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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.

   
 
Jp Harris & The Tough Choices: Home Is Where The Hurt Is
Art-Nr.: CDCIM023
 

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(2014/Cow Island) 10 tracks, the second albuum of JP Harris & The Tough Choices, featuring 10 self-penned real Honky Tonk and Country songs! This is where the real soul of Country Music comes from - far away from the commercial and superlative Nashville...

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Billy Bratcher: In The Lobby By Billy Bratcher (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM021
 

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(2012/COW ISLAND) 18 tracks, a fantastic solo effort of the Starline Rhythm Boys bass player Billy Bratcher paying here his tribute to the Pre-War Honky Tonk, Ragtime and Blues music! An A+ release and highly recommended!! Check also the Starline Rhythm Boys releases...

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Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys: What A Dream It's Been - 25 Years Of Big Sandy & The Fly-rite Boys (2013)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM022
 

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(Cow Island) 12 tracks, the 25th anniversary album of one of the hardestworkin' Rock & Roll bands on the  busy and ambitious Cow Island label! All recordings are new recordings with new arrangements! So what you get is not a common '25 Years - Best Of...

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TWILIGHT RANCHERS: Who Stole That Train ? (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM001
 

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(2004/COW ISLAND) 12 tracks (32:19) Boston's blend of Honky Tonk, Hillbilly and Western Swing. Produced by Sean Mencher. Longtime fans of Boston's hillbilly scene get misty-eyed when the conversation turns to the golden age of the early '50s. There was a day when...

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Teri Joyce: Kitchen Radio (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM017
 

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Super Scheibe im Stil des Country Sounds der 60er/70er Jahre mit einem Schuss Texas Swing! Alle Songs stammen aus der Feder von Teri Joyce!!

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STONE RIVER BOYS: Love On The Dial (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM016
 

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(2010/Cow Island) 14 tracks (53:48) digipac; Country Funk from the Heart of Texas! Featuring Dave Gonzales (Paladins/Hacienda Bros) and Mike Barfield (Hollisters) with their tremendous debut of 14 greasy, bluesy, honky tonky and soulful Country tracks which...

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Li'l Mo & The Monicats: On The Moon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM013
 

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(2009/COW ISLAND) 11 tracks (36:57) digipac, What an album!! A well played American Roots music album, feat. Country Shuffles, Rockabilly, Cajun/Zydeco and Rhythm & Blues elements!! Don't miss that one!! One giant rockin' leap for mankind — Li'l Mo crooning...

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DIXONS: Still Your Fool (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM010
 

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(2008/COW ISLAND) 11 tracks - digipac

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Arty Hill & Long Gone Daddys: Bar Of Gold (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM007
 

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(2008/COW ISLAND) 12 tracks of fine Bakersfield Sound and twangin' Honky Tonkers. 'i doubt there is a better country record put out this year'...Jason Ringenberg / STUNNISH HONKY TONK ALBUM!! All songs are originals (booklet with all lyrics)! Arty Hill has one of...

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Starline Rhythm Boys: Red's Place (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM005
 

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(2007/COW ISLAND) 16 tracks, produced by Sean Mencher, nice 20 page booklet. Klasse Album mit der bewährten Starline Mischung aus Honky Tonk Nummern, Boom Chicka Boom Country und Rockabilly . Highlight !sk Howdy Gents - You Know, When I First Heard Of The...

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Nate Gibson & Gashouse Band: All The Way Home (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCIM002
 

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(2007/COW ISLAND) 17 tracks, a mixture of Rockabilly and Country music. The notes are written by Don Pierce, the co-founder of the legendary Texas based Starday label, which was fabulous for artists like Red Sovine, George Jones, Sonny Fisher and Benny Barnes....

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