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  • Our three new CDs, being released 1st December brings the BACM catalogue to 544 albums, all still available. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help us 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

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    December 10, 2016  On this day!

    10th December - remembering Johnny Marvin (John Senator Marvin, July 11, 1897- Dec 10, 1944) singer/songwriter and ukulele and steel guitar player who... See more »


    Tommy Jackson 294
    December 9, 2016

    December 9th. Remembering Tommy Jackson ( March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979), virtuoso fiddle player who played and recorded with just about every c... See more »


    Ozie Waters 320
    December 8, 2016

    8 December – birthday of  Ozie Waters  (Dec 8, 1903 - Mar 10, 1979) American Western singer/guitarist and “Singing Cowboy” movie star of the 1... 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.

      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, being released 1st December brings the BACM catalogue to 544 albums, all still available. A big 'Thank you' to all our customers - your purchases help us 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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