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  • We've reached 600! Our two new CDs released 1st July 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 600 albums, all still available. (Our third release, which was due 1st July has been delayed and will be issued shortly.)

    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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    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    1st July 2018. Another milestone, this month the release of our 600th BACM disc. And we made it a couple of days early, thanks to Brian postponing his holiday whic...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Cindy Walker 159
    July 20, 2018

    July 20th. Birthday of the  great Cindy Walker (July 20, 1918 – March 23, 2006), prolific  country songwriter, as well as an accomplished singer w... See more »


    JE Mainer-122
    July 20, 2018

    20 July – birthday anniversary of old time fiddler J. E. Mainer (Joseph Emmett Mainer, July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971). His band "J.E.Mainer and hi... See more »


    Fred Kirby-179
    July 19, 2018

    19 July – birth anniversary, American C&W singer/songwriter Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby (19 July 1910- 22 April 1996). His long and varie... See more »


    Lonzo & Oscar-198
    July 19, 2018

    19 July– birthday of Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan (July 19, 1919 - Sept. 7, 2012), singer/mandolinist who starred with brother Johnny Sullivan as hil... 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 630,000 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

    • We've reached 600! Our two new CDs released 1st July 2018 brings the BACM main catalogue to 600 albums, all still available. (Our third release, which was due 1st July has been delayed and will be issued shortly.)

      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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