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NEWSLETTER #147
BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
Goldie Hill ->
Eddie Kirk
 

 

 

COMPACT DISCS

 

GOLDIE HILL B.A.C.M. 107 The Golden Hillbilly - I let The Stars Get In My Eyes ● CD $14.98
24 tracks recorded between 1952 and '54 by this fine female honky tonk singer including her #1 hit I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes - the anser song to Slim Willet's Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes. Goldie, who was the sister of songwriter and musician Tommy Hill, married Carl Smith in 1957 and virtually retired from recording touring. This set includes four duets with Ernest Tubb's son Justin including the hit Looking Back To See. Other songs include Liquor & Women/ Fickle Heart/ I Miss You So/ My Love Is Aflame/ I'm Yvonne Of The Bayou (an answer song to Hank Williams' Jambalaya)/ Young At Heart/ Why Don't You let Me Go and others.
GOLDIE HILL: Ain't Gonna Wash My Face For A Month/ Am I Still Your Baby/ Call Off The Wedding/ Cry, Cry, Darling/ Don't Send No More Roses/ Fickle Heart/ I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes/ I Miss You So/ I'm The Loneliest Gal In Town/ I'm Yesterday's Girl/ I'm Yvonne Of The Bayou/ Let Me Be The One/ Liquor & Women/ Looking Back To See/ Make Love To Me/ My Love Is Aflame/ Please Don't Betray Me/ Say Big Boy/ Sure Fire Kisses/ Treat Me Kind/ Waiting For A Letter/ Why Don't You Let Me Go/ Why Talk To My Heart/ Young At Heart

 
THE HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 004 Trail Of The Lonesome Pine ● CD $14.98
English quartet formed in the early 30s performing "cowboy" songs with guitar, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp, banjo and accordion. Vocals are not particularly convincing but instrumental work is fine and the music is certainly charming.
THE HILL BILLIES: Blazin' The Trail/ Covered Wagon Home/ Cowboy/ Empty Saddles In The Old Corral/ In Ole Oklahoma/ Little Mountain Cabin/ Memories Of An Old Cowhand/ Moonlight On The Prairie/ Night Falls On The Prairie/ Paradise Trail/ Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ Ride Tenderfoot, Ride/ Ridin' Home/ Riding The Range In The Sky/ Sing, You Cowboy/ The Range Beyond The Sky/ The Sunset Trail/ The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine/ Twilight On The Trail/ Underneath A Western Sky

 
THE HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 113 Volume 2 - It's Heaven To Me ● CD $14.98
The second volume from this popular British quartet who performed western flavored songs in the 30s with vocals, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, banjo and accordion. In addition to American favorites this set includes some originals plus Waltzing Matilda. Other tracks include Headin' Home/ Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Pop Eyed Pete/ Sundown In Peaceful Valley/ Take Ma Boots Off When Ah Die/ I'm Spending Christmas With the Old Folks/ There's A Hole In The Oaken Bucket, etc.
THE HILL BILLIES: Big Rock Candy Mountains/ Dying Cowboy's Prayer/ Goodbye Bronco Bill, Goodbye/ Headin' Home/ Hobo's Spring Song/ I'm Spending Christmas With The Old Folks/ It Makes No Difference Now/ It's Heaven To Me/ Old Shep/ Pants My Pappy Gave To Me/ Pop Eyed Pete/ Prairie Schooner, Ramble On/ Red River Valley/ Roll Along Covered Wagon/ Rollin' Down The Hilly Billy Trail/ She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain/ Sundown In Peaceful Valley/ Take Ma Boots Off When Ah Die/ There's A Hole In The Old Oaken Bucket/ There's Gold In Them Thar Hills/ Under The Old Pine Tree/ Waltzing Matilda/ When The Moon Hangs High/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

 
THE HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 114 Volume 3 - Ole Faithful ● CD $14.98
The third volume includes the title song which was their most popular number selling over 80,000 copies plus Daddy' Old Guitar/ With A Banjo On My Knee/ When You Bury Me Six Feet Deep/ I'm Gonna Yodel My Way To Heaven/ Wheel Of The Wagon Is Broken/ Hillbilly Love Song, etc.
THE HILL BILLIES: Carry Me Back To Old Virginny/ Covered Wagon Lullaby/ Cross Eyed Sue/ Daddy's Old Guitar/ Down In Old Santa Fe/ Give Me A Ride On Your Horse, Buddy/ Granny's Old Arm Chair/ Hillbilly Love Song/ I'm Gonna Yodel My Way To Heaven/ Lay Me Down/ Memories Of The Old Homestead Pt. 1/ Memories Of The Old Homestead Pt. 2/ Nobody's Darling But Mine/ Ole Faithful/ Roll Along Prairie Moon/ That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ Twilight Yodeling Song/ Wheel Of The Wagon Is Broken/ When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby/ When That Harvest Moon Is Shining/ When You Bury Me Six Feet Deep/ With A Banjo On My Knee/ Yip Neddy/ Yodeling Cowboy

