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NEWSLETTER #147
BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
Ernest Thompson -> The York Brothers

 

 

COMPACT DISCS

 

ERNEST THOMPSON B.A.C.M. 031 Pioneer Artist From North Carolina ● CD $14.98
Excellent and delightful collection of 20 songs and tunes from 1924 by one of the first country artists to record. Thompson had a distinctive high voice and accompanied himself on guitar, banjo and harmonica on a collection of old songs drawing on the minstrel tradition, mountain favorites and early Tin Pan Alley songs.
ERNEST THOMPSON: Alexander's Ragtime Band (Instr.)/ Are You From Dixie/ Chicken Roost Behind The Moon/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs (instr.)/ Coon Crap Game/ How Are You Goin' To Whet Your Whistle/ I'm Going Down To Jordan/ Jesse James (Instr.)/ Kiss Waltz (Instr.)/ Life's Railroad To Heaven/ Little Brown Jug/ Mississippi Dippy Dip (Instr.)/ Mississippi Sawyer (Instr.)/ Sparrow Bird Waltz (Instr.)/ Sylvester Johnson Lee/ The Lightning Express/ The Old Time Religion/ Weeping Willow Tree/ Wreck Of The Old Southern 97/ Yield Not To Temptation

 
THE TOBACCO TAGS B.A.C.M. 131 Get Your Head In Here ● CD $14.98
Delightful collection of 24 tracks of old time singing and playing by this excellent group from North Carolina, recorded between 1931 and 1939. The earlier sides feature a trio with two mandolins and a guitar - by 1938 their were several personnel changes and the group configuration changed to two guitars, mandolin and fiddle or string bass. Their repertoire was extensive including blues, old time mountain songs, gospel songs, humorous songs, sentimental songs and novelties. Except for the two earliest tracks which exhibit to much digital noise reduction the sound is fine and their brief notes by Brian Golbey.
THE TOBACCO TAGS: Ain‘t Gonna Do It No More/ Be Good, Baby/ Courtin‘/ Darling, The Answer Is In This Song/ De Way To Spell Chicken/ Don‘t Forget Mother/ Down By The Old Mill Stream/ Get Your Head In Here/ Heart Breaking Blues/ I Love To Ramble In The Roses/ If I Only Had A Home Sweet Home/ It Can‘t Be Done/ Jersey Bull Blues/ Reno Blues/ Ridin‘ The Rails/ Tall And Handsome Comedy/ The Hottest Gal In Town/ Tiny Blue Shoes/ V8 Blues/ We‘ll Know Each Other Up There/ When You Go A-courtin‘/ Why Should It End This Way/ Wild Bill Jones/ Yodeling Mule

 
MITCHELL TOROK B.A.C.M. 188 Drink Up And Go Home ● CD $14.98
26 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1956 by this Texas artist whose music was from the pop and novelty end of the country spectrum. Includes his biggest hits Caribbean and Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii plus an unexpected cover of Chuck Berry's No Money Down.
MITCHELL TOROK: A Peasant's Guitar/ Caribbean/ Dancerette/ Drink Up And Go Home/ Edgar The Eager Easter Bunny/ Gigalo/ Go Ahead And Be A Fool/ Haunting Waterfall/ Havana Huddle/ Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii/ I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger/ Judalina/ Little Hoo Wee/ Living On Love/ Love Me Like You Mean It/ Memories Of You Haunting Me Night And Day/ No Money Down/ Pledge Of Love/ Red Light Green Light/ Sober Up/ Sweet Revenge/ Take This Heart/ The World Keeps Turning Around/ Weep Away/ What's Behind The Strange Door/ When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba

 
T. TEXAS TYLER B.A.C.M. 182 Country Boy ● CD $14.98 $10.98
24 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1953 by this popular and distinctive country singer with his trademark growl. There's no duplication with he reissues on Bronco Buster or Cattle.
T.TEXAS TYLER: A Million Teardrops/ Beautiful Life (life‘s Evening Sun)/ Black Jack David/ Country Boy/ Cry Baby Heart/ Dad Gave My Dog Away/ Fireman And Engineer's Ball/ Gals Don't Mean A Thing/ Honky Tonk Gal/ I Was The Last One To Know/ I'll Hate Myself Tomorrow For Loving You Tonight/ It's My Heart It's My Conscience/ Just Out Of Reach/ Kiss Me Like Crazy/ Lets Fly Away/ Little Miss Muffet/ Old Blue/ She Wouldn't Do For You/ Solitaire/ Tired Of It All/ Wasted Tears/ When The White Azaleas Start Blooming/ You'll Never Break My Trusting Heart Again/ You'll Still Be In My Heart

