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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.

   
 
Jordan Thibodeaux Et Les Rodailleurs: Boue, Boucane, Et Bouteilles (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0042
 

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(2018/Valcour) 12 tracks - digisleeve Jourdan Thibodeaux is the guy you picture when someone says the word 'authentic'. Straight from the blackjack boggy woods of Cypress Island, Louisiana, Jourdan is one of only a small number of young people speaking Cajun...

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Various: Farewell, Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0040
 

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(2017/Valcour) 14 tracks (39:29) digisleeve. Featuring: Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams. There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C. Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer from Mamou had...

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Kristi Guillory & Anya Burgess: Eponymous (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0025
 

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(Valcour) 13 tracks, digisleeve. Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess, of the group Bonsoir, Catin have shared a love of old and crooked Cajun tunes for since they first started playing music together in 2005. The girls have teamed up as a fiddle/accordion/guitar duo...

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Bonsoir Catin: L'auroe (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0037
 

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(2017/Valcour) 13 tracks (47:25) - digisleeve  - We're proud to share with the world another release by our favorite incredibly talented Cajun dudettes (and dude) – Bonsoir, Catin! L'Aurore is a provactive and innovative take on Cajun music conventions, and...

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Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys: Party At The Holiday, All Night Long! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0034
 

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(2016/Valcour) 7 tracks (25:04) digisleeve  - What's that? Christmas tunes from Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys? You got it! The boys are back covering a unique combination of holiday tunes from the likes of George Harrison, to Buck Owens, to Jim Cox....

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Kyle Huval: Kyle Huval And The Dixie Club Ramblers - Straight Allons (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0038
 

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(2017/Valcour) 12 tracks (43:11) digisleeve  - Already a veteran of the Cajun music scene, twenty-something-year-old Kyle Huval describes his band the Dixie Club Ramblers as playing heavy-hitting dancehall music in the spontaneous style of the 1960s and 70s....

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Various: The Best Of Valcour Records 2006-2011 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0018
 

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(2012/VALCOUR) 16 tracks (62:24) papersleeve. Hervorragende Werkschau des kleinen aber feinen Louisiana Labels. - Since 2006 Valcour Records has emerged as one of the essential sources for Acadian musical culture. In 2006, Valcour co-founders recognized that there...

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Various: Cajun Accordion Kings (and the Queen) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0036
 

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(2017/Valcour) 16 tracks. Produced by Steve Riley and Joel Savoy   "Listening to these recordings, I hear the ghosts of our music and our culture’s past, haunting and beautiful at the same time. Each player here has a left a huge huge imprint on Cajun...

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The Balfa Family: A Retrospective - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 1977-2010 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0019
 

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(2012/VALCOUR) 20 tracks (79:38) Recorded at Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles 1977-2009. Gatefold Papersleeve.  Valcour Records has teamed up again with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana at...

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Courtney Granger: Beneath Still Waters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0033
 

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(2016/Valcour) 13 tracks (46:38) digisleeve. Recorded at The Cypress House, Parks, Louisiana.  - Courtney Granger lives in Lafayette, Lousiana. A master fiddler and extraordinarily talented singer, Courtney hails from the Balfa family lineage, which is evident...

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Dirk Powell: A Fret-Free Christmas - Fretless Banjo (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0013
 

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(2010/VALCOUR) 18 tracks (42:40) ecopac. Dirk Powell Combines Deep-Running Roots In Rural American Tradition With An Overarching Artistic Vision That Speaks Poignantly To The Audiences Of Today. He Has Expanded On The Deeply Rooted Sounds Of His Appalachian Heritage...

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Feufollet: Cow Island Hop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0005
 

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(2008/VALCOUR) 11 tracks (41:51) digipac.  - Outstanding, powerful and fresh album from Lafayette's Cajun Youth. The Music Of Feufollet Is A Perfect Example Of What Dewey Balfa Meant When He Said That He Wanted To Preserve Not The Music Itself But The Process...