 
THE HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 223 Volume 4 - Hilly Billy Band ● CD $14.98
The fourth volume from this popular British quartet who performed western flavored songs in the 30s with vocals, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, banjo and accordion. Charming renditions of American Western favorites along with several originals. 24 tracks including Strawberry Roan/ Yodeling Hobo/ A Shanty In A One Horse Town/ Hilly Billy Wedding At The Old Town Hall/ Hilly Billy Band/ Me And The Old Folks At Home/ The Last Of The Texas Rangers/ The Prairie Is A Lonely Place At Night/ Lil Lucy Lane, etc.

 
FAIRLEY HOLDEN B.A.C.M. 146 I've Got Blues To Spare ● CD $14.98
Fine collection of 25 sides by obscure honky tonk singer from Georgia recorded between 1946 and 1948. Although Farley was very fond of novelty songs there's some fine singing here along with excellent instrumental accompaniment which is thought to include, at times, Moon Mullican, Homer & Jethro, Tommy Covington, Chet Atkins and others.
FAIRLEY HOLDEN: Coo-se-coo/ Don‘t Monkey íround My Widder/ From Lexington To Louisville/ Graveyard Light/ Heartbroken, Lonesome And Blue/ I Know You Don‘t Love Me Like You Used To/ Intoxicated Rat/ It‘ll Make A Change In Business All Around/ I‘m A Married Man/ I‘ve Got Blues To Spare/ Keep Them Cold Icey Fingers Off Of Me/ Keep Them Cold Icey Fingers Off Of Me/ Keep Them Cold Icey Fingers Offa Me/ Little Maggie/ Long Long Dresses/ Move It On Over/ Oh That Naggin‘ Wife Of Mine/ Papa‘s Getting Old/ Port To Portal Pay/ Put Some Meat On Them Bones/ She‘s Some Daisy For 19 Years Old/ That‘s Why I‘m Crying In My Sleep/ The Lady And The Soldier/ There‘s More Than One Way To Skin A Cat/ You‘ve Been A Bad, Bad, Bad Little Girl

 
HOMER & JETHRO B.A.C.M. 043 Ground Hog ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 71 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection featuring all but one of the tracks recorded by this fine comedic duo for King in 1947. Featuring vocal and guitar from Henry "Homer" Haynes and vocal and stunning mandolin playing from Kenneth "Jethro" Burns they perform traditional songs (Boll Weevil/ Poor Little Liza Poor Girl/ Ground Hog, etc), twisted version of Tin Pan Alley Songs (Margie/ Five Minutes More/ Night And Day/ I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now/ Glow Worm, etc) and a few originals (I Brusied Her Somewhat/ Goodbye Old Booze/ All Night Long, etc. Sound is generally excellent and there are brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
HOMER & JETHRO: All Night Long/ Always/ Bill Bailey Won‘t You Please Come Home/ Blue Tailed Fly/ Boll Weevil/ Cielito Lindo/ Donkey Serenade/ Don‘t Let Your Sweet Love Die/ Don‘t Telephone, Don‘t Telegraph/ Five Minutes More/ Fly Birdie Fly/ Glow Worm/ Goodbye Old Booze/ Ground Hog/ I Feel Old Age Creeping On/ I Wonder Who‘s Kissing Her Now/ It Bruised Her Somewhat/ I‘ll Close My Eyes/ I‘m Glad I Waited For You/ Margie/ Night And Day/ Poor Little Liza Poor Girl/ Rye Whiskey/ Sympathy-symphony/ When It‘s Long Handle Time In Tennessee

 
HOMER & JETHRO B.A.C.M. 061 Unhappy Day ● CD $14.98
The second volume on BACM by this popular duo features 24 tracks from the late 40s and early 50s and is almost exclusively devoted to their parodies of popular and country favorites of the day along with a couple of original novelty songs. Includes Baby It's Cold Outside/ Pore Ol' Koo Liger/ Tennessee Border #2/ Unhappy Day/ You Tell her, I Stutter/ I'm Movin' On #2/ I'm Gettin' Older Every Day/ A Screwball's Love Song/ Oh Babe/ Disc Jockey's Nightmare. Some of it is clever and some just dumb but if you like this sort of thing then you might enjoy it. I find that a little goes a long way.
HOMER & JETHRO: A Screwball‘s Love Song/ Alabama Jubilee/ Baby It‘s Cold Outside/ Disc Jockey‘s Nightmare/ Does Your Spearmint Lose Its Flavour/ Gambler‘s Git Box/ I‘m Gettin‘ Older Every Day/ I‘m Moving On No. 2/ I‘m Walking Behind You-all/ Little Ole Kiss Of Fire/ Mexican Joe/ Oh Babe/ Pizen Pete/ Pore Ol‘ Koo Liger/ Put That Knife Away Nellie/ Settin‘ The Woods On Fire No. 2/ Slow Poke No. 2/ So Long It‘s Been Good To Know You No. 2/ Sound Off No. 2 (duckworth Chant)/ Tennessee Border No. 2/ Too Young/ Unhappy Day/ When It‘s Tooth Pickin‘ Time In False Teeth Valley/ You Tell Her, I Stutter

