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    Country Anniversaries and News


    August 17, 2014

    August 17th. Tune in tonight (or Sunday afternoon ... See more »


    Donn Reynolds-422-Donn Reynolds
    August 16, 2014

    August 16th. Remembering great Canadian country yodeller Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997).... See more »


    Rose Maddox 189
    August 15, 2014

    August 15th. Birthday of Rose Maddox, influential country singer and fiddle player and lead singer with “The Maddox Brothers and Rose”, credited b... See more »


    Porter Wagoner 166
    August 12, 2014

    August 12th. Birthday of Porter Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) popular country singer who charted more than 80 singles between 1954 an... 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 over 450 CDs, covering all genres of country music from the 1920s to the early '60s. We are sure you will find some gems to add to your collection.