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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.

Various: Starday Custom Series #500 - 675 (10-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDBE629099

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(2017/BE! Sharp) 312 Tracks - Rockabilly, Country, Hillbilly and Gospel 1953 - 1957!  Although the Starday record company was not by any means the first label to dabble with customs presses, they are probably one of the most famous and sought after. What was...

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Various - Record Label Profiles: Big 'D' Jamboree (8-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD16086

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 168-page hardcover book, 285 tracks. Total playing time approx. 686 mns. ​The dawn of rock 'n' roll, like you've never heard it before - live from Texas 1950-1958! Hear stars like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson...

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Hank Thompson: The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17260

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8-CD Box-Set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 246 tracks. Total playing time approx. 673 mns. This box set includes all his post-Capitol recordings for Warner Brothers, Dot, ABC, Churchill, and MCA/Dot during the twenty year period from 1966 through 1986....

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Buck Owens: Tall Dark Stranger (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16898

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8-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 108-page hardcover book, 214 tracks. Playing time approx. 521 mns. THE WAY IT WAS IN '69... This 8-CD set chronicles every existing recording from Buck Owens ' last years with Capitol Records. Every week he was on the hugely popular...

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Bill Clifton: Around The World To.... (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16425

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 100-page hardcover book, 230 tracks. Playing time approx. 611 mns. Bill Clifton has taken bluegrass music around the world, uniting folk and country music, and preserving songs and styles that might otherwise have been forgotten. Although...

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Willie Nelson: Nashville Was The Roughest..(8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15831

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8-CD Box (LP-size) with 72-page hardcover book, 219 tracks. Playing time approx. 587 mns. Before anyone called him an Outlaw, Willie Nelson tried to play the game in Nashville. In 1964, he recorded a few sessions for Monument, then accepted Chet Atkins's invitation...

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