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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.

   
 
Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With The Truth (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17426
 

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2-CD DigiPac with 124-page booklet. 48 tracks. Total playing time 2 hrs 7 mns. The Grammy Award nominations were announced this morning, and "The Trouble With The Truth" (BCD 17426 by Arthur Q. Smith) received a nomination in the 'Best Album Notes' category...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.07, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1974-75 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17367
 

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2-CD Digipak (6 pages) with extensive booklet, 43 single tracks. Total playing time 160:29 minutes. We remain very pleased with the sales and reactions to the first four releases in this series. The story of Country Rock ends with parts 6 and 7! The concept...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.06, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1973 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17366
 

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2-CD Digipak (6-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 46 tracks. Total playing time approx. 157:52 minutes. TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock, 1973, Volume 6 The leading edge, certainly the funkier edge, of the country rock scene...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.05, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1972 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17365
 

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2-CD Digipak (6-plated) with extensive booklet, 37 tracks. Total playing time approx. 00 minutes. TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock; Volume 5 1972 Nineteen-seventy-two. In its mid-year assessment of rock music, 'Billboard'...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.04, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1971 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17364
 

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2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 39 tracks. Total playing tiume approx.  136:30 Minutes. TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock 1971; Volume 4 How big was rock music on record in the early 1970s? Very, very...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.03, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1970 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17363
 

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2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 38 tracks TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock 1966-1968; Volume 3 On January 12, 1970, 'Time' magazine placed The Band on its cover with the headline, 'The New Sound of Country...

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Various - Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Vol.01, The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock 1966-68 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17361
 

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2-CD Digipak (6-plated) with extensive booklet, 41 tracks. Total playing time approx. 116:04 minutes. Country Rock TRUCKERS, KICKERS, COWBOY ANGELS The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock 1966-1968; Volume 1 Did it start in July 1954 when Elvis Presley applied his...

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