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  • Our three new CDs released 1st November brings the BACM catalogue to 577 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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    November 2017. “Howdeeee!” was how Minnie Pearl would introduce the Grand Ole Opry Show and would have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats repeating her words and g...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    November 24, 2017  On this day!

    24 November – birthday anniversary of lllinois musician Ken... See more »


    Wilburn Brothers-254
    November 24, 2017  On this day!

    24 November - Remembering Teddy Wilburn one half, with brother Doyle, of the close harmony brother duet team The Wilburn Brothers. Regulars on the Lou... See more »


    Roy Acuff 89
    November 23, 2017

    November 23rd. Remembering Roy Acuff (September 15, 1903 - November 23, 1992), American country singer, fiddler and music publisher whose prolific rec... See more »


    Spade Cooley-411-Live Vol 1
    November 23, 2017

    November 23rd. Remembering  “Spade Cooley” (Donnell Clyde Cooley, December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969), American Western swing musician, band... 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 630,000 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 new CDs released 1st November brings the BACM catalogue to 577 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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