 
HOOSIER HOT SHOTS B.A.C.M. 011 Rural Jazz ● CD $14.98
Delightful collection of 20 tracks from the 30s and 40s by this popular novelty group performing country, popular and jazz songs and tunes with a line up that includes clarinet, kazoo, banjo, slide whistle, guitar, washboard and more.
THE HOOSIER HOT SHOTS: Barn Dance Polka/ Bye Bye Blues/ Dark Town Strutters Ball/ Divorce Me C.O.D./ Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)/ Down By The Ohio/ Farewell Blues/ Hold ‘Er Eb'ner/ I Like Mountain Music/ Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider/ Is It True What They Say About Dixie?/ Margie/ No More/ Nobody's Sweetheart Now/ She Broke My Heart In Three Places/ She Was A Washout In The Blackout/ Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Williams Now/ Wah Hoo/ Where You Going, Honey/ You Two Timed Me Once Too Often

 
DOC HOPKINS & HIS COUNTRY BOYS B.A.C.M. 088 Volume 1 ● CD $14.98
30 tracks, recommended
An eastern Kentucky native who made his name in Louisville and Chicago radio, Doc Hopkins sang in an appealing tenor that was warmer and richer than his better-known contemporary, Bradley Kincaid. Like many Midwestern radio pros, Hopkins was under-recorded during his prime years. Despite scattered sessions for Paramount, ARC and Decca, his musical legacy primarily rests upon the 16" transcriptions he made around 1944 for Chicago-based music publisher M.M. Cole. Backed by an unidentified string band, Hopkins joyfully tackled traditional and parlor favorites that were Cole song folio staples. Sound quality is generally excellent, outside of a few hissy transfers pulled from inferior tape sources. Brian Golbey's thumbnail bio repeats some previously printed inaccuracies about Hopkins's radio career, but why quibble? This is a welcome, pleasant release by a beloved radio pioneer who helped seed Chicago's folk music revival. (DS)
DOC HOPKINS AND HIS COUNTRY BOYS: Asleep at the Switch/ Asleep in the Briney Deep/ Barbara Allen/ Born to the Saddle/ Bring Back to Me My Wandering Boy/ Bury Me Out on the Prairie/ Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister?/ Church in the Wildwood/ Code of the Mountains/ Days of the Blue and Grey/ Dying Cowboy/ Get On Board, Little Children/ Get Out of Here, Joe/ Give My Love to Nell/ Golden Slippers/ Great Speckled Bird/ Hushabye Baby, Don't Cry/ I Believe in the Good Old Bible/ I Was Born 4,000 Years Ago/ I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen/ Letter Edged in Black/ Little Girl Dressed in Blue/ Polly Wolly Doodle/ Ship That Never Returned/ Spanish Cavalier/ The Old Chain Gang/ They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around/ When the Curtains of Night/ Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight/ You're a Flower Blooming in the Wildwood

 
DOC HOPKINS & HIS COUNTRY BOYS B.A.C.M. 091 Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
30 more radio transcriptions from 1944
DOC HOPKINS & HIS COUNTRY BOYS: Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy To Me/ Froggie Went A ícourtin‘/ Get Along Down To Town/ Going To Little Creek/ Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye/ Gotta A Lot Of Things To Do Before I Die/ Grandfather‘s Clock/ He‘s The Lily Of The Valley/ Hold Fast To The Right/ Home On The Range/ Honeysuckle Time/ I‘ll Give To You A Paper Of Pins/ Johnson Boys/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ Little Red Caboose Behind The Train/ Massa‘s In The Cold, Cold Ground/ Moose Meat/ My Old Kentucky Home/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Sally Get Your Hoe Cakes Done/ The Last Great Roundup/ The Old Folks At Home/ The Vacant Chair/ There‘ll Come A Time/ This Train/ We‘ll Have A Little Dance Tonight/ When You And I Were Young Maggie/ Where Has My Little Dog Gone/ Whispering Hope/ ítis Sweet To Be Remembered

