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    September 2014. Hi Everybody. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a new friend awaiting me when I turn up at the Archive each morning, ready to start unlocking the  doors. H...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Jimmy Wakely 66
    September 23, 2014  On this day!

    September 23rd. Remembering  Jimmie Wakely, one of the last of the "Singing Cowboys". A Western vocalist and actor, he had No. 1 country hits with "S... See more »


    Roy Druskey 332
    September 23, 2014  On this day!

    September 23. Remembering Roy Drusky Jr. (June 22, 1930 – September 23, 2004), smooth ‘Nashville Sound” country crooner who scored more than 40 ... See more »


    Ted Daffan 208
    September 21, 2014

    September 21. Birthday of "Ted Daffan” ( Theron Eugene Daffan, September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996), American country steel guitarist, band leade... See more »


    Skeeter Davis 337
    September 19, 2014

    September 19th. Remembering Skeeter Davis (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004). She enjoyed success both as “The Davis Sisters” with Betty J... 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.