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NEWSLETTER #147
BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
Texas Jim Lewis ->
Patsy Montana

 

 

COMPACT DISCS

 

TEXAS JIM LEWIS B.A.C.M. 062 Rose Of The Border ● CD $13.98
23 tracks recorded between 1940 and 1951 by this western flavored artist with his group. In addition to his own vocals there are vocals by Cindy Walker, Pete Wray, Jimmy Wakely and others.
TEXAS JIM LEWIS: Beaver Creek/ Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along/ Hitch Old Dobbin To The Shay Again/ I Didn‘t Raise My Boy To Be A Billy/ If It Hadn‘t Been For You/ Just A While/ Molly Darling/ My Little Prairie Flower/ New San Antone Rose/ Pliney Jane/ Rock & Rye Polka/ Rose Of Broken Heart Lane/ Rose Of The Border/ Seven Beers With The Wrong Man/ Ten More Miles/ They Always Pick On Me/ Too Late To Worry Too Blue To Cry/ White Cross On Okinawa/ Wine Women And Song/ You Can‘t Break My Heart/ You Gotta Go/ You‘ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Finger/ íleven Miles From Leavenworth

 
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS B.A.C.M. 094 Guitar Jump ● CD $13.98
25 tracks from 1947 commercial recordings and previously unissued 1948 radio transcriptions. A mix of hot western swing, novelty songs and pop flavored numbers with Mel Cox & Carroll Hubbard/ fiddles, Lefty Perkins /lead & steel guitar, Marvin Montgomery/ tenor banjo & rhythm guitar, Knocky Fodwin/ accordion and others.
THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: A Tear For A Tear/ Billy Goat Rag/ Don‘t Make Me Cry/ Ezra‘s Waltz/ Fisherman‘s Polka/ Get Away Little Gal Get Away/ Guitar Jump/ Honolulu Lou/ I Cried And Cried And Cried/ I Never Done That Before/ It‘s A Dirty Shame/ It‘s Cold In Here/ I‘m Gonna Be Gone, Gone, Gone/ Jean From Abilene/ Move On Gal/ New Sow Song/ No Suh/ Oklahoma Waltz/ One Time Too Many/ Pappy‘s Banjo Boogie/ Smokey Joe From El Paso/ Starlight Waltz/ The Waltz That Broke My Heart/ There Ain‘t No More/ Truck Driver‘s Boogie

 
LONZO & OSCAR B.A.C.M. 198 There's A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea ● CD $13.98
24 tracks from this popular novelty duo recorded between 1947 and 1954 including their big hit version of I'm My Own Granpaw which became their theme songs and has been covered by many other artists. Although the mood is lighthearted they are fine singers and musicians accompanying themselves on guitar and mandolin with excellent accompanying musicians. Also includes Charming Betsy/ Take Them Cold Feet Off My Back/ My Adobe Hacienda/ Girls Don't Nag Your Husbands/ Sheepskin Corn/ Crazy 'Bout You Baby/ Tell Me Was It Worth It/ Jezabel/ Mona LIsa, etc.
 LONZO & OSCAR: Charming Betsy/ Cornbread And Lasses And Sassafras Tea/ Crazy 'Bout You Baby/ Frosty The De-Frosted Snowman/ Girls Don't Nag Your Husbands/ Got It On My Mind/ I'm Movin' On No. 2/ I'm My Own Grandpa/ Jangle Bells/ Jezabel/ Knock Kneed Suzy/ Let Me Be The One/ Let's Live A Little/ Mona Lisa/ My Adobe Hacienda/ Near You/ Ole Buttermilk Sky/ One Love For Me/ Sheepskin Corn/ Strange Little Girl/ Take Them Cold Feet Out Of My Back/ Tell Me Was It Worth It/ There's A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea/ Watching The Girls Go By/ You Blacked My Blue Eyes Once Too Often/ You Won't Do It No More

 
BONNIE LOU B.A.C.M. 130 Danger! Heartbreak Ahead ● CD $13.98 $10.98
Similar to the now out of print Westside CD this set presents 24 tracks recorded for King between 1953 and 1955 by this pop flavored country singer. It includes her two big hits Seven Lonely Days/ Tennessee Wig Walk plus a mix of hillbilly, novelty songs, and R&B covers.
BONNIE LOU: A Rusty Old Halo/ Blue Tennessee Rain/ Danger! Heartbreak Ahead/ Darling Why/ Finger Of Suspicion Points At You/ Hand Me Down Heart/ Huckleberry Pie/ Just Out Of Reach/ Miss The Love I‘ve Been Dreaming Of/ No Heart At All/ No One/ Old Faithful And True Love/ Please Don‘t Laugh When I Cry/ Scrap Of Paper/ Seven Lonely Days/ Since You Said Goodbye/ Tell The World/ Tennessee Wig Walk/ Texas Polka/ Train Whistle Blues/ Tweedle Dee/ Two Step Side Step/ Wait For Me Darling/ Welcome Mat

 
FRANK LUTHER B.A.C.M. 007 Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me ● CD $13.98
20 tracks from the 20s and 30s by this popular and prolific performer including the six part Home On The Range - a collection of cowboys songs with narration.
FRANK LUTHER: A Gay Caballero/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister?/ Crime Does Not Pay/ Eleven Cent Cotton/ Home On The Range Parts 1-6/ Old River Valley/ Outlaw John Dillinger/ Peg Leg Jack/ The Bum Song/ The Ladies Man/ The Return Of Barnacle Bill/ When The Work's All Done This Fall/ Who Broke The Lock On The Hen House Door/ Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me/ You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone

 
FRANK LUTHER B.A.C.M. 103 An Old Man's Story & Other Classic Songs & Ballads ● CD $13.98
Complementing B.A.C.M. 007 this is another collection of songs by this popular and very prolific performer featuring 22 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1934.
FRANK LUTHER: A Mother's Plea/ An Old Man's Story/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs/ Fate Of The Fleagle Gang/ Grandmother's Bible/ Hallelujah I'm A Bum/ He Was Once Some Mother's Boy/ Hello Young Lindy/ How To Make Love/ I Don't Work For A Living/ In The Baggage Coach Ahead/ Lonesome Melody/ Nobody To Love/ Oh Dem Golden Slippers/ Oh That Dumb Bell/ Popeye The Sailor Man/ Reformatory Blues/ Since My Mother's Gone/ Wanderer's Warning/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ When The White Azaleas Start Blooming/ Wonder Valley

 
MAC & BOB B.A.C.M. 067 Songs For Country Home Folks, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
26 tracks recorded between 1926 and 1930 by Lester McFarland and Robert Gardner - one of the first old time country vocal duos who accompanied themselves on guitar and mandolin. Ballads, sentimental songs, religious songs and novelty numbers.
MAC & BOB: Asleep At The Switch/ Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere/ Don‘t Grieve Your Mother/ Down Where The Roses Go To Sleep/ Gentle Anna/ He Left The One Who Loved Him For Another/ Home Sweet Home In Tennessee/ If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/ I‘m Forever Blowing Bubbles/ Just Plain Folks/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ On The Road To Happiness/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Sarah Jane/ She‘s The Tie That Binds/ Sweet Allalee/ The Two Orphans/ Three Leaves Of Shamrock/ What A Friend We Have In Mother/ When The Harvest Days Are Over/ Where Is My Mama/ You‘re Going To Leave The Old Home Jim

 
MAC & BOB B.A.C.M. 116 Songs For Country Home Folks, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 64 minutes, highly recommended
A beloved, highly successful close-harmony duet of the '20s and '30s, Lester McFarland and Robert Gardner recorded dozens of sides for Brunswick and ARC that have long eluded reissue. Accompanying themselves on guitar, mandolin and sometimes harmonica, this Knoxville (later Chicago-based) duo favored sentimental, sacred and morality tales of yesteryear, appealing to older listeners who had little tolerance for the hotcha music of the Jazz Age. Mac and Bob weren't reluctant to take on novelties like Women's Suffrage, and their takes on familiar songs like The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee are often startlingly different. Their most immediate disciples were Karl & Harty, Doc Hopkins, Gene Autry & Jimmie Long, and the Blue Sky Boys. Mac Wiseman later drew upon their repertoire for his early Dot sessions. Listening from a modern perspective, the duo opens a window to country music's genesis in popular 19th century parlor music. A worthy successor to B.A.C.M's first Mac and Bob set, ("Songs for Country Home Folks, Vol. 1," B.A.C.M. 067, $13.98). Generally excellent sound; brief notes by Brian Golbey. (DS)
MAC & BOB: A Picture No Artist Can Paint/ Birmingham Jail/ Bright Sherman Valley/ Go And Leave Me If You Wish To/ I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer/ I Love You Best Of All/ I Wish I Had Died In My Cradle/ I've Nothing To Live For Now/ Just A Kerosene Lamp/ Keep A Light In Your Window Tonight/ Out In This Cold World/ Paint A Rose On The Garden Wall/ Please Let Me Broadcast To Heaven/ Rocky Mountain Rose/ Songs My Mother Used To Sing/ Sunny Tennessee/ Take Up Thy Cross And Follow Me/ The Orphan Boy/ Under The Old Sierra Moon/ Under The Old Umbrella/ When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming/ Woman Suffrage

