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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.

   
 
Jimmy C. Newman: Bop-A-Hula (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15469
 

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 47 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Here's some real raw hillbilly music, and a few early Nashville Sound classics. In 1953 Jimmy came up from Louisiana and got a Dot Records contract on the strength of 'Cry, Cry Darling'. These two...

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Harry Choates: Devil In The Bayou - The Gold Star Recordings
Art-Nr.: BCD16355
 

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2-CD Digipak (6-plated) with 110-page booklet, 57 tracks. Playing time approx. 150 mns. Here's one of the great untold stories in American music, revealed at last! Harry Choates was a natural-born musician. He's famous as a Cajun fiddle player, but he could play...

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Carolyn Hester: Dear Companion (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15701
 

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2-CD with 52-page booklet, 60 tracks. Playing time approx. 159 mns. Though later overshadowed in the folk diva sweepstakes by Baez and Collins, Texas-born Carolyn Hester preceded both with her 1958 debut album and, judging from this two-CD, 60-song collection of...

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Various - Record Label Profiles: The Daffan Records Story (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15878
 

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2-CD with 64-page booklet, 45 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Ted Daffan is best-known as the composer of Born To Lose, Worried Mind, I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night etc., and it's little known that he operated his own label on and off (mostly...

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Stanley Brothers: & Clinch Mountain Boys, 1953-58 & 1959 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15681
 

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2-CD with 32-page booklet, 49 tracks. Playing time approx. 120 mns. Carter and Ralph Stanley were Bill Monroe's first rivals in the 1940s. By the 1950s, their version of bluegrass was honed to razor-sharp perfection, and their 46 recordings for the Mercury label are...

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DAVIS SISTERS: Memories (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15722
 

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2-CD with 44-page booklet, 60 tracks. Playing time approx. 150 mns. The Davis Sisters were one of the great tragic stories in country music. Skeeter Penick and Betty Jack Davis harmonized beautifully and scored a nationwide smash in 1953 with I Forgot More...

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Jimmy Work: Making Believe (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15651
 

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2-CD with 28-page booklet, 48 tracks. Playing time approx. 126 mns. These 48 tracks comprise everything that Jimmy Work recorded between 1945 and 1959. Hillbilly music comes no purer or finer. For country soul, Jimmy can be ranked alongside Hank Williams, and he's...

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Roy Acuff: The King Of Country Music (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15652
 

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2-CD with 48-page booklet, 57 tracks. Playing time approx. 150 mns. By the 1950s, Roy Acuff 's crown was slipping. He wasn't the star that he had been, but he was still making great records as this collection of ultra-rare sides cut between 1953 and 1958 for...

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Bobby Helms: Fraulein - The Classic Years (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15594
 

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2-CD with 24-page booklet, 62 tracks. Playing time approx. 154 mns. Even in 1996, Jingle Bell Rock got back into the charts, almost 40 years after it was recorded. It's here along with all of Bobby's Decca recordings from 1956 to 1962 and his rare Speed singles....

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Hylo Brown & The Timberliners: 1954-1960 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15572
 

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2-CD with 16-page booklet, 46 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Very few bluegrass stars had a spot on a major label roster after 1955. Hylo Brown was one of the exceptions. He was on Capitol from 1954 to 1960, and showed how bluegrass could change with the...

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Molly O'day: Cumberland Mountain Folks (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15565
 

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2-CD with 44-page booklet, 36 tracks. Playing time approx. 105 mns. They called her 'the female Roy Acuff' for the way she sang pure mountain music in a full-throated style. Her backings featured all traditional instruments, like the dobro and fiddle. Mac Wiseman...

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Merrill Moore: Boogie My Blues Away (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15505
 

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 45 tracks. Playing time approx. 112 mns. In the late '60s, rock 'n' roll fans began discovering the magic of Merrill Moore. A boogie woogie pianist who hung around the hillbilly bars of southern California, he cut music that defied...

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