, old style Country & Western, the music that Dave began collecting on 78rpm records over 70 years ago, back in the era of the Saturday picture show westerns. The collection grew and grew, eventually requiring a purpose-built building till bursting at the seams with over 670,000 recordings and over a million items in total including the books, magazines, videos etc!


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CD D 674

VERNON DALHART Vol. 2 – Puttin’ On The Style BACM CD 674

It’s 20 years since we put together our first collection of Dalhart’s recordings (CD number 17!) and it’s become one of our best sellers over the years with many requests for a follow up, so here at last is Volume 2, all early recordings from 1926 and 1931, nice mix of hillbilly, popular and novelty numbers. Includes his 1926 hit Puttin’ On The Style, recorded 30 years before Lonnie Donegan’s 1957 skiffle version (which updated the 1926 “pair of horses" to 1957's “hot-rod car!"


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CD D 675

OLD TIME TUNES & SONGS Vol. 3 1924-1938. BACM 675

We’ve dug deep into the vaults again with another eclectic mix of good solid old time country including obscure artistes as well as familiar names like Cliff Carlisle, W.Lee O’Daniel’s Hillbilly Boys and Riley Puckett. The hillbilly face of the 'Roaring '20s'...


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CD D 676

Carson Robison & Frank Luther-Smokey Mountain Bill. BACM CD 676

Another set of Carson Robison recordings with recording partner Frank Luther, mostly as Bud & Joe Billings (“Bud” being Luther and “Joe” Robison) or as The Carson Robison Trio with line ups including Frank’s brother Luther and other musicians like John Cali (tenor banjo) and Roy Smeck (steel guitar and sometimes banjo). All from the period 1928 to 1933.


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CD D 677

COUNTRY MUSIC LADIES – Vol. 3. BACM CD 677

Our third Country Music Ladies compilation includes a mix of well known artistes (Carolina Cotton, Dale Evans and June Carter) and lesser known ones. The previous volumes focused on the 1950s but this time we include some from the 1930s (yodelling duo The De Zurik Sisters) and 1940s (the Rodik Sisters – for a snippet of them singing on the 1941 movie The Return Of Daniel Boone, check YouTube!). Mattie O’Neil started out singing with one of her sisters Martha Carson (see BACM CDs 161 and 204); we feature four of her recordings accompanied by husband Salty Holmes, founder member of The Prairie Ramblers.


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CD D 678

Prairie Ramblers Vol 5-BACM 678 incl. some as The Sweet Violet Boys

By popular request we’ve managed to put together a fifth volume from this versatile and musically talented group whose repertoire spanned cowboy songs, mountain music, Western swing, and comedy. This set spans their recording career from 1935 to the late 1940s and includes several of their risqué numbers recorded under the pseudonym The Sweet Violet Boys. Thank you Country music author and historian Tony Byworth for the liner notes.


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