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Doug Kershaw & Steve Riley: Face To Face (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0026
 

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(2014/Valcour) 12 tracks. Imagine two of Cajun music’s most prolific ambassadors sitting down across from each other in a small, cozy room, making music together for the very first time. The performance, the repertoire, and even the instruments are timeless – filling...

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T'Monde: Yesterday's Gone (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0031
 

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(2015/Valcour) 15 tracks.  As in most cases in south Louisiana, bands are formed through friendships and pure love for the music they play; this is no different with T’Monde. Playing together since 2011, Drew, Megan and Kelli have developed a unique sound that...

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Cajun Country Revival: Greetings From Louisiana (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0024
 

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(2014/Valcour) 12 tracks, digisleeve.  The Cajun Country Revival strikes again! This time in the form of an acoustic quartet, Joel Savoy is joined by Cajun accordion hero Jesse Lége as well as Sammy Lind and Nadine Landry of the infamous Foghorn Stringband....

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PINE LEAF BOYS: Danser (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0021
 

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(2013/Valcour) 13 tracks. The Pine Leaf Boy’s 5th studio album and 2nd release with Valcour Records shows the band’s breadth of skills, styles, and interests. From traditional Cajun sounds to straight up country to the awesomely danceable “Werewolf Two-Step”,...

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Boozoo Chavis: Light the Stars (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0023
 

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(2014/Valcour) 13 tracks. Since Bonsoir, Catin burst upon the folk music scene in 2005, they have been rocking Louisiana dancehalls and festivals with their fresh Cajun sound that is a unique blend of ancient ballads, dancehall era gems, swamp pop stylings, and...

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Boozoo Chavis: Festival Stage 1989: Festivals Acadiens Et Créoles (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0022
 

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(2013/Valcour) 14 tracks. Valcour Records  has teamed up again with  Festivals Acadiens et Créoles  and the  Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette  for this third release in the  Rubber...

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Various: Joel Savoy's Honky Tonk Merry-Go Round (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0020
 

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(2013/VALCOUR9) 11 tracks (33:09) gatefold papersleeve. Louisiana Projekt mit hervorragendem Western Swing und Honky Tonk, produziert von und mit Joel Savoy. Eine klasse Truppe von Musikern und Sängerinnen, von welcher der Funke förmlich auf den Zuhörer überspringt....

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CUNTRY DIKTATOR: Cunts N Roses
Art-Nr.: CDRM5007
 

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(2012/REBEL) 10 tracks (31:16) (2012/REBEL) 10 tracks (31:16)

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Various: Festival Acadiens Et Creoles 2002 - Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0017
 

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(2011/VALCOUR) 14 tracks (55:26) - ecopac. We Are Delighted To Announce That Valcour Records Has Teamed Up With Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles And The Archives Of Cajun And Creole Folklore At The University Of Louisiana At Lafayette To Make Available For The First...

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TOUPS/RILEY/SAVOY: The Band Courtbouillon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0016
 

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(2011/VALCOUR) 14 tracks (50:02) ecopac. Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy. Three Of The Most Prominent And Entertaining Personalities (Not To Mention Incredibly Talented Accordionists) Come Together For This Good-Times Album. The Band Courtbouillon Is Just A...

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Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole: Creole Moon - Live From Blue Moon Saloon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0014
 

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(2010/VALCOUR) 11 tracks (53:33) ecopac.  Cedric Watson Returned To His Roots In Louisiana After Growing Up In Sealy, Texas So He Could Develop His Creole Music In The Towns And PasturesWhere His Predecessors Once Played. One Of The Most Noted Young Talents To...

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Jesse Lege & Joel Savoy & Cajun Country Revival: The Right Combination (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0015
 

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(2011/VALCOUR) 11 tracks (37:11) ecopac. Louisiana Music Traditions Have Always Blended Well With Country, Blues, Gospel, Pop, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass And Old Time. Its Like Adding Cayenne Pepper To A Decent Dish - It Gives It The Extra Kick To Push It Over The Top....

