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  • Our three new CDs released April 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 592 albums, all still available. We also offer the Country Memories Series which will showcase the more modern stuff - the top '100 country hits worldwide' for each year from 1950 to 1963. We've just issued the 1959 set - so five years of country favourites are now available, 1959-1963. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help keep the show on the road, helping us maintain the Archive and continue our work researching and releasing long lost Country treasures.
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    April 2018. I’ve always known the month of March as the month in which there are signs of the spring in the air. Well here we are and at last winter is behind us which brings me ...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    April 24, 2018  On this day!

    April 24th. Remembering Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), adventurer, railroader, political activist and country singer, best known... See more »


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    April 24, 2018  On this day!

    24th April - birthday anniversary of Bobby Gregory (April 24, 1900 - May 12, 1971) singer, bandleader and prolific songwriter whose career from the 20... See more »


    Fred Kirby-179
    April 22, 2018

    April 22nd. Remembering Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby,  July 19, 1910 - April 22, 1996) powerful voiced North Carolinan country music singer/ so... See more »


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    April 21, 2018

    April 21st, birthday of mellow voiced country singer and songwriter Carl Belew (April 21, 1931– October 31, 1990). His songs provided hits for the l... See more »



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    Welcome to the Country Music Archive

    • A treasure trove for Country Music collectors!

      The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music, BACM) is believed to be the largest facility in the world outside Nashville dedicated to the preservation of traditional country music.

      The Archive began with the David Barnes collection, but over the years has been added to by contributions from country collectors from all over the world.

      This library of over 630,000 recordings includes tracks on a wide range of media including 78rpm, 45rpm and 33rpm discs/transcriptions, video, audio cassette (normal and 8 track) and reel to reel. Over the past 15 plus years we have been digging into the vaults and releasing material, focusing on Country’s "Golden Era", from the 1920s to the early ‘60s. Our CDs are aimed at core collectors and many feature historic early recordings from before an artist became famous. As far as possible we try to avoid overlapping with "popular" tracks available from other labels so when you buy one of our CDs you are unlikely to receive mere duplicates of recordings already in your collection.

      However, to broaden our appeal to all country music collectors we have compiled a limited edition mini-series of the 100 most popular recordings covering the era's 1962 back to 1950 (see Chart Memories).

      A big welcome to our website and please do take a look around – we hope you find something of interest.

      Dave, on behalf of the Archive team

    • Our three new CDs released April 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 592 albums, all still available. We also offer the Country Memories Series which will showcase the more modern stuff - the top '100 country hits worldwide' for each year from 1950 to 1963. We've just issued the 1959 set - so five years of country favourites are now available, 1959-1963. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help keep the show on the road, helping us maintain the Archive and continue our work researching and releasing long lost Country treasures.
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