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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.

Various Artists: She's Selling What She Used To Give Away (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17550

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1-CD DigiPac (4-sided) with 52-page booklet, 28 tracks, total playing time 77:36 mns. ‘In the 1940s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues recordings the double entendre was left to the listener to decipher, in these 1930s hillbilly songs the meaning was very clear!’ A...

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Songs Of The Civil War
Art-Nr.: BCD16635

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1-CD DigiPac (6-seitig) mit 64-seitigem Booklet (incl. all lyrics.), 24 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 71:14 Minuten. Few historical anniversaries gripped America’s interest as fervently as the Civil War Centennial did in 1961-1965. Feature stories on the War Between the...

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Various: Shit Happens! Songs Of Everyday Life
Art-Nr.: BCD16633

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1-CD DigiPac (6-plated) with 68-page booklet, 25 tracks, playing time 74:37 minutes. • An unprecedented collection of tragedy songs by the biggest stars of Country Music, recorded 40-50 years ago. • Full lyrical transcriptions to make the experience even more...

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Bonanza: Bonanza - Song Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16584

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1-CD Digipac with 56-page booklet; 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 57 mns. First broadcast from 1959-1973, 'Bonanza' is one of the most popular series in television history, and is still shown to appreciative audiences around the world. The stirring theme song,...

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Glen Glenn: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Loud Loud Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16719

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1-CD-album DigiPac (6-sided) with 56-page booklet, 36 tracks, playing time 79:16 minutes. Last year we released 'Glen Rocks,' a compilation of Glen Glenn ’s famous rockabilly sides such as Everybody’s Movin’, One Cup Of Coffee, Blue Jeans And A Boys Shirt , and...

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