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    April 2015. Hi Everyone. “Here we are again”, as Barnacle Bill the Sailor said, leaving behind us March madness and taking in the April Fools. March was a hectic time for us pi...

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    Country Anniversaries and News

    Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith 341
    April 1, 2015

    April 1st.  Anniversary of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014), trail-blazing guitarist and banjoist who wrote and recor... See more »


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    April 1, 2015

    1 April – birthday of Hank Pell (April 1, 1936) of The Pell... See more »


    Jimmie-Logsdon-CD-416
    April 1, 2015

    1st April – birthday of Jimmie Logsdon (April 1,... See more »


    Tommy Hill-293
    March 31, 2015

    March 31 –anniversary of Tommy Hill (Apr 27, 1929- Mar 31, 2002) – who achieved great success as a producer (acts like Red Sovine and Cowboy Copas... 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 483 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.