 
ROSE MADDOX & THE MADDOX BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 189 When The Sun Goes Down ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
24 tracks from "the most colorful hillbilly band in America." 17 are from their classic recordings made for Four Star from the late 40s and early 50s. As far as I can tell these have not been not on CD before and there are some great performances including some great gospel performances which show, that, in spite of their general zaniness they could perform songs like Flowers From A Master's Bouquet/ Gonna lay My Burden Down/ Unclouded Day and others. There is also a stunning version of Tramp On Your Street plus other great performances like Sweet Little You/ I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand/ Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die and a riotous rendition of Bring It Down To My House Honey with great rockin' mandolin. The remaining seven tracks are from the groups early/ mid 50s Columbia recordings which are available in their entirety on Bear Family (BCD 15850 - The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band - 4 CDS - $84.98) and are enjoyable but pretty tame compared to the Four Star sides. The rest of the groups Four Star sides are available on Arhoolie 391 and Arhoolie 437 ($12.98 each) and are also indisoensible releases. (FS)
ROSE MADDOX & THE MADDOX BROTHERS: Baby You Should Live So Long/ Bring It On Down To My House Honey/ Cowboy Bugle Boy/ Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die/ Flowers From The Master's Bouquet/ Gonna Lay My Burden Down/ Hasty Baby/ Hummingbird/ I'd Rather Die Young/ I'd Rather Have Jesus/ I'll Be No Stranger There/ I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand/ In A Land Where We Never Grow Old/ Just When I Needed You/ Old Pal Of Yesterdays/ Rosalie By The Rio/ Sweet Little You/ The Nightingale Song/ There's No Right Way To Do Me Wrong/ Tramp On The Street/ Unclouded Day/ Waltz Of The Pines/ Wedding Blues/ When The Sun Goes Down

 
J.E. MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS B.A.C.M. 122 1935-1939 ● CD $13.98
23 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Wonderful collection of energetic old time mountain music by this North Carolina string band led by singer & fiddler J.E. Mainer who had a lengthy career from the late 20s to the late 60s. The group's instrumental techniques and line up using fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar and string bass were an important precursor to the bluegrass style and some of the songs J.E. and his group popularized have become bluegrass staples. The personnell of the group changed over the years with the earliest recordings here featuring J.E.'s brother Wade on banjo and harmony vocal as well as taking vocal lead on a couple of later number. The material is a mix of original songs, traditional songs, sacred songs, old time favorites and more and includes Seven And A Half/ The Longest Train/ Going Back West In The Fall/ Fatal Wreck Of The Bus/ Satisfied (a particularly fine version of this religious song with great harmonies)/ Johnson's Old Grey Mule/ Going Down To The River Of Jordan/ Don't Go Out/ Country Blues and others. Sound quality is fine and there are brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
J.E. MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS: City On The Hill/ Concord Rag (Instr)/ Country Blues (instr.)/ Donít Get Trouble In Your Mind/ Donít Go Out/ Drunkardís Hiccups/ Fatal Wreck Of The Bus/ Going Back West In The Fall/ Going Down To The River Of Jordan/ John Henry Was A Little Boy/ Johnsonís Old Grey Mule/ Let Her Go God Bless Her/ Lights In The Valley/ New Lost Train Blues/ Number 111/ On A Cold Winterís Night/ Satisfied/ Seven And A Half/ The Longest Train/ Watermelon On The Vine/ Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls/ Wonít Be Worried Long/ Write A Letter To Mother

