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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.

   
 
Eddie Noack: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17142
 

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3-CD Digipak (6-plated) with 104-page booklet, 104 tracks. Playing time approx. 231 mns. ' Eddie Noack ... wanted to be a journalist. But we have enough journalists, and not enough people who could sing and write like Eddie Noack.' Bob Dylan, 2007. Fans of...

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Dick Damron: Lost In The Music 1978-1989 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17217
 

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3-CD DigiPak with extensive booklet, 70 tracks. Playing time approx. 195 mns. In 2011, Bear Family released 'More Than Countryfied,' the 3-CD collection of Dick Damron 's early recordings. This is the 2nd collection, another 3-CD set that compiles all of Dick...

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Various - SUN Records: Sun Ballads 1953-1962 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17213
 

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3-CD-Album DigiPac (8-plated) with 90-page booklet, 78 tracks. Playing time approx. 137 minutes. The first-ever in-depth look at the ballad side of the Sun Records legacy. Surveys a 10-year period from the earliest blues and hillbilly days to the Golden Age of...

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George Hamilton IV: My North Country Home (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17146
 

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3-CD DigiPac with 68-page booklet, 82 tracks, playing time 242:42. A 3-CD collection of Canadian-penned material, by the most famous Canadian songwriters - Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, Ray Griff, Buffy St. Marie, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Dick...

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Dick Damron: More Than Countryfied 1959-76 (3-DigiPac)
Art-Nr.: BCD16390
 

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3-CD Digipak (8-plated) with 68-page booklet, 86 tracks. Playing time approx. 206 mns. A comprehensive, complete collection of the early years of 'Canada's Willie Nelson ': Dick Damron . The first of two Bear Family multi-disc collections to compile Dick Damron...

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Porter Wagoner: The Cold Hard Facts Of Life (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16537
 

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3-CD Digipac with 60-page booklet, 70 tracks, playing time 177 minutes. First CD release of six best-selling concept albums that gave the late country music superstar Porter Wagoner a cult following (please see German review for album titles). Features a...

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Frankie Miller: Blackland Farmer - Complete Starday Recordings (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16566
 

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3-CD DigiPac (8-seitig) with 100-page booklet, 96 tracks, playing time approx. 210 minutes. • Contains every Starday recording – previously issued or unissued – by Texas honky tonk legend Frankie Miller , including alternate takes, including the giant 1959 hit...

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Hawkshaw Hawkins: Hawk 1953-1961 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15539
 

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 20-page book, 63 tracks. Playing time approx. 149 mns. These days he's chiefly remembered as the guy who died in the plane crash with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas, but throughout the '50s Hawkshaw made excellent country music and was just...

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Jimmie Driftwood: Americana (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15465
 

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3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 82 tracks. Playing time approx. 205 mns. Justly renowned as the writer of The Battle Of New Orleans, Jimmie Driftwood was a true maverick. He was an Arkansas schoolteacher who wrote songs to illustrate his classes. He...

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