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  • Maybe take a browse through our catalogue of 486 CDs, 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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    May 2015. Hi Everyone. The glorious scent of summer is in the air and the Archive door is wide open letting out the stale air of the winter months letting the new spring air flow i...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Uckfield FM
    April 26, 2015  On this day!

    Sunday 26th April - another three hours of good country music tonight on Paul Hazell’s World Of Country” . This Sunday’s show has a definite Dow... See more »


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    April 24, 2015

    April 24th. Remembering Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), adventurer, railroader, political activist and country singer, best known... See more »


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    April 24, 2015

    24 April – birthday of Bobby Gregory (April 24, 1900 - May ... See more »


    Fred Kirby-179
    April 22, 2015

    April 22nd. Remembering Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby,  July 19, 1910 - April 22, 1996) powerful voiced North Carolinan country music singer/ so... 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

    • Maybe take a browse through our catalogue of 486 CDs, 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.