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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

    Carl Belew 335
    October 31, 2014

    October 31st. Remembering mellow voiced country singer and songwriter Carl Belew (April 21, 1931– October 31, 1990). His songs provided hits for the... See more »


    Patsy Montana Vol 2 - Radio 386
    October 30, 2014

    October 30th. Anniversary of Patsy Montana (Ruby Rose Blevins) (October 30, 1908 - May 3, 1996), American country music singer/ songwriter and the fir... See more »


    Porter Wagoner 166
    October 28, 2014

    October 28th. Remembering Porter Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) popular country singer from Missouri whose recording career began in 1... See more »


    Mitchell Torok 188
    October 28, 2014

    October 28th,  birthday of Mitchell Torok (born October 28, 1929) American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his composit... 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.