Thursday, November 26, 2015

4 New Jim Reeves CDs & UNRELEASED Material!

2015 was a banner year for Jim Reeves fans, with the release of 4 CDs, each of which contains previously unissued tracks by Jim! On "Jim Reeves and Friends Live From Nashville,” hear Jim call a square dance, host his friends on the Grand Ole Opry (including performances by Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, the Everly Bros., Janis Martin, Del Wood, Stringbean, and a duet Jim sings with June Carter). There are 34 tracks, and 23 Jim Reeves songs (only 1 of which has ever been released)!

On “Jim Reeves : The New Gospel Recordings,” there are 34 tracks, including many in new musical settings, with 12 tracks never before released. Hear beautiful new overdubs of Jim’s beloved sacred songs, played by current members of the Opry band, top Nashville musicians, plus pros from Europe. The sound quality on Jim's voice is truly stunning; rich and clear like never before. Also hear studio chatter, false starts, countdowns and Jim giving instructions to the Anita Kerr singers and demonstrating a capella how he wants them to sing!

With “The Best of Jim Reeves Live In Concert” you get 28 tracks, spanning 5 years, 6 different venues (ranging from nightclubs to outdoor performances to Europe), and 3 different sets of Blue Boys — including musicians you’ve never heard Reeves perform with before. For the first time ever, also hear Jim in a comedy routine with the Lump Lump Boys (the Blue Boys dressed up as hillbillies)!

And on “Jim Reeves Rare and Unreleased,” there are 31 tracks, 21 NEW overdubs, and a highlight is that Jim sings back-up to Blue Boy Bobby Dyson on a new song you've never heard him sing before: “Thanks For Calling.”

You get 127 tracks on 4 CDs for a SPECIAL DISCOUNT of only $49.95. That's just 39 cents per track...far less than what you'd pay on iTunes! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SAMPLES OR ORDER!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Worldwide Fan Reaction to 8 CD "Great Jim Reeves" Set

As the anniversary of Jim's passing approaches July 31st, radio stations worldwide continue to play selections from the unique 8-CD set, “The Great Jim Reeves,” that features 170+ tracks, including 92 new overdubs and absolutely STUNNING sound quality. This is indisputably the BEST Jim Reeves release since the Bear 16 CD set issued over 20 years ago.

(Incidentally, Bear's marketing efforts regarding that old, overpriced $400 box set are MISLEADING. They state: “This is the complete career retrospective. Complete!...All the singles, all the albums, all the unissued titles we could find...and all other demo recordings.” This has been proven WRONG time and time again by what my label, VoiceMasters, has released — including many NEW songs by Jim that Bear does not have.)

Anyway, “The Great Jim Reeves” 8 CD set is bargain priced at only $49.95. That's about 23 cents per song...far less than a digital download. Jim's voice has been remastered for the best clarity and richness you have ever heard, then combined with tasteful new instrumentation by current members of the Grand Ole Opry band, Atlanta jazz musicians, folks from the Southern Gospel field and Europe. 

The packaging is unique, and includes a 48 page full color booklet. Here is just a PARTIAL list of the feedback we have received from radio stations around the world who are playing “The Great Jim Reeves.” Order it today at:

