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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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    September 2015. What makes a man go out of his way to do a favour for another? This happened to us here at the archive when having bought a rather large item to be...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Cowboy Sam Nichols-328
    August 31, 2015

    31 August – remembering Cowboy Sam Nichols (b. 31 August 19... See more »


    Kitty Wells-181
    August 30, 2015

    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, 2015

    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 »


    jimmy c newman
    August 29, 2015

    August 29th. Birthday of veteran Cajun singer Jimmy Newman (Jimmy Yves Newman, Aug 29, 1927 – June 21, 2014) who in 2006 celebrated 50 years of Opry... 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.