Cart is empty $0.00 USD

Buy music

  • Our three March 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 553 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.
  • Browse music »

    Become an Archive Buddy

    Subscribe and each month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

    View details »

    Read our chat

    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    March 2017 Newsletter. Here in the archive I’ve had a very busy time cataloging a big collection of old time music that we’ve just purchased. From this we will be pickin...

    Read more »

    Country Anniversaries and News

    Texas Ruby and Curly Fox-303
    March 29, 2017  On this day!

    March 29th – remembering Texas Ruby (Ruby Agnes Owens,  June 4, 1908-March 29, 1963), husky, sultry voiced country music singer. From a ... See more »


    Moon Mullican
    March 29, 2017  On this day!

    March 29th, birthday of the great honky tonk pianist Moon Mulligan (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967) and big influence on Jerry Lee Lewis. Mulligan... See more »


    Monte Hale 70
    March 29, 2017  On this day!

    March 29th- anniversary of Monte Hale (Buren Ely, June 8, 1919 - Mar 29, 2009), American Western film star and country musician.... See more »


    rusty draper-344
    March 28, 2017

    Mar 28th- anniversary of Rusty Draper (Farrell H. ... See more »



    See all Country Anniversaries and News

    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 650,000 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 15 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.

      However, to broaden our appeal to all country music collectors we have compiled a limited edition mini-series of the 100 most popular recordings covering the era's 1962 back to 1950 (see Chart Memories).

      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 March 2017 CDs bring the BACM catalogue to 553 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.
    • Recent Comments