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  • Our three new CDs (1st September) brings the BACM main catalogue to 607 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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    1st September. There has been a lot of controversy over the years as to certain artists saying that they are country, but their music has little or nothing in common with what most...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    September 21, 2018  On this day!

    21 Sept, anniversary of  Charles Parker (21 Sept 1921 - 2 June 1999) country and bluegrass musician, leader, with wife Eleonora and two daughters, of... See more »


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    September 21, 2018  On this day!

    September 21. Birthday of "Ted Daffan” ( Theron Eugene Daffan, September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996), American country steel guitarist, band leade... See more »


    Arizona Joe-522
    September 20, 2018

    20th September – anniversary of obscure but talented radio cowboy Arizona Joe (Robert Streepy), (July 19, 1906 - Sept. 20, 1971). Joe performed solo... See more »


    Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 2-79
    September 20, 2018

    20 September – anniversary of the great Sons of the Pioneers guitarist, Karl Farr (Apr 25, 1909 - Sep 20, 1961) who began mastered mandolin at age s... 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 five years, 1958 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 September) brings the BACM main catalogue to 607 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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