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  • Our three new CDs (1st February) brings the BACM main catalogue to 622 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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    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    1st February. It’s back to normal right now with the holidays over with for a while. The supermarkets and travel companies keep reminding us that it’s not the case as they rumm...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    pee wee king BACM 143
    February 18, 2019  On this day!

    February 18th. Birthday of Pee Wee King (February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000), influential bandleader, famed for his waltzes and polkas and as co writ... See more »


    Dick Reinhart-124
    February 17, 2019

    17 February – birthday of country singer, multi instrumentalist and songwriter, Dick Reinhart (Feb 17, 1907 – 3 Dec 1948) whose output before his ... See more »


    York Brothers 160
    February 17, 2019

    17 February – birthday of George York (February 17, 1910 – July 1974) one half of the York Brothers, US country music close-harmony duo, popular f... See more »


    Frank Welling & John McGhee-505
    February 16, 2019

    16th February - anniversary of old timey country singer Frank Welling (Feb 16 1898 - 23 Jan 1957) who teamed up with John McGhee in the late 1920s, wi... 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 February) brings the BACM main catalogue to 622 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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