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CD D 110

4 STAR ROUNDUP Soppin’ Up The Gravy Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 110

An eclectic mix of performers and a great variety of styles from the 1940s/early 50s 4Star label. Hi-lights include Roy Clark's first recording, Mysteries Of Life from 1953, a great Carter Family-style cut from the Stewart Family and rare tracks from The Wilburn Brothers, Maddox Brothers & Rose and T. Texas Tyler.


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CD D 93

A TASTE OF KING Vol 1. 1945-54. B.A.C.M. 93 Soppin’ Up The Gravy

Excellent 40s/50s mix from the legendary King label including tracks by The Wilburn Brothers, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Carolina Cotton.


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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 297

ADOLPH HOFNER Swing With The Music. B.A.C.M. 297

Hofner's band created a unique and highly distinctive style of Western Swing, blending Tex/Mex and Czech Polka influences. This selection spans their recording career all the way from the 1930s to the mid 50s.


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CD D 594

AL CLAUSER & His Oklahoma Outlaws BACM CD 594

(May new release, No. 2). AL CLAUSER & His Oklahoma Outlaws BACM CD 594. Guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Al Clauser is reputed to be originator of the term “Western Swing”, using it as early as 1928, several years before it became mainstream popular with the likes of Bob Wills and Milton Brown. Clauser and his band had popular radio shows in the 1930s (WHO in Des Moines, Iowa) and then in Tulsa, Oklahoma on KTUL Radio from 1942. Our CD features mainly transcription recordings including several outstanding instrumentals. Al and his Oklahoma Cowboys were also featured as session players on our Bill Willhite CD 566.


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CD D 322

AL DEXTER High Price For Love. B.A.C.M. 322

Well known for his song "Pistol Packing Mama" (included here), this honky-tonk vocalist belts out 26 tracks from the 1930s/40s. Includes the sequel to his "Pistol Packing Mama" smash.


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CD D 539

AL TERRY Better Late Than Never. BACM CD 539

Al Terry scored a rockabilly hit with Good Deal Lucille but this collection focuses on his earlier recordings, mainly ballads, showcasing his smooth baritone voice not dissimilar to Gene Autry, plus a couple of instrumentals and an interesting narration, a duo with Patti Lyles on I’m Still Waiting For You. Haunting steel and distinctive fiddle from Al’s brothers Bobby and Floyd respectively.


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CD D 483

AL VAUGHN – Country Music From the 40s & 50s. BACM CD 483

Obscure country singer/guitarist who cut some 40 sides for the 4Star label between 1947 and 1950 with some top session musicians. We have selected the best, nice mix of songs many with a Western Swing feel.


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CD D 292

AMBROSE HALEY & His Ozark Ramblers. B.A.C.M. 292

Some jazz-influenced interpretations of old timey and nostalgic classics as well as some newer songs by this talented and exuberant vocalist. Selections across all stages of Haley's career from the '30s through to the early 50s.


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CD D 36

ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN – Vol. 1 Texas Belle. B.A.C.M. 36

Having begun his radio career in 1929 and achieving early fame as the ‘Singing Cowboy’ on NBC (1937-41) Parker was already a seasoned performer when he formed The Plainsmen, initially as a trio in 1945. They became ‘Andy Parker and The Plainsmen’ when they signed up for a series of Westerns with Eddie Dean in 1947. here we present 27 mainly 1940s transcription recordings from this highly rated group, classic cowboy songs.


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CD D 329

ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN – Vol. 2 Coast Records. B.A.C.M. 329

A treat for fans of authentic Western harmony song, this group is way up there with The Sons Of The Pioneers. This 26 track CD represents their mid 1940s output on the Coast label. Check out CD 36 for a selection of their later recordings.


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CD D 495

ANDY PARKER & THE PLAINSMEN – Vol. 4 Trail Dust. BACM CD 495

Thanks are due to Andy’s son Joe Parker who has lovingly restored these 23 tracks from original 78s in the Parker Family collection and supplied the sleeve notes. Historic recordings, all from 1947 and 1949/51 sessions, scarce and rare - from what many of us rate as the finest of the classic Western groups.


