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  • Our catalogue of BACM CDs now runs to 495 albums, all still available. Collectable country music 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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    August 2015. A couple of weeks back we had another visit from Al Turner & Phil Tricker, country enthusiasts and serious collectors and the very people who have making possible ...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Homer & Jethro-Ground Hog-043
    July 27, 2015

    27 July. Birthday of  Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, versatile guitar player and one half of celebrated comedy duo '"Homer & Jethro" . Two compilations... See more »


    Lawton Slim Williams-CD 420
    July 26, 2015

    26 July – remembering American country music performer and songwriter Lawton Williams (J... See more »


    Uckfield FM
    July 26, 2015

    Tune in tonight for another “World Of Country”... See more »


    Mac & Bob 2 - 116
    July 24, 2015

    24 July. Remembering  Lester Mac McFarland (Kentucky Feb 2 1902-July 24 1984) of  early country music duet act Mac & Bob. One of the earliest ... 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 600,000 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

    • Our catalogue of BACM CDs now runs to 495 albums, all still available. Collectable country music 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.