Buy music

  • 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.
  • Browse music »

    Become an Archive Buddy

    Subscribe and each month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

    View details »

    Read our chat

    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    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...

    Read more »

    Country Anniversaries and News

    Paul Hazell and BG-low res_edited-1
    August 31, 2014

    For a great country music show, tune in tonight (or Sunday afternoon for folks in the US and Canada) to  Paul Hazell’s “World Of Country”, Sund... See more »


    Kitty Wells-181
    August 30, 2014

    August 30th. Birthday of  Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason, August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), the first female to top the US country charts (with h... See more »


    Tex Morton 101
    August 30, 2014

    30th August. Birthday of Tex Morton, New Zealand  yodeller/ guitarist (30 August 1916 - 23 July 1983) who pioneered “Down Under Country” and who ... See more »


    Billy Grammer 325
    August 28, 2014

    August 28th, birthday of Billy Grammar, singer, brilliant guitar player, songwriter, best known for his "Gotta Travel On" hit.  The Archive CD includ... See more »



    See all Country Anniversaries and News

    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.