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It’s Country Music Time! 

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...

$25.68 *

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...

$92.37 *

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,...

$105.24 *

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...

$40.89 *

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...

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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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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...

$8.78 *

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...

$40.89 *

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...

$46.74 *

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;

$5.85 *

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.

$35.04 *

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;

$64.35 *

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

$23.34 *

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,...

$34.98 *

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...

$5.85 *

Bernhard Geiger: Songbook - Best Of Country Vol.2
Art-Nr.: 0031407
 

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(Musikverlag Geiger) Paperback, 21x30 cm, 32 Seiten;

$20.94 *

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.

$52.65 *

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...

$23.28 *

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...

$38.03 *

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...

$34.98 *

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...

$29.19 *

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.

$49.73 *

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,...

$81.61 *

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 *

Various: Favorites Songs Of Hayloft Hoedown
Art-Nr.: 0031075
 

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50 pages/Seiten; 30.5/22.5 cm; booklet/geheftet: Sheet music from the Philadelphia radio show of the 40s and 50s, from 1948. Noten und Texte aus dem berühmten Radioprogramm aus Philadelphia in den 40er und 50er Jahren.

$9.30 *

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...

$2.93 *

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...

$29.13 *

   
 
 
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