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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.

   
 
Merle Haggard: The Troubadour (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17250
 

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4-CD box set (LP-format) with 68-page hardcover book, 111 tracks, total playing time approx. 6 hrs 38 mns. Merle Haggard 's overlooked and underappreciated MCA recordings capture the great country singer-songwriter reemerging from his mid-career crossroads. 111...

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Bonnie Owens: Queen Of The Coast (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16178
 

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4-CD box set (LP-Size) with 76-page hardcover book, 103 tracks. Playing time approx. 252 mns. Married to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard , Bonnie Owens was the Queen of Bakersfield… and the original Honky Tonk Angel. All of Bonnie’s recordings between 1953 and...

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Dixon Brothers: A Blessing To People
Art-Nr.: BCD16817
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 164-page hardcover book, 121 tracks. Playing time approx. 242 mns. ' Dorsey Dixon is the poet laureate of [America's] textile industry.' - Archie Green. The definitive collection of one of the quintessential Depression-era hillbilly...

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Various - Historic Sessions: The Johnson City Sessions - Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music? (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16083
 

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4 -CD boxed set (LP-size) with 136-page hardcover book, 100 tracks. Playing time approx. 302 mns. The famous 1927 Bristol Sessions , produced by Victor Records in Bristol, Tennessee are known as ' The Big Bang Of Country Music .' But don't overlook the recordings...

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Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years, 1956-1966 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17150
 

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4-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 64-page Hardcover Book, 126 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 30 mns. The first comprehensive anthology spotlighting Bill Anderson , the most successful singer-songwriter during the Nashville Sound's classic era. Contains 21...

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Carl Story: A Life In Rural Music 1942-1952 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16839
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 112-page hardcover book. 134 tracks. Playing time approx. 5 hrs 29 mns. The last major bluegrass star from the music's early days to be reissued! The first time this music has been reissued since the LP era! Includes many bluegrass...

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Charlie Monroe: I'm Old Kentucky Bound 1938-56 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16808
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 60-page book, 110 tracks. Playing time approx. 245 mns. The other Monroe brother! Bill Monroe split from his older brother, Charlie Monroe , and went on to invent bluegrass music. This is the story of what happened to Charlie Monroe...

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Stoney Coper And Wilma Lee: Big Midnight Special (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16751
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 315 mns. In response to many requests from fans of bluegrass and old time music, the classic recordings of Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper are finally issued complete! Includes ultra-rare...

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Bill Monroe: My Last Days on Earth (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16637
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 84-page hardcover book, 89 tracks. Playing time approx. 267 mns. Complete studio recordings by the Father of Bluegrass from 1981 – 1994! Bear Family’s incredible project of reissuing every studio recording by Bill Monroe is now finished!...

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Mac Wiseman: On Susan's Floor (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16736
 

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4-CD Box Set, LP-size with 60-page hardcover book. 114 tracks. Plying time 303:36 minutes.  We did it first...and we do it best! Now here's the second installment of our Mac Wiseman retrospective, including his ultra-rare recordings for Dot, Rural Rhythm,...

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Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.6, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15837
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 114 tracks. Playing time approx. 297 mns. 'The Complete D Singles', Volume Six, continues Bear Family's chronological reissue of every single issued on Pappy Daily's famed, Houston-based D Records, picking up where Volume Five...

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Stonewall Jackson: Waterloo (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16421
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 73-page hardcover book, 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 310 mns. A name like Stonewall Jackson cannot be taken lightly. Seventy years separated the death of the great Confederate general and the birth of the Grand Ole Opry star who shares...

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Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.5, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15836
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 121 tracks. Playing time approx. 298 mns. 'The Complete D Singles', Volume Five, continues Bear Family's chronological reissue of every single issued on Pappy Daily's famed, Houston-based D Records, picking up where Volume Four...

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Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.4, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15835
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 278 mns. 'The Complete D Singles', Volume Four, continues Bear Family's chronological reissue of every release on Pappy Daily's famed, Houston-based D Records, picking up where Volume Three left...

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Various - Record Label Profiles: The Sarg Records Anthology (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16296
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 60-page hardcover book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 274 mns. Beginning in 1954, Charlie Fitch 's Sarg Record Company maintains a steady presence on the music scene in the multicultural milieu that is South Texas. With a catalogue that...

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