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  • Our three new CDs released 1st December brings the BACM catalogue to 580 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 December. Hi everybody. The sound of Christmas carols and related songs are now filling the air in shops all over the world,  beating out the music so that it might increase t...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Buddy Williams-155
    December 12, 2017

    12th December-remembering pioneering Australian country singer/songwriter Buddy Williams (5 Sep 1918 – 12 Dec 1986);  he first sang professionally ... See more »


    Girls-Of-The-Golden-West-458
    December 11, 2017

    11 December – birthday anniversary of Dolly Good (Dec 11, 1915 – Nov 12, 1967) , one half (with sister Mildred) of old timey country music act The... See more »


    Eddie Miller-219
    December 10, 2017

    10 December - birthday anniversary of Eddie Miller (Edward Monroe Miller (December 10, 1919 – April 11, 1977)), American Western Swing bandleader an... See more »


    Johnny Marvin-75
    December 10, 2017

    10th December - remembering Johnny Marvin (John Senator Marvin, July 11, 1897- Dec 10, 1944) singer/songwriter and ukulele and steel guitar player who... 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 new CDs released 1st December brings the BACM catalogue to 580 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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