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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.

   
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The Boogie Kings: Swamp Boogie Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9046
 

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(Jin Records) 20 Tracks - Unique session from 1995 with special guests and their greatest hits in brilliant new recordings. Among others Rod Bernard, Dale & Grace, Johnnie Allan, and Tommy McLain!

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The Boogie Kings: Sam Montel Presents The Boogie Kings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9040
 

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(Jin Records) 11 Tracks (34:51) - Original Montel Michelle recordings from 1964 - White Louisiana R&B band of format, stylistically oriented to James Brown, Ray Charles and The Righteous Brothers: Fever, Crying Man, Harlem Shuffle, Funny, etc.

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Zwei-Mann-Kapelle: Trip To Louisiana (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVOSS01
 

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(Voss) 14 Tracks - Digipack -  The second CD of the two-man band is an imaginary-acoustic tour through the southern states of the USA. Once again we have followed our mission to revert to the musical origins of the instruments washboard & accordion and to...

$18.66 *

Various: Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHK820
 

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks Very Best of Cajun Classics, and is drawn mainly from the two now-deleted volumes that were among our best sellers (in any genre) during the 1990s. Those releases hit the button just as Cajun music was enjoying a popularity in the UK that...

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Johnnie Allan: Promised Land - South Louisiana Swamp Pop Gold (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD380
 

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(ACE) 28 tracks 1959-83 with 16 page booklet.  - The best of Johnnie Allan’s swamp pop performances for Jin and Viking dating from the late 1950s through the 80s, featuring his all-time classic ‘The Promised Land’ and the local anthem ‘South To Louisiana’. A...

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Jordan Thibodeaux Et Les Rodailleurs: Boue, Boucane, Et Bouteilles (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0042
 

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(2018/Valcour) 12 tracks - digisleeve Jourdan Thibodeaux is the guy you picture when someone says the word 'authentic'. Straight from the blackjack boggy woods of Cypress Island, Louisiana, Jourdan is one of only a small number of young people speaking Cajun...

$17.49 *

Various: Zydeco - Black Creole, French Music & Blues, 1929-1972 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5616
 

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(Frémeaux & Associés) 48 Tracks - Beautiful 60 page booklet in French and English languages - Zydeco is the fruit of the unique encounter between the blues and the Creole-Cajun music of the Black French population of Louisiana. Born in the bayou in hidden,...

$35.04 *

Various: Cajun, Louisiane 1928-39 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA019
 

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(Fremeaux) 36 tracks with 24 page booklet (english/french).  - There is an American flavour about this issue, and even this column has an arôme américain, but not quite in the way that most europeans think to quintessential American music. We’re talkin’...

$35.04 *

Cleveland Crochet: Cleveland Crochet And The Sugar Bees (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGR7749
 

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​(Goldband) 12 tracks - Down to Earth Cajun music and Cajun Rockers from the great Cleveland Crochet, who recorded for Eddie Shuler's 'Goldband' label - Originally sealed copies

$29.19 *

Various: Farewell, Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVAL0040
 

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(2017/Valcour) 14 tracks (39:29) includes free download code. Featuring: Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams. There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer...

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Various: Farewell, Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0040
 

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(2017/Valcour) 14 tracks (39:29) digisleeve. Featuring: Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams. There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C. Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer from Mamou had...

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Terrance Simien: Dockside Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMMRX8044
 

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(2013/Music Matters) 10 tracks. Recorded at Dockside Studios. Terrance Simien - voc,acc, Danny Williams- kbds,voc, Stan Chambers - bass,voc,accoustic gtr, Keith Sonnier - drum,frottoir, Jose Alvarez - gtr, Shelton Sonnier - bass on 1 track.

$18.66 *

Dai & The Ramblers: Bon Bon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJPR002
 

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(2017/Just Peachy Records-Ace) 12 Tracks - Digipack - Fantastic British Cajun Country Boogie Americana band around front man Dai Price! Crazy upright bass! MM/Bear Family Records

$18.66 *

The Jambalaya Cajun Band: Joyeux Noel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6100
 

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​(1992/Swallow Records) 14 Tracks - Holiday entertainment from Lafayette, Louisiana, Terry Huval and Reggie Matte's Jambalaya Cajun Band plays Christmas tunes on this rare 1992 CD!