 
BOB MALLIN B.A.C.M. 120 Sings With His Guitar ● CD $13.98
Another British country singer from the 30s.
BOB MALLIN: A Cowboyís Wedding Day/ Across The Great Divide (1st Version)/ Across The Great Divide (2nd Version)/ Blue Skies Are Around The Corner/ Cowboy/ Gee Gee/ Knick Knacks On The Mantel/ Lost And Found/ My Little Buckaroo/ Nobodyís Darliní But Mine/ On The Trail Where The Sun Hangs Low/ Prairie Romeo/ Saddle Your Blues To A Wild Mustang/ Silver On The Sage/ The First Time I Saw You/ Thereís A Gold Mine In The Sky/ Thereís A Ranch In The Rockies/ Thereís Only Five Bullets In My Old Six Shooter/ When The Organ Played ĒO Promise MeĒ/ When The Sun Says Goodnight To The Mountains/ With My Little Horse And Wagon

 
JUDY MARTIN B.A.C.M. 096 Straight Shootin' Cowgirl ● CD $13.98
25 tracks recorded for radio transcriptions in the mid 40s, often with a Western flavor, by Eva Overstake aka Judy Martin accompanied by The Mountain Rangers which included her husband Red Foley.
JUDY MARTIN: Down In My Cabin Home/ East Bound Train/ God Bless You Sweetheart/ Hand In Hand We'll Walk Together Again/ I Hate To Say Goodbye To The Prairie/ I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl/ I'll Never Be The Same Again/ I'll Never Cry Again Over You/ I'll Never Love Again/ I'm Getting A Moon's Eye View Of The World/ Keep A Little Sunshine In Your Smile/ Letter Sealed With A Kiss/ Little Rag Doll/ Love That Wasn't Meant To Be/ Me And My Cowboy Sweetheart/ My Little One/ Put Me Sleep With A Western Lullaby/ Sandy Headed Lad/ She Buckaroo/ She's Somebody's Old Fashioned Sweetheart/ Shine On My Boots/ Straight Shootin' Cowgirl/ Texas Plains/ There's A Wreath On The Door/ When The Sun Goes Down In Laredo

 
DUDE MARTIN & HIS NEVADA NIGHT HERE B.A.C.M. 194 RS: Cowboy's Nightmare ● CD $13.98
Excellent collection of Western songs by this excellent group from San Francisco recorded as radio transcriptions in 1935 and '36. Martin didn't record commercially until the mid 40s when he performed in a smooth western swing flavored style but these earlier sides are a straight ahead collection of cowboy songs and tunes with Martin's vocals accompanied by a small group with fiddles, guitar and accordion. Some vocals are solo, some feature fine harmonies from the group members. Includes a mic of old favorites, traditional songs and some originals. Includes Strawberry Roan/ Home On the Range/ Roundup Time Is Over/ Jim Crack Corn/ There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder/ Ridin' Home/ Sourwood Mountain/ The Little Shirt That Mother Made For Me, etc. Sound quality is generally excellent and there are the usual high quality notes from Kevin Coffey.

 
ERNEST MARTIN & HIS GOSPEL MELODY MAK B.A.C.M. 152 Hillbilly Gospel From The Blue Grass Hills ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of old time country gospel from the early 50s by this fine but little known artist from Kentucky recorded for his own Martin label. Martin was a fine and powerful singer with an emotion charged vocal style who accompanies himself on blugrass style banjo on some of the cuts. He is accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars and string bass and the electric guitarist provides some brief hot Travis flavored licks. All but two of the songs are Martin originals and there some fine compositions here and, hopefully, this CD will them greater recognition. (FS)
ERNEST MARTIN AND HIS GOSPEL MELODY MAKERS: Faded Flowers/ Gabriel Blow Your Silver Trumpet/ Heaven Bound Excursion/ Heaven's Highway 66/ I Want To Live Humble/ I'll Be Shouting Over On The Other Side/ Let It Shine On Me/ Let's Be Friends/ My Long Journey Home/ My Vine Covered Cabin On The Hill/ Revelations 1:18/ River Of Time/ Rose Among The Thorns/ Scarlet Cord/ Shine On/ Sugar Coated Religion/ Swing Wide The Golden Gates/ The Golden Crown/ The Golden Rule/ The Little Graveyard/ The Valley Of Death/ They Were Leading My Lord From The Garden Of Prayer/ When The Flowers Of God Shall Bloom/ When The Wrath Of God Comes Down/ White Dove Of Peace/ White Winged Angel/ Who Was That Man

 
GRADY MARTIN & HIS SLEW FOOT FIVE B.A.C.M. 222 Cornstalk Hop ● CD $13.98
A nice companion to the recent Rev-Ola release with 25 tracks featuring this great guitarist - this time, mostly instrumentals issued under his own name with his group The Slefoot Five or as his Winging strings. Includes a handful of vocals from Red Foley, Buddy Hall and Dick Todd.
GRADY MARTIN & HIS SLEWFOOT FIVE: A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody/ Allegheny Moon/ Anniversary Song/ Beer Barrel Polka/ Bimbo/ Bully Of The Town/ Chicago/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Cornstalk Hop/ Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Hot Lips/ Just Because/ Mexicali Rose/ My Window Faces The South/ Night And Day/ Oklahoma Hayseed/ Pork Chop Stomp/ Remember This/ September Song/ Singing The Blues Till My Daddy Comes Home/ Sioux City Sue/ Slip In And Slip Out/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ Star Dust/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ The Velvet Glove/ When My Dreamboat Comes Home/ Wooly Boogie

 
FRANKIE MARVIN B.A.C.M. 003 Early Recordings By Gene Autry's #1 Sideman ● CD $13.98
Excellent collection of 20 sides recorded between 1929 and 1932 by this fine singer and steel guitarist who worked extensively with Gene Autry. The material here is diverse mixture ranging from solo sides with just guitar to jazz band accompaniments which are a bit reminiscent of the work of Emmett Miller. Several cuts feature fine yodeling by Marvin. Tracks include Slu Foot Lou/ Dust Pan Blues/ Cowboy's Sweetheart/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Mammmy's Yodel Song/ Mother's Song Of Love/ Our Old Family Album/ T.B. Blues and more. Several tracks show the pervasive influence of the great Jimmie Rodgers.No duplication with Cattle 239.
FRANKIE MARVIN: Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blue Yodel No 1/ Blue Yodel No 9/ Cowboy's Sweetheart/ Dust Pan Blues/ I'm Gonna Yodel My Way To Heaven/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Lazy Texas Longhorns/ Mammy's Yodel Song/ Miss Moonshine/ Mother's Song Of Love/ Old Man Duff/ Our Old Family Album/ Slu Foot Lou/ Swanee Blue Jay/ T.B. Blues/ There's Gold In Them Thar Hills/ They Cut Down The Old PineTree/ Way Out On The Mountain/ Yodeling Ramblin' Cowboy

 
JOHNNY MARVIN B.A.C.M. 075 I'm The Man Who's Been Forgotten ● CD $13.98
22 tracks from the late 20s and the 30s by singer/ guitarist who was the brother of Frankie Marvin (featured on BACM 003). Bothe Marvin brothers worked with Gene Autry - Frankie as a musician and Johnny as a songwriter and producer of Gene's "Melody Ranch" radio program. This collection features several songs that were later recorded by Autry including Goodbye Pinto/ Old November Moon and Rhythm Of the Hoofbeats.
JOHNNY MARVIN: Atlanta Bound/ Goodbye Pinto/ Hello Swanee Hello/ Home On The Range/ Iíd Rather Be On The Outside/ Iím Beginning To Care/ Iím Ridiní A Trail/ Iím The Man Thatís Been Forgotten Pt. 1/ Iím The Man Thatís Been Forgotten Pt. 2/ Jailhouse Blues/ Little Sweetheart Of The Prairie/ Ma & Pa Send Their Sweetest Love/ Mad Magician/ Old November Moon/ Our Old Grey Mare/ Rhythm Of The Hoofbeats/ Seven Come Eleven/ Somewhere In The Rockies/ The Man With The Big Black Mustache/ Watermelon Smiling On The Vine/ When I Kissed That Gal Goodbye/ When You Hear Me Call

