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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.

   
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Merle Haggard: The Bluegrass Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCM0008
 

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(Hag Records/McCoury Music) 12 tracks featuring: Marty Stuart, Carl Jackson, Rob Ickes, Alison Krauss a.o.

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Pete Drake: Pete & His Talking Steel Guitar - For Pete's Sake (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT0685
 

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(Gusto) 18 Tracks - Original 1960s King Records Masters! The real art of talking steel guitar sounds! Just fantastic!

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Gretchen Wilson: One Of The Boys (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD89201
 

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(Sony-BMG) 11 tracks (37:29)

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Daryle Singletary: Straight From The Heart (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH6201
 

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(Shanachie) 12 tracks - digipac  - 'Daryle embodies what country music is all about' ...George Jones

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Everton Blender: Everton Blender - Live in Berkeley (DVD & CD)
Art-Nr.: DVDTBO2209
 

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(2B1 Records/2007) 20 tracks DVD - Region: All Regions - NR Not Rated - 4:3 - 1.33:1 - Color - Enhanced - Live • Featuring The Blendem Band & Isha Blender • Set Full Length DCD & CD • HD Format • Filmed In 2006 Dvd Is Over 110 Minutes Long • CD Is Over...

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Junior Reid: Junior Reid - Live In Berkeley (DVD & CD)
Art-Nr.: DVDTBO2207
 

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(2B1 Records/2007) 18 tracks DVD - Region: All Regions - NR Not Rated - 4:3 - 1.33:1 - Color - Enhanced - Live - NTSC • 2 Disc Set Full Length DVD & CD • HD Format • Filmed In 2006 • DVD Is Over 110 Minutes Long • CD Is Over 55 Minutes Long • 3 Camera Video...

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Frankie Laine: America's Number One Song Stylist (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREV191
 

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(2007/Rev-Ola) 23 tracks - Frankie Laine was the first and biggest of a new breed of black influenced singers who rose to prominence in the post-WWII era, a harbinger of the Rock 'n' Roll music that was to come. His 1946 recording of "That's My Desire" (a Pop...

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Various: Coconut Ska (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKE08
 

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(King Edwards/2007) 14 tracks Recorded: Kingston Jamaica 1963 -1964 The Players of Instruments: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso - Tenor Sax Lester Sterling - Alto Sax Don Drummond, Ronald Wilson - Trombone Baba Brooks, Percival Dillon - Trumpet Lloyd Knibbs,...

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The Skatalites: Rolling Steady - The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAST019
 

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​(Motion/2007) 9 tracks recordet at Music Mountain Studio, Jamaica in 1983

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Anna Sahlene: Photograph (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLHI0020
 

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(Lionheart) 12 tracks.

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Various: Cowboy Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD96804
 

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(2007/Digi Planet) 38 Tracks - Cowboy Country Christmas, rare German pressing!

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Lee Hazlewood: Golden Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD142436
 

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(2007/Euro Trend) 16 tracks

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Townes van Zandt: Rear View Mirror (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTVZ1107
 

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(2007/TVZ Records) 17 tracks

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Townes van Zandt: For The Sake Of The Song (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFP1087
 

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(2007/Fat Possum) 11 tracks, digipack

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Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5002
 

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(2007/New West) 12 tracks

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Robbie Fulks: Revenge (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDYEP2125
 

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(YepRoc) 23 tracks - recorded live at the High Dive In Champaign and at the Black Orchid in Chicago by Jay Zdyrski; digipac A 2-disc, 23-track "live record" that invests that term with fresh thinking. One disc stars the songwriter's ferociously rocking...

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Various: Hightone Records Anthology - Rockin' From The Roots (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTL19373
 

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(Time-Life/Hightone) 30 timeless Country, Roots and Americana recordings 1983- 2006. Slipcase packaging with 12 page color booklet.  - Dale Watson, Rosie Flores, Hank Thompson, The Blasters, Gary Stewart, Buddy Miller, Chris Gaffney, Big Sandy, Joe Louis...

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Jessie Lee Miller: Waiting (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0713006
 

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(Sunset Valley) 12 Tracks (36:08) - Digipack - Country Swing featuring Floyd Domino, Piano!

