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    October 2014. Sad news to hear of the passing of George Hamilton IV who did so much to spread country music around the world, including here in the British Isles with his ...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    October 26, 2014  On this day!

    Sunday 26th October. For three hours solid country music, tune into “Paul Hazell’s World Of Country” this Sunday evening from 9... See more »


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    October 23, 2014

    Remembering "Mother" Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978), member of the  original Carter Family act, formed in 1927 and later (1949 t... See more »


    440 Grandpa Jones
    October 20, 2014

    October 20th. Birthday of Louis Marshall Jones known professionally as Grandpa Jones (October 20, 1913 - February 19, 1998), banjoist, guitarist, yode... See more »


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    October 20, 2014

    Oct 20th. Remembering the great Buddy Jones (December 25, 1902 - October 20, 1956), American country musician who recorded in the 1930s and 1940s, sty... 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 460 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.