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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.

Alabama: Setlist - The Very Best Of Alabama Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA6232

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(RCA-Sony) 12 Tracks - Beautiful compilation from various live concerts between 1981 and 1986!

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Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson: December Day - Willie's Stash Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY1622

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(Sony Music) 18 Tracks -  That Willie Nelson still has a lot in his archive was clear when he suddenly conjured up the double CD -Who'll Buy My Memories - The IRS Tapes- from the archive in 1991 and the reggae album -Countryman- recorded in 1997 was released in...

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Eric Andersen: The Essential Eric Andersen (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0695

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(Real Gone Music) 33 Tracks - As composer and songwriter of such incomparable songs as "Thirsty Boots," "Violets of Dawn," "Close the Door Lightly When You Go," and "Is It Really Love at All" singer/songwriter Eric Andersen is one of the most talented artists from...

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John Denver: Setlist: The Very Best Of John Denver Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA7826

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(RCA Sony) 12 Tracks - Recorded live at various places throughout the world! Legacy Edition!

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Willie Nelson: Willie And The Boys - Willie's Stash Vol. 2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY45360

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(2017/Sony Music) 12 Tracks - With inner sleeve printed in black'n'white! Willie Nelson And The Boys is a collaboration between Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah. This is the second part of the series »Willie's Stash« issued from Willie's archives. The...

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Ronnie Milsap: Summer Number Seventeen (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY24082

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(2014/Sony) 12 Tracks (45:07) - Ronnie's got 'Lost In The Fifties' (recorded 1985) when he recorded this album in 2013!

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Simon & Garfunkel: The Columbia Studio Recordings 1964-70 (5-CD Longbox, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CD503281

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(2001/SONY) 71 tracks - US Longbox Limited Edition Collector's Box includes: 5 Expaned Edition CDs; Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.; Sounds of Silence; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme; Bookends; Bridge Over Troubled Water; featuring: 9 unreleased 6 & rare bonus...

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The Highwaymen: The Essential Highwaymen (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY779157

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(2010/SONY) 36 unforgettable tracks with 20 page booklet.

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Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition 2-CD&DVD)US
Art-Nr.: CDSNY732742

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(2008/COLUMBIA) 61 tracks - Deluxe US Longbox with 40 page booklet; - Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison, The New Documentary Film, Examines The Single Most Important Day In Career Of The Legendary Man In Black And The Prison Where It All Took Place. Includes Exclusive...

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Bobby Bare: Lullaby, Legends And Lies - Legacy Edition (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA77501

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(RCA) 30 tracks - digipac with 24 page booklet - the original 1972 album plus 16 other Shel Silverstein songs;

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