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  • Our catalogue of BACM CDs now runs to 492 albums, all still available. collectable country across all genres from the 1920s to the early '60s. If you see some you’d like to buy, that would be cool – sales help to fund our work maintaining the Archive and researching/ releasing these lost treasures.
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    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    July 2015. I’m going to kick off with an appeal – if any of you have spare copies of old time magazines from the 1940s / 50s that you wish to sell (or loan the archive to be ph...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Marvin Rainwater 162
    July 2, 2015

    July 2nd. Birthday of Marvin Rainwater (July 2, 1925 – September 17, 2013), part Cherokee, American country and rockabilly singer/ songwriter who sc... See more »


    Slim Willet-317
    July 1, 2015

    1st July – anniversary of Slim Willet (Dec 1, 19... See more »


    Stu Davis 237
    July 1, 2015

    1 July– birthday of Canadian “Cowboy Troubador” Stu Davis (July 1, 1921- March 25, 2007), member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.... See more »


    George Morgan-313
    June 28, 2015

    June 28th. Birthday of smooth voiced country crooner George Morgan (June 28, 1924 - July 7, 1975).  A regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry , he wa... 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 600,000 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 11 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.

      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 catalogue of BACM CDs now runs to 492 albums, all still available. collectable country across all genres from the 1920s to the early '60s. If you see some you’d like to buy, that would be cool – sales help to fund our work maintaining the Archive and researching/ releasing these lost treasures.