 
LOUISE MASSEY & THE WESTERNERS B.A.C.M. 173 Ridin' High, 1933-1941 ● CD $13.98
22 tracks recorded between 1933 and 1941 by this fine Western flavored family group.
LOUISE MASSEY & THE WESTERNERS: Beautiful Texas/ Bunkhouse Jamboree/ Dixie Medley/ Going Down To Santa Fe Town/ Gol Darn Wheel/ If Jesse James Rode Again/ Mary Had A Little Lamb/ New River Train/ Out On Loco Range/ Play Me That Single Time Jazz/ Polly Wolly Doodle/ Pop Goes The Weasel/ Pretty Boy Floyd/ Raggin' The Blues At The Old Piano/ Ridin' High/ Rounded Up In Glory/ Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall/ The Santa Fe Trail/ There's An Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight/ Tug Boat & Piney Woods/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ Whatcha Gonna Do When The Rent Comes ' Round

 
DICKIE MCBRIDE B.A.C.M. 144 I Still Care For You ● CD $13.98
23 tracks featuring Western Swing vocalist McBride recorded between 1939 and 1952 including sides with The Texas Wanderers and The Village Boys. Musicians include Bob Dunn, Floyd Tillman, Buddy Ray, J.D. Standlee, Clyde Brewer, herb Remington and others.
DICKIE MCBRIDE: Black Sea Blues/ Gee But I Feel Blue/ Give Me Those Old Fashioned Days/ Heartless/ I Found You/ I Hope I Never Fall In Love Again/ I Love You Boogie/ I Still Care For You/ I Wonder/ Is This A Dream/ I‘d Be A Fool/ I‘m Grieving For Believing In A Lie/ I‘m Tired Of Living A Lie/ Just A Fool In Love/ Lies/ Nothing Matters To Me/ Out Where West Winds Blow/ Smile And Drive Your Blues Away/ So I Lost Again/ Tho It May Be A Long Long Time/ Waiting Just For You/ What Else I Can Say/ You‘re That To Me

 
HARRY MCCLINTOCK B.A.C.M. 082 The Great American Bum ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
22 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1931 by this fascinating performer whose classic recording of In The Big Rock Candy Mountain from 1928 (featured here) was included in "Oh Brother Where Art Thou". McClintock was a world traveler who settled in San Francisco in the 1917 where he landed a radio spot on KFRC in 1925. McClintock, who was involved in the labor movement, performed a mix of hobo, vaudeville and cowboy songs including another song that has become a standard Hallelujah, I'm A Bum. Half the songs feature just Mac and his guitar - most of the rest feature a small group ("The Haywire Orchestra") and one song features fiddler Virgil Ward. (FS)
HARRY MCCLINTOCK: Bald Top Mountain/ Billy Venero/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ Circus Days/ Fifty Years From Now/ Fireman Save My Child/ Get Along Little Dogies/ Hallelujah Iím A Bum/ Hobo Spring Song/ Homespun Gal/ If I Had My Druthers/ In The Big Rock Candy Mountains/ Jerry Go ‘ile That Car/ My Dadís Dinner Pail/ My Last Old Dollar/ Old Chisholm Trail/ Roaminí/ The Bum Song/ The Bum Song #2/ The Man On The Flying Trapeze/ The Trusty Lariat/ Trail To Mexico

 
JAMES & FRANK MCCRAVY B.A.C.M. 085 Old Time Harmony Singing ● CD $13.98
Although they were prolific and popular in the late 20s and early 30s and recorded more than 200 sides this is the first CD reissue of this duo. Their performances sound very and they are backed by small studio groups which sometimes includes Carson Robison or Roy Smeck.
FRANK & JAMES MCCRAVY: Down Where The Cotton Blossoms Grow/ Leave It There/ Let Me Hear The Songs My Mother Used To Sing/ No Hiding Place Down There (sister Lucy)/ Old Fashioned Photograph Of Mother/ Ring Them Heavenly Bells/ She Was Bred In Old Kentucky/ Six Feet Of Earth/ Stand By Me/ Sweet Genevieve/ Sweet Marie/ Swinging On The Golden Gate/ The Vacant Chair/ These Bones Gwine Rise Again/ Till The End Of The Waltz/ Trail Of The Lonesome Pine/ Trundle Bed/ When I Wore My Daddy‘s Brown Derby/ When The Rest Of The Crowd Go Home/ When They Ring The Golden Bells/ When You And I Were Young Maggie