 
JOHNNY HORTON B.A.C.M. 087 I Won't Forget ● CD $14.98
25 of Johnny's earliest sides recorded in the early 50s for Abbott and Mercury long before he hit it big at Columbia
JOHNNY HORTON: All For The Love Of A Girl/ Barefoot Boy Blues/ Bawlin‘ Baby/ Broken Hearted Gypsy/ Child‘s Side Of Life/ Coal Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam/ Devilish Love Light/ Done Rovin‘/ First Train Headin‘ South/ I Won‘t Forget/ In My Home In Shelby County/ It‘s A Long Rocky Road/ Mean Mean Son Of A Gun/ Move Down The Line/ On The Banks Of The Beautiful Nile/ Plaid & Calico/ Rhythm In My Baby‘s Walk/ Shadows On The Old Bayou/ Someone‘s Rockin, My Broken Heart/ Ss Lureline/ Talk Gobbler, Talk/ Tennessee Jive/ The Mansion You Stole/ Two Red Lips & Warm Red Wine/ Words

 
SKEETER HUBBERT & HIS COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 218 Give Me A Horse And A Saddle ● CD $14.98
Pleasing, if not particularly distinguished, collection of western songs draw from radio transcriptions made around 1941/42 by singer/ guitarist Skeeter Hubbert with his group which included singer/ bass player Ezra Paulette, who took most of the lead vocals and singer/ guitarist Charlie Quirk along with a fiddler and accordion player who are thought to be Billy Hill and Johnny Kiddo respectively. Hubbert is an obscure figure who never recorded under his own name and worked in the late 30s in Stuart Hamblen's band. Nothing is know about him after 1942. Songs include Give Me A Horse And Saddle/ Corinna/ Open Country/ I'll Follow The Trail That I Love/ Over The Garden Wall/ Singe Me A Cowboy Song/ Golden Portals/ I'm Ridin' Saddle For A Dollar A Day/ Let Me Ride The Range and more. Includes notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
SKEETER HUBBERT & HIS COWBOYS: Arizona Home/ Buffalo Days/ Come On My Pony/ Corinna/ Give Me A Horse And A Saddle/ Golden Portals/ How I Love Those Saddle Songs/ I'll Follow The Trail That I Love/ I'm Ridin' Saddle For A Dollar A Day/ In The Year Of Jubilo/ Is It True/ Let Me Ride On The Range/ Nancy Till/ Oh For The Life Of A Cowboy/ Open Country/ Over The Garden Wall/ Rhythm Of The Range/ Sing Me A Cowboy Song/ Sing Me A Song Of The Saddle/ Song Of The Moving Herd/ Stars Of The Western Sky/ Susan Jane/ The Strawberry Roan/ Uncle Noah's Ark/ Wagon Train

 
LEON HUFF B.A.C.M. 126 The Texas Song Bird - The Early Years, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, recommended
First of two volumes featuring recordings with the outstanding country vocalist Leon HUff. Although he never recorded under his own name he was vocalist with several great Western Swing Bands including W.Lee O'Daniel's Light Crust Doughboys & Hillbilly Boys, Bob Wills & His Texas PLayboys, Johnny Lee Wills & His Boys and others. Huff's earliest sides from 1933 with the Light Crust Doughboys are available on Origin Jazz 1003 ("Western Swing Chronicles - W. Lee O'Daniel" - $15.98) and this CD opens with one track with The Doughboys and continues with six tracks from 1935 through 1937 with O'Daniel's Hillbilly Boys. There are 13 tracks from 1939 radio transcriptions by essentially the same group led by W. Lee's son Pat - these tracks find Leon as a pop crooner with quite a few of the songs being pop standards (And The Angels Sing/ Chapel In The Moonlight/ Red Sails In The Sunset, etc) with fairly lethargic accompanied. There are three fine sides from 1940 radio transcriptions featuring Leon with Jerry Sadler's Cowboy Stringsters with Cliff Bruner/ fiddle, Kermit Whalen/ steel guitar and floyd Tillman/ bass. From 1941 is some more crooning on Little Star Of Heaven with Charlie Mitchell & His Orchestra and the set ends with the fine Ten Years from 1942 with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. Sound quality is generally decent tough the radio transcriptions have too much digital noise reduction. Excellent notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
PAT O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Ain‘t She Sweet/ And The Angels Sing/ Baby Your Mother/ Chapel In The Moonlight/ Clouds/ Cry Baby Cry/ Music Maestro Please/ My Buddy/ Old Gray Mare/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Roll On Mississippi Roll On/ Stardust/ The Moon Got In My Eyes/ We‘ll Make Hay While The Sun Shines/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: A Jug Of Wine And You/ Everyone‘s Out So Let‘s Stay In Tonight/ Goodnight My Love/ Long, Long Ago/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Prairie Lullaby/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Someday Sweetheart/ There‘s Evil In Ye Children/ JERRY SADLER'S COWBOY STRINGSTERS: Does Jesus Care/ Get Along Home Cindy/ Little Star Of Heaven/ Vote For Jerry Sadler/the Singing Hills/ BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Ten Years

