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  • Our three new CDs (May 2020) brings the BACM main catalogue to 658 albums, all still available. Please browse … and maybe buy a few. Your purchases 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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    Subscribe and each 2nd month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

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    1st May. Hi Everybody, I’m back to say a few words on the new releases for May/June. It seems it always happens that I hit some blockages when putting together the new rele...

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    Country Anniversaries and News


    June 1, 2020  On this day!

    1st June – remembering Shelly Lee Alley (6 July 1894- 1 June 1964), bandleader, songwriter, fiddle player and one of the early pioneers (c. 1922) of... See more »



    June 1, 2020  On this day!

    1st June – birthday of  country music singer, musician and songwriter Johnny Bond (Cyrus Whitfield Bond, June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978). His disti... See more »



    May 31, 2020

    31 May – birthday of Mac ODell (Odell McLeod May 31, 1916- Jan 11, 2003) American country and gospel singer , songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, ... See more »



    May 30, 2020

    30 May-remembering Karl Davis (17 Dec 1905 - 30 May 1979), country singer/songwriter/ mandolinist, best known for his compositions (including “I’m... 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 670,000 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 18 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.

      Whereas the above core catalogue appeals mainly to specialist collectors of early and rare material, our new Chart Memories series (launched in 2016) focuses on more recent 'Hit' material from the 1950s to the early 1960s. For each year, we compile a 'Top 100' country/country crossover hits, based primarily on the US Billboard charts but also taking account of charts from other places where country records sold well like Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Ireland. This Chart Memories series is limited edition and the discs are likely to become valued collectors items. So far we have issued the seven years, 1956 to 1962 - see Chart Memories for details.

      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 (May 2020) brings the BACM main catalogue to 658 albums, all still available. Please browse … and maybe buy a few. Your purchases 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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