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January 2021

January 2021. Sadly, we announce the passing of BACM’s co-founder Dave Barnes, long time collector and promoter of traditional country music.  BACM began as his personal record collection in the early 1950s and has grown to over a million items, books, sheet music, photographs, films and recordings (over 660,000 tracks at the latest count!) In the late 1980s he turned the collection into a formal archive, the British Archive of Country Music (BACM) as a non-profit to preserve and catalogue... Read the newsletter

Nov/Dec 2020

November 2020. How is it that folks in this era of computers and electronics can be so stupid? Here we have a situation with coronavirus that the world has perhaps never seen before and yet people still go about without a face mask saying to each other that how they wish they could get back to normal. How do they expect to do that? Again I believe it’s the younger generation thinking that they know better than anyone else.
Mind you older folks can be a bit stupid ... Read the newsletter

Sept/Oct 2020 (1st Sept 2020)

September 2020. The year is hopping along at great speed and, as far as I’m concerned, I’d like to see the back of it. A very dear cousin has just passed away as well as two friends who were perhaps the closest pals that I’ve had in my lifetime. One, David (Daffy) Carr was the man who actually built the Archive over 30 years ago, and remained a close friend right to the very end. His handiwork has done such a good job for the preservation of Country Music – not just the building wor... Read the newsletter

1st July 2020

1st July. The coronavirus has just taken one of my dearest friends John Dodds, who I had known through Country Music for 60 years. We didn’t see much of each other because he lived in North East England and I just about as far south as you can imagine. He was always a jovial chap who seemed to hardly have a care in the world and would do anything you asked at the drop of a hat. He had many a friend in the music collectors world, none more so than the late Rodney McElrea who left us a few year... Read the newsletter

May (April/May 2020)

1st May. Hi Everybody, I’m back to say a few words on the new releases for May/June. It seems it always happens that I hit some blockages when putting together the new releases.  Sometimes it’s a mental block, sometimes it’s real. Either I come up short and can’t find enough recordings to fill the album or I discover that some other label has already thought of it. And sometimes I find the recordings but the sound quality isn’t good enough. But somehow, it always works out in th... Read the newsletter

March 2020 (for Feb and March)

1st March. Well, after 18 years of producing three new CD’s every single month – we’ve decided to reduce the pressure and from now on we'll give ourselves two months for each batch of three. So this month’s CDs are coming out in early March instead of early February and this is working well, as trying to rush out the CDs inside of every four weeks was getting a bit much with all the ills that old age brings upon us.
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January 2020

January 2020. Another year and I’m pleased to say I’m still here everyday, working to keep the BACM wheels turning, restoring more of the forgotten treasures of country music. One of the best things is getting letters or emails of appreciation from country fans around the world although I am nowadays aware most of the messages are from people of the older age group. I wish that the younger generation would sometimes give a try to listening to our music, I think many of them would discover lo... Read the newsletter

December 2019. The sad news of the month for us at BACM is the passing of our old sidekick, Phil Tricker.   Phil lived and breathed country music for the best part of his life and left a legacy of Country/rockabilly music memories that he had collected over the years as a collector and record dealer. We’ll sure miss all the old tales that he used to tell and of the people that he met. Above all his best mate Al Turner will feel the sadness more than most that another one of the few has depar... Read the newsletter

November 2019

Hi Everyone, We’re back to the wet and dismal days of November and with summer it’s always nice to get back inside and put your feet up by the fire and listen to some real good music, country music in my case. Barry is back from holiday and Brian is getting back to his old self again, but finding it hard coming back to the old routine, step by step is the way Without so much as a stutter here are the releases for November, hopefully not late, as I’m writing this in mid October. Not ma... Read the newsletter

July 2019

July 2019. This month’s three new releases kick off with a CD of novelty songs which are a bit like Marmite, you either hate it or love it (Hillbilly Novelty Bands In New York Vol 1 (1935-39)). Most New York producers were ignorant or jealous of the fine country old time sound, and tried to use their own versions of what they thought of music from the rural community. How wrong they were, but it brought forth a new sound that was popular and different with city folk back in ... Read the newsletter

June 2019

JUNE 2019. Here we are and a bit under half the year gone by already. Our three new releases brings to 18 the number of CDs we’ve produced so far this year – which means another 500 or so recordings of yesteryear dusted off and brought into the light of day for our friends and county music collectors around the world. This month’s has a nice mix of styles – something for everyone I think you’ll agree including some very rare tracks. First I felt that it was time to acknowledge Eddy ... Read the newsletter

May 2019

May 1st 2019. Here we are again and yet another month has slipped by. Why is it that the older you get, time goes faster or at least it does to me. It seems not so long ago that we started off this venture of releasing on CD collections of recordings that were lying stored away in the Archive – but in fact it is 17 years ago and, after producing three CDs EVERY MONTH since then, we are now up to 631 CDs. I’m very proud of this and our little company which has outstripped every other sourc... Read the newsletter

April 2019

April 2019. Whilst reading 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 first met him in 1961 when visiting the DJ convention in Nashville, a guest of Lou Epstein the manager of Jimmie Skinner’s Record shop and Jimmie’s personal manager many years before. Howard was one of the greatest promotional people that you’ll ever come across and was always there to give a helping hand to any f... Read the newsletter

March 2019

1st March. Over the past 17 years we’ve grown to be a leading source of authentic early country music, thanks to our dedicated team – a small group of country music devotees who put in the hours to make sure we can produce another three CD releases, every month. With this month’s we now have created 625 CDs, all of them still available. Thanks are due too to our customers and especially our regular subscribers (‘Archive Buddies’) who have signed up to automatically receive each month... Read the newsletter

February 2019

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 rummage around getting either their Easter goods on sale or updating their holiday brochures to dig more hard earned money from your pockets. They don’t miss a trick do they? However, here at BACM we are plugging away unearthing new songs and artists for you to add to your collections. We are always thrilled to receiv... Read the newsletter

Jan 2019

1st January 2019.  Another year done and dusted and each year they seem to fly by faster than ever. Once again we’ve achieved our mission – producing 36 new CDs, three each month and nearly always reaching the deadline of having them ready for release around the first day of the month. The exception is this month’s when we’ll be a few days late; I hope our subscribers (our Archive Buddies) will excuse us and will find this month’s releases well worth waiting the extra few days for. ... Read the newsletter