Rene Hoffman, Country Radio, Switzerland -- Superb
Julie Matheson, Icarna Radio, Australia -- Brilliant song
Joe Bartolo, One Radio, Malta -- WOW!
Hans Mair, Radio Osttirol, Austria -- More please
Olov Lindgren, Radio Avesta, Sweden -- Super new mix
Brian Lewis, Hobart FM, Tasmania -- Clear country voice, unobtrusive backing, good beat
Hank Edwards, OMCRN Radio, UK -- Brilliant
Alex Pijnen, Zuidwest Radio, Holland -- Excellent
Ries Verwijmeren, Radio Rucphen, Holland -- Fantastic
Al Field, Triple U FM, Australia -- Radio hit
Dann Hansen, Radio Roskilde, Denmark -- Sweet soft country song
Ray Grundy, Bolton Radio, UK -- Jim is impeccable, lovely vocals from Barbi!
Maurice Hope, Rock Ć¢€˜n Reel Magazine, UK -- More from Gentleman Jim; and what a treat this updated version of the golden oldie is!
Bjarne Hesselbjerggaard, Radio Sindal, Denmark -- Appealed to me
Lorraine Pfitzner, Radio 2 You FM, Australia -- Great new arrangement
Alan Staniland, Radio Warrington, UK -- Classic country sound from one of countryĆ¢€™s greats
Gerry Ford, 2 Sea FM Radio, Australia -- Fantastic
Dieter Trenkler, Country Music Radio, Germany -- This is really very good
June Williams, KHBW Radio, USA -- There is no one who sings like Jim -- great to keep his music alive
Peter Anderl, ORF Radio, Austria -- Just missing a solo by Barbi
Ricky Lee, Warminster Radio, UK -- Very good
Tom Lambert, Variety Radio, UK -- Great work
Nigel Rennie, BFBS Radio, Falkland Islands -- Terrific
Eric Montfort, Radio 101, Malta -- Top marks
Ray Williams, South End Radio, Malta -- Excellent
John Murray, Castle FM, UK -- Fantastic duet
Myriam Perdaens, Cool FM, Belgium -- Stylish
John Morris, Trust AM Radio, UK -- Excellent
Dick Barrie, Crystal FM, UK -- Amazing track
Alan Potter, Tempo FM Radio, UK -- Great production
Brian Sharman, Wycombe Radio, UK -- 10 out of 10
Ros Ray, Forest FM, UK -- Sounds good to me
John Staff, Mid Downs Radio, UK -- Stunning
David Callister, Manx Radio, Isle of Man -- Very good track
Stuart Cameron, East Coast FM, UK -- Love it
Sean Green, Shine FM, Ireland -- Very good remix
Brette Dominique, Triangle FM, France -- Great country rock
Kurt Gabriel, ECMA Radio, Austria -- Voices in excellent harmony
Urbain Van Geerteruy, Radio Beeiard, Belgium -- Just fantastic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Daniel O'Donnell endorses NEW Jim Reeves 8 CD set

World famous singer Daniel O'Donnell appears in a new TV commercial promoting "The Great Jim Reeves" 8 CD set that I produced this past summer. He and his beautiful singing partner, Mary Duff, are fans of Jim’s and often do his songs. In fact, in 2004, Daniel did a 90-minute tribute to Reeves that was telecast live from Branson, Missouri on PBS (public television) stations nationwide, and seen by 60 million viewers! He and Mary tour internationally and sell out venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to Carnegie Hall in New York, to dates all over Europe and even Sri Lanka. In this sense, Daniel is very much like Jim Reeves in terms of his global popularity. He does not try to sound like Jim -- he merely pays tribute to his artistry. He also is a gentleman and honors his fans the way Jim Reeves did. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Daniel and Mary this summer and he pledged his support to helping promote the new 8 CD set, which features 170+ tracks, 92 of them in new musical settings, along with a 48-page booklet that my daughter Sara helped me write. Mr. O’Donnell was true to his word, and did a big article for the Sunday World, a major newspaper in Ireland, in which he talked about this set and also my book. And he and Mary recently taped a series of commercials which will air in the EU and also be seen on the world wide web. It's a great honor to have such wonderful stars express their support for this very unique set!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New 8 CD "Great Jim Reeves" Set w/NEW MUSIC & 48 pg BOOK!

I am pleased to announce the debut of a wonderful new 8 CD set commemorating the 50th anniversary year of Jim's passing. “THE GREAT JIM REEVES” has 170 tracks (including 92 overdubs). Even if you have bought every VoiceMasters and/or H&H release before, this set still offers 42 NEW overdubs of RCA masters you have never heard before. Reeves' magnificent voice has been isolated from the original backings, remastered for greater clarity, then combined with tasteful new accompaniment, including by current members of the Grand Ole Opry band! It sounds like Jim just recorded these today! I also wrote an exclusive 48-page (almost 18,000-word!) booklet (with my daughter Sara) about the “Songs & Recordings.” It features notes on each song plus rare photos that have never appeared anywhere before. It comes in a beautiful, silver-trimmed case with each of the CDs organized according to theme (Early Days, Gospel, Nashville Sound, Pop, Christmas, etc.) You get all this for only $49.95. Just go to!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Anita Kerr: "Someone Finally Had To Tell the World About the Real Jim Reeves"