 
SKEETS MCDONALD B.A.C.M. 072 Wheel Of Fortune ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
A superb collection of sides recorded between 1951 by this outstanding honky tonk singer whose comparitive lack of success is puzzling - he was superb singer, excellent songwriter and was accompanied by top West Coast musicians like Joe Maphis, Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West and others. His only hit in the 50s was his great cover of Slim Willet's Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes which is featured here along with lots of other great songs, often with a bluesy flavor, including Scoot Git And Begone/ The Love That Hurts Me So/ Please Come Back/ Curtain Of Tears/ Ridin' Wit The Blues/ Be My Life's Companion/ Let Me Know/ I've Got To Win Your Love Again/ Lookin' At The Moon And Wishing On A Star/ Baby I'm Countin' and others - most of them originals. This set also includes one side of his debut recording for Fortune of Detroit in the 1951 - the great Tattooed Lady which was considered a bit risqué for its time. Excellent sound and brief notes from Brian Golbey. (FS)
SKEETS MCDONALD: Baby I‘m Countin‘/ Baby I‘m Lost Without You/ Be My Life‘s Companion/ Big Family Trouble/ Bless Your Little Old Heart You‘re Mine/ Curtain Of Tears/ Don‘t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Hi Diddle Diddle (my My)/ I Can‘t Last Long/ I Need Your Love/ It‘s Your Life/ I‘m Hurtin‘/ I‘m Sorry To Say I‘m Sorry/ I‘ve Got To Win Your Love Again/ Let Me Know/ Lookin‘ At The Moon And Wishing On A Star/ Please Come Back/ Ridin‘ With The Blues/ Scoot Git And Begone/ Tattooed Lady/ The Love That Hurts Me So/ Today I‘m Movin‘ Out/ Wheel Of Fortune/ Worried Mind

 
CLAYTON MCMICHEN B.A.C.M. 081 The Legendary Fiddler ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, recommended
Until the end of his life, the great fiddler Clayton McMichen was at odds between the music his audiences wanted to hear and the music he loved to play. During the late '20s, McMichen had few peers as a breakdown fiddler; he was the driving force and de facto leader of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers. But he really wanted to play smart, swinging pop tunes with a tight rhythm ensemble, just like his fellow Atlantian Perry Bechtel was doing. In 1931 he broke with the Skillet Lickers set to form the Georgia Wildcats. His guitarist, Slim Bryant, was a Bechtel disciple who could play closed chords or mimic Riley Puckett's powerful bass runs. Though this reissue includes a half-dozen '20s tracks with Puckett and Skillet Lickers spin-offs, it emphasizes McMichen's '30s output. The Wildcats' sound is reminiscent of the Prairie Ramblers, although the band's recording debut predates the Ramblers' first sessions by two years. McMichen was never truly a swing fiddler; Ken Newton actually plays the hot second break on Frankie & Johnny; Gene Autry's longbow fiddler Carl Cotner participated in later Wildcat sessions. The set - and McMichen's recording career - concludes with five of the six superb breakdown medleys he recorded for Decca in June 1939. As with other B.A.C.M. issues, the sound quality is dull in spots, but generally good. Brian Golbey provides brief notes. (DS)
CLAYTON MCMICHEN: Arkansas Traveller/ Bummin' On The I. C. Line/ Cumberland Valley Waltz/ Devil's Dream/Rickett'Hornpipe/Fisher's Hornpipe/ Fire On The Mountain/Ida Red/Sally Goodin/ Frankie & Johnny/ Georgia Wildcat Breakdown/ Honolulu Moon/ I Don't Love Nobody/ Little Darling I'll Be Yours/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ McMichen's Reel/ Mississippi Sawyer/ Missouri Waltz/ My Carolina Home/ Please Don't Sell My Pappy No More Rum/ Rose Of Shenandoah Valley/ Smoky Mountain Home/ Soldier's Joy/Arkansas Traveller/ Sourwood Mnt./Peter went a-fishin'/Sugar In The Gourd/ Sweet Bunch Of Daisies/ The Dying Hobo/ Turkey In The Straw/Hen Cackle/Dance All Night/ WildCat Rag/ Yum Yum Blues