 
LEON HUFF B.A.C.M. 127 The Texas Song Bird - The Early Years, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, recommended
24 more fine sides with most of the same groups except instead of Bob Wills the set ends with a 1947 track with Johnnie Lee Wills and the Boys. Again there are rather too many bland pop style offerings with Pat O'd Daniel's group - these are not bad, just somewhat dull though the uptempo numbers like There'll Be Some Changes Made are hot. There are another couple of splendid sides with Jerry Sadler's Cowboy Stringsters. I think they could have condensed two albums into one by leaving out many of the Pat O'Daniel sides and the rest would have been a killer. (FS).
PAT O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Annie Laurie/ Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie/ Dear Old Western Skies/ God Bless America/ Jealous/ Margie/ Nobody‘s Sweetheart/ That Old Fashioned Way/ The Sheik Of Araby/ There‘ll Be Some Changes Made/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: El Rancho Grande/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Everything Is Lovely In Dixieland/ I Can‘t Give You Anything But Love/ I Don‘t Mind/ My Cotton Pickin‘ Darlin‘/ One Sweet Letter From You/ Song Of Hawaii/ We‘ll Rest At The End Of The Trail/ What Will I Tell My Heart/ JERRY SADLER'S COWBOY STRINGSTERS: Leaning On The Old Top Rail/ Li‘l Liza Jane/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS & HIS BOYS: How Soon

 
FERLIN HUSKY B.A.C.M. 121 Early Capitol Recordings, 1953-1955 ● CD $14.98
23 tracks recorded between February, 1953 and January, 1955 before Ferlin started to hit it big. Includes Hank's Song/ I'll Always Speal Well Of Yu/ You'll Die A Thousand Deaths/ Let's Kiss And Try Again (a duet with Jean Shephard)/ Eli The Camel/ A Hillbilly's Deck Of Cards/ I Saw Her Today, etc. Includes a couple of tracks under his alter-ego of Simon Crum.
FERLIN HUSKY: A Hillbillyís Deck Of Cards/ Dear Mr. Brown/ Eli The Camel/ Get Me Off The Fence/ Hankís Song/ How Much Are You Mine/ I Lost My Heart Today/ I Saw Her Today/ Iíll Always Speak Well Of You/ Iíll Baby Sit With You/ Iíll Never Have You/ King Of A Lonely Castle/ Letís Kiss And Try Again/ Little Tom/ Minnie Ha Cha/ My Gallina/ Peter Weather Bird/ Sheís Always There When I Come Home/ Slow Down Brother/ Somebody Lied/ Very Seldom Frequently Ever/ Walkiní And Humminí/ Youíll Die A Thousand Deaths

 
FERLIN HUSKY AS TERRY PRESTON B.A.C.M. 045 Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
A fine collection of some of Ferlin's earliest recordings from the early 50s before he achieved pop-country fame and is straight honky tonk country with few of the vocal mannerisms that would mar some of his later recordings. Ferlin is accompanied by a fine band including Speedy West on guitar. This set includes his first recording from 1952 of Smokey Rogers' fine song Gone which went nowhere at the time but became a number one country hit when he re-recorded it in 1957. Other songs include I've Got A Woman's Love/ Now And Then/ Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost/ Counting My Hearaches/ Watch the Company You Keep/ Cotton Pickin' Heart, etc. (FS)
FERLIN HUSKY: Cotton Pickin' Heart/ Counting My Heartaches/ Cross Eyed Gal From The Ozarks/ Crying Heart Blues/ Deadly Weapon/ Echoes In My Heart/ Flowers Speak Louder Than Words/ Gone/ Hard Hearted/ Heart Of Stone/ I Love You/ I Want You So/ I Wished A Thousand Times/ I've Got A Woman's Love/ Jezebel/ Lose Your Blues/ Now And Then/ Put Me In Your Pocket/ Road To Heaven/ Say When/ Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost/ The Letter You Promised To Write/ Time/ Watch The Company You Keep

 
JOHNNIE & JACK B.A.C.M. 183 & The Tennessee Mountain Boys ● CD $14.98
28 tracks by this great country duo recorded between 1947 and 1956 and including some of their great but lesser known titles. There are a number of forgettable novelty songs though their Sing Tom Kitty complete with Donald Duck impersonations is so outrageous as to be irresistibable.
JOHNNIE & JACK: A Pleasure Not A Habit/ Banana Boat Song/ But I Love You Just The Same/ Called From Potter's Field/ Carry On/ Cheated Out Of Love/ Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Eastern Gate/ From The Manger To The Cross/ God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds/ How Can I Believe In You/ Just For Tonight/ Just What The Doctor Ordered/ Live And Let Live/ Look Out/ Love Trap/ Mr. Clock/ Pig Latin Serenade/ Pray Together And We'll Stay Together/ Private Property/ Sing Tom Kitty/ The Humming Bird/ Tom Cat's Kitten/ Too Many Blues/ Weary Moments/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ When You Want A Little Lovin'/ You're My Downfall

