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CD D 342

101 RANCH BOYS. B.A.C.M. 342

Billed by Variety Magazine in the late '40s as the "Fastest rising cowboy band in the land" , this talented group had begun in 1937 with celebrated musicians Andy Reynolds (guitar) and Cliff Brown (fiddle) joined soon after by accordionist William "Smokey" Roberts and much later by Leonard T. Zinn who added steel guitar and comedy. Here, a nice variety of cowboy, country and popular tunes as well as some great guitar instrumentals featuring Zinn.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 120

BOB MALLIN Sings With His Guitar. B.A.C.M. 120

England-born singer with a selection of authentic cowboy songs; self accompanied on guitar (13 tracks) and with a band on the remaining 8; very popular in the 1930s/40s.


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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 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 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 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 331

CARSON ROBISON A Long Long Ways From Home. B.A.C.M. 331

22 1930s recordings from the prolific singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; tracks cross a wide range of styles from comedy to topical pieces


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CD D 21

CARSON ROBISON Goin Back To Texas. B.A.C.M. 21

Prolific songwriter and recording artist who also featured on many of Vernon Dalhart's recordings; here, 17 tracks including some 'both sides' of the issued 78rpm discs.


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CD D 104

CARSON ROBISON Transatlantic Traveller. B.A.C.M. 104

Another selection of recordings by the prolific singer/ songwriter, this time, 20 songs recorded 1926/39.


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CD D 53

CARSON ROBISON TRIO Old Kentucky Cabin. B.A.C.M. 53

More early (1920s/30s) recordings from this prolific singer/songwriter, accompanied on some of these 22 tracks by Frank Luther and Phil Crow.


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CD D 106

CASS COUNTY BOYS Beautiful Texas. B.A.C.M. 106

26 songs in a mix of transcriptions and commercial recordings made in the late 40s/early 50s from this great harmony group.


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CD D 368

CASS COUNTY BOYS Vol. 2 More Western Classics. B.A.C.M. 368

32 polished performances from this trio, all radio transcription recordings. The group toured extensively with Gene Autry and appeared in numerous films with him. As a historical footnote, lead singer Jerry Scoggins was the singer of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett', theme song of the Beverley Hillbillies hit TV series on which he was accompanied by messrs Flatt and Scruggs. Companion to CD 106 'Beautiful Texas'.


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CD D 255

CHARLIE HERALD AND HIS ROUNDUP RANGERS. B.A.C.M. 255

From the vaults, some early Canadian Country from 1933/35 - a time even before Wilf Carter and Hank Snow had began recording - an eclectic mix of 23 tracks by this band. Canadian country music history in the making, a nice variety of styles and featured vocalists.


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CD D 404

COLORADO COUNTRY 1948-1953. B.A.C.M. 404

28 recordings from 1948-53 from a variety of small labels all based in and around Denver. A great mix, demonstrating that good Country does not have to come from Nashville.


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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 559

CURT BARRETT & The Trailsmen Texas Jubilee CD 559

A ‘Cowboy singer’ with a distinctive, easy-going jaunty voice, Barret played bit parts in several cowboy movies in the late ‘40s and with a bit of luck could have made the big time. He had a big following in and around the Los Angeles area in the late 40s. Our CD has a selection of his recordings, mainly from the mid to late 1940s and mostly with his superb Trailsmen group. Plus a couple of tracks from the early 1930s with Tim Dix as ‘”Tom & Jerry” – 30 years before Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel called themselves that for their first recordings. Nice versions of some familiar songs like Ridin’ Down The Canyon and Frankie & Johnny plus several of Barret’s original compositions.


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CD D 153

DALE EVANS The Rage Of The Sage. B.A.C.M. 153

Roy Rogers' "Other half" with a 24 song collection. Pop oriented country, mainly from the late 1940s.


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CD D 276

DAVE DENNEY It’s Nobody’s Fault But Your Own. B.A.C.M. 276

Talented singer, songwriter and guitarist Denny had an easy going country-crooner style and left an interesting body of recorded work, cross sectioned in this, our first CD devoted to his music. Includes tracks from his first (1945/46) sessions which had famed jazz musician Eddie South on violin (nice version of "Silver dew on the bluegrass tonight") through to four 1954 tracks with Chet Atkins backing. Boogie version of Hank Williams' "My bucket's got a hole in it". A talented performer worthy of more recognition.


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CD D 26

DENVER DARLING Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight. B.A.C.M. 26

Not too well known these days but popular during the WW2 years; these Denver Darling recordings date from 1941-47, with a mix of old and new tunes.


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CD D 136

DENVER DARLING Vol. 2 Singing On The Range. B.A.C.M. 136

Another selection from the "New York Radio Cowboy" - 23 commercial and rare transcription recordings from the 1940s.


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CD D 246

DENVER DARLING Vol. 3 Cowboy Jack. B.A.C.M. 246

This our 3rd release from the vaults contains 25 world transcription tracks recorded 1943-45, including several classic country tunes. Top steel guitarist Vaughn Horton and guitarist Tony Mottoca are among the backing musicians.


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CD D 269

DENVER DARLING Vol. 4 Out In The Great Alone. B.A.C.M. 269

Although he recorded for only six years, he still warrants a 4th volume (see also CDS BACM 26, 136 and 246) with these 27 rare tracks, mainly transcriptions from the 1940s showcasing his varied output.


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CD D 124

DICK REINHART A Broken Heart For A Souvenir. B.A.C.M. 124

Here is the entirety of Reinhart's solo recordings, recorded 1929-47, nice mix of moods and styles. Also sang as a group ("The Rough Riders") with Johnny Bond and Jimmy Wakely (See BACM CDs 102 and 384).


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CD D 240

DICK THOMAS Sioux City Sue. B.A.C.M. 240

Philadelphia born talented singer, songwriter and pianist here with a mix of 22 songs many written by him and all recorded in the 1940s/early 50s. Includes the title song "Sioux City Sue" which spent four weeks at No. 1 in the US Juke Box Folk Records chart in 1945 - and which also became a big hit for Bing Crosby (and became a Gene Autry film title!).


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CD D 88

DOC HOPKINS & HIS COUNTRY BOYS Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 88

30 transcriptions recorded in 1944; fine singer with a batch of traditional favorites.


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CD D 91

DOC HOPKINS & HIS COUNTRY BOYS Vol. 2. B.A.C.M. 91

More 1944 transcriptions (33) to complement CD 88.


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CD D 92

DOWN HOMERS Uncle Noah’s Ark. B.A.C.M. 92

Thirty 1940s transcription recordings from this superbly talented quartet - apparently a condition of joining was to be able to play any instrument and sing any of the harmony parts! On some tracks, a young 'King Of The Yodelers' Kenny Roberts.


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CD D 381

DOWN HOMERS Vol. 2 The End Of My Roundup Days. B.A.C.M. 381

The 28 songs from this 4-piece band with a sound similar to The Sons Of The Pioneers are all from rare radio transcriptions made in the 1940s.


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CD D 172

DOYE O’DELL If Tears Were Gold. B.A.C.M. 172

27 songs recorded in the 1940s and 1950s by this Western-style singer and occasional actor; includes an early version of 'Old Shep'.


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CD D 445

DOYE O’DELL Vol. 2. Shut Up And Drink Your Beer. B.A.C.M. 445

Our second CD from this talented fiddle player, guitarist and melodic tenor, featuring a wide range of material from ballads to jazz tinged western swing as well as hilarious novelty numbers like She left me when my dream boat started leaking.


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CD D 194

DUDE MARTIN’S NEVADA NIGHT HERDERS Cowboy’s Nightmare. B.A.C.M. 194

27 transcription recordings made in 1935/36 by this accomplished band - a mix of cowboy standards, old fiddle tunes, Western and novelty songs.


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CD D 300

EARLY CALIFORNIA COWBOYS & HILLBILLIES Vol. 1. B.A.C.M. 300

Some great uncluttered late 20s/early 30s recordings from five different bands from California, preceding the Bakersfield Sound by a couple of decades.


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CD D 544

Early California Cowboys & Hillbillies Vol. 2 BACM CD 544 

There was a thriving country music scene in California in the 1930s and we have at last got around to this second compilation of historic recordings (a follow up to the first volume issued in 2010). Includes five rare 1934-37 recordings from the great Stuart Hamblen when his style was still largely modelled on Jimmie Rodgers. Another highlight, six more transcription recordings from Dude Martin & his Nevada Nite Herders (following up those on BACM’s CD 194, DUDE MARTIN’S NEVADA NIGHT HERDERS Cowboy’s Nightmare). Curiously, yet another group called ‘The Rolling Stones’ – this one even earlier, featuring Jimmy Adams (guitar) and Bud Jamison (harmonica and tenor), recorded in 1930. Thanks to Kevin Coffey for the research and comprehensive liner notes.


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CD D 623

ED McCURDY Cowboy & Western Songs BACM CD 623

Ed McCurdy is nowadays best known as a folk singer who worked with the likes of Pete Seeger and Josh White in the late 1940s and going on to become one of the leading lights in the late 1950s folk revival, performing at the legendary Newport Folk Festivals and hosting the Greenwich Village hootenanny sessions which helped launch the careers of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. But his career also includes successful episodes as a radio performer singing romantic songs and doing comedy routines in the 1930s /early 40s and as a children’s entertainer on radio and TV in the early 1950s. Also little known is his familiarity with and love for cowboy and western material and we are pleased to release this compilation – 24 tracks, culled from his 1957 Songs Of The Old West and other albums. They feature the guitar and banjo work of Erik Darling, a founder member of The Tarriers folk group and another big fan of the Cowboy music genre. Thanks to Country Music historian Tony Byworth for the liner notes.


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