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  • Our three new CDs, being released 1st September brings the BACM catalogue to 535 albums, all still available. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help us 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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    September 2016. Hi Everyone!  During the next few months BACM will be putting out CDs on various subjects and we will welcome y...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    September 28, 2016  On this day!

    September 28th. Birthday of Tommy Collins (Leonard Raymond Sipes, September 28, 1930 – March 14, 2000), country singer / songwriter and one of the c... See more »


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    September 28, 2016  On this day!

    28th September – birthday of Western Swing music... See more »


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    September 27, 2016

    September 27th. Remembering Johnnie Wright (May 13, 1914 – September 27, 2011), husband of Kitty Wells and one half of country harmony duo "Johnnie ... See more »


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    September 27, 2016

    27th September – anniversary of American country singer/songwriter Johnny "Country" Mathis (Sept 28, 1930 – Sept 27, 2011), no... 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 600,000 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 11 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.

      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, being released 1st September brings the BACM catalogue to 535 albums, all still available. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help us 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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