 
BUDDY JONES B.A.C.M. 014 Police Officer & Honky Tonk Singer ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
If you don't buy this you'll be arrested! A terrific collection of bluesy western swing by this fine singer, guitarist and songwriter accompanied by a hot band. Band members are not identified but usually included the likes of Buster Jones (Buddy's brother), Bob Dunn, Moon Mullican and others. One cut features a duet with his good friend Jimmie Davis and one track, the raunchy, Butcher Man Blues is a fine example of talking blues. No duplication with Cattle 206. (FS)
BUDDY JONES: Actions Speak Louder Than Words/ Butcher Man Blues/ Carry The Good Work On/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Don't Ever Leave Me Alone/ Ease My Troubled Mind/ Every Day Blues/ Gonna Change My Business All Around/ I Wish I'd Never Met You/ I'll Get Mine Bye And Bye No. 2/ I'm Gonna Get Me A Honky Tonk Baby/ Mean Hangover Blues/ Mean Old Sixty Five Blues/ Ragged But Right/ Red River Blues/ She's A Hum Dum Dinger/ She's Selling What She Used To Give Away/ Shreveport County Jail Blues/ What Is Life Lived Alone/ You've Got Just What It Takes

 
GRANDPA JONES B.A.C.M. 206 You're Never Too Old For Love ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
ine collection of 29 sides recorded between 1952 and 1955 by this excellent and distinctive performer from Kentucky with a voice that sounded 20 year older than his real age and a frailing banjo style that owed a lot to his influence Uncle Dave Macon. Accompaniments range from old timey to mainstream country with mandolin, steel guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, etc. Includes his cover of LuluBelle & Scotty's topical I'm No Communist plus Retreat Cries My Heart/ TV Blues/ Sassafras/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea (with some fine yodeling)/ You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/ That New Vitamine/ Some More Mountain Dew/ Standing In The Depot/ Old Dan Tucker/ In The Future, etc. None of these songs were hits but Grandpa had a loyal following and his music is consistently entertaining. (FS)
GRANDPA JONES: Bread And Gravy/ Closer To The Bone/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Gooseberry Pie/ Herd Of Turtles/ High Silk Hat And A Gold Top Walking Cane/ I'm No Communist/ In The Future/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Looking Back To See/ Mountain Laurel/ My Heart Is Like A Train/ Old Blue/ Old Dan Tucker/ Old Rattler's Son/ Pap's Corn Likker Still/ Retreat Cries My Heart/ Sassafras/ Some More Mountain Dew/ Standing In The Depot/ Stop That Ticklin' Me/ TV Blues/ That New Vitamine/ The Champion/ The Trader/ What Has She Got/ Y'All Come/ You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet/ You're Never Too Old For Love

 
KARL & HARTY B.A.C.M. 168 Old Time Harmony Singing ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, 62 minutes, recommended Major figures on radio and record through the thirties, Karl Davis & Harty Taylor have rarely been tapped for reissues. Their singing style - recalling the 19th-Century parlor balladry of their idols Lester McFarland and Robert Gardner (Mac & Bob) - is admittedly a generation removed from the crooning and/or high-energy "brother" duets that followed in their wake. However, many close-harmony duet singers cited Karl & Harty as an influence, and their most popular songs still endure. Natives of Renfro Valley, Kentucky, Karl & Harty moved to Chicago in 1931 to become a featured act within WLS's popular string band, The Cumberland Ridge Runners. After making their first recordings for Paramount, the duo hit their stride in 1934 after signing with ARC. Such Davis-penned or collaborative songs as Kentucky, I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail and A Prisoner's Dream became country harmony standards. By the 1940s Karl & Harty were continually at odds with their record companies, which demanded racier, upbeat jukebox novelties. Though Davis penned suitable numbers, the duo's performances were perfunctory. In 1951 the men dissolved their act rather than further compromising their ideals. This collection sidesteps Karl & Harty's best-known songs from the mid-'30s in favor of traditional material and lesser-known originals. Two songs are from Paramount and fourteen are from ARC/Columbia, including We Buried Her Beneath the Willow, a tribute to the Ridge Runners' recently deceased vocalist Linda Parker. Five Capitol and Gold Seal sides capture the waning days of their recording career. The sound quality is adequate, though lacking high end. Brian Chalker's notes distill the duo's fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking story. A welcome release, if not the definitive anthology Karl & Harty really deserve. (DS)
Cattle CCD 245 Memories of the WLS National Barn Dance $18.98 Twenty-six Karl & Harty tracks, no duplications with the above B.A.C.M. Songs include I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, The Prisoner's Dream and Don't Monkey 'Round My Widder
Twenty-One Years/I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home/I Dreamed I Searched Heaven for You/We Buried Her Beneath the Willow/No Place to Pillow My Head/Tennessee River Farewell/Answer to the Prisoner's Dream/Two-Faced Preacher/Don't Be Blue Little Pal/I'll Always Love You/I Hide My Face and Cry/You Let Me Down/Truck Driver's Sweetheart/What's Wrong with the Women Today/Ain't You Ashamed/She's Got the Cutest Eyes/Single Man Blues/Down in the Valley/You Cooked Your Goose with Me/Don't Mix Whiskey with Women/I'm Coming Home This Evening

