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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.

   
 
Stonewall Jackson: The Lonesome In Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI145
 

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(2011/Omni) 28 tracks (73:19) Columbia 1968-72 with 16 page booklet.

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Frankie Laine: Rocks And Gravel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI136
 

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(2010/OMNI) 28 tracks (76:43) 1956-64 with 20 page booklet. Blistering Gunfighter Ballads & Epic Blue-Collar Anthems!

$21.00 *

Grandpa Jones: Everybody's Grandpa - Sings Hits From 'Hee Haw'
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI159
 

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(2012/OMNI) 32 tracks Monument 1961-73 with 20 page booklet.

$22.17 *

Burl Ives: Sweet, Sad & Salty - Anthology
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI157
 

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(2012/OMNI) 31 tracks Decca/MCA 1962-72 with 20 page booklet.

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STONEMANS: All In The Family
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI151
 

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With a legacy that spans 3 centuries the Stonemans are both puzzling and compelling. Founded around 1920s Hillbilly recording star Pop Stoneman, by the mid-1960s the group comprised Pop and 5 of his 13 children. With a dizzying sound that melded old-timey traditions,...

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Hank Snow: Songs Of Tragedy - When Tragedy Strucks...plus
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI148
 

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(2011/OMNI) 25 tracks (RCA 1958-66) with 16 page booklet.

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Grandpa Jones: Makes The Rafters Ring - Yodeling Hits...plus
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI143
 

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(2011/OMNI) 32 tracks (Monument 1960-64) w.20 page booklet.

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Stonewall Jackson: Life Of A Poor Boy - Anthology
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI141
 

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Stonewall Jackson is the epitome of hard drivin', pure honky tonk. Feisty, heartfelt and down-home tunes delivered from behind a plow or the bottom of a beer glass. From the late 1950s through the 1960s Stonewall cut a vast catalogue of fine music and many of the...

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Various: The World Is A Monster (Columbia Hillbillies)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI140
 

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(2010/OMNI) 32 lonesome, jivin' and blue hillbillies from the Columbia vaults 1948-58. With 28 page booklet. Out of the ashes of World War II, post-war Corporate U.S.A would sully its hands with anything in search of a buck. Heck, even Hillbilly music... Here, for...

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Parton, Dolly: Fairest Of Them All
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI138
 

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(2010/Omni) 23 tracks (61:58) RCA masters 1968/69 with 20 p.booklet. Including 2 rare/unreleased tracks.

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Porter Wagoner: What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen...plus
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI137
 

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(2010/OMNI) 30 tracks 1970-79 with 20 page booklet. Two original albums from the King of 'Psychotric Country' plus bonus tracks.

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Hank Thompson: Hank The Hired Hand - Word And Music (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET1030
 

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(2010/EL TORO) 24 tracks 1947-59 (Capitol material & OPS radio transcriptions).CD#2 is a France Radio Show (46:38) from 2001, where Hank talks about his career (incl. 1927-57 recordings by other artists played at the show) Highlight-Set for the millions of Hank...

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Waylon Jennings: The Dark Side Of Fame
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI135
 

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(2010/OMNI) 28 tracks RCA 1965-71 with 20 page booklet.

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Billy Edd Wheeler: A Big Bag Of Songs
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI133
 

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(2010/OMNI) 28 tracks (79:11) 1963-72 with 254 page booklet. Billy Edd Wheeler is revered as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century, the author of unforgettable classics like Jackson (recorded by Johnny Cash/june Carter & Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood),...

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Henson Cargill: On The Road - The Mega Years...plus
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI130
 

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(2009/OMNI) 26 tracks 1971-81 with 16 page booklet

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Bobby Bare & The Family: Singin' In The Kitchen
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI116
 

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(2008/OMNI) 28 tracks with 20 page booklet. Sublime children's songs from Shel Silverstein - first time on CD !

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Rex Allen Jr.: Today's Generation (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI113
 

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(2008/OMNI) 15 tracks, recorded at Singleton Sound Studios, Nashville , Tennessee 1969-1970 / 20 page booklet; 'Hey, Hey Pop ! My Girlfriend's only thirteen, she's got her own Videophone and she's taking LSD !'

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Porter Wagoner: The Rubber Room - Haunting Poetic Songs
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI103
 

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(2006/OMNI) 29 tracks RCA Stereo/Mono 1966-77 with 16 page booklet

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