Monday, 2 November 2009


CURT AND FAYE BARTMESS with String Ins Accmp. (sic)
Mar 55 (BMI clearance on 13th May 55)
516-A - Country Music In A Sacred Way
(C Bartmess)   (Starrite BMI)
516-B - The Narrow Way
(C Bartmess)   (Starrite BMI)
(No known location, possibly Oklahoma based.)

According to Flyrite CD 64 (Hillbilly Gospel), Curt and Faye were from Oklahoma and broadcast over KJBC in Midland, TX. Evangelistic was their own label, created after non payment of royalties etc from another TX label (not credited in the sleeve notes). Reverend Curt Bartmess still has a congregation in Oklahoma, but Faye (if her real name was Myrtle Faye Hensley-Bartmess) has passed away. Anyhow, the A side is a pleasant country gospel number with some nice guitar and mandolin throughout. Flip is slightly slower with some good vocal interplay between Curt and Faye - shades of Luke the Drifter. (MC / Flyright CD 64 / Bruce Bastin).

Thanks to Regina Frye for the updated Faye Bartmess name.

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1 comment:

  1. They are my grandparents. Her name was Myrtle Faye Hensley-Bartmess.