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CD D 148

ANOTHER TASTE OF KING Recorded 1946-1954. B.A.C.M. 148

More 40s/50s recordings from this legendary label. The mix includes rare recordings by Moon Mullican, Wade Mainer and Al Dexter.


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CD D 352

APOLLO LABEL Classic Country Music. B.A.C.M. 352

You'll find some top artists here (incl. Eddie Hill, Ray Whitley, Johnny & Jack), a selection of classic country recordings from the 1940s/50s culled from this New York based label.


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CD D 522

ARIZONA JOE – Radio Transcriptions. CD 522

This collection has taken years for us to get together, following many requests especially from folks on the North West coast who wrote telling us they grew up listening to Arizona Joe’s radio broadcasts beginning in the 1940s. At last, thanks especially to Tacoma-based record collector, fan and historian Dennis Flannigan we have able to produce this album – all featuring Joe, just his voice and guitar and, on several tracks, mournful comb-kazoo. Mix of cowboy, and popular country songs including a few Jimmie Rodgers classics.


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CD D 243

ART DICKSON Singin’ On The Range. B.A.C.M. 243

26 transcription tracks, featuring three different formations of Dickson's group - great collection of cowboy songs.


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CD D 433

ART DICKSON Vol. 2 Just A Song Of The West B.A.C.M. 433

By request, we've put together a second CD featuring this cowboy balladeer, drawn from radio transcriptions and accompanied by his Melody Mustangs.


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CD D 289

ART GIBSON featuring The Mountain Melody Boys. B.A.C.M. 289

An infectious honky tonk performer who wrote most of the songs featured in this collection; 25 from Mercury, his debut label, and both sides of his Replica single. All recorded between 1946 and 1954.


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CD D 341

ARTHUR ‘GUITAR BOOGIE’ SMITH. B.A.C.M. 341

This 1948 to 1956 collection by ace guitarist Smith includes a 50/50 balance of instrumentals and vocals.


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CD D 282

BAR X COWBOYS Complete Recordings Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 282

Pioneering 6 piece Western Swing band which spawned the careers of, among others, Jerry Irby and legendary songwriter Ted Daffan. The 26 tracks selected for the CD date from 1937-44. Many tracks feature Ted Daffan's fine steel guitar.


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CD D 310

BAR X COWBOYS Complete Recordings Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 310

A further selection (carrying on from CD 282), with examples from each of six different line ups of the band – but all of them Western Swinging! Dates range from 1941 to 1953.


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CD D 1

Big Bill Campbell Rocky Mountain Rhythm B.A.C.M. 01

Big Bill Campbell was a Canadian entertainer living in England who helped popularise Western/Cowboy music to British audiences from the 1930s to early’50s through his BBC and Radio Luxemburg radio Cowboy-variety shows and regular tours as well as recordings. This first CD features cuts from around 1950 with his Rocky Mountain Rhythm group – seasoned British musicians from the vaudeville scene including “Chief White Eagle” Jack Curtis, Pat Cross and Fred "Cranky Old Buck" Douglas - as well as Peggy Bailey who later became Bill’s wife. Lovingly restored from original 78s.


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CD D 119

BIG BILL CAMPBELL Rocky Mountain Rhythm Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 119

Second collection from the Canadian born country performer who was very popular in Britain in the 1940s/50s and who helped create a generation of country music enthusiasts. 22 songs here, some including wife Peggy Bailey.


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CD D 515

BIG SLIM ALIFF – Footprints In The Snow. BACM CD 515

Hank Snow fans will have come across the name “Big Slim, The Lone Cowboy”, credited in Hank’s autobiography as having been a big influence on his early career and style, and helping him get started in the US. Snow of course went on to international fame, selling millions of records; but “Big Slim”, although remaining a mainstay of the West Virginia Wheeling Jamboree from 1936 to 1966, never made the big time outside his home state. He was an authentic cowboy / rancher, and was in huge demand at rodeos and fairs, appearing with his trained horse. He made some superb recordings, mainly just Slim and guitar, and has songwriting credits on many songs that have become country classics such as Sunny Side Of The Mountain and Patanio The Pride Of The Plains. A big talent, nowadays undeservedly forgotten and BACM are pleased to release this collection – 23 titles from various sources.


