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  • Our three August 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 568 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

    Morris Brothers-220
    August 21, 2017  On this day!

    21st August – remembering country musician Zeke Morris (Zeke Morris, May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999), brilliant mandolinist who first recorded wit... See more »


    Hoyle Nix 451 (3)
    August 21, 2017  On this day!

    Aug 21st - remembering Hoyle Nix (Mar 22, 1918- Aug 21, 1985), influential West Texas fiddler and bandleader,  and Bob Wills acolyte.... See more »


    Chart Memories 1961 Vol2
    August 20, 2017

    20 August– birthday of Jim Reeves (20 Aug 1923 – 31 July 1964), one of the greatest voices in country music who achieved widespread fame not only... See more »


    Leon McAuliffe-438
    August 20, 2017

    20 August – remembering influential western swing slide ste... 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 August 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 568 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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