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  • Our three September 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 571 albums, all still available. 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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    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    1st September. Saddest news of the month, the end of the line of one of the biggest stars in the country music circle, Glen Campbell. Not a pure Hil...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Rosalie Allen-135
    September 24, 2017  On this day!

    24th September – anniversary of "Quee... See more »


    Jimmy Wakely 66
    September 23, 2017

    September 23rd. Remembering  Jimmy Wakely, one of the last of the "Singing Cowboys". A Western vocalist and actor, he had No. 1 country hits with "Sl... See more »


    Roy Druskey 332
    September 23, 2017

    September 23. Remembering Roy Drusky Jr. (June 22, 1930 – September 23, 2004), smooth ‘Nashville Sound” country crooner who scored more than 40 ... See more »


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    September 22, 2017

    22nd September – anniversary of Wiley Morris (Fe... 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 September 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 571 albums, all still available. 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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