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A win-win opportunity for dedicated country music collectors worldwide ‚Ä¶
We owe a big thanks to our regular CD subscribers and are now calling them our Archive Buddies (formerly ‚ÄúPreferential Customers‚ÄĚ).
You can participate in the Country Music Archive project by becoming an Archive Buddy ‚Äď sign up to a monthly subscription and every month you will receive our three brand new CDs, fresh from the press. The subscription fee including postage is just ¬£16 for UK customers, ‚ā¨22 for the Eurozone and US$32 for the US and the rest of the world including Canada, Australia and New Zealand and Japan.
Over the course of a year this will add 36 quality CDs to your collection, across a wide range of country genres, from the 1920s through to the late ‚Äô50s and early 1960s. A great way to build a diverse collection of quality country music. For example in 2012 our Buddies received (click the image to make it larger) ‚Ä¶
‚Ä¶ some of the new CDs released in 2012 featured well known artists ‚Äď such as Jimmie C. Newman (rare early tracks from before his “Cajun” era) and Patsy Montana (rare solo tracks mainly from 1941, just Patsy and her guitar); others focused on performers little known outside specialist circles such as Buddy Durham ‚Äď the virtuoso Texas Champion Fiddler ‚Äď and Skeets Yaney, seven times National Champion Yodeller winner.
Of historic interest were the collection of early 1940s transcription tracks from The Rough Riders (Johnny Bond, Jimmy Wakely and Dick Reinhart) and a compilation of obscure Jimmie Rodgers covers, some never before released on CD or LP. The 2012 CDs covered all eras from Old Time through to the early ‚Äė60s and a wide range of genres including Bluegrass (the brilliant Barrier Brothers), Cowboy, Western Swing, ’50s Nashville Sound and Canadian Country ‚Äď something for everyone.
The monthly income from our Archive Buddies guarantees us a fixed income stream to help maintain the Archive (expenses) and to support our ongoing work, sifting through the archive, cataloging and researching and ‚Äď every month ‚Äď selecting artists and tracks for the three releases; plus the work of producing the three CDs. Much of the research is done by our network of country music experts worldwide, contributing their time and expertise to the cause of preserving the music they (and we!) love for future generations.
As a mark of our appreciation, we regularly offer our Buddies special discounts for buying from the back-catalogue.
How to become an Archive Buddy: