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CD D 686

COLE WILSON & The Tumbleweeds with Nola Hewitt. BACM CD 686

Country music achieved popularity in New Zealand in the 1930s with the recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, Harry Torrani and Wilf Carter inspiring a generation of home grown talent including the legendary Tex Morton. A generation later two families steeped in the music of that earlier era emerged, the brothers Cole and Les Wilson and the Hewitt Sisters, Nola and Myra. Les Wilson went to develop his own career in the Wilf Carter style as The Otago Rambler while in the late 1940s, Cole and Nola teamed up with double-base player Bill Ditchfield and steel guitarist Colin McCrorie first as The Hawaiian Serenaders and then The Tumbleweeds. They cut dozens of tracks for the Tanza label between 1949 and 1952 and BACM are pleased to present a selection of these recordings which we believe is their first reissue since the original singles. To quote from Paul Hazell’s liner notes: “Cole’s distinctive vocals and occasional yodelling, Nola’s harmonies and McCrorie’s melancholy steel combined to produce a distinctive sound that was new and unique”.


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