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When we talk about classical country music at Bear Family Records, we mean country music from the 1940s to the 1970s, which includes the different modes of playing the Honky Tonk Sound, the Nashville Sound, and the Bakersfield Sound.

Honky Tonk Sound:

Honky Tonk Sound was created in Texas in the late 1940s, primarily in the areas where oil was mined, and was mostly represented in the local dance halls, bars and clubs, which were often very busy. To make the music audible, they began to amplify it electrically and accompanied with drums. Thematically it was often about everyday problems and the lyrics were very direct. Popular topics in the 'Honky Tonk Music' are for example ‚women‘ (Honky Tonk had mostly male performers), beer, singing and dancing. Among the most popular representatives of the 'Honky Tonk Sound‘ are Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and Webb Pierce,

Nashville Sound:

The so-called 'Nashville Sound' was produced as the name implies in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 1950s, country music lost ground to Rock 'n' Roll and Pop music. The producers tried to counteract by smoothing out the 'raw' sound of Country music and for example underscored the songs with choirs. Among the most well-known and successful producers of the 'Nashville Sound‘ are Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, who are well known for the success of artists like Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold.

Bakersfield Sound:

The 'Bakersfield Sound' was created in Bakersfield, California in the late 1950s, and is strongly inspired by the classic ‚Honky Tonk Sound' and the ’Rockabilly Music' of the 1950s. The classic features of the 'Bakersfield Sounds' include the electrically amplified instruments and the hard and high-pitched guitars. Among the best known representatives of the Bakersfield Sounds include Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart and Merle Haggard.

   
 
DAVIS, Don: Nashville Steeler
Art-Nr.: 003142790
 

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Taschenbuch - 144 - Gazelle Book Services - 2012 - Englisch This true account of the rise of country music is told by a 1940s band musician, Don Davis, who became a music business executive and worked with all the Grand Ole Opry stars. Johnny Cash, the Carter...

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Howard White: Every Highway Out of Nashville, Volume 2
Art-Nr.: 0031268419
 

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Taschenbuch - 268 pages - Nova Books Nashville - Revised. edition - Englisch This book continues the story of a North Carolina country boy, who tried to serve his country in war-time and wanted to play on The Grand Ole Opry. While in the Navy, he suffered a...

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Sam Phillips: Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius Of Sam Phillips
Art-Nr.: 0017009
 

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(2015 Country Music Foundation Press) Softcover, 64 pages, 25x25cm, english, fully illustrated in b&w and color. One of the most innovative and inspiring figures in the history of American music, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips introduced the world to Johnny...

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Who's Who Of Country Music: Who's Who Of Country Music - The Guinness Who's Who of Fifties Music by Colin Larkin
Art-Nr.: 0031025
 

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352 pages/Seiten; 23.5/17 cm; Paperback: Biographies of the stars of country music from Jimmie Rodgers to Garth Brooks, from Roy Acuff to Steve Young. Includes lists of their album releases and lots of black & white photographies. Biographien der Stars der...

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Neil Haislop, Tad Lathrop and Harry Sumrall: Giants of Country Music - Classic Sounds and Stars, from the Heart of Nashville to the Top of the Charts
Art-Nr.: book76352
 

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Taschenbuch - 258 Seiten -  Billboard Books - 1995 - Englisch by Neil Haislop, Tad Lathrop and Harry Sumrall Some say country and western, some say western swing, some say hillbilly music. But by any name, the sound collectively known as country music has a...

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Elvis Presley: Pictures Of Elvis Presley And Other Great Names In Entertainment - Scrapbook (c.Tucker - Williams 1981)
Art-Nr.: 0016118
 

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Paperback, 32 pages/Seiten; rare Souvenirbooklet with great 8x10 photos in b&w! Rare 1950s scrapbook from the collection of Gabe Tucker, Houston,TX.

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Kicks Magazine: Tragic Tales - Tragic Tales From The Grassy Knoll - A Souvenir From Top Ten Records Dallas, Texas
Art-Nr.: 0042437
 

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Souvenir memorial booklet commemorating the record release event for the album 'Tragic Songs From The Grassy Knoll' - John F. Kennedy 50th Anniversary Collection. 33 page songbook with foreword describing several unique popular culture elements to the dark events of...