 
BUELL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 027 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
A number of Buell Kazee tracks have appeared on various compilations but this is the first CD reissue exclusively devoted to this his fine and important ballad singer. Kazee, who was a trained singer, accompanied himself on banjo and recorded seminal versions of songs like Butchers Boy/ East Virginia/ Lady Gay/ Wagoner's Lad/ The Moonshiner and others. This set also features tracks with guitar and violin accompaniment, some duets with Carson Robison and some gospel songs with Frank & James McCravy as The Blue Ridge Gospel Singers. Wonderful stuff. (FS)
BUELL KAZEE: Don't Forget Me Little Darling/ East Virginia/ Faded Coat Of Blue/ I'm Alone In This World/ If You Love Your Mother/ Lady Gay/ Little Mohee/ Old Whisker Bill, The Moonshiner/ Poor Orphan Boy/ Redwing/ Roving Cowboy/ Snow Deer/ The Blind Man/ The Butcher Boy/ The Cowboy Trail/ The Cowboy's Farewell/ The Dying Soldier/ The Orphan Girl/ The Ship That's Sailing High/ The Wagoner's Lad/ Toll The Bells/ Why Not Tonight

 
BUELL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 214 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing BACM 027 is another great selection of sides recorded between 1927 and 1929 by this fine and important mountain baladeer and banjo player. Kazee was the first to record a number of songs that have become old time and bluegrass standards and this disc includes the original recordings of songs like Rock Island/ Darling Cora/ Little Bessie and others. It also includes a superb unreleased version of Short Life Of Trouble originally recorded by Burnett & Rutherford. There are also several sentimental songs on which Buell accompanies himself on guitar, three fine sides with Buell and his banjo accompanied by guitar and steel guitar and two fascinating two part semi spoken word titles A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record with charming dialogue between Buell and Jack Kapp and Election Day In Kentucky. Excellent sound and brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
BUELL KAZEE: A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 1/ A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 2/ A Short Life Of Trouble/ Darling Cora/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 1/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 2/ Gambling Blues/ I'm Rolling Along/ In The Shadow Of The Pines/ John Hardy/ Little Bessie/ My Mother/ Poor Boy Long Ways From Home/ Rock Island/ Roll On John/ Steel A Goin' Down/ The Hobo's Last Ride/ The Old Maid/ The Sporting Bachelors/ You Are False But I'll Forgive You/ You Taught Me How To Love You

 
HANK KEENE B.A.C.M. 203 And His Gang ● CD $14.98
43 tracks, recommended
Entertaining collection of 43 (!) songs and tunes by Louisiana born multi instrumentalist and vocalist Hank Keene and his group. The group includes guitar, fiddle, banjo, clarinet, string bass, washboard, cowbell, Jews harp and more presented in various combinations. The group performs a wide variety of material with an emphasis on novelty numbers though also including waltzes, western songs, blues, gospel and some hot jazzy instrumentals. Most of the vocals are by Keene who is an appealing vocalist. Several numbers feature vocals and yodelling from Georgia Mae and there are several duets between Keene and Mae. S)
HANK KEENE: Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home/ Bully Song/ Change Your Sadness To A Smile/ Don't Ever Leave Me/ Down In Possum Hollow/ Durang's Hornpipe/ Easy Rider Come Back To Me/ Hillbilly Boogie/ Hold Me In Your Arms And Say You Love Me/ I Love Him/ I Love The Land Where The Pines Touch The Sky/ I Love To Yodel In The Mountains/ I Want Somebody To Love Me/ I Want To Ride The Trail/ I'll Meet You Way Up Yonder/ I'm So Happy When The Sun Is Shining/ Knock Kneed Lizzie Brown/ Let Me Sing In My Saddle/ Life Will Be Sad Without Home Sweet Home/ Love Flew Out The Window When My Mother In Law Flew In/ Lover's Farewell/ Money Musk/ My Darling Cora/ My Own Little Summer Tune/ Ned Kendall's Hornpipe/ Never Sock Your Father With A Hammer/ On The Party Line/ Place Your Hand Upon My Brow Dear/ Rickett's Hornpipe/ Ridin' And Bidin' My Time/ Shake My Mother's Hand For Me/ Take Me Back To My Shack In The Mountains/ Then On That Great Judgement Day/ There's A Little White Chuch On A Little Green Hill/ There's An Old Wishing Well/ Waltz Of The Hills/ When I Throw My Lariat Around My Sweet Harriet/ When It's Harvest Time In Old New Hampshire/ When Our Hillbilly Band Gets On The Air/ When Willie The Hillbilly Goes To Town/ Where's My Other Foot/ Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone/ Your Lonesome Daddy Loved You

