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    December 2014. Hi Everybody. Well here we are again at the festive season and it doesn’t seem like a year ago that I was figuring out what to say to all our good...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Hawkshaw Hawkins 349
    December 22, 2014

    December 22nd. Birthday of Hawkshaw Hawkins (December 22, 1921 - March 5, 1963); rich, smooth vocalist, best known for hits "Lonesome 7-7203" (1963) a... See more »


    Uckfield FM
    December 21, 2014

    Sunday 21st December - Join Paul Hazell from 9pm-midnight (UK time) on www.uckfieldfm.co.uk for a festive ed... See more »


    Little Jimmy Dickens 063
    December 20, 2014

    Missed this one yesterday - so belated birthday congratulations to Little Jimmy Dickens (James Cecil Dickens, born December 19, 1920), diminu... See more »


    bill carlisle-use1
    December 19, 2014

    Dec 19th. Birthday of Bill Carlisle (December 19, 1908–March 17, 2003), influential American country singer/songwriter and guitarist popular in the ... 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 540,000 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

    • Look through our extensive catalogue of 468 highly collectible CDs, covering all genres of country music from the 1920s to the early '60s. We hope you will find some gems to add to your collection.