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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.

Johnny Paycheck aka Donny Young: Shakin' The Blues (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45SR153

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(Sleazy Records) 3-Track EP - 45 rpm, large inner hole, with picture cover and inner sleeve! Original Decca recordings 1958-1960, when Johnny Paycheck was Donny Young!

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Slim Sandy & The Hillbilly Boppers: Done Gone! (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45CR012

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(Crow-Matic) 4-Track Vinyl EP - Canadian Hillbilly Boogie! - With picture sleeve, 45 rpm, big inner hole! Slim Sandy is Peter Sandmark, who was already in the 80s with the Hardrock Goners around Ray Condo!

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Fia Sco & The Majestics: Icebear! - Shame On You (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45RBR30

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(2017/Rhythm Bomb) 2-Track Single, 45rpm, with Hard Cover Picture Sleeve and big center hole! Two great Songs from Fia Sco & The Majestics – female led hillbilly music from the hills of Austria!

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Johnny Horsepower: The Band In Black - Sun Session with W.S. Holland (7inch & CD , EP, 33rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45ET15084

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(2017/El Toro) 4-Track EP at 33rpm speed with small center and picture sleeve! Plus 12 track CD!!! Limited edition red and black vinyl! Johnny Horsepower are a true dedication to the original sound of Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two. These welldressed gentlemen...

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Rockin' Bonnie: Western Bound Combo (7inch EP, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45ET15085

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(2017/El Toro) 4-Track EP with picture sleeve, 45rpm speed and a big center hole, perfect for the juke box!

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J.R. & His Blue Train: Busted (EP, 7inch, 45rpm, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: 45BFRV001

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(2017/Backfire Records) 4-Track EP at 45rpm speed, big center and therefore ideal for use in jukeboxes! Comes in a brown vintage paper sleeve! Strictly limited to 150 copies only and numbered by manually! MM/Bear Family Records

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Justin Tubb: The Nashville Radio Sessions (EP, 7inch, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: 45VTREP304

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(2016/Vee-Tone) 4-track EP, Deluxe Limited Edition EP (only 500 pressed), Previously unreleased Justin Tubb radio session in superb sound quality, full colour high gloss picture sleeve (shrink wrapped) with inner sleeve, stunning special yellow vinyl pressing. -...

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