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    November 2014. Hi everybody. Firstly, a warm greeting to all our new Archive Buddies – welcome to the fold and I do hope...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Roy Acuff 89
    November 23, 2014  On this day!

    November 23rd. Remembering Roy Acuff (September 15, 1903 - November 23, 1992), American country singer, fiddler and music publisher whose prolific rec... See more »


    Spade Cooley-411-Live Vol 1
    November 23, 2014  On this day!

    November 23rd. Remembering  “Spade Cooley” (Donnell Clyde Cooley, December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969), American Western swing musician, band... See more »


    esco-hankins
    November 18, 2014

    18 November. Remembering Esco Hankins ( 1 January 1924- 18 November 1990), best known as a Roy Acuff  imitator but an excellent singer and guitarist ... See more »


    Don Gibson 134
    November 17, 2014

    November 17th. Remembering the great Don Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003), country musician and composer of many  country classics includ... 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 468 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.