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Various: Merry Cajun Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6070
 

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(1990/Swallow Records) 21 Tracks - Cajun Christmas recordings - Hour long Holiday Entertainment! Item from 1990 still sealed mint quality!

$19.83 *

Michael Doucet: Christmas Bayou (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6064
 

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​(1986/Swallow Records) 13 Tracks - Original 1980s item still factory sealed mint quality! Christmas in a Louisiana styled Cajun Country mood!

$58.44 *

Bonsoir Catin: L'auroe (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0037
 

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(2017/Valcour) 13 tracks (47:25) - digisleeve  - We're proud to share with the world another release by our favorite incredibly talented Cajun dudettes (and dude) – Bonsoir, Catin! L'Aurore is a provactive and innovative take on Cajun music conventions, and...

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Clifton Chenier: King Of Zydeco 1954-1960 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5715
 

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(2017/Fremaux & Associes) 24 Tracks - The Rhythm'n'Blues years 1954-1960!

$21.00 *

Sabra & The Get Rights: Sabra & The Get Rights (CD, EP, Papersleeve)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0035
 

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(2017/Valcour) 4 tracks (13:19) papersleeve  - Sabra and the Get Rights is a band reminiscent of the days when Hank Williams’ injected some blues into his country soul, harkening back to the 1950s when honky tonk bands made sure the dance floor was full and...

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Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys: Party At The Holiday, All Night Long! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0034
 

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(2016/Valcour) 7 tracks (25:04) digisleeve  - What's that? Christmas tunes from Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys? You got it! The boys are back covering a unique combination of holiday tunes from the likes of George Harrison, to Buck Owens, to Jim Cox....

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Kyle Huval: Kyle Huval And The Dixie Club Ramblers - Straight Allons (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0038
 

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(2017/Valcour) 12 tracks (43:11) digisleeve  - Already a veteran of the Cajun music scene, twenty-something-year-old Kyle Huval describes his band the Dixie Club Ramblers as playing heavy-hitting dancehall music in the spontaneous style of the 1960s and 70s....

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Rusty & Doug Kershaw: Rusty & Doug Kershaw With Wiley Barkdull (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRDW001
 

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(1995/Kangaroo) 33 tracks

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Various: Swamp Pop By The Bayou - Let's Get Together (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1499
 

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(2017/Ace) 28 tracks with 16 page booklet.  - There are three music genres native to the South Louisiana/SE Texas area: Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop. Instantly recognisable, this is music that resonates with the steamy heat of the swamps and bayous, and with...

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Rod Bernard: Swamp Rock & Roller (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD488
 

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(1994/ACE) 28 tracks (69:46) multi label collection 1958-68 (10 unissued) with 8 page booklet. Exceptional career overview of the rockin' king of swamp pop with superb notes & memorabilia from son Shane. One of the key players in what became known as...

$18.66 *

Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin': Lick It Up ! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1058
 

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(Maison Of Soul) 14 Tracks - His legendary second album, a skilful mix of traditional Zydeco and contemporary 90s pop music!

$29.19 *

Jay Randall & The Swamp Gold Band: My Bayou Baby (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9045
 

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(1995/Jin) 11 Tracks - Rare Cajun Swamp Country

$58.44 *

Jay Randall & The Swamp Gold Band: 911-Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9049
 

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(1996/Jin) 10 Tracks - Rare Cajun Swamp Country

$58.44 *

Don Rich: She's My Lady (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9050
 

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CD on JIN RECORDS by Don Rich - She's My Lady (1997)

$19.83 *

Balfa Toujours: A Vieille Terre Haute (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6121
 

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(1995/Swallow) 15 Tracks - Christine Balfa and her Cajuns - Terrible bien musique! 

$21.00 *

The Balfa Brothers: The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1320
 

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 24 page booklet. Two Trendsetting Traditional Cajun Albums Made For Swallow Records, With Rare Singles As Bonus Tracks. The Booklet Includes An Illuminating New Essay By Ann Savoy And Full Lyrics In French With Englisch Translations....

