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  • Our three new CDs (November 2019) brings the BACM main catalogue to 646 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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    Country Anniversaries and News


    November 12, 2019

    12 Nov. Birthday of  Roy Newman, Western Swing bandleader (12 Nov 1899 - 23 Feb 1981), one of the first musicians to blend hillbilly and swinging jaz... See more »



    November 12, 2019

    November 12th. Birthday of versatile singer Jo Stafford (November 12, 1917 – July 16, 2008), best known for her recordings with big bands in jazz/po... See more »



    November 12, 2019

    12 November – remembering Dolly Good (Dec 11, 1915 - Nov 12, 1967) , one half (with sister Mildred) of old timey country music act The Girls of the ... See more »



    November 11, 2019

    11th November – remembering Country fiddler Wade Ray (Lyman Wade Ray, April 13, 1913 - Nov 11, 1998), who performed and recorded with many great C&a... 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 670,000 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 18 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, 1956 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 (November 2019) brings the BACM main catalogue to 646 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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