 
UNCLE HENRY'S ORIGINAL KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS B.A.C.M. 020 Uncle Henry's Original Kentucky Mountaineers ● CD $14.98
27 tracks from the 40s by this fine and versatile group from Taylor County, Kentucky. Their range of material is varied including old time string band tunes, more modern sounds with steel guitar, gospel songs, duets and some harmonica/ guitar instrumentals.
UNCLE HENRY'S ORIGINAL KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN: Alabama Blues (Instr.)/ Cacklin' Hen (Instr.)/ Fun's All Over Now (Instr.)/ Going To Little Creek (Instr.)/ Grey Eagle (Instr.)/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine/ I'm Going To Cling To The Cross/ I'm Living In A Lonely World/ I'm Never Gonna Miss You/ Ida Red (Instr.)/ Lost John (Instr.)/ Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend/ Misery In My Soul/ Molly Darling/ Not A Word From Home/ Rainin' On The Mountain/ Red Headed Woman/ Sally Gooden (Instr.)/ Skip To My Lou (Instr.)/ Snowflakes/ Teardrops Every Time It Rains/ Two Broken Hearts/ Two Time Loser/ Wayfaring Stranger/ Yodeling Fiddle/ You Should Have Thought Of That Before

 
THE VAGABONDS B.A.C.M. 071 Old Cabin Songs ● CD $14.98
20 songs from 1933 sung in smooth harmony by this trio of vocalists accompanied by guitar. Although much of their music is probably closer to pop than country they appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in the early 30s and attracted quite a following. Includes sentimental songs, western songs, religious songs, novelty songs and a traditional ballad.
THE VAGABONDS: An Old Sweet Song For A Dear Old Lady/ At The End Of Sunset Lane/ Barbara Allen/ Father, Mother, Sister, Brother/ Four Thousand Years Ago/ How Beautiful Heaven Must Be/ I Will Always Call You Sweetheart/ In The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee/ In The Valley Of Yesterday/ In The Vine Covered Church Back Home/ Little Brick Church/ Little Mother Of The Hills/ Little Shoes/ Moonlight Down In Lovers Lane/ Ninety Nine Years/ Sourwood Mountain/ That Little Boy Of Mine/ The Death Of Jesse James/ The Old Rugged Cross/ When The Work‘s All Done This Fall

 
PORTER WAGONER B.A.C.M. 166 Dig That Crazy Moon ● CD $14.98
Just arrived. A fine 25 track collection featuring some of Porter's earliest sides from 1952 through 1956. The earliest sides show the influence show the influence of Hank Williams and Left Frizzell but by 1954 he had developed his own style.
PORTER WAGONER: A Beggar For Your Love/ A Good Time Was Had By All/ Bad News Travels Fast/ Born To Lose/ Bringing Home The Bacon/ Dig That Crazy Moon/ Flame Of Love/ Hey Maw/ How Can You Refuse Him Now/ How Quick/ I Can't Live With You I Can't Live Without You/ I Guess I'm Crazy/ I Like Girls/ I'm Stepping Out Tonight/ I've Known You From Somewhere/ Ivory Tower/ Let's Squiggle/ Living In The Past/ My Bonfire/ Seeing Her Only Reminded Me Of You/ Takin' Chances/ That's It/ Trademark/ Tricks Of The Trade/ Tryin' To Forget The Blues

 
JIMMY WAKELEY B.A.C.M. 025 Rocky Mountain Lullaby ● CD $14.98
20 tracks tracks from the early/ mid 40s by this popular Western star some with his Rough Riders and a couple with the Sunshine Girls.
JIMMY WAKELY: After Tomorrow/ Be My Darlin' I've Got Nuggets In My Pocket/ Blue Blue Eyes/ Blue Bonnet Blues/ Bouquet Of Roses/ Did You Write A Letter To Your Sweetheart/ Give Me Wings Of An Angel/ I Don't Care/ I Went To Your Wedding/ I'll Never Let You Go Little Darlin'/ I've Had My Share Of Sorrow/ Missing In Action/ My Heart Has Room For You/ One Little Teardrop Too Late/ Out Of Sight Out Of Mind/ Pale Moon/ Rocky Mountain Lullaby/ Thanks/ The Day You Went Away

