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  • Our three new CDs (January 2020) brings the BACM main catalogue to 652 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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    Subscribe and each 2nd month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

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    Our founder Dave's bi monthly newsletter

    January 2020. Another year and I’m pleased to say I’m still here everyday, working to keep the BACM wheels turning, restoring more of the forgotten treasures of country music. ...

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    Country Anniversaries and News


    February 21, 2020  On this day!

    February 21st. Birthday of Don Reno (February 21, 1927 – October 16, 1984), American bluegrass and country musician, ace banjo picker with distinct... See more »



    February 21, 2020  On this day!

    21 February – remembering Leslie York (August 23, 1917 – February 21 1984) one half of the York Brothers, US country music close-harmony duo, pop... See more »



    February 21, 2020  On this day!

    Feb 21st – remembering Ray Whitley (Dec 5, 1901 – Feb 21, 1979), Country & Western singer/songwriter and radio and Hollywood movie star. He appea... See more »



    February 20, 2020

    20th Feb – Birthday of country crooner Mervin J. Shiner (born Feb 20th 1921), now forgotten but a superb talent. BACM’s CD 125 showcases the best ... 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 (January 2020) brings the BACM main catalogue to 652 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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