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  • Our three June 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 562 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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    June 1st. Hi Everyone! Another month passes by and I sometimes feel I’m getting older quicker than anybody else but on...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Donn Reynolds-422-Donn Reynolds
    June 26, 2017  On this day!

    June 26th. Birthday of  celebrated Canadian country yodeler Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997) whose performing career spanned more than... See more »


    Claude Casey-197
    June 24, 2017

    June 24th - remembering Claude Casey,  American country singer, guitarist, songwriter, radio broadcaster and actor (Sept 13, 1912-June 24th, 1999).... See more »


    Connie Hall
    June 24, 2017

    24 June. Birthday of  poignant-voiced country music songstress Connie Hall (born Inez Kerr, June 24, 1929 ), who scored several hits in the late ‘5... See more »


    Arkansas Arkie Woodchopper
    June 23, 2017

    June 23rd- Remembering  Arkansas “Arkie” Woodchopper, musician extraordinaire (singer, yodeller, guitarist, fiddler and square dance band leader)... 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 June 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 562 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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