 
JIMMY WAKELY B.A.C.M. 065 Red River Rose & Other Classics ● CD $14.98
26 tracks from World Transcriptions recorded between 1941 and 1946 - some with his Trio (with Johnny Bond and Dick Reinhardt) and others with various studio musicians like Carl Cotner/ fiddle, Paul Sells/ accordion, Merle Travis/ guitar, Jack Rivers/ guitar, Frankie Marvin/ steel guitar and others.
JIMMY WAKELY: Apache Trail/ Blue Montana Skies/ Campfire Lullaby/ Go Your Way And I‘ll Go Mine/ Goodbye Old Paint/ Head On My Pillow/ Hi-e-hi-o/ Hittin‘ The Trail/ Hittin‘ The Trail For Old Tombstone/ Home In San Antone/ Honest And Truly I Do/ How Could You Have Left Me/ I‘ll Always Be Your Buddy/ Little Toy Pistol Cowboy/ My Sweet Prairie Rose/ Nobody Else But You/ Now You Care No More For Me/ One Little Lie Too Many/ Prairie Campfire/ Red River Rose/ Ridin‘ Down To Santa Fe/ Sing Me A Song Of Texas/ There‘s A Blue Star Shining Bright (in A Window)/ Wait For The Light To Shine/ Will You Be True/ You‘re In My Heart To Stay

 
JIMMY WAKELY B.A.C.M. 066 Cowboy's Heaven & Other Classics ● CD $14.98
25 tracks drawn from radio transcriptions made in the early and mid 40s by this popular and appealing Western singer. Various interesting musicians and vocalists appear on these sides including Merle Travis, Johnny Bond, Pete Martinez, Carl Cotner, Jimmy Rivers and others.
JIMMY WAKELY: A Broken Heart/ Be Honest With Me/ Blue Trail/ Bye And Bye/ Cowboy‘s Heaven/ I Cried All Last Night (over You)/ In That Little Hillbilly Town/ It Makes No Difference Now/ It‘s Too Late To Say You‘re Sorry/ I‘ll Forgive If You Forget/ I‘ve Got Those Gone And Left Me Blues/ Meet Me In Loveland/ My Little Buckaroo/ Nothing Matters To Me/ Singing Low/ Sioux City Sue/ That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ The End Of The Trail/ There‘s A Home In Wyoming/ Wacky íbout A Gal In Waco/ When It‘s Roundup Time In Texas/ When The Last Train Leaves For Home/ When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver/ Where Is My Darlin‘/ You‘re Gone

 
BILLY WALKER B.A.C.M. 158 Thank You For Calling ● CD $14.98
Fine collection of early sides by this excellent Texas honky tonk country who was recently killed in a traffic accident at the age of 77. The 24 tracks here cover the period from 1949 through 1955 before he was a regular on the country charts and the only hit here is the title song. Most of the titles are original compositions though there's a some fine cover of Webb Pierce's hit Back Street Affair. Billy is also featured in a duet with Jeanette Hicks on Which One Of Us Is To Blame.
BILLY WALKER: Back Street Affair/ Don't Let Your Pride Break Your Heart/ Fool that I Am I Still Love You/ Go Ahead And Make Me Cry/ Hey/ I Didn't Have The Nerve It Took To Go/ I'm Gonna Take My Heart Away From You/ I'm Looking For Love/ If I should Live That Long/ It Hurts Too Much To Laugh/ Let Me Hear From You/ Little Baggy Britches/ Mexican Joe/ One Heart's Beatin' One Heart's Cheatin'/ Pretend You Just Don't Know Me/ So Far/ Thank You For Calling/ Time Will Tell/ What Makes Me Love You Like I Do/ Which One Of Us Is To Blame/ Whirlpool/ You Didn't Try And Didn't Care/ You're The Only Good Thing That's Happened To Me/ you Have My Heart Now

