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  • Our three new CDs (1st January) brings the BACM main catalogue to 619 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 January 2019.  Another year done and dusted and each year they seem to fly by faster than ever. Once again we’ve achieved our mission – producing 36 new CDs, three ea...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    James O'Gwynn 318
    January 19, 2019

    January 19.  Remembering  James O'Gwynn (January 26, 1928 -January 19, 2011), Mississippi born singer/ songwriter known as ‘The Smiling Irishman o... See more »


    The Milo Twins-272
    January 19, 2019

    19th January – remembering Edward Miolen of The Milo Twins, which emerged as a country music close harmony duo in the 1930s, recording for several l... See more »


    Eddie Hill CD581-150
    January 18, 2019

    18 January - remembering legendary country music DJ and musician Smilin' Eddie Hill (21 July 1921 to 18 January 1994).... See more »


    Frankie marvin- CD1
    January 18, 2019

    18th January – anniversary of the passing of Frankie Marvin (Jan 27, 1904 – 18 Jan 1985), hillbilly singer/songwriter and early recording artist; ... 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 January) brings the BACM main catalogue to 619 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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