 
PEE WEE KING B.A.C.M. 143 Kentucky Waltz ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of sides recorded between 1946 and 1953 by this fine singer and bandleader. The emphasis is on the groups uptempo swingin' titles with some instrumentals along with the occasional novelty number and ballads. Instrumental work is fine often featuring Bobby Koefer on steel guitar and Shorty Boyd on fiddle. Sound quality is adequate though lacking presence. There are no hits here but lots of fine performances like Southland Polka/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Seven Come Eleven/ Woodchopper's Ball, etc. (FS)
PEE WEE KING: Bimbo/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Crazy Waltz/ Farewell Blues/ Ghost & Honest Joe/ Here Lies My Heart/ I Don't Mind/ Indian Giver/ Jim, Johnny & Jonas/ Keep Your Eye On My Darling/ Kentucky Waltz/ Oh Mis'rable Love/ Out Of My Mind/ Railroad Boogie/ Ricochet/ Seven Come Eleven/ Southland Polka/ Spanish Two Step/ Texas Toni Lee/ Tippin' In/ Tweedle Dee/ Woodchopper‘s Ball

 
FRED KIRBY B.A.C.M. 179 That Good Old Utah Trail ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 72 minutes, excellent
Complementing Cattle's earlier Fred Kirby collection, this B.A.C.M anthology focuses on the North Carolina singer's earliest recordings. The six tracks from Kirby's first February 1936 session reveals a pleasant, if undistinguished Jimmie Rodgers clone. Four duets recorded with Bob Phillips the following day are more interesting; Roll On, Roll On could have inspired Woody Guthrie's enduring Columbia River song. A June 1936 yielded more Rodgersesque solos plus duets with Don White and Cliff Carlisle. Another session four months later shows that Kirby evolved into a pleasant, if undistinguished western crooner, backed by the requisite cowboy string band. The disc's most engaging interesting track is a 1937 duet with Cliff Carlisle, Cowboy's Dying Dream. By 1938 Kirby was recording hillbilly fare for Decca, which was pleasant, if . okay, you get the picture. The sound is generally good; Brian Chalker offers brief notes. (DS) ALSO AVAILABLE: Cattle CCD 252 The Original 'Atomic Power' CD $18.98 The best all-around survey of Fred Kirby's records, mixing his better prewar sides with postwar ballads and country boogies. This 26-track set includes Kirby's beloved Cold War classics Atomic Power and When the Hell Bomb Falls. No duplication with the B.A.C.M. set above.
FRED KIRBY: Cathedral In The Pines/ Cottage By The Wayside/ Cowboy's Dying Dream/ Everyday Is Mother's Day To Me/ Find My Precious Home/ I Got A Red Hot Mama/ I'm A Gold Diggin' Papa/ I'm Lonesome Sad And Blue/ I'm The Roughest And Toughest/ In The Shade Of The Old Pine Tree/ Life's Railway To Heaven/ Lonesome Lullaby/ My Carolina Sweetheart/ My Darling Nell/ My Heavenly Sweetheart/ My Man/ My Old Fashioned Sweetheart/ My Old Saddle Horse Is Missing/ My Sweet Little Mother Of The Range/ Roll On, Roll On/ Round Up Time In Heaven/ Song Of The Golden West/ That Good Old Utah Trail/ Underneath The Texas Moonlight/ Wagon Train Keep Rolling Along

 
EDDIE KIRK B.A.C.M. 029 Blue Bonnet Blues ● CD $14.98
20 tracks recorded for Capitol in the mid/late 40s by this fine California singer. Unfortunately most of these tracks are duplicated on Cattle 270. Includes An Arm Full Of Heartaches/ A Petal From A Faded Rose/ Blue Bonnet Blues/ Philosophy/ No Tears Tomorrow/ The Gods Were Angry With Me/ Save The Next Waltz For Me, etc.
EDDIE KIRK: A Petal From A Faded Rose/ An Arm Full Of Heartaches/ Blue Bonnet Blues/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Born To Lose/ Candy Kisses/ How Do You Mend A Broken Heart/ I'd Rather Hear Most Anything/ I've Lived A Lifetime With You/ Leetle Juan Pedro/ No Tears Tomorrow/ Philosophy/ Promise Me/ Save The Next Waltz For Me/ Sugar Baby/ The Gods Were Angry With Me/ The Two Years We Were Married/ Unfaithful One/ When My Castles Came Tumbling Down/ You, Sweet Little You

 

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