 
CINDY WALKER B.A.C.M. 159 Till The End Of Time ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, recommended
Cindy Walker is best known as a songwriter having written many songs that have become standards in both the country and pop field including Cherokee Maiden/ Bubbles In My Beer/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Warm Red Wine/ You Don't Know Me and many more. She recorded herself infrequently though she had an appealing if not particularly country flavored vocal style. This set includes 15 tracks recorded as radio transcriptions around 1944/45 as well as an obscure single recorded Ben Pollack's Jewel label with backing by Deuce Spriggens Western Band and six sides recorded for Decca between 1941 and 1944 including her original 1944 recording of When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again which is best known from Elvis's 1956 hit version and which became a regular part of his repertoire. It also includes another original version of a song which has become a country standard - Pins And Needles (In My Heart). The 1941 recordings of Don't Talk To Me About men finds her accompanied by Spike Jones & His City Slickers in very restrained mood. Excellent sound and informative notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
CINDY WALKER: Don't Be Too Sure/ Don't Meddle In My Mood/ Don't Talk To Me About Men/ I Hear You Talkin'/ I Want To Go To Mexico/ I'm Tickled Pink Because You're Blue/ If I Knew What I Know Today/ It Never Can Be/ It's All Your Fault/ Love Is A Lingering Thing/ Me And The Moon Aren't Speaking/ No More (1)/ No More (2)/ Now Or Never/ Pins And Needles (in My Heart)/ Texas With A Capitol T/ Till The End Of Time/ Triflin' Man/ Weary Heart/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Why Don't I Trust The Men/ You Can't Break The Chains Of Love/ You Have No One To Blame But Yourself/ You'll Be Sorry

 
OZIE WATERS B.A.C.M. 210 It's Indian Summer ● CD $14.98
26 tracks from the mid 40s by very smooth voiced Western flavored singer - mostly from radio transcriptions. A dozen tracks feature Waters alone with his guitar - the rest are with small groups.
OZIE WATERS: Along The Navajo Trail/ At Least A Million Tears/ Broomstick Buckaroo/ Catfish Take A Look At That Worm/ Colorado Stars/ Cool Water/ Headin' For The Blue Horizon/ Headin' For The Great Divide/ I Haven't Time To Be A Millionaire/ I Know That Some Day You'll Want Me To Want You/ I Lost You/ I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now/ Idaho Moon/ It's Indian Summer/ Itís My Lazy Day/ Lonesome Cowboy/ Missouri/ My Music Mountain Home/ Night Herding Song/ Silver Dew On The Bluegrass/ Sioux City Sue/ Sleepy Rio Grande/ That's My Home/ Throw A Saddle On A Star/ When It's Harvest Time Sweet Angeline/ Who's Sorry Now

 
KITTY WELLS B.A.C.M. 181 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of early sides by one of the finest and most popular female country artists of all times. 26 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1953 leaving out the hits but including some of her lesser known but superb sides. The earliest five sides from 1950 were from when she was still working with Johnnie & Jack (she was married to Johnnie Wright) and feature her accompanied by The Tennessee Mountain Boys. A great collection of honky tonk including Love Or Hate/ Things That Might Have Been/ Searching For A Soldier's Grave/ The Life They Live In Songs/ Goodbye Mr Brown, etc. (FS)
KITTY WELLS: A Wedding Ring Ago/ Cheatin's A Sin/ Crying Steel Guitar Waltz/ Divided By Two/ Don't Wait The Last Minute To Pray/ Goodbye Mr. Brown/ He's Married To Me/ Hey Joe/ I Don't Want Your Money I Want Your Time/ I Heard The Juke Box Playing/ I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted/ I'd Rather Stay Home/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ I'm In Love With You/ I'm Too Lonely To Smile/ Love Or Hate/ Make Up Your Mind/ My Mother/ Searching For A Soldier's Grave/ The Honky Tonk Waltz/ The Life They Live In Songs/ There's Poison In Your Heart/ They Can't Take Your Love/ Things That Might Have Been/ You Said You Could Do Without Me/ You're Not Easy To Forget

