Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey

British Archive Of Country Music




Well we've turned up another fine country label from England - this time a whole series of vintage country music reissues put out by the British Archive Of Country Music under the guidance of the Archives curator David Barnes. These releases feature mostly recordings from the 20s and 30s and includes some very obscure artists - even a few British country artists recorded in the 30s! Most CDs have 20 tracks and sound quality is generally excellent - they are attractively packaged and come with brief notes by Brian Golbey. For the most part there is very little duplication with other available reissues.

CLIFF CARLISLE B.A.C.M. 032 Far Beyond The Starry Sky ● CD $14.98
20 tracks, 61 mins, essential. Complementing Arhoolie 7039 and Zircon Bleu 704 this is another wonderful collection featuring one of the greatest of the early country artists. Carlisle was a superb singer, a magnificent slide guitarist and had a varied and consistently worthwhile repertoire which embraced traditional songs, blues, love songs, risque songs, gospel songs, western and sentimental songs. He was also a mighty fine yodeler which he never used to excess. Some tracks feature his early playing partner Wilbur Ball, others have his brother Bill or his son Tommy and some have a small string band with some lovely fiddle. Among the highlights is what I think is the first recording (1934) of Girl In The Blue Velvet Band, a song which has become a bluegrass standard. The quartet treatment of the gospel song Shine On Me is truly spellbinding. But it's all wonderful including Where My Memory Lies/ Far Beyond The Starry Sky/ Blind Child's Prayer/ Going Back To Alabama/ Desert Blues/ Onion Eating Mama/ Prepare Me O Lord/ Lonely Orphan Child/ On the Banks Of The Rio Grande/ Shine Your Light For Others and more. My only complaint about this CD is that it isn't longer. (FS)
CLIFF CARLISLE: A Stretch Of 28 Years/ Blind Child's Prayer/ Dear Old Daddy/ Desert Blues/ Far Beyond The Starry Sky/ Georgia Moon/ Girl In The Blue Velvet Band/ Going Back To Alabama/ Lonely Orphan Child/ My Rocky Mountain Sweetheart/ New Memories Of You That Haunt Me/ On The Banks Of The Rio Grande/ Onion Eating Mama/ Prepare Me O Lord/ Shine On Me/ Shine Your Light For Others/ The Brakeman's Reply/ Where Are The Pals Of Long Ago/ Where My Memory Lies/ Where Romance Calls

CROCKETT'S KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS B.A.C.M. 023 Classics Old Time String Band Music ● CD $14.98
19 tracks, highly recommended Excellent string band recorded between 1928 and '31. In spite of the groups name they were actually based in Fowler, California (near Fresno) though the group's founder John "Dad" Crockett was originally from West Virginia. They were one of the first West Coast based string bands featuring the fine lead vocals of "Dad" and instrumental work from other family members on fiddle, guitar, banjo and occasional Jew's harp and bones. They perform fine versions of traditional songs and tunes like Cripple Creek/ Bile Them Cabbage Down/ Little Rabbitt/ Gambling Man/ Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes/ I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago/ Skip To My Lou and others. There also a superb instrumental blues Fresno Blues which features just two guitars. (FS)
CROCKETT'S KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS: After The Ball/ Bile Them Cabbage Down/ Buffalo Gals Medley/ Convict's Lament/ Cripple Creek/ Fresno Blues/ Gambling Man/ Granny's Old Arm Chair/ Hard Cider Songs/ I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago/ In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/ Little Rabbit (intro. Rabbit Where's Your Mammy)/ Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes Pt. 1/ Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes Pt. 2/ My Blue Eyed Girl And I/ Rosalee/ Skip To My Lou/ Sugar Hill/ The Lightning Express

VERNON DALHART B.A.C.M. 017 Lindberg, The Eagle Of The USA ● CD $14.98
20 tracks from thie popular and incredibly prolific country music pioneer including two songs recorded in England in 1931 that he never recorded elsewhere.
VERNON DALHART: Billy The Kid/ Great Titanic/ It's Time To Say Aloha To You/ Jealous Lover Of Lone Green Valley/ John T. Scopes Case/ Kitty Wells/ Lindberg, The Eagle Of The USA/ Lost French Flyers/ Lucky Lindy/ Nellie Dare & Charlie Brooks/ Oh Captain, Captain Tell Me True/ Out In The Great Northwest/ Polly Wolly Doddle/ River Stay Away From My Door/ Roving Gambler/ Sippin' Cider/ Stone Mountain Memorial/ Sydney Allen/ Three Drowned Sisters/ What Does The Deep Sea Say

DENVER DARLING B.A.C.M. 026 Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight ● CD $14.98
20 tracks from the "Illinois Cowboy" recorded between 1944 and 1947. Darling was a pleasing singer and was accompanied by a fine Western styled group including some fine guitar work.
DENVER DARLING: Cool Water/ Deep Delta Blues/ Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die/ How Low Do The Blues Want To Go/ I Come From Missouri/ I Couldn't Believe It Was True/ I Need Someone To Tell My Troubles To/ I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine/ Juke Joint Mama/ Just A Little Song Each Morning/ Little Brown Jug Goes Modern/ Make Up Your Mind To Make Up With Me/ No Thanks/ Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight/ Silver Stars Purple Sage Eyes Of Blue/ Tears For Souvenirs/ Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old Tucky Home/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver/ You Are Are My Sunshine

ARTHUR FIELDS & FRED HALL B.A.C.M. 024 Eleven More Months & Ten More Days ● CD $14.98
Delightful collection of novelty songs by this popular and prolific duo who teamed up in the late 20s - both having had extensive careers previously. They were not authentic hillbillies but rather urban performers who used some elements of country music in their music. They recorded under a number of aliases and recorded their most famous song Eleven More Months & Ten More Days under the name of the Colt Brothers - a song that was subsequently recorded by numerous performers. This 21 track collection also includes Back In The Old Green Hills/ Oh For The Life Of A Hobo/ I Laughed So Much I Nearly Died/ Pickwick Club Tragedy/ Empty Barrels/ Our Hometown Mountain Band, etc.
ARTHUR FIELDS & FRED HALL: Back In The Old Green Hills/ Cousin Cindy's Wedding/ Down At The Bottom Of The Mountain/ Eleven More Months & Ten More Days Pt.1/ Eleven More Months & Ten More Days Pt.2/ Empty Barrels/ Four Stone Walls And A Ceiling/ Hank Simmons' Show Boat/ Henry Did You Weed The Cabbage Patch/ I Laughed So Much I Nearly Died/ I Love Virginia/ I'm In Heaven/ In Dear Old Tennessee/ Me & My Brother Joe/ Oh For The Life Of A Hobo/ Our Hometown Mountain Band Pt. 1/ Our Hometown Mountain Band Pt. 2/ Pickwick Club Tragedy/ She Lives ‘round The Bend A-ways/ The Smoking Habit/ Those Were The Very Last Words He Said

RUSTY GILL WITH THE WESTERNAIRES B.A.C.M. 005 Cowboy Songs, Mountain Ballads ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, probably from early 40s, featuring western singer Rusty Gill accompanied by Chick Hart, Jack Taylor & Wade Ray. This group also recorded under the name The Prairie Ramblers.
RUSTY GILL WITH THE WESTERNAIRES: A Change Of Heart/ Blaze Away/ Don't Be Lonely Little Darling/ End Of The Oregon Trail/ Fetch Me My Trusty .45/ Hand In Hand We'll Walk Together Again/ How Many Biscuits Can You Eat/ Keep Goin'/ Let Me Wake Up In Wyoming/ Moonlight In The Hills Of Old Kentucky/ Nightime In The West (instrumental)/ Old Shep/ Packin' Up My Duds And Headin' Home/ Rainbow Round The Hill/ Rodeo Sweetheart/ Roll On Prairie Moon (instrumental)/ Roll Wagons, Roll Along/ Send Me Your Address From Heaven/ She Works Third Tub At The Laundry/ Song Of The Plains/ There's Nothing Like A Hoedown/ To You And My West Virginia Home/ Uncle Noah's Ark/ We Rode The Trail Together/ When The Purple Sage Is Blooming/ When We Said Goodnight On Goodnight Ranch/ You're The Only Girl For My Dream Ranch

THE GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST B.A.C.M. 009 Home Sweet Home In Texas ● CD $14.98
First CD reissue of this fine duo who recorded fairly extensively in the mid 30s. The "Girls" were sisters Millie & Dolly Good and the performed cowboy songs to the accompaniment of Dolly's guitar.
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Bucking Bronco/ By The Silvery Rio Grande/ Dying Cowboy/ Hi Oh, Hi Oh, Hi Oh [Night Herding Song]/ Home Sweet Home In Texas/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ Lonesome Valley Sally/ My Cross-Eyed Beau/ My Dear Old Arizona Home/ One Step More/ Silver Moon On The Golden Gate/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ Take Me Back To Renfro Valley/ The Old Chisholm Trail/ The Oregon Trail/ Tumbledown Shack Of My Dreams/ When It's Roundup Time In Texas/ When The Bees Are In The Hive/ Will There Be Any Yodelers In Heaven?/ You Get A Line

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

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

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

BUEL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 027 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended A number of Buel Kazee tracks have appeared on various compilations but this is the first CD reissue exclusively devoted to thi 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

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

FRANK LUTHER B.A.C.M. 007 Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me ● CD $14.98
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. Also includes You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone/ The Ladies Man/ A Gay Caballero/ Old River Valley, etc.
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

FRANKIE MARVIN B.A.C.M. 003 Early Recordings By Gene Autry's #1 Sideman ● CD $14.98
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 yodelling 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 and a number of tracks feature some fine yodeling. 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

THE ORIGINAL BEVERLY HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 022 The Original Beverly Hill Billies ● CD $14.98
24 tracks recorded between 1930 and '37 by this smooth Western flavored group from California. This group's style is very syrupy and bland and although they were a reputed influence on the Sons Of The Pioneers the Sons sound positively wild in comparison.
THE ORIGINAL BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: At The End Of The Lane/ Back In The Hills Of Colorado/ Back In The Old Sunday School/ Big Corral/ Git Along Little Dogies/ Lonesome Valley/ Mellow Mountain Moon/ My Little Cow Pony And I/ My Old Iowa Home/ My Pretty Quadroon/ On The Texas Prairie/ Peek A Boo/ Prairie Skies/ Ridge Runnin' Roan/ Rosalie/ She Sleeps Beneath The Daisies/ Singing My Hillbilly Song/ Strawberry Roan/ The Old Arapahoe Trail/ When I Was A Boy From The Mountains/ When It's Harvest Time/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ When The Wild Flowers Are In Bloom/ Wonder Valley

THE RANCH BOYS B.A.C.M. 012 Songs Of The Plains ● CD $14.98
20 tracks from the late 30s by this trio of Western vocalists (Shorty Carson, Jack Ross & Curley Bradley) with guitar plus occasional fiddle accompaniment. The group is pleasant though relatively undistinguished.
THE RANCH BOYS: Beautiful Ohio/ Big Corrall/ Buffalo Gals/ Bury Me Out On The Prairie/ Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie/ Clementine/ Cowboy Jack/ Cowboy's High Tone Dance/ Cowboy's Lament/ Goodbye Old Paint/ Home On The Range/ Lights Out/ Little Ah Sid/ Little Joe The Wrangler/ Little OId Sod Shanty/ Missouri Waltz/ Ole Faithful/ Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ Red River Valley/ Springtime In The Rockies/ Sweet Betsy From Pike/ The Chisholm Trail/ The Last Roundup/ The Old Corrall/ Wagon Wheels/ Whoopie Ti Yi Yo/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ You're Just A Flower From An Old Bouquet

