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  • Maybe take a browse through our catalogue of 489 CDs, collectable country across all genres from the 1920s to the early '60s. All 489 are still available and 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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    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

    June 2015. Another month has flown by and we’ve managed once again to produce our three new CDs on schedule; we thought for a while we were well in  advance but then had some pr...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

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    May 30, 2015  On this day!

    30 May-remembering Karl Davis, country singer/songwriter/ mandolinist, best known for his compositions (including “I’m Here To Get My Baby Out of ... See more »



    May 29, 2015

    ...Hot from the press, BACM's three releases (for June 2015) are now available ... one each for two performers best known for their songwriting credit... See more »


    Hoyt Slim Bryant 178
    May 28, 2015

    May 28th. Remembering ace guitarist and country singer "Slim" Bryant (Thomas Hoyt Bryant, December 7, 1908 - May 28, 2010), whose place in country his... See more »


    Jimmie Rodgers-remembering 387
    May 26, 2015

    May 26th. Remembering Jimmie Rodgers (September 8, 1897 - May 26, 1933), first country music superstar, famed for his "Blue Yodels" and a big influenc... 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 489 CDs, collectable country across all genres from the 1920s to the early '60s. All 489 are still available and 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.