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  • Our three new CDs (1st December brings the BACM main catalogue to 616 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. Well, here we are at the end of the year again with Christmas looming up and festivities bringing smiling faces across the world. A month or two back we sent Fredd...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Buddy Williams-155
    December 12, 2018

    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, 2018

    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 »


    Dolph Harris BACM CD 606-small 150
    December 10, 2018

    10 December - remembering country crooner Dolph Hewitt (15 July 1914 - 10 Dec 1996). His radio performing career began in 1930, going on to record for... See more »


    Eddie Miller-219
    December 10, 2018

    10 December - birthday anniversary of Eddie Miller (Edward Monroe Miller (December 10, 1919 – April 11, 1977)), American Western Swing bandleader an... 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 December brings the BACM main catalogue to 616 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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