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Early Country Charts: Early Country Charts
Art-Nr.: 0081080
 

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Paperback, 15x21.5 cm, 56 pages, song index; this compilation is based on material copyrighted by Billboard 1944-48 and 1950;

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Joan Burbick: Rodeo Queens - Rodeo Queens - On The Circuit With America's Cowgirls
Art-Nr.: 0031303
 

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(2002/PB) English, 15x23 cm, 246 pages, b&w photos; a profile of Rodeo Life in the spotlight and afterwards - special price/last copies

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Michael H. Price: Dance Of The Peckerwoods - Daynce Of The Peckerwoods
Art-Nr.: 0031410
 

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(2006/MUSIC MENTOR) Paperback, English, 15x23 cm, 348 pages, rare b&w illustrations; From a childhood spent among such key roots-music figures as Bob Wills and Big Joe Turner, Eck Robertson and Norman Petty and T-Bone Walker - and an extended strech as a jazz,...

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Thomas Weisser: Spaghetti Westerns - Spaghetti Westerns
Art-Nr.: 0031240
 

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(McFARLAND/2005) 15cm x 23cm, paperback, engl., 502 pages; A comprehensive , illustrated filmography of more than 500 Eurowesterns and their personell.

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James R. Goff Jr.: Close Harmony History Of Southern Gospel
Art-Nr.: 0031187
 

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English, Paperback, 14.5x23 cm, 392 pages, b&w photos; The spread of white gospel music is intricately connected to the people who based their livelihoods on it and 'Close Harmony' is filled with the stories of artists and groups such as Frank Stamps, the Chuck...

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Desperados: Desperados - John Einarson: Roots Of Country Rock
Art-Nr.: 0031185
 

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English, Paperback, 15x22.5 cm, 286 pages, b&w phots - From the four corners of the nation, farmboys, truckers, miners, and clerks descended upon the golden coast of California. Carrying their guitars, their notebooks, their very lives strapped across their...

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Clinton Walker: Buried Country - Buried Country - Aboriginal Country Music
Art-Nr.: 0031184
 

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Long before it was commonplace for Aboriginal dance companies to tour the world or for central desert 'dot paintings' to sell for astronomical sums, it was country music that first gave Aboriginal people a voice in modern Australia. To some, black skin and country...

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Ozark Jubilee: Ozark Jubilee - Reta Spears-Stewart: Remembering The Ozark Jubilee
Art-Nr.: 0031100
 

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140 pages/Seiten, 21x26.5 cm, Paperback: 40 years of the legendary country music show 'Ozark Jubilee' are commemorated with plenty of b&w photographs, anecdotes and personal memories. Outstanding work! 40 Jahre ist KWTO's legendäre Show 'Ozark Jubilee' nun alt,...

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Jack Howard: The Friend Of The Stars
Art-Nr.: 0019021
 

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35 pages/Seiten: Howard owns a music publishing company for country music, and this is some of the sheet music he publishes. Howard besitzt einen Musikverlag für Country Musik, und dies sind die Noten und Texte einiger Songs, die er vertreibt. Enthält s/w-Fotos.

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Kitty Wells: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize
Art-Nr.: BFB10009
 

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Kitty Wells   The Golden Years - A bio/discography 1949 - 1957 by Bob Pinson, Richard Weize & Charles Wolfe  BFB 10009 EAN: 4000127100092 ISBN: 3-924787-08-5  DIN-A5; 32 pages  Nashville-born singer Kitty Wells was truly the First...

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Samm Woolley Coombs: Coombs, Samm Woolley - A Pickin' And A Grinnin' On The Courthouse Square - Jimmy Driftwood Story
Art-Nr.: 0031068
 

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243 pages/Seiten; 27.5/21.5 cm; Paperback: AN OZARK FAMILY ALBUM - Incorporates the JIMMIE DRIFTWOOD STORY, the SPRING FESTIVAL PARADE and many more beautifully photographed Ozark get-togethers of folk and country musicians. Fotobuch über Folk- und Country Musik in...

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