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Margaret Lewis: Lonesome Bluebird - RAM Records Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD572
 

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(Ace Records) 27 tracks (70:10) Louisiana Rock'n'Roll singer, many tracks previously unissued including two cuts with Johnny Winter & His Band. The much awaited follow-up volume to our acclaimed 'Shreveport Stomp' album (CDCHD 495). This is the first ever...

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Mickey Gilley: At His Best Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFUEL616562
 

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(2007/Fuel 2000) 12 Tracks, 1960-1968 - Original Potomac, Lynn, Princess, San, Astro, and Paula recordings!

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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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Tibby Edwards: Play It Cool Man - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
Art-Nr.: BCD16557
 

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 34 tracks, playing time 81:40 minutes. Elvis ' co-star on the Louisiana Hayride A rockabilly pioneer Rockabilly fans have been clamoring for his Mercury recordings on CD! The CD contains his complete recordings for Mercury, 'D', Jin...

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Hank Snow: Snow On Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16980
 

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1-CD-Album digipac (4-plated) with 32-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 56 mns. A completely expanded version of his Christmas LP, now including all of his commercial and non-commercial seasonal recordings! Hank Snow pioneered the country concept LP...

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Hank Snow: Tales Of The Yukon (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16767
 

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1-CD-Album with 36-page booklet, 8 tracks. Playing time approx. 38 mns. One of Canada's best-known poets, Robert William Service was a man who celebrated the untamed vastness of the Canadian north, yet Service was from England and spent just a small part of his...

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Benny Barnes: Poor Man's Riches - Complete 1950s Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16517
 

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1-CD with 48-page booklet, 33 tracks, playing time 76:38 mns. • Complete 1950s recordings by this overlooked Texas artist • All of his rare Dixie EPs • His tribute record to Buddy Holly , Ritchie Valens , and the Big Bopper , Gold Records In The Snow...

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Alan Jackson, George Strait & Jimmy Buffett: Live At Texas Stadium (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD589402
 

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(2007/MCA) 15 tracks (59:48) recorded live at Texas Stadium in 2004.

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Jerry Wallace: The Best Of Jerry Wallace (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAR66857
 

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(2007/Varèse Sarabande) 16 Tracks, 1964-1978!  In the early '70s this 'smooth singing' pop star traded his tuxedo for a Nudie suit and restyled himself as a country hit maker. Here's the first collection to feature all his big country singles, including the...

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Brian Hyland: Country Meets Folk - Here's Brian Hyland (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO759
 

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(2007/BGO) 24 tracks 1963/64

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The Kingston Trio: Kingston Trio (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD32552
 

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(2007/Laser Light) 20 tracks

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Asleep At The Wheel: Western Standard Time - Keepin' Me Up Nights (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACA8158
 

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(2007/SONY-BMG) 22 tracks 1989/90

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PARTON, Dolly: My Tennessee Mountain Home (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY81529
 

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( 2007/LEGACY ) 12 titres enregistrés en 1972 , y compris bonus track 'Sacred Memories (sorti en RCA PB unique et 1001 sur l'album " Love Is Like A Butterfly' ) Livret de 12 pages de notes et de photos rares ....

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Bobbie Gentry: Patchwork - Fancy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRV251
 

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(2007/RAVEN) 22 tracks 1970/71 with 8 page booklet; Enticing blend of country-meets-soul-meets-pop with expquisite songs. Includes her hit version of Bacharach/David's - I'll Never Fall In Love Again. Patchwork is a fan favourite, a marvellous song-cycle of unique...

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Emmylou Harris: Songbird - Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN95623
 

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(2007/Rhino) 78 tracks- career spanning retrospective

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Dolly Parton: Coat Of Many Colors (1971)...plus
Art-Nr.: CD770898
 

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(2007/RCA) 14 tracks 1969-71 with 12 page booklet.

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Mike Seeger: Tipple, Loom & Rail: Songs Of The Industrilazation Of The South
Art-Nr.: CDFW05273
 

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(2007/Smithsonian) 16 tracks.