 
RAY WHITLEY & THE SIX BAR COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 006 Back In The Saddle Again ● CD $14.98 $10.98
22 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
22 tracks recorded between 1934 and 1941 by this fine Western singer, guitarist and songwriter with various groups. Whitley was the composer of Western standard Back In The Saddle Again and his original recording from 1938 is featured here. The selection is varied and includes some Western Swing flavored items as well as some stripped down bluesy numbers in the Jimmie Rodgers vein.  (FS)
RAY WHITLEY: Back In The Saddle Again/ Big Bad Blues/ Blue Yodel Blues/ Come On Boys We're Ridin' Into Town/ End Of Memory Lane/ Have You Written Mother Lately/ How Was I To Know/ Just A Little Cough Drop/ Mist Around The Prairie Moon Tonight/ Radio Interview/ Ramshackled Shack On The Hill/ Singing A Song In Sing Sing/ Swaller-Tail Coat/ That Green Back Dollar Bill/ The Cowboy And The Lady/ The Morro Castle Disaster/ Trailin'/ Wah Hoo/ When You Took Your Love Away/ You're Barking Up The Wrong Tree Now

 
BUDDY WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 155 Down The Old Bush Track ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded between 1940 and 1952 by this popular and prolific Australian country performer. Buddy was a fine singer, an excellent songwriter (he wrote most of the songs here) and splendid yodeler. All the tracks feature Buddy just with his guitar. The songs often deal with aspects of rural Australian life as in My Sunny Southern Home/ The Stockman & The Outlaw/ The Bushman's Rodeo (a duet with Lenore Miller)/ Pentridge JailI Love You A Thousand Ways (which may be the only version of this song with yodeling!), etc. Delightful. (FS)
BUDDY WILLIAMS: A Mother Lovely As You/ Blue Since You've Been Gone/ Can A Black Sheep Be Forgiven/ Down The Old Bush Track/ Eureka (The Stockade Song)/ Give A Little Credit To Your Dad/ I Can't Stand Sitting In A Cell/ I Canít Forget My Memories/ I Love You A Thousand Ways/ I'm Gonna Tear Down The Mailbox/ Maple On The Hill/ My Darling River Rose/ My Pretty Quadroon/ My Sunny Southern Home/ Pentridge Jail/ Somebody's Stolen My Honey/ The Bushman's Rodeo/ The Chicken Song/ The Face On The Bar Room Floor/ The Ring/ The Stockman And The Outlaw/ There's An Empty Bunk In The Bunkhouse

 
TEX WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 046 Hey Mr. Cotton Picker ● CD $14.98
22 tracks from the 40s by this popular western performer - includes guest appearance by Smokey Rogers and Jo Stafford.
TEX WILLIAMS: Big Bars Polka/ Blackstrap Molasses/ Bronco Busters Ball/ Castle Of My Dreams/ Chickashay Gal/ Cowboy Polka/ Don't Make Love To Mary/ Good Night Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennesse/ Hey Mr. Cotton Picker/ I Want To Be Near You/ Johnstown Polka/ Just A Pair Of Blue Eyes/ Never Trust A Travelling Salesman/ Only Politickin'/ Rose Of The Alamo/ Shame On You/ She Didn't Even Kiss Me Goodbye/ Sweet Little Boogalie/ The Urn On The Mantle/ Three Little Girls Dressed In Blue/ Tulsa Trot/ With Men Who Know Tobacco Best

 
TEX WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 097 River Of No Return ● CD $14.98
25 tracks from the late 40s and early 50s by this fine West Coast singer with his group The Western Caravan. Includes commercial recordings and radio transcriptions - River Of No Return/ Don't Call My Name/ This Ole House/ My Adobe Hacienda/ Ten Silver Dollars/ If You'd Believe In Me/ Deck Of Cards/ Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima/ Twelfth Street Rag, etc. Includes duets with Roberta Lee and Rex Allen and a couple of cuts with Spade Cooley's Orchestra. There are also several hot instrumentals.
TEX WILLIAMS: Air Mail Special (instr.)/ Between You & The Birds & The Bees & Cupid/ Cool Water/ Deck Of Cards/ Don't Call My Name (with Roberta Lee)/ Down In The Meadow/ Dusty Skies/ I Cried Myself To Sleep (with Spade Cooley's Orch.)/ If You'd Believe In Me/ Kansas City Rag/ Money/ My Adobe Hacienda/ My Confession/ Perdido (lost) (instr.)(/ River Of No Return/ Rocky Mountain Express/ Shrimp Boats (are Acomin')/ Sinful/ Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima (with Spade Cooley's Orch.)/ Take The A Train (instr.)/ Ten Silver Dollars/ They Were Doing The Mambo/ This Ole House (with Rex Allen)/ Twelfth Street Rag (instr.)/ Two Texas Boys (with Rex Allen)

