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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.

   
 
Buck Owens: Act Naturally (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16850
 

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5-CD Boxed Set (LP-size) with 84-page hardcover book, 159 tracks. Total playing time: 383 mns. One of the all-time Country Music Hall of Fame greats finally gets the Bear Family treatment! 'The birth of the legendary Bakersfield Sound!  'Includes Buck...

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17332
 

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2016 Grammy nomination for Bear Family's, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 154 tracks. Total playing time approx.. 397 minutes. • All the secular-themed...

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CHUCK WAGON GANG: The Complete Recordings 1936-1955 (5-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD17348
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 148-page hardcover book, 152 tracks. Total playing time approx. 410 minutes. Formed in 1936, the Chuck Wagon Gang still perform grassroots Gospel 
songs the way 'Dad' Carter taught his kids. They recorded more than 800 songs and sold...

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Red Simpson: Hello, I'm Red Simpson (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16944
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 108-page hardcover book, 165 tracks. Playing time: 415:49 minutes. Hot licks, big hits, and truckers' favourites! The very best recordings from a giant of the Bakersfield scene ... a scene that gave us Merle Haggard and Buck Owens,...

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Connie Smith: Just For What I Am (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16814
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 151 tracks. Playing time 408:56 minutes. First-ever reissue of the majority of these classic Connie Smith recordings! More than a dozen previously unissued recordings written by classic country songwriters...

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Various - Historic Sessions: The Bristol Sessions - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16094
 

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The Bristol Sessions 1927 - 1928 - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD) 5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book. 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 25 mns. Double nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards ('Best Historical Album', 'Best Album Notes')...

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George Jones: She Thinks I Still Care, 62-64 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16818
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 150 tracks. Total playing time approx. 368 mns. The complete George Jones United Artists recordings from 1962 to '64, 150 songs compiled in one package for the first time ever. Compiles every surviving title including...

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Bill Monroe: Far Across The Blue Water (4-CD & 1-DVD mit 52-seitigem Buch in LP-Format)
Art-Nr.: BCD16624
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 52-page book, CD 63 tracks, playing time approx. 194 mns. DVD 30 tracks, playing time approx. 92 mns. In 1975 and 1989, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys came to Germany. For European fans, these were two rare chances to see the...

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The Blue Sky Boys: The Sunny Side Of Life (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15951
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 348 mns. Bill and Earl Bolick , popularly known as the Blue Sky Boys , stood at the center of one of country music’s greatest vocal traditions, that of the Brother Duet. These 5...

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BLACKWOOD BROTHERS: Rock-A-My-Soul (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16308
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 82-page book, 148 tracks. Playing time approx. 380 mns. In the 1950s, a quartet from Memphis, Tennessee changed the face of American gospel music. They brought the excitement and passion of gospel to millions, finding a huge national...

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Wesley Tuttle: Detour (4-CD & 1-DVD mit 83-seitigem Buch)
Art-Nr.: BCD16416
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 83-page book, CD 121 tracks, playing time approx. 309 mns. DVD 11 tracks, playing time approx. 23 mns. Wesley Tuttle is one of the unjustly forgotten giants of West Coast country music. In 1944, he was the second country artist...

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The Weavers: Goodnight Irene, 1949-1953 (4-CD & 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15930
 

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4-CD/1 DVD box (LP-size) with 48-page hardcover book, 106 tracks. Playing time approx. 290 mns. With its 1950 recording of Goodnight Irene , the Weavers brought folk music to the 'American Hit Parade.' The public immediately responded to the song's catchy melody...

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