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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.

   
 
Tex Harper: Dig Me Little Mama (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14006
 

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Tex Harper alias Rudy Preston and Harry Head 10'' Vinyl in gatefold sleeve 1-LP (10”), total number of tracks: 12. Total playing time 26:35 minutes.  ‘’The ‘Cat Music’ within this album is the nucleus of rockabilly and features: Tex Harper aka Rudy Preston...

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Glen Glenn: Pick 'Em Up And Lay 'Em Down (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14001
 

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‘Glen Glenn is a name held in high esteem by rockabilly fans and was a second generation artist who developed his own style’. • 12 recordings from the Era label catalog, 1955–1963. • Contains different versions from the originally released records. •...

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Dale Hawkins: L.A., Memphis And Tyler, Texas (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18041
 

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• In 1956, Dale Hawkins (1936 - 2010) wrote Suzie Q - a giant song and a classic of garage rock of the 1960s. • After his years as a musician at Chess Records (1956 - 1961), he recorded for various US labels and worked as a producer. • In 1969 he made his...

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Ric Cartey: Heart Throb - The Rockin' Sides Of Ric Cartey (10inch Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF14002
 

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Heart Throb – The Rockin’ Sides Of Ric Cartey • Contains Cartey's best rockers for the RCA Victor, NRC, and El Rico labels • Sidemen include Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and Jack Eubanks • Several tracks produced by Chet Atkins • Detailed liner notes and...

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Jerry Lee Lewis: I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18027
 

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ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS - FIRST TIME ON VINYL 1-LP, 180 gram Vinyl-LP, 14 tracks, Total playing time approx. 32:25 minutes. NEW to LP – never released before 12'' vinyl albums! For the first time in more than a generation: two entirely new vinyl Jerry Lee...

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Jim Ford: Allergic To Love (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18039
 

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12” vinyl LP w/ download code •    Previously unreleased – another ’lost’ full-length album. •    First, unique opportunity to hear what Nick Lowe so rightfully described  as ”like Barry Manilow reaching for a new brilliant...

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Waylon Jennings: Just To Satisfy You - 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: BAF18022
 

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Vinyl-LP, 180gram, 16 tracks. ​Waylon Jennings (almost) begins here! Recorded before Waylon went to Nashville, when he was a top dee-jay and nightclub singer in Phoenix, Arizona. Waylon takes country music in a new direction, introducing folk music, pop music,...

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Roy Lanham: The Most Exciting Guitar - 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: BAF18014
 

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Vinyl-LP, 180gram, 12 tracks. ​Roy Lanham was a virtuoso musician who could pull off everything from country to jazz. This album has remained out of print and hard to find for decades. This is an album that swings like mad and rocks like crazy! DMM Disc...

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Marty Stuart: Tempted (180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18024
 

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I was aware of Marty Stuart from his single Arlene on Columbia Records, but my first encounter with him was new year's eve 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia when he shared a show with Steve Earle . Tony Brown and I watched from the wings as Marty swaggered his way...

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Marty Stuart: Hillbilly Rock (180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18019
 

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I was aware of Marty Stuart from his single Arlene on Columbia Records, but my first encounter with him was new year's eve 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia when he shared a show with Steve Earle . Tony Brown and I watched from the wings as Marty swaggered his way...

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Buddy Miller: Cruel Moon - 180gram Vinyl
Art-Nr.: BAF18017
 

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Vinyl-LP, 180gram, 11 tracks. ​Americana classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, now back—on LP! Hailed as great records or CDs at the time, the albums in Bear Family’s new series are now acknowledged as Americana classics. And they’re back after long absences....

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Buddy Miller: Your Love And Other Lies (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18016
 

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Vinyl-LP, 180gram, 13 tracks. ​Americana classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, now back—on LP! Hailed as great records or CDs at the time, the albums in Bear Family’s new series are now acknowledged as Americana classics. And they’re back after long absences....

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Johnny Horton: The Fantastic Johnny Horton (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18008
 

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180-gram vinyl. We've got to own up: the original 'Fantastic Johnny Horton' LP, released in 1959, didn't contain any of these recordings. Instead, it contained twelve early-mid 1950s Mercury recordings. But we have the truly fantastic Johnny Horton. Sixteen of his...

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Jim Ford: Jim Ford - Capitol (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18005
 

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180 gram vinyl Jim Ford's previously unissued second album as it was intended to be heard. The follow up to 'Harlan County'... the holy grail of country soul music. Recorded in 1970 with the cream of Los Angeles' musicians. Available in deluxe 180g Vinyl and...

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Jim Ford: Big Mouth USA - Paramount (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18004
 

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180 gram vinyl. Jim Ford's previously unissued third album as it was intended to be heard Restored from one of the few existing 12 inch acetates Re-mastered in magnificent full stereo hi-fidelity sound. Recorded in 1973 with the cream of Los Angeles' session...

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