 
FOY WILLING & HIS RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE B.A.C.M. 056 Foy Willing & Riders Of The Purple Sage ● CD $14.98
24 tracks including both commercial recordings and radio transcriptions from one of the most popular western harmony groups of the 40s. Includes two tracks with Louis Prima's Orchestra.
FOY WILLING & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: 160 Acres/ Be My Darlin‘/ Bouquet Of Roses/ Chant Of The Wanderer/ Cowboy‘s Heaven/ Detour/ Goodbye & Good Luck/ Hang Your Head In Shame/ Hazy Mountains/ I Care No More/ I‘m Waltzing With A Broken Heart/ Just A Little Lovin‘/ Little White House With You Inside/ Mary Lou/ Nobody‘s Lost On The Lonesome Trail/ Prairie Echoes/ Rose Of Old Pawnee/ So Long To The Red River Valley/ Someone Won Your Heart Little Darlin‘/ Sometime/ Texas Plains/ Vout Cowboy/ Your Tears Came Too Late/ You‘ll Never Have My Love Anymore

 
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS B.A.C.M. 033 Old Buttermilk Sky - Tiffany Transcriptions, 1945-47 ● CD $14.98
Here's a surprise - 25 of Bob's classic Tiffany radio transcriptions from the mid 40s - most of them appearing on CD for the first time! This features the Wills band at its finest with Tommy Duncan, Luke Wills, Joe Holley, Noel Boggs and other great musicians and vocalists in the band.
BOB WILLS: Chicken Reel (instr.)/ Don't Fence Me In/ Durang's Hornpipe/ Grey Eagle (instr.)/ Hoppin' Lucy aka Texas Two-Step (instr.)/ I Don't Know Why/ I'll Get Mine/ I'll Keep On Loving You/ I'll String Along With You/ Moonlight On The Prairie/ My Brown Eyed Texas Rose/ Nobody's Darling But Mine/ Old Buttermilk Sky/ On The Alamo (instr.)/ Patty On The Turnpike (instr.)/ Roll On Little Dogies, Roll On/ Sally Gooden No. 1 (instr.)/ Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight/ Silver On The Sage Tonight/ Sleepy Rio Grande/ Smile, Darn You Smile/ That's How Much I Love You/ Travelling Blues/ Who's Heart Are You Breaking Now/ Who's Sorry Now

 
ZEKE WINTERS B.A.C.M. 008 A.K.A. Big Bill Campbell ● CD $14.98
The earliest recordings made in England by Canadian country performer Big Bill Campbell (see B.A.C.M. 001) when he was featured on Radio Luxembourg as "Zeke Winters, The Happy Philosopher." Mostly novelty song, often from the repertoire of Fields & Hall (see B.A.C.M 024) along with sentimental songs.
ZEKE WINTERS: At The End Of The Caribou Trail/ Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blazin' The Trail/ Christmas In The Rockies Pt.2/ Hang It In The Hen House/ Haul That Timber/ Hill-Billy Songs-Medley Pts. 1 & 2/ I Laughed So Hard I Nearly Died/ I'm An Old Cowhand/ In 1992/ Intro: Pony Boy/ It Ain't Nobody's Biz'ness What I Do/ Little Red Caboose Behind The Train/ On A Good Old Time Straw Ride/ Polly Wolly Doddle/ Red River Valley/ Saddle Your Blues To A Wild Mustang/ Springtime In The Rockies/ Springtime In The Rockies/ The Sunset Trail/ The Wheel Of The Wagon Is Broken/ They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree/ Wah-Hoo/ Wal I Swan/ When It's Harvest Time

