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  • Our three May 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 559 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

    Billy Walker 158
    May 21, 2017

    May 21, remembering Billy Walker (January 14, 1929 - May 21, 2006), American country music singer and guitarist nicknamed “The Tall Texan”, long t... See more »


    Terry Feller & leodie Jackson 333
    May 20, 2017

    20 May – birth anniversary of Oklahoma born steel guitarist Leodie Jackson (May 20, 1926 -  Sept  20, 1995) who made his name on the LA western sw... See more »


    Martha Carson-204
    May 19, 2017

    19th May – birthday anniversary of Martha Carson (19 May 1921-16 Dec 2004) gospel singer and prolific songwriter who became known as Firs... See more »


    Johnny hicks
    May 19, 2017

    19 May – birthday of Johnny Hicks (19 May 1918 to 9 April 1997), U.S. country singer/songwriter and DJ, Columbia recording artiste .... 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.

      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 May 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 559 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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