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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.

Jason James: Jason James (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5101

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(2015/New West) 13 tracks - Audio Mastered for vinyl - Free digital download code included

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Corb Lund: Things That Can't Be Undone (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5114

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(2015/New West) 10 tracks - originally sealed LP album

$22.17 *

Corb Lund: Losin' Lately Gambler (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5026

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(2009/New West) 12 tracks

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Merle Haggard: Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5155

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(2017/New West) 15 tracks - Recorded live October 30, 1985

$32.70 *

Buck Owens: Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5195

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(2017/New West) 11 tracks - Recorded October 23, 1988

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Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5131

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(2017/New West) 10 Tracks - Newest platter by Country legend Rodney Crowell, featuring Rosanne Cash, John Paul White and Sheryl Crow! Including download code!

$29.19 *

Buddy Miller: Buddy Miller & Friends - Cayamo Sessions At The Sea (LP, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5121

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(2016/New West) 11 tracks, featuring artists like Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Doug Seegers and Leroy Thompson! Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, includes a Download Voucher and the record is Audio mastered for vinyl!

$28.96 *

Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (180g vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5097

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(2015/New West) 11 tracks. incl. download code. Not quite country, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano's exquisite and expansive new album, If I've Only One Time Askin', is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind.

$29.19 *

Johnny Cash: Live From Austin TX - 180g Vinyl Ltd.(2012)
Art-Nr.: NW5045

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(2012/NEW WEST) 14 tracks 1987. Limited Edition

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