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  • Our three new CDs (1st April) brings the BACM main catalogue to 628 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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    April 2019. Whilst reading hillbilly.com the other day I noticed that an old friend had passed away aged 86. He was Pennsylvania’s King of Country Music, Cowboy Howard Vokes. I f...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Chuck Wagon Gang-239
    April 25, 2019  On this day!

    28th April -Remembering David “Dad” Carter (25 Sep 1889 to 28 April 1963), leader of The Carter Quartet, later known as The Chuck Wagon Gang. Thi... See more »


    Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 1-78
    April 25, 2019  On this day!

    25th April – birthday of Sons of the Pioneers guitarist, Karl Farr (Apr 25, 1909 - Sep 20, 1961) who began mastered mandolin at age seven, soon foll... See more »


    Harry McLintock 82
    April 24, 2019

    April 24th. Remembering Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), adventurer, railroader, political activist and country singer, best known... See more »


    Bobby Gregory-351
    April 24, 2019

    24th April - birthday anniversary of Bobby Gregory (April 24, 1900 - May 12, 1971) singer, bandleader and prolific songwriter whose career from the 20... 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 640,000 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 16 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, 1957 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 (1st April) brings the BACM main catalogue to 628 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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