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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 49

BILL BOYD & HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS Swinging & Singing. B.A.C.M. 49

Fine Western Swinging tracks recorded between the mid 30s and mid 40s; mix of vocals and instrumentals - 21 fine recordings.


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CD D 512

BILL BOYD Vol. 3 – When They Play Rural Rhythm. BACM CD 512

A third collection from the great Texas singer, guitarist and Western Swing band leader, whose groups over the years featured many of the top Western Swing musicians of the era; 22 tracks from the 1930s and four from c. 1950. Impossible to listen to and not start foot-tapping (or getting up and dancing!) Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and informative liner notes.


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CD D 568

BILL COX – The Dixie Songbird – BACM CD 568

26 tracks, many of them not previously issued on CD from Cox, one of the best of the white country blues singers from the late ‘20s/early ‘30s era. An accomplished yodeller in the Jimmie Rodgers style he was also a solid guitarist and could play fine bluesy harmonica. Several tracks feature him duetting with singer/ guitarist Cliff Hobbs.


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CD D 566

BILL WILLHITE with Al Clauser’s Oklahoma Outlaws – BACM CD 566

Bill Willhite was the rich voiced lead singer and guitarist on the one of the very first BACM issues (BACM 02, released in 2002 as Jack Savage & His Cowboys) and we have at last managed to track down enough good quality recordings for a second collection. 20 transcriptions recorded in California, mostly backed with Al Clauser’s crack band The Oklahoma Cowboys during the period when Hillhite and the band were filming with Gene Autry. Plus a few later tracks from the mid ‘40s. Nice mix of Western, popular and old timey songs – from this talented and once popular performer who is undeservedly overlooked by the country history books.


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CD D 325

BILLY GRAMMER A Thousand Miles Ago. B.A.C.M. 325

Late 40s, 50s and early 60s recordings from singer, super guitarist and guitar maker Grammar who had big hits in 1958/59 with "Gotta Travel on" and "Bonaparte's Retreat".


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CD D 608

BILLY HUGHES – Rose Of The Alamo. BACM CD 608

Our first compilation from Billy Hughes, the legendary fiddler and multi instrumentalist nowadays perhaps best remembered for his fiddle playing on Jack Guthrie sessions and also for his songwriting credits including writing Red Foley’s 1948 hit, Tennessee Saturday Night. He recorded relatively little under his own name (or names, for some he used "Dude Fargo") but we’ve managed to put together this collection. 27 songs, many of them Hughes’ own compositions, a few of them somewhat risqué!


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CD D 429

BILLY WILLIAMS – Livin’ Western Style. B.A.C.M. 429

Williams began his career as a pop/crooner vocalist with various popular bands but this CD covers his 1946/47 RAC sessions focusing on Western material recorded when on the edge of a (brief) movie career. Smooth crooner voice ("cross between Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rex Allen") here with a super collection of songs - some of them well known Western standards plus some Williams originals including a superb "There's An Echo In The Canyon Tonight".


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CD D 68

BOB ATCHER Hunters Of Kentucky. B.A.C.M. 68

Early cowboy actor/ singer, here with 22 recordings from 1941-48; mix of old and new songs, several as duets with long time partner, Bonnie Blue Eyes.


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CD D 365

BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 with Bonnie Blue Eyes & Randy Atcher. B.A.C.M. 365

A good mix of 30s/40s country and traditional songs from this pleasant voiced singer/guitarist with some tracks from his recording companions, Bonnie Blue Eyes and brother Randy (Atcher). There is another selection of his recordings on BACM 068.


