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  • Our three new CDs, released 1st Jan 2017 brings the BACM catalogue to 547 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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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    January 17, 2017  On this day!

    17th Jan, Remembering Neal Burris (March 11, 1929 - January 17, 1994), talented American country singer/ guitarist.... See more »


    Grady Martin-222
    January 17, 2017  On this day!

    17 January - birthday of Grady Martin (Thomas Grady Martin , Jan 17, 1929 – Dec 3, 2001), inventive and prolific guitar picker. Thr... See more »


    Tex Fletcher 211
    January 17, 2017  On this day!

    March 14th- birthday anniversary of *The Lonely Cowboy", Tex Fletcher (Geremino Bisceglia, Jan 17, 1910 - Mar14, 1987), American singing co... See more »


    Hank Snow Tales Of The Yukon
    January 16, 2017

    16th January – birthday of ‘Bard Of The Yukon’ Robert W. Service (Jan 16, 1874 – Sep  11, 1958) Surely the most recorded poet in t... 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 650,000 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.

      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 Jan 2017 brings the BACM catalogue to 547 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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