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McCLINTOCK, Harry: Haywire Mac
Art-Nr.: CDFD5272
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 14 tracks - digisleeve

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Cansler, Loman: Missouri Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFH5324
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 14 tracks - digisleeve

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McEwen, Rory And Alex: Scottish Songs And Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFW6930
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Clark, Keith: Ballads of La Salle County, Illinois - The Story of Ottawa, Illinois
Art-Nr.: CDFA2080
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 10 tracks - digisleeve

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House, Wallace: Irish Songs Of Resistance - The Great Rebellion
Art-Nr.: CDFP3002
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 16 tracks - digisleeve

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Cameron, Dick: Irish Folk Songs And Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFG3516
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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Various: Songs Of The Great Lakes
Art-Nr.: CDFE4018
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Allison, John: Witches And War-Whopps - Early New England Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFW5211
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 10 tracks - digisleeve

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Burman, Ben Lucien: Steamboat 'Round The Bend - Songs & Stories Of The Mississippi
Art-Nr.: CDFL9774
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 10 tracks - digisleeve

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GUTHRIE, Woody: Poor Boy
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31010
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Coppard, Audrey: English Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW6917
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 14 tracks - digisleeve

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Wagoners: The Wagoners Sings Folk Songs For Camp
Art-Nr.: CDFC7030
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Old Timey Songs For Children
Art-Nr.: CDFC7064
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 15 tracks - digisleeve

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ENGLISH, Logan: Woody Guthrie's Children's Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFC7503
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Bonyun, Bill: Who Built America
Art-Nr.: CDSC7542
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 12 tracks - digisleeve

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Various: Music From The Ozarks
Art-Nr.: CDFS3812
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 12 tracks - digisleeve

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Robertson, Walt: American Northwest Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFA2046
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 12 tracks - digisleeve

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House, Wallace: English Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW6823
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 16 tracks - digisleeve

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Various: The Orangemen Of Ulster
Art-Nr.: CDFW3003
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Bob Everhart: Waitin' For A Train
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31071
 

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(2007/Folkways) 13 tracks 1980 - digisleeve

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Brian Hyland: Rockin' Folk & The Joker Went Wild
Art-Nr.: CDBGO758
 

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(2007/BGO) 24 tracks 1965/66

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The David Bromberg Band: Try Me One More Time
Art-Nr.: CDAPR1099
 

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(2007/APPLESEED), 16 tracks

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Logan English: American Folk Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDMON388
 

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(2007/Folkways) 15 tracks - digisleeve

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Artus Moser: North Carolina Mountain Folksongs And Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFW5331
 

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(2007/Folkways) 12 tracks 1974 - digisleeve

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Ray Reed: Sings Traditional Frontier & Cowboy Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW5329
 

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(2007/Folkways) 10 tracks 1977 - digisleeve

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Paul Clayton: Dulcimer Songs And Solos
Art-Nr.: CDFW3571
 

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(2007/Folkways) 21 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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Various: Hand-Me-Down Music Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDFW34152
 

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(2007/Folkways) 21 tracks 1980 - digisleeve

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Various: Hand-Me-Down Music
Art-Nr.: CDFW34151
 

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(2007/Folkways) 20 tracks 1979 - digisleeve

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Clark Jones: Early American Folk Music And Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW31091
 

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(2007/Folkways) 16 tracks 1982 - digisleeve

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Cousin Ra Emmy & New Lost City: New Lost City Ramblers With Cousin Emmy
Art-Nr.: CDFW31015
 

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(2007/Folkways) 16 tracks 1968 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: New Lost City Ramblers Vol. 4
Art-Nr.: CDFW2399
 

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(2007/Folkways) 16 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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HOUSTON, Cisco: Sings American Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW2346
 

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(2007/Folkways) 14 tracks 1968 - digisleeve

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O'BRYANT, Joan: American Ballads & Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW2338
 

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(2007/Folkways) 16 tracks 1958 - digisleeve

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Joan O'Bryant: Folk Songs & Ballads Of Kansas
Art-Nr.: CDFW2134
 

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(2007/Folkways) 12 tracks 1957 - digisleeve

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