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CD D 33

BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Ole Buttermilk Sky Tiffany Transcriptions 1945. B.A.C.M. 33

25 tracks - most of them never before available on CD from this legendary Western Swing band. Great takes on the classics "Nobody's darling but mine", "Don't fence me in" and "Silver dew on the bluegrass tonight" .


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CD D 550

BOB WILLS & The Texas Playboys Live 1948 – 51 BACM CD 550

For Bob Wills fans, a collection of exciting live and radio recordings, not hitherto widely available. Opens with an off air capture of Bob’s second ever Grand Ole Opry appearance – a superb hot version of Wills’ classic Beaumont Rag. Ends with some fine 1951 tracks taken from WFAA station Dallas. Some great band line-ups.


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CD D 351

BOBBY GREGORY & The Cactus Cowboys. B.A.C.M. 351

1940s accordion-based mix of mainly traditional songs a la Vernon Dalhart.


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CD D 343

BUCK NATION Western Range Ahead. B.A.C.M. 343

Mix of early Country and Western-Swing on this 30s/40s compilation, some with nice steel guitar accompaniment.


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CD D 624

BUD HOBBS MGM Recordings 1947–54 BACM CD 624

California-born Bud Hobbs was one of the first exponents of what became known as The Bakersfield Sound, but sadly died aged just 38 having left only around 30 studio recordings. These were of a high standard and featured the cream of the LA session musicians of the era including, on his 1953 sessions, Buck Owens on guitar, Ferlin Husky on bass and Tommy Collins on rhythm. Fine country-crooner voice, pitch perfect and distinctive. Thanks due to Ken Coffee and Russ Wapensky for the excellent liner notes and session details – and to Al Turner for the tracks!


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CD D 14

Buddy Jones “Police Officer & Honky Tonk Singer”. B.A.C.M. 14

A singing policeman, no less! With a honky tonk style who, with contemporaries Cliff Bruner and Tillman Franks made some fine recordings back in the '30s and 40s, well showcased in this selection.


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CD D 311

BUDDY STARCHER Battle Of New Orleans. B.A.C.M. 311

Prolific singer/songwriter ("Song of the old waterwheel" and "I still write your name in the sand")/ musician with a selection of his 40s/50s recordings.


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CD D 155

BUDDY WILLIAMS Down The Old Bush Track. B.A.C.M. 155

Believed to be the first Aussie to record country in Australia - that was in 1938, three years after the debut of fellow antipodean, New Zealander Tex Morton, Williams had escaped from an unhappy foster home to go on the road, eking a living from laboring and busking. He loved the recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, his early model for his guitar style and yodeling. Here is a selection of 22 of his recordings, a wide range of styles including the Victorian era recitation "The face on the barroom floor" later recorded by Hank Snow.


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CD D 156

BUZ BUTLER Money Ain’t Everything. B.A.C.M. 156

Not much is known about this singer although he did make the original recording of "Mule Train" (included here). He made some interesting recordings as these 24 tracks, recorded in the '40s and 50s show - nice energetic version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Muleskinner Blues".


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CD D 169

CAL SHRUM & His Rhythm Rangers/ Colorado Hillbillies. B.A.C.M. 169

Through their long and prolific recording careers, brothers Cal and Walt Shrum managed to draw to their band(s) some of the best western musicians of their era including future stars Spade Cooley (fiddle), Deuce and Ace Spriggins (both, guitar) and the great deep voiced vocalist Tex Williams. Also the tragically short-lived Cene Haas whose guitar style sounds (to this listener) remarkably similar to Hank Snow’s. This CD features rare tracks, none previously available on CD. Nice mix of instrumentals and superb vocals including refreshingly different takes on Old Shep and Walking The Floor Over You. A superb hour’s listening enjoyment.


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CD D 336

CAL SHRUM Vol. 2 Rodeo Rhythm. B.A.C.M. 336

Recorded between 1938 and 1953, this is a companion to CD169; 30 recordings, mixed bag of Old Time, Hillbilly, Western Swing and instrumentals


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