TEX RITTER B.A.C.M. 019 America's Most Beloved Cowboy ● CD $14.98
Fine collection of 23 sides recorded as transcriptions in the late 40s. Includes a number of songs he never recorded commercially.
TEX RITTER: As Long As I Live/ Born To Be Blue/ Brushy Mountain/ Camptown Races/ Detour/ Gotta Have Some Lovin'/ Gotta Make Up For Lost Time/ I Learned My Lesson Too Late/ I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine/ Let's Forget/ One True Heart/ Poor Unwanted Heart/ Ridin' Ol' Paint/ Shadow On My Heart/ Shame On You/ Sweetest Love Of All/ Trouble Keeps Hanging Round My Door/ Tweedle O Twill/ Wave To Me My Lady/ Why Did It End This Way/ You Brought Sorrow To My Heart/ You Can't Break My Heart/ You Can't Conceal A Broken Heart

CARSON ROBISON B.A.C.M. 021 Goin' Back To Texas ● CD $14.98
17 track collection of sides by this popular and prolific performer. These tracks were mostly released on British labels where Carson and his group were very popular. Several of the tracks are two part skits a couple of which include some very obnoxious racial stereotyping.
CARSON ROBISON: 1945 Mother Goose Rhymes/ Back Porch Pts. 1 & 2/ Cowboy's Home In Heaven/ Cowboy's Yodeling Song/ Going Back To Texas/ Hillbilly Medley Pts. 1 & 2/ I'm Going Back To Where I Come From/ Just Keep Ploddin' Along/ Making A Record Pts. 1 & 2/ Sing Another Line/ South Of The Border/ Stackolee Blues Pts. 1 & 2/ Steamboat Keep A-Rockin'/ That Dame I Left Behind Me/ That's Bound To Be Kentucky/ When It's Springtime In The Blue Ridge Mountains/ Wolf At The Door

ROY ROGERS B.A.C.M. 018 A Man And His Song ● CD $14.98
20 tracks from the 40s by one of the most popular of all the singing cowboys.
ROY ROGERS: A Man And His Song/ Blue Bonnet Lane/ Cowboy's Heaven/ Dusty Hasta La Vista/ Here On The Range/ Horseshoe Moon/ I Know I Shouldn't Worry But I Do/ I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine/ I'll Be Honest With You/ Let Me Build A Cabin/ Little Old Church On The Hilltop/ Next To The X In Texas/ No Matter What Happens My Darling/ Ride Son, Ride Saddle Serenade/ She Gave Her Heart To A Soldier Boy/ That Miss From Mississippi/ The Mail Must Go Through/ Wondering Why

JACK SAVAGE & HIS COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 002 Little Sweetheart Of The Prairie ● CD $14.98
Utterly obscure western flavored group recorded in 1953 and '36. Apart from the first five tracks issued as The Peaceful Valley Folk the remaining tracks were all recorded in England and released on English labels. Pleasing vocals with guitar and fiddle accompaniment. Take Them Mountains Out Of My Way/ Treasure Island/ The Passing Of Little Joe/ Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals (the same song later recorded by Hank Williams with pretty much the same narration)/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ Cowboy's Heaven/ Sweetheart Of Red River Valley and others - 20 tracks in all.
BILLY BROWN & HIS COWBOYS: At The Close Of A Long, Long Day/ Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie/ In The House At The End Of The Lane/ That Little Boy Of Mine/ THE PEACEFUL VALLEY FOLK: Maple On The Hill/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ Take Them Mountains Out Of My Way/ The Passing Of Little Joe/ Treasure Island/ JACK SAVAGE & HIS COWBOYS: Cowboy's Heaven/ Empty Saddles In The Old Corral/ Going Back To Texas/ Going Home/ Little Sweetheart Of The Prairie/ Memories Of Home/ Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair/ Sweetheart Of Red River Valley/ That Old Wooden Rocker/ Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds

THE SHELTON BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 010 Rompin' & Stompin' Around ● CD $14.98
A fine and varied selection of material from this versatile duo who perform a wide range of material. No duplication with the two CDs on Cattle. 20 tracks.
THE SHELTON BROTHERS: A Prisoner's Dream/ At The Shelby County Fair/ Budded Roses/ Deep Elem Blues/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ It's Hard To Love And Not Be Loved/ Just Because/ Lover's Farewell/ Match Box Blues/ Ridin' On A Hump Back Mule/ Rompin' And Stompin' Around/ She Was Happy Till She Met You/ Somebody Stole My Darling/ Story Of Seven Roses/ Sweet Evalina/ Tell Me With Your Blue Eyes/ That's A Habit I Never Had/ Way Down In Georgia/ When It's Night Time In Nevada/ Who's Gonna Cut My Baby's Kindling

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

UNCLE HENRY'S ORIGINAL KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS B.A.C.M. 020 Uncle Henry's Original Kentucky Mounta ● 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 MOUNTAINEERS: 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

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 030 The Panachord Label - Early Country Music ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, recommended Excellent and varied collection of country sides issued on the British Panachord label in the 30s. These releases drew on the ARC, Decca, Brunswick and Gennett catalogs and this collection includes a Montana Slim cut recorded for Decca but only issued in the U.K. on Panachord. It also features one cut by the British group The Hill Billies under the pseudonym of The Prairie Serenaders. Among the artists featured here are Otto Gray & The Oklahoma Cowboys, Al Bernard with Carson Robison, Sons Of The Pioneers, Fileds & Hall, Gene Autry & Jimmy Long (with some fine steel guitar from Frankie Marvin), The Texas Drifter (aka Goebel Reeves - a riotous performance with some outrageous yodeling), The McCravy Brothers, Phil & Frank Luther, The Pickard Family, Floyd Turner & His Hometowners, Hank Keene & The Connecticutt Hillbillies, W.Lee O'Daniels's Light Crust Dough Boys and others. (FS)
GENE AUTRY & JIMMY LONG: Missouri I'm Calling/ AL BERNARD: The Preacher & The Bear/ WILF CARTER: How My Yodeling Days Began/ BILL COX: Lay My Head Beneath A Rose/ FIELDS & HALL: Funny Old World Rolls Along/ OTTO GRAY & OKLAHOMA COWBOYS: I Was Born Four Thousand Years Ago/ HANK KEENE & THE CONNECTICUT HILLBILLIES: Runaway Boy/ BRADLEY KINCAID: Red River Valley/ PHIL & FRANK LUTHER: Jacob's Ladder/ FRANK LUTHER & CARSON ROBISON TRIO: Ninety Nine Years/ FRANK LUTHER & CARSON ROBISON: Twenty One Years/ FRANKIE & JOHNNY MARVIN: I Want My Boots On When I Die/ THE MCCRAVY BROS.: Why Can't We Be Sweethearts/ MCFARLAND & GARDNER: When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain/ W. LEE O'DANIELS' LIGHT CRUST DOUGH BOYS: Please Come Back To Me/ THE PICKARD FAMILY: She Never Came Back/ THE PRAIRIE SERENADERS: Last Of The Texas Rangers/ GLEN RICE & HIS BEVERLY HILL BILLIES: Ragtime Cowboy Joe/ CARSON ROBISON & HIS PIONEERS: Hot Time In New Orleans Tonight/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Our Old Age Pension Check/ TEXAS DRIFTER: Reckless Tex/ FLOYD TURNER & HIS HOMETOWNERS: Ida Red/ She Wore A Yeller Ribbon/ MARC WILLIAMS: Old Montana

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

RAY WHITLEY & THE SIX BAR COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 006 Back In The Saddle Again ● CD $14.98
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

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 Doodle/ 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


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