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  • Our three new CDs released just before 1st August 2016 brings the BACM catalogue to 532 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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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Tex Williams 334
    August 23, 2016  On this day!

    August 23rd. Birthday of “Tex Williams” (Sollie Paul Williams, August 23, 1917 – October 11, 1985), deep voiced baritone country singer best kno... See more »


    Jimmie Rodgers-remembering 387
    August 23, 2016  On this day!

    23rd August – birthday of Al Runyon (Aug 23, 1918 - Dec 24, 1998) country singer who enjoyed a long career as a radio broadcaster, from the late 193... See more »


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    August 21, 2016

    21st August – remembering country musician Zeke Morris (Zeke Morris, May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999), brilliant mandolinist who first recorded wit... See more »


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    August 21, 2016

    Aug 21st - remembering Hoyle Nix (Mar 22, 1918- Aug 21, 1985), influential West Texas fiddler and bandleader,  and Bob Wills acolyte.... 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 released just before 1st August 2016 brings the BACM catalogue to 532 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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