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  • Approaching No. 600! Our three new CDs released 1st June 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 598 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 June. The months certainly slip by these days.  Looking through our mailing list of a few years back we find a good few of our amigos are no longer with us. I am ...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Bobby Helms-291
    June 20, 2018  On this day!

    20 June – remembering Bobby Helms ( Aug 15, 1933 - June 20, 1997)  American country  and rockabilly singer  who scored crossover hits with Fraule... See more »


    T Texas Tyler-Country Boy-182
    June 20, 2018  On this day!

    June 20. Anniversary of T. Texas Tyler (June 20, 1916 - January 28, 1972), regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride, composer of ... See more »


    Rudy Sooter-290
    June 19, 2018

    19 June – birthday of Rudy Sooter (June 19, 1904 – June 9, 1991) country music singer, songwriter and band leader.  Our first BACM collection, ma... See more »


    Paul Howard-436
    June 18, 2018

    18th June – anniversary of Paul Howard (July 10, 1908- June 18, 1984), influential country and Western Swing  musician, songwriter  and bandleader... 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

    • Approaching No. 600! Our three new CDs released 1st June 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 598 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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