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PINE LEAF BOYS: Back Home (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0012
 

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(2010/VALCOUR) 16 tracks (52:00) ecopac. Louisiana's Finest, Four-Time Grammy-Nominated, World-Renowned Pine Leaf Boys Have Made A Name For Presenting Their Own Inimitable Brand Of Cajun Music With Youthful Exuberance. Hailing From The Southwest Louisiana, The Pine...

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Dennis McGee: Himself (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0011
 

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(2010/VALCOUR) 33 tracks (41:53) ecopac with 20 page booklet. Never before released recording of Cajun music's historical master of the fiddle. Recorded by Gerard Dole using a Nagra III and a Beyer M69N Dynamic microphone in 1975. Mastered by Joel Savoy.

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Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole: L'Esprit Creole (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0009
 

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(2009/VALCOUR) 12 tracks (42:12) ecopac. To Make A Contrubtion To Any Traditional Folk Genre, A Writer Must Know Its Traditional Book Of Tunes, Play To Its Audiences And Speak Its Language. Cedric Watson In This 2nd Album As Leader Forges Ahead With Original Creole...

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Linzay Young & Joel Savoy: Linzay Young & Joel Savoy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0008
 

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(2009/VALCOUR) 13 tracks (38:33) papersleeve. Often Times, Cajun Music Fans Find Themselves Skipping Ahead To The TwinFiddles Track On Their Favorite Album. This Is Not Because Its The Only Track They Love, But Because There Is Something Special About The Harmonic...

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Bonsoir Catin: Vive L'Amour
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0007
 

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(2009/VALCOUR) 12 tracks (45:58) ecopac. Kristi Guillory (voc/ accordion), Christine Balfa (voc/gtr), Yvette Landry (voc/bass), Anya Burgess(voc/fiddle). Vive L'Amour Demonstrates The Sound That Separates This Band From All The Rest. Their Haunting And Melodic...

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Christine Balfa: Plays The Triangle (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0006
 

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(2008/VALCOUR) 13 tracks (55:34) ecopac.  Nearly An Hour Of Pure, Unadulterated Classic Cajun Triangle. Seriously, Its An Idea So Simple And So Brilliant, We Had To Get Cajun Royal Lineage Involved! This Is Sure To Become A Collector's Item, As We're Only Going...

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Cedric Watson: Cedric Watson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0004
 

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(2008/VALCOUR) 15 tracks (51:34) ecopac. This Album Is The Story Of a Historical Louisiana Musician In The Making. Cedric Watson Returned To His Roots In Louisiana After Growing Up In Sealy, Texas So He Could Develop His Creole Music In The Towns And Pastures Where...

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Various: Allons Boire Un Coup - Cajun & Creole Drinkin (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0002
 

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(54:40) ecopac 16 tracks (54:40) with 12 page booklet. Winner of OffBEAT Magazines 2007 'Cajun Album Of The Year' award. Yes, Cajun And Creole Musicians Do Get Drunk. In Fact, As I Write This There Is A Drunk Cajun Sitting Right Next To Me, Playing The Accordion This...

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Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet: Goin' Down To Louisiana (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0001
 

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(2011/VALCOUR) 12 tracks (41:32) papersleeve. Two Of Louisiana's Most Promising Young Musicians Got Together In 2006 To Record This Raw, Bluesy, Soulful Masterpiece For The First Valcour Records Release. Cedric Watson And Corey Ledet Both Play This Music The Way They...

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Various - Buffalo Bop: Rock-A-Billy Choo Choo
Art-Nr.: CDBB55168
 

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30 rockin' Train songs from the fabulous 50s

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Various - Buffalo Bop: Hobo Bop
Art-Nr.: CDBB55012
 

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A thematic compilation (CD) with a very rare doo-wop and teenage rock and roll songs from the 50s to the early 60s. The Dee Jay Jamboree Dee Jay Records CD series is an excellent addition to the Bear Family Records Doo Wop CD series of Street Corner Symphonies....

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