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  • Our three new CDs (early June 2019) brings the BACM main catalogue to 634 albums, all still available. Browse and buy to build a great country music collection. 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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    July 2019. This month’s three new releases kick off with a CD of novelty songs which are a bit like Marmite, you either hate it or love it (Hillbilly Novelty Bands In New...

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    Country Anniversaries and News


    July 19, 2019  On this day!

    19 July – birth anniversary, American C&W singer/songwriter Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby (19 July 1910- 22 April 1996). His long and varie... See more »



    July 19, 2019  On this day!

    19 July– birthday of Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan (July 19, 1919 - Sept. 7, 2012), singer/mandolinist who starred with brother Johnny Sullivan as hil... See more »



    July 19, 2019  On this day!

    19 July, birthday of Sue Thompson (Eva Sue McKee, b. July 19, 1925) American pop and country singer, who recorded on Mercury, Decca Columbia and Hicko... See more »



    July 17, 2019

    July 17th. Birthday of Red Sovine (July 17, 1918 – April 4, 1980), country singer most famous for his truck driving songs and narrations including h... 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 670,000 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 18 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 seven years, 1956 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 (early June 2019) brings the BACM main catalogue to 634 albums, all still available. Browse and buy to build a great country music collection. 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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