Buy music

  • Look through our extensive catalogue of over 450 CDs, covering all genres of country music from the 1920s to the early '60s. We are sure you will find some gems to add to your collection.
  • Browse music »

    Become an Archive Buddy

    Subscribe and each month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

    View details »

    Read our chat

    Our founder Dave's monthly newsletter

     July 2014. We were very lucky in having an old friend and his wi...

    Read more »

    Country Anniversaries and News

    Tex Morton 101
    July 23, 2014

    23 July. Anniversary of  Tex Morton, influential yodeller/ guitarist (born Robert William Lane in New Zealand;  30 August 1916 - 23 July 1983). Afte... See more »


    Cindy Walker 159
    July 20, 2014

    July 20th. Birthday of the  great Cindy Walker (July 20, 1918 – March 23, 2006), prolific  country songwriter, as well as an accomplished singer w... See more »


    Red Sovine 207
    July 17, 2014

    July 17th. Birthday of Red Sovine (July 17, 1918 – April 4, 1980), country singer most famous for his truck driving songs and narrations including h... See more »


    Kitty Wells-181
    July 16, 2014

    July 16th. Remembering Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason, August 30, 1919 - July 16, 2012). The Archive have so far issued one compilation, tracks from... See more »



    See all Country Anniversaries and News

    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 450 CDs, covering all genres of country music from the 1920s to the early '60s. We are sure you will find some gems to add to your collection.