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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.

   
 
Michael Nesmith: Nevada Fighter (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5514
 

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(2018/Sundazed) More Matchless Nez Music! The third LP from a Nudie-suit wearing father of country-rock! Nevada Fighter completes a trilogy of LPs by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, augmented by members of Elvis’ ‘70s touring band and other Wrecking...

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Michael Nesmith: Magnetic South (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5512
 

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(2018/Sundazed) Nesmith’s Country-Rock Cornerstone! The heralded (true!) solo debut of Michael Nesmith! Magnetic South features the artist’s hybrid of cowboy-’n’-western country music and rock sensibilities, highlighted by Joanne , one of the earliest...

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Michael Nesmith: Loose Salute (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5513
 

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(2018/Sundazed) Rural Rock From 1970 California! The second LP from Michael Nesmith and the First National Band! Loose Salute features the country-rock pioneer’s hit single “Silver Moon” alongside dreamy, near-psychedelic studies on western motifs and...

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Chet Atkins: Chet Atkins' Workshop (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8064
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 12 Tracks - Reissue of Chet's 1961 RCA Victor masterpiece, his best selling album in his entire career! HQ sound! The best-selling album of Chet's lengthy career! Having set up a home studio in the '50s, he would lay down backing tracks at...

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Chet Atkins: Hi-Fi In Focus (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH8061
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 13 Tracks - Chet's 1957 masterpiece on RCA Victor now reissued! Great music - fantastic sound! Heralded hip hi-fi from '57! Chet's 1957 masterpiece! A stunning collection showing his virtuosity and diverse repertoire aimed to satisfy both...

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Chet Atkins: My Brother Sings (LP, 180 Gram Vinyl, Stereo Edition)
Art-Nr.: SLP5496
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 12 tracks - Chet Atkins together with his brother Jim Atkins! recorded in Nashville July 24 and August 29, 1958! The great lost album of country music! Recorded at the then-new RCA Victor Studio B in Nashville, this amazing collection of Chet...

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Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5239
 

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(2016/Sundazed)12 tracks. Released June 15, 1960, Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams is not quite an accurate title. Only four of the album’s twelve tracks are Hank Williams’ songs with all but one of the remaining tracks composed by Cash. Whatever the title, this is a...

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Johnny Cash: Now Here's Johnny Cash
Art-Nr.: SLP5240
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 12 tracks From the minute he walked into Sun Studios, Johnny Cash began a career that would see him become one of the biggest and most influential musicians of our time. Though only on Sun from 1955-58, Johnny made some of his most legendary...

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Johnny Cash: The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash
Art-Nr.: SLP5238
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 12 tracks From the minute he walked into Sun Studios, Johnny Cash began a career that would see him become one of the biggest and most influential musicians of our time. Though only on Sun from 1955-58, Johnny made some of his most legendary...

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Johnny Cash: The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash
Art-Nr.: SLP5242
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 12 tracks From the minute he walked into Sun Studios, Johnny Cash began a career that would see him become one of the biggest and most influential musicians of our time. Though only on Sun from 1955-58, Johnny made some of his most legendary...

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INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND: Safe At Home (Mono edition, white vinyl)
Art-Nr.: SLP5530
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 10 tracks. This seminal 1968 album by Gram Parsons' International Submarine Band is widely regarded as the record that lauchend the county-rock movement - and was the first album to spotlight Parsons' charismatic vocals and visionary songwriting. In...

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