 
CLAYTON MCMICHEN B.A.C.M. 142 The Legendary Fiddler, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
Another collection featuring this brilliant fiddler including early old time string band sides, sentimental songs and later jazzy swing items.
CLAYTON MCMICHEN: Ain't She Sweet/ Alexander's Ragtime Band/ Darling Nellie Gray/ Done Gone/ Fiddlin‘ Medley (old Time Fiddlers‘ Medley)/ Fifty Years Ago/ I Gotta Ketch Up With My Settin'/ I'm A-gonna Learn To Swing/ In The Pines/ Is There Still Room For Me/ Just An Old Chimney Stack/ Just Tell Them That You Saw Me/ Killing Of Tom Slaughter/ Only A Faded Rose/ Rye Straw/ The Blind Child's Prayer Pt. 1/ The Blind Child's Prayer Pt. 2/ Wabash Blues/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Whispering

 
EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS B.A.C.M. 219 Release Me ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection of sides by this fairly obscure but important artist from Oklahoma. Miller was co-composer of several songs that have become country standards like Release Me/ There She Goes/ Thanks A Lot and others. he was also an important figure on the Nashville scene having founded the Acadamy Of Country Music and co-founded the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The material here, recorded here between 1947 and 1956 is a mix of western swing and honky tonk with engaging vocals from Miller plus occasional vocal contributions from Tiny Colbert, Bob Gene and Jimmy McGraw and fine instrumental work from a varied assortment of musicians. It includes his original 1949 recording of Release Me along with its slightly risque flip Motel Time plus I Love You Honey/ Nothin' To Lose But the Blues/ Cab DRiver's Blues/Knowin' You Don't Care/ Those Tantalising Blues/ I Like What You've Got/ Married Man's Lies/ Patty Cake Man/Ghost Town, etc. The last four sides from 1956 are pretty much straight rock 'n' roll. Exvellent sound and fine notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS: Annie, The She Buckaroo/ Baby Boy's Prayer/ Behind Closed Doors/ Bus Station Stomp (instr.)/ Cab Driver's Blues/ Don't Break My Heart Anymore/ Ghost Town/ Hidin' Out/ Honey Baby (I Was Wrong)/ I Like What You've Got/ I Love You Honey/ Knowin' You Don't Care/ Lo And Behold/ Married Man's Lies/ Motel Time/ No Stars In My Heaven/ Nothin' (instr.)/ Nothin' To Lose But The Blues/ Nothing But Troubles/ Patty Cake Man/ Please Don't Laugh/ Pull Down The Night Shades/ Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)/ Slow Down Baby/ Those Tantalising Blues/ Unwanted/ You Walked Away

 
PATSY MONTANA B.A.C.M. 174 I'm Heading West To Texas ● CD $13.98
26 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended
26 fine sides by the original "cowboy's sweetheart" herself ranging from her 1933 recording Homesick For My Old Cabin from one of her first sessions when she was recording under her real name of Rubye Blevins to her 1948 recording of Slap 'Er Down Again, Paw. The material her features both commercial recordings and radio transcriptions - the former feature top notch accompaniments from The Pairie Ramblers, The Sons Of The Pioneers or The Light Crust Doughboys. Sidemen on the 1945 transcriptions are unknown but do a fine job.
PATSY MONTANA: A Cowboy Honeymoon/ A Rip Snortin' Two Gun Gal/ Big Moon/ Blanket Me With Western Skies/ Blazin' The Trail/ Deep In The Heart Of Texas/ Dream On Little Cowboy/ Give Me A Home In Montana/ Goodbye Little Pinto/ Homesick For My Old Cabin/ I Don't Want Anyone But You/ I Found My Cowboy Sweetheart/ I'll Be Waiting For You Darlin'/ I'll Keep On Wishing For You/ I'll Wait For You/ I'm A Ridin' Up Old Kentucky Mountain/ I'm Goin' West To Texas/ I'm Gonna Have A Cowboy Wedding/ Old Black Mountain Trail/ Ridin' Old Paint/ Slap 'Er Down Again Paw/ Sunny San Antone/ That's Where The West Begins/ When I Found You In Montana/ Yellow Moon Keep Shining/ Your Own Sweet Darling Wife

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