I was very honored to receive a nice letter from Anita Kerr, whose wonderful group, the Anita Kerr singers, backed Jim Reeves on many recordings, including his biggest hits like "He'll Have to Go" and "Welcome To My World." Anita, a Grammy Award winner, has also worked with a Who's Who in the music industry, backing many stars including Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Roy Orbison, Bobby Vinton, Al Hirt, Ann-Margaret and such diverse people as the Smothers Brothers (on their TV show), and poet Rod McKuen. Anita also received an ASCAP award citing her for being "a lady of class...and a first-class musician" and saluting her for "her significant contributions to the birth and development of the Nashville Sound."
Gil Wright, Anita, Dottie Dillard, Louis Nunley

In her letter, Anita mentioned she had been ill the latter half of 2012 but said "the good news I am still alive and finally beginning to feel fully recovered from the health problems." I'm very glad to hear that.

During her recuperation she'd read my book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," and commiserated with me about some of the more ludicrous personal attacks on me by a couple of fans who have accused me of destroying Jim's "image." Anita, who now lives in Switzerland, came to my defense. This is what she wrote me:

I did have time to read your book and I enjoyed it. I think that someone had to finally tell the world about the real Jim Reeves. He was always nice with me, but he wasn't easy to get along with. Of course I only saw him for recording session, and during our tour to Europe in 1964 I only saw him for the concerts. During my free time I was with my singers, and he stayed most of the time around Chet or band members.

I can understand that you got various opinions. What is that old saying? You can't please everybody.

Good luck. I hope that the sales of the book are good.

Sincerely,  Anita Kerr

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I am thrilled to announce that, in conjunction with my book,  ("Jim Reeves: His Untold Story"), a NEW 2-CD (144 minute) documentary, "JIM REEVES: THE NEW RECORDINGS," has been released, featuring 42 songs by Jim, including 20 NEW overdubs of RCA masters, NEW overdubs of unreleased songs, NEW interviews with Jim you haven't heard before, plus commentary from me.

Narrated by Dan Hurst, (whose mellifluous voice has been heard promoting Disney, ESPN, Hallmark, Ford and Sprint), this new documentary traces the evolution of Jim Reeves from east Texas farm boy to world famous singing star. Like my book, it is a very honest look at this wonderful artist.

Some of Mr. Reeves' best RCA studio recordings have been stripped down to the bare essentials, his voice digitally remastered for better clarity, and then combined with tasteful new instrumentation to give them a sound as fresh as today! You won't believe your ears. There are a total of 86 tracks (including narration).

New recordings were done in studios ranging from Nashville to Atlanta, from the Carolina mountains to Europe, and feature some of the top musicians, orchestrators, background singers and engineers working today. This keepsake 2-CD set is priced at only $24.95 -- a real bargain! You can order the CDs alone, or as a combo with my book, for a big discount.

Believe me, the music is INCREDIBLE. I'm very proud of this release. There are some fun surprises for you, that showcase the talent and the life of the great "Gentleman Jim." I will be writing more on my blog in the days ahead to tell you about how this project was assembled, and show you some "behind the scenes" photos, so be sure to check visit my blog again soon.

To see a track listing and listen to samples of songs, click HERE.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review in Country Music People

The April issue of Country Music People in the UK has a big review written by the magazine's former editor, Tony Byworth, of my new book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story." He does a very thorough job of analyzing the various components of the biography, and it's interesting to read his insights. Columnist David Allan also has some comments about my book.

To read the review, click on each page icon to enlarge it. (Or download a zip file here).

The same issue of CMP contains a scathing personal attack on me in a letter to the editor from David Bussey, who formerly ran the Jim Reeves Appreciation club back in the early 1970s, but has not been active in fan circles for many years. Although it is not my intention to normally reply to critics, in this case I feel I must, because Mr. Bussey has made several statements about me in public print which are factually wrong and malicious in nature.

To read my response — and hear audio excerpts from a taped interview I did with him years ago in which he took an entirely different view of things than he now evinces — click HERE.