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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.

Charlie Rich: The Sun Years, 1958-62 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16152

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 95 tracks. Playing time approx. 216 mns. The deepest and most complete look yet at Charlie Rich 's earliest recordings for the legendary Sun label reveals a startling talent only hinted in his 'Greatest Hits' collections. For...

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Hank Locklin: Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15953

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 66 tracks. Playing time approx. 170 mns. Hank Locklin's early recording years (1948-55), particularly his years with the 4-Star label, have been underappreciated, even misunderstood. Critics have tended to place them in the...

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The Vipers Skiffle Group: 10.000 Years Ago (3-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15954

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 64 tracks. Playing time approx. 157 mns. As a group, Wally Whyton and the Vipers were the premier British performers of the Skiffle era. Their distinctive style was the very essence of the musical craze which swept Britain...

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No image available GRIFFIN, Rex: The Last Letter 3-CD-Box & 16-Page Book
Art-Nr.: BCD15911

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Rex Griffin ist eine der großen, tragischen Figuren in der Geschichte der Country Music. Er begann als Schüler von Jimmie Rodgers und wurde einer der talentiertesten original Songschreiber in der Country Music Geschichte sowie einer ihrer besten Sänger. Sein kurzes...

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DARBY & TARLTON: Complete Recordings (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15764

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 71 tracks. Playing time approx. 228 mns. A wonderful set of pre-War country music. Darby & Tarlton's soulful, bluesy vocals were framed by Jimmie Tarlton's slide guitar. This set includes all their recordings from 1927 to...

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Johnny Western: Heroes And Cowboys (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15552

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3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 39-page book, 74 tracks. Playing time approx. 198 mns. Johnny Western wrote 'The Ballad Of Paladin', theme song for the TV series 'Have Gun Will Travel' starring Richard Boone, which ran from 1957 - 1963. Western was signed to...

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