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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.

Dolly Parton: My Life And Other Unfinished Business
Art-Nr.: 0017128

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340 pages/Seiten, 24x16 cm, hardcover/gebunden: Don't expect too many intimate details, you won't find them. But if a superficial biography combined with fluent writing and therefore easy reading plus quite a lot of nice b&w and color photographs is what you...

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Hank Williams: Lost Highway - Graphic Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe) by Glosimodt Søren Mosdall
Art-Nr.: 0023044

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(2011/Edition Modern) German, colour, hardcover, 20x26.5 cm, 66 pages plus 5 pages essay 'Hillbilly Geisterbahn' by Franz Dobler. Søren Mosdal tells his story about the last hours of the musician, who was found dead in the car that was supposed to take him to a...

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Woody Guthrie: Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
Art-Nr.: BCD17329

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Exclusive 3-CD set accompanied by two beautifully illustrated books containing historic liner notes and Guthrie biography, original concert reviews and photographs, attendees interviews and artists bios, and concert ephemera.   * DeLuxe packaging, two hardcover...

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Joel Whitburn: Joel Whitburn's Top R&B Singles 1942-1995
Art-Nr.: book1152

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Gebundene Ausgabe - 681 - Record Research Inc - 1996 - Englisch The World's Leading Authority On Recorded Entertainment R&B SINGLES 1942-1995 From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop The most accurate and thorough account of the evolu-tion of R&B music ever published,...

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Chas McDevitt: Skiffle - The Definitive Inside Story by Chas McDevitt
Art-Nr.: 0041610

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(1997/Robson Books) English, Hardback w.dustjacket/Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, 17x24 cm, 294 pages, rare b&w illustrations. Foreword by Mark Knopfler and George Harrison. Few stock copies of the 1997 original version! Skiffle is the first book in 40 years to...

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Johnny Cash: In Words, Pictures, And Music (including CD)
Art-Nr.: 0003119

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(2015-Chartwell Books) Hardback, English, 192 pages, illustrated with hundreds of (often rare) color and b&w photos, plus Audio CD (16 tracks). Superb career and life overview with a well balanced mix of notes and pictures plus CD. A Must Have Bargain!*****

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Various: Folksongs of Another America (5-CD - 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD43

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(2015/Dust To Digital) Folksongs of Another America is a compilation of field recordings made in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin between 1937 and 1946. Armed with bulky microphones, blank disks, spare needles, and cumbersome disc-cutting machines, several...

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Kevin L. Glaser: The Great Tompall: Forgotten Country Music Outlaw
Art-Nr.: 0007016

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(2013/Right Side Creations) Kevin L. Glaser, English, Hardback w. dustjacket, 345 pages. The Great Tompall: Forgotten Country Music Outlaw provides an in-depth look at the life of one of country music's least recognized - but most iconic and influential...

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Roscoe Holcomb: Holcomb, Roscoe - John Cohn: High And Lonesome Sound - The Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb (incl.CD+DVD)
Art-Nr.: 0008089

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(2012/Steidl Verlag) 262 pages, Hardback, English. The music of Roscoe Holcomb transcended daily life. Although it was grounded in Appalachia, in East Kentucky, in his little town of Dais, his music travelled like it was on a path towards a distant star. John Cohen...

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Lefty Frizzell: I Love You A Thousand Ways - The Lefty Frizzell Story
Art-Nr.: 0006025

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...'The Lefty Frizzell Story' (2011/Santa Monica Press) English, Hardback w.Dustjacket, 24x16x2,5 cm, 326 pages, 16 pages of rare b&w photos.

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Michael F. Scully: The Never Ending Revival - The Never-Ending Revival
Art-Nr.: 0031427

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(2008/Uni.Illinois Press) English, Clothbound w.Dustjacket, 16x23 cm, 260 pages.

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John Milton: 78 Blues - Folksongs & Phonogr - 78 Blues
Art-Nr.: 0031420

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'Folksongs And Phonographs In The American South' (2008/UNI.MISSISSIPPI) english, clothbound w.dustjacket, 24x16x2,5cm, 288 pages, few b&w illustration. A study of the first Hillbilly and Race records and their impact on artists and audiences;

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Dan Daley: Nashville's Unwritten Rules - Nashvilles's Unwritten Rules
Art-Nr.: 0031419

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(1998/OVERLOOK) English, Clothbound, 16x23.5 cm, Nashville's unwritten rules and its group of tightly knit power players. Producers, publishers, studios, songwriters a.o.-last copies

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Louise L. Sepra: Rodeo - Fotoband - Rodeo
Art-Nr.: 0031244

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(1997/KÖNEMANN) Deutsch, Hardback/Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, 24x32 cm, 90 Seiten/pages; Deutsche Sonderausgabe des 1994 erstmals publizierten Fotobandes der amerikanischen Fotografin (& Rodeoliebhaberin) Louise S.Serpa. Meist ganzseitige, faszinierende s/w...

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Barbara Ching: Wrong's What I Do Best
Art-Nr.: 0031183

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'Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture' 'Ching...argues that this feisty, mostly male genre, (hard country), is overdue for cultural analysis, claiming that its focus is 'far wider than barnyard and bars' and that its 'volatile blend of anger, irony, and...

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Kerrville Folk Festival: Kerrville Folk Festival - Rod Kennedy: Music From The Heart (HB) 1999
Art-Nr.: 0031157

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Hardback Edition / Gebundene Edition mit Schutzumschlag

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Margo Liberty & Barry Head: Working Cowboy - Working Cowboy - Recollections Of Ray Holmes
Art-Nr.: 0031207

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English, Hardback, 15x22 cm, 256 pages: Ray Holmes has spent nearly his whole life on horseback herding cattle and doing other work with livestock. Some b/w pictures.

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Redneck Rock (New Edition): Redneck Rock (new Edition) - Jan Reid: The Improbable Rise Of Redneck Rock
Art-Nr.: 0031097

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(2004/TX PRESS) Hardback/Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, English, 16x23.5 cm, 380 pages, many rare b&w photos;

$40.83 *