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CD D 635

Hillbilly Novelty Bands In New York Vol 1 (1935-39). BACM CD 635


Many will be surprised to learn there was ANY country music happening in New York in the late 1930s but there was – as evidenced by BACM’s earlier Carson Robison and Denver Darling releases. There was also a thriving ‘hillbilly-novelty’ scene, with several groups serving up corny treatments of popular and western songs, often featuring top rate musicians some of whom were regular players on straight hillbilly recordings of the era. This brought forward a new sound that achieved some popularity with city folk back in the thirties who were so used to Jazz & the big orchestral sounds. We at BACM thought that it should not be forgotten and lost within the pages of time - so we’ve dug up these recordings – five novelty groups working out of New York during the period 1935 to 1939

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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 cc001

HANK FORT & Dottie Dillard – Country Cabaret – CC 001

“Hank Fort” was the stage name of the extraordinary Eleanore Hankins, Nashville socialite, singer/pianist and prolific songwriter who composed over 400 songs including the pop hit Put Your Shoes On Lucy. Our CD includes songs from her 1958 album on which she was accompanied by Nashville’s A-list musicians including Chet Atkins and Hank Garland. Not our usual pure-country fare but she was a genuine Southern gal, born and raised in Nashville and whose songs were recorded by country stars like Patsy Montana and Jean Shepard as well as mainstream pop singers like Petula Clark and Gracie Fields. As a historical extra we include six 1947-49 tracks of Fort’s songs sung by Dottie Dillard (later of the Anita Kerr Singers) backed with Owen Bradley’s Orchestra – the Bradley who went on to have enormous influence as the leading architect of the 1950s/ 1960s Nashville sound, producing the likes of Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.


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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 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 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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