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  • Our three February 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 550 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

    Roy Newman 367
    February 23, 2017  On this day!

    23 Feb. Remembering Roy Newman, pioneering Western Swing bandleader (12 Nov 1899 - 23 Feb 1981), one of the first musicians to blend hillbilly and swi... See more »


    Leroy Happy Fats-265
    February 23, 2017  On this day!

    23 Feb. Anniversary of Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc (30 Jan 1915- 23 Feb 1988), Cajun swing musician whose Rayne-Bo Ramblers was one of the most popular... See more »


    Billy Strange 264
    February 22, 2017

    Feb 22nd, remembering Billy Strange (September 29, 1930 – February 22, 2012), gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter , arranger– who earned his plac... See more »


    Don Reno Red Smiley 205
    February 21, 2017

    February 21st. Birthday of Don Reno (February 21, 1927 – October 16, 1984),  American bluegrass and country musician, ace banjo picker with distinc... 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 February 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 550 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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