 
ARKANSAS "ARKIE" WOODCHOPPER B.A.C.M. 028 Old Time Songs & Square Dances ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Obscure but very fine performer recorded in 1931 and 1941. The former are particularly fine featuring Arkie accompanied only by his own fine guitar work on a varied collection of old time songs including The Little Green Valley/ Frankie & Johnny (a particularly nice version with some different lyrics)/ If Brother Jack Were Here/ I'm A Texas Cowboy/ Little Ah Sid (a very peculiar song)/ When It's Time, My Sweet Angeline/ Sweet Sunny South/ The Habit, etc. Arkie was a very fine and melodic singer and guitarist and several track feature some fine yodelling. The last six songs from 1941 are less interesting featuring Arkie doing the calls for a a square dance group performing tunes like Sally Goodwin/ Waking Up Town/ Wagoner, etc. - good but nothing special. A few of the earlier tracks are from worn 78s but in general the sound is excellent. (FS)
ARKANSAS "ARKIE" WOODCHOPPER: A Hard Luck Guy/ Cowboy Jack/ Frankie & Albert/ I'm A Texas Cowboy/ If Brother Jack Were Here/ If I Could Only Blot Out The Past/ Light Foot Bill/ Little Ah Sid/ My Love Is But A Lassie O/ Old & Only In The Way/ Sally Goodwin/ Soldier's Joy/ Sweet Evalina/ Sweet Sunny South/ Take Me Back To Colorado/ The Habit/ The Little Green Valley/ Wagoner/ Walking Up Town/ When It's Harvest Time, My Sweet Angeline/ Zeb Turney's Gal

 
SHEB WOOLEY B.A.C.M. 090 Texas Tango ● CD $14.98
26 early sides by this fine singer/ songwriter who is best known for his novelty songs and there are quite a few songs here in that spirit. In addition there are some fine uptempo numbers with a western swing flavor as well as some honky tonk ballads. Sheb's vocals are complemented by fine instrumental work from musicians like Porky Freeman, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Noel Boggs, Joe Maphis, Harold Hensley & others.
SHEB WOOLEY: 38-24-35/ A Cowboy Ought To Be Single/ A Fool About You/ Air Castles/ Blue Guitar/ Country Kisses/ Don‘t Stop Kissing Me Goodnight/ Down In The Toolies/ Freight Train Cinders In My Eyes/ Hillbilly Mambo/ Hoot Owl Boogie/ I Flipped/ I Go Outa My Mind/ I‘ll Return The Letters/ Knew I Had Lost/ Love Is Just Another Merry Go Round/ Mule Boogie/ Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl/ Over The Barrel/ Panama Pete/ Rover Scoot Over/ Texas Tango/ Wha‘ Happen To Me Baby/ White Lightnin‘/ You Never Can Tell/ You‘re The Cat‘s Meow

 
THE YORK BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 160 Going Back To The Sunny South ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 75 mins, recommended
Complementing Collector 2861 and Cattle 251 this is another fine collection of early sides by this Detroit based duo featuring sides recorded between 1939 and 1942 mostly for the Mellow label and its predecessors Universal and Hot Wax along with two sides from Decca. The earliest seven sides here features the duo Leslie & George accompanying themselves on acoustic guitars - subsequently Leslie switched to electric guitar which allowed him to provide some nice fills and they were subsequently joined by bassist Jonnie Laneder who helps provide a richer sound. Quite a few of the songs are rather similar sounding "heart songs" with some bluesy titles providing some welcome variety and their fine Home In Old Tennessee has a nice traditional feel. Good sound and informative notes by Dave Sax. (FS)
THE YORK BROTHERS: A Merry Christmas To The Boys Over There/ Blue Skies Turned To Gray [sic]/ Conscription Blues/ Gambler's Blues/ Going Back To The Sunny South/ Going Home/ Going To The Shindig/ Goodbye And Luck To You/ Got To Get Rid Of My Worried Mind/ Hillbilly Rose/ Home In Tennessee/ I Don't Want No Part Of You/ I'll Be Happy Again/ I'm Saying Goodbye/ If I Would Never Lose You/ It Makes Me Jealous Hearted/ Just Wanting You/ Kentucky's Calling Me/ Life Can Never Be The Same/ Long Gone/ Maybe Then You'll Care/ Mother's Sunny Smile/ My Little Honeysuckle Rose/ Not Over Thirty-five/ Sweetheart Darling/ That Nagging Young Husey [sic]/ We're Gonna Catch That Train

 

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