$18.66 *

Various: Essential Guide To American Roots (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDESG308
 

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(2006/Union Square) 42 tracks (153:00) - slipcase packaging.  -  CD1 'Roots' featuring some of the greatest icons of American roots music like Woody Guthrie, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza a.o.  -  CD2 'PIoneers' featuring artists who...

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Clifton Chenier: Zodico Blues & Boogie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD389
 

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(Ace Records) 20 tracks 'Specialty' (49:31)  - You say Zodico I say Zydeco, whichever way you say it, Clifton Chenier was the undisputed King & these 1955 Specialty sides go a long way to proving it.  - To this day, Clifton Chenier is probably the...

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The Jambalaya Cajun Band: Instrumental Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6094
 

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​(1992/Swallow) 15 Tracks - Recorded 1991 in Lafayette, Louisiana!

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Various: Boozo Hoodoo! - The Songs Of Boozoo Chavis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612782X
 

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(2006/Fuel) 14 tracks (59:54) deleted gem from the swamp. Cut-Out (small hole in jewel case) new warehouse stock copy. - Produced by Roger Branch & Greg Eveline and recorded at the Big Easy Sound Studio, New Orleans. 6 page linernotes by Jeff Hannush (author of...

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Various: The Best Of Valcour Records 2006-2011 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0018
 

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(2012/VALCOUR) 16 tracks (62:24) papersleeve. Hervorragende Werkschau des kleinen aber feinen Louisiana Labels. - Since 2006 Valcour Records has emerged as one of the essential sources for Acadian musical culture. In 2006, Valcour co-founders recognized that there...

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Various: Cajun Accordion Kings (and the Queen) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0036
 

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(2017/Valcour) 16 tracks. Produced by Steve Riley and Joel Savoy   "Listening to these recordings, I hear the ghosts of our music and our culture’s past, haunting and beautiful at the same time. Each player here has a left a huge huge imprint on Cajun...

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The Balfa Family: A Retrospective - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 1977-2010 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0019
 

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(2012/VALCOUR) 20 tracks (79:38) Recorded at Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles 1977-2009. Gatefold Papersleeve.  Valcour Records has teamed up again with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana at...

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Feufollet: Cow Island Hop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0005
 

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(2008/VALCOUR) 11 tracks (41:51) digipac.  - Outstanding, powerful and fresh album from Lafayette's Cajun Youth. The Music Of Feufollet Is A Perfect Example Of What Dewey Balfa Meant When He Said That He Wanted To Preserve Not The Music Itself But The Process...

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Tasso: The Old Timey Way (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6103
 

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(1993/Swallow) 16tracks

$17.49 *

Tasso: Viens a ma Maison (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6113
 

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(1994/Swallow) 13 tracks

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Hadley J. Castille: Cajun Swamp Fiddler (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6112
 

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(1993/SWALLOW) 15 tracks <br>

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Sun Down Cajun Playboys Band: Hier Et Aujourd'Hui (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6108
 

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(1993/Swallow) 14 tracks

$17.49 *

Dale Dugas: Chanteuse Cadjinne (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6107
 

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(1993/Swallow) 10 tracks

$29.19 *

Tracy Schwarz Cajun Trio: The Tracy Schwarz Cajun Trio (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6106
 

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(19937/Swallow) 16 tracks

$17.49 *

Cajun Sentiment: Avec Le Band Passepartout (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6105
 

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(1993/Swallow) 14 tracks

$17.49 *

Kristy Guillory & ReveilleBill Grass: La Dance des ancetres (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6136
 

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(1996 'Swallow Records') 14 tracks

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Richard Belton: I'm Back (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6135
 

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(1996/Swallow) 14 tracks

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Camey Doucet: Mom I'm Still Your Little Boy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6140
 

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(1997/Swallow) 14 tracks Singer, songwriter D.J. Camey Doucet plays country and cajun.

$17.49 *

Les Amis De La Louisianne: Fierd Etre Cajun (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6145
 

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(1998/Swallow) 15 tracks. Les Amis de la Llouisianne is a traditional cajun dance band, performing at area restaurants, night clubs, and festivals in South Louisiana. They are known for the 'spice' and 'flare' they add to all their performances, giving their fans a...

