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  • Our three new CDs (1st August) brings the BACM main catalogue to 604 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 August. Another month and another 80 or so recordings dug up from the archives for our three new CD’s. Remember we welcome suggestions for future releases, just drop me a lin...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Wayne Raney 315
    August 17, 2018

    17 August – birthday anniversary of Wayne Raney (Aug 17, 1921 – Jan 23, 1993), American country singer and influential harmonica player. Enjoyed a... See more »


    Donn Reynolds-422-Donn Reynolds
    August 16, 2018

    August 16th. Remembering great Canadian country yodeller Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997).... See more »


    Rose Maddox 189
    August 15, 2018

    August 15th. Birthday of Rose Maddox, influential country singer and fiddle player and lead singer with “The Maddox Brothers and Rose”, credited b... See more »


    Rita Robbins-399
    August 15, 2018

    15 August – birthday of sweet-voiced country songtress Rita Robbins (Rita Marie Winters b. August 15, 1932), who was rated one of the top female sin... 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 640,000 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 16 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 five years, 1958 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 (1st August) brings the BACM main catalogue to 604 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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