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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.

   
 
Little Roy Wiggins: The Fabulous Guitar Artistry Of "Little" Roy Wiggins (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8058
 

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(2018/Modern Harmonic) Pedal steel virtuoso "Little" Roy Wiggins presents a collection of Hawaiian-themed instrumentals, showcasing his tone, touch and approach in the guise of a tour through the islands, circa 1964! Includes dreamy, drifting meditations and hot,...

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Pete Drake: The Fabulous Steel Guitar Sound Of Pete Drake (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8057
 

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(2018/Modern Harmonic) The sound of Nashville nightlife, circa 1962! Steel guitar pioneer Pete Drake slides and glides through a glimpse of what Music City instro sounds were like mid-century - the kinds you might hear at any neon-draped honky tonk - including...

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Leon McAuliff: Swingin' Western Strings Of Leon McAuliff (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8059
 

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(2018/Modern Harmonic) 12 tracks Legendary Hall of Famer Leon McAuliff’s long-lost platter of delicious rural-route steel guitar and twin fiddle sounds, mixed with a frenetic, rockin’ country band on cuts—a southern stew steeped in the Houston native’s Texas roots!...

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George Barnes: Country Jazz (LP, Color Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8009
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 16 Tracks - Deluxe Gatefold Cover, colored wax - Reissue of the rare 1959 Colortone album. The amazing guitar of George Barnes & His Quartet! Jazz-meets-Country is an impossibly hot session! A platter of lightning-fast picking and impeccable...

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Slim Willet: Texas Oil Patch Songs (LP, Blue Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8008
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 12 Tracks - First ever reissue of this super rare 1959 Hillbilly concept album about working in the TX oil fields! On blue vinyl!

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Nilsson: Aerial Ballet - Mono Edition (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5468
 

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(2018/Sundazed) 13 tracks - Aerial Ballet solidified Nilsson's craft as a singer-songwriter par excellence. His pen is decidedly sharper in songs like Together , One , and Don't Leave Me , which deal with the insecurities and fatalities of romance. Suicide is...

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Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans: Space Songs (LP, Colored Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8013
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 15 Tracks - Made for children, coveted by adults! On red vinyl! Jacket adorned with the art of famed children’s book illustrator, Leo Leonni. The first ever vinyl reissue of an extraordinarily-unique space-age educational LP. Includes the...

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The Highwaymen: Highwayman (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5551
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 10 tracks. Frequently referred to as "the Mount Rushmore of country music," The Highwaymen Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson were American country music's first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the...

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The Highwaymen: Highwayman 2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5552
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 10 tracks. The second LP from 'The Mount Rushmore of country music!' The Highwaymen: Cash, Willie, Waylon, and Kristofferson an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre's pioneering. "The myth of the American West--lawless lands, resolute...

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Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Live In San Francisco 1971 (180 Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: SLP5522
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 14 tracks. Located 40–odd miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor was a cauldron of social change in the ’60s. Radical politics, courtesy of Students for a Democratic Society and John Sinclair’s White Panther Party, mixed with a vibrant music scene which...

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Gene Clark & Doug Dillard: The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark
Art-Nr.: SLP5344
 

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LP on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Gene Clark & Doug Dillard - The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark Groundbreaking album that helped define country-rock! In 1965 Missouri-born Gene Clark was riding the crest of unprecedented success and adulation as a member...

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Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash At San Quentin (1969) HQ Vinyl
Art-Nr.: SLP5362
 

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(2010/SUNDAZED) 10 tracks Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Johnny Cash at San Quentin captures Cash at his most raw and uninhibited. The artist's raucous rapport with his captive audience is obvious on an inspired mix of Cash classics ('I Walk the...

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Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968) HQ Vinyl
Art-Nr.: SLP5361
 

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(2010/SUNDAZED) 16 tracks Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison fully captures Cash's gritty intensity and hard-headed humanity, capturing a high-energy set performed for an equally spirited audience. With a set list tailored for the occasion, Cash focuses on songs...

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Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat And Tears (1962) 180g Vinyl
Art-Nr.: SLP5176
 

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LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von Johnny Cash - Blood, Sweat And Tears (1962) 180g Vinyl With his Presley-like mystique, a strapping baritone voice and songs with universal lunchbucket appeal, Johnny Cash reached one of many career high-water marks with his sprawling 1963...

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Johnny Cash: At Town Hall Party 1959 - HQ Vinyl
Art-Nr.: SLP5171
 

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(2003/Sundazed) 15 tracks Recorded August 8, 1959. 180 gram vinyl, mono. FIRST TIME ON VINYL'The birth of country cool! The Johnny Cash you hear on these two remarkable live performances is not the venerable legend of today. This was the young, feral Cash, full of...

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Johnny Cash: At Town Hall Party 1958 (180g)
Art-Nr.: SLP5170
 

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(2003/Sundazed) 14 tracks The birth of Country cool! This revelatory performance, recorded for TV's Town Hall Party and on vinyl for the very first time, captures the young, ornery Johnny Cash in his most revolutionary days-fresh from his historic stint at Sun...

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