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Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun: Cajun Saturday Night Dance (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6147
 

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(1998/Swallow) 15 tracks. RobertJardell & Pure Cajun are an award winning traditional cajum music dance band.

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Jimmy C. Newman: Gumbo Song (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6143
 

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(1997/Swallow) 12 tracks

$29.19 *

Le Band Passe Partout: Cajun Heartland (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6118
 

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(1994/Swallow) 14 tracks.

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Rusty & Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSD022
 

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(Magnum) 12 tracks (27:55) with linernotes by Bill Millar.  - 1960s Hickory Label comeback material after military service (including the 1961 chart hits 'Louisiana Man' and ' Diggy Liggy Lo')  - New stock copy (Bear Family Records)

$11.64 *

Doug Kershaw: Anthology - Rare Masters 1958-1969 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCLO0109
 

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(2016/Goldenlane) 52 Tracks - Cajun Country - All the demos!

$26.85 *

Various: Swamp Pop By The Bayou: Troubles,Tears & Trains (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1462
 

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(2016/Ace) 28 tracks (67:10) 16 page booklet. In the late 50s and early 60s Saturday nights in South Louisiana and the little corner of South East Texas that was home to many Cajun families resounded to the music that would become known as swamp pop. It was music...

$18.66 *

Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin': That's Da Lick (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1051
 

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(1994/Maison de Soul) 14 Tracks (45:09) - Debut album of the then 13 years old kid, youngest of the famous Ardoin family, accordion player and band leader!

$29.19 *

Cookie & The Cupcakes: By Request (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9037
 

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(1993/Jin Records) 20 Tracks - Louisiana Vocal Group Rhythm And Blues 1958-1966, original recordings!

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Charles Mann: The Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9060
 

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(1998/Jin) 16 tracks - CD on JIN RECORDS by Charles Mann - The Essential Collection

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Various: Doctors - Professors - Kings & Queens (4-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY37441
 

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(1927-2003) (312:09/85) Dieses Werk ist einfach wunderschön! Eine große Box im Format 28x22 cm mit vier CDs und einem 80-seitigen Begleitbuch - gänzlich der musikalischen Tradition von New Orleans gewidmet. Jeder einzelne Song mit diskografischen...

$210.54 *

Doug Kershaw: The Crazy Cajun Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED584
 

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(1998/Edsel) 21 Tracks - The Crazy Cajun Recordings, incl. 1 track with Rusty as Rusty & Doug!

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Various: Back To The Big Easy - Music From New Orleans (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS175
 

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(1999/DCC) 13 tracks

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Various: I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL002730
 

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(2015/Valcour) 25 tracks. Producers Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery have collaborated to create Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country, a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs—both...

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Doug Kershaw & Steve Riley: Face To Face (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0026
 

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(2014/Valcour) 12 tracks. Imagine two of Cajun music’s most prolific ambassadors sitting down across from each other in a small, cozy room, making music together for the very first time. The performance, the repertoire, and even the instruments are timeless – filling...

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T'Monde: Yesterday's Gone (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0031
 

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(2015/Valcour) 15 tracks.  As in most cases in south Louisiana, bands are formed through friendships and pure love for the music they play; this is no different with T’Monde. Playing together since 2011, Drew, Megan and Kelli have developed a unique sound that...

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Cajun Country Revival: Greetings From Louisiana (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0024
 

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(2014/Valcour) 12 tracks, digisleeve.  The Cajun Country Revival strikes again! This time in the form of an acoustic quartet, Joel Savoy is joined by Cajun accordion hero Jesse Lége as well as Sammy Lind and Nadine Landry of the infamous Foghorn Stringband....

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Kristi Guillory & Anya Burgess: Eponymous (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0025
 

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(2014/Valcour) 13 tracks, digisleeve. Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess, of the group Bonsoir, Catin have shared a love of old and crooked Cajun tunes for since they first started playing music together in 2005. The girls have teamed up as a fiddle/accordion/guitar...

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