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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.

   
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Terry Allen: Juarez (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPOB26
 

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(Paradise Of Bachelors) 15 Tracks - 48-page booklet -  The legendary Texas artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position between country music and visual art; he has worked with artists as diverse as Guy Clark, David Byrne and Lucinda Williams and his art is at...

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Various: Tomboy Presents Tourmore Tunes #1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOUR001
 

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(Tourmore) 20 Tracks - Digipack - Beautiful compilation of Americana sounds, acoustic country folk, country rock and of course contemporary country!

$18.66 *

The Dead South: Illusion & Doubt (LP & CD)
Art-Nr.: LPDD45280
 

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(Devil Duck) 12 tracks (CD+LP) Saskatchewan is something like what it sounds like: a prairie province in Canada. Almost twice as large as Germany, this harsh region is home to less than a million people. Lots of nature. Lots of rest. And a lot of time to fill the...

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Dan Fogelberg: High Country Snows - Exiles (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1237
 

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(Beat Goes On) 21 Tracks - 24 page booklet - Two classic albums from 1985 and 1987! Digitally remastered, repackaged and with detailed liner notes.

$21.00 *

Janie Fricke: Sleeping With Your Memory - It Ain't Easy - Love Lies - The First Word In Memory (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1251
 

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(Beat Goes On) 40 Tracks - These are four albums for Columbia from 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984 by the now established star country singer Fricke. This collection contains the No. 1 country hits 'He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)', 'It Ain't Easy...

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Jerry Reed: The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice - Alabama Wild Man - Nashville Underground - Better Things In Life (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1267
 

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(Beat Goes On) 46 Tracks -  The first four RCA albums of the late Jerry Reed from 1967, 1968 and 1969, Jerry Reed was a multi-talented musician and singer-songwriter, and received great public attention when Elvis Presley landed great hits with Reed's songs...

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Various: Rockin' Country Style Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC772
 

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Rockin' Country style, a blend of rock 'n' roll and hardcore hillbilly music, became a necessity to survive in the music business among the country music artists in the late fifties. In volume 3 Classics has gathered some of the best rockin' country cats playin' real...

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Bobbie Gentry: Southern Gothic - The Definitive Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP185
 

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks  -  Bobbie Gentry brought a soulful, Southern delta story-telling sound to country-pop in the late 1960s, when she exploded on the charts around the world with the self-written Ode To Billie Joe. The song won Bobbie Gentry three Grammy...

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Brenda Lee: Sings Country - Ultimate Country Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP191
 

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks - This is Brenda's ultimate collection of her Country Music recordings. - Once known as ' Little Miss Dynamite ,' (she is under five feet), Brenda Lee was the world's most popular female singer from 1960-65. Something of a child prodigy, she...

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Gene Watson: Barrooms & Bedrooms - The Capitol & MCA Years (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP186
 

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks -  This collection covers the period from 1975 to 1985 when he recorded for the Capitol and MCA Record labels, producing some of the most impeccable hard-country albums that are easily the equal of anything George Jones or Merle Haggard...

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The Cashmen: Harboursound Recordings Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1403005
 

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(The Cashmen) 16 tracks (52:41) digipac.

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Billy Crash Craddock: Mr. Country Rock - The Definitive Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP182
 

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - The definitive collection, featuring a number of previously unavailable tracks and of course all of his hits from the 1970s and 80s!

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Hoyt Axton: Joy To The World - The Definitive Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP187
 

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - This collection of self-penned songs and material from both contemporary and veteran songwriters demonstrates perfectly how well respected he was as a singer and songwriter!

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Jean Shepard: Country Music Pure And Simple (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP192
 

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks - Capitol 1963-1979 - 12 page booklet with notes by Alan Cackett.  - Jean Shepard , often referred to as The Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry, has enjoyed a highly successful country music career stretching back over more than 60 years....

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Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre: Mutants Of The Monster: A Tribute To Black Oak Ark (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEX1604
 

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(2016/Saustex Media) 17 tracks. 'Mutants Of The Monster: Tribute To Black Oak Arkansas', an outstanding tribute album by legendary American' 70s stadium rockers will be released! Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre gather together an illustrious crowd...

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Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre: Mutants Of The Monster: A Tribute To Black Oak Ark (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEX1604
 

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(2016/Saustex Media) 17 tracks. <br> 'Mutants Of The Monster: Tribute To Black Oak Arkansas', an outstanding tribute album by legendary American' 70s stadium rockers will be released! Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre gather together an...

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10,000 Maniacs: Live at the Ritz - NY -7th Aug.87 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAC8046
 

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(Air Cuts/2016) 13 tracks 10,000 MANIACS LIVE AT THE RITZ NY 7TH AUG '87 Following the 1986 departure of founder member John Lombardo, 10,0 0 0 Maniacs made their commercial breakthrough with the release of In My Tribe in July 1987. This superb performance was...

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John Denver: Live In LA 1971 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHS1032
 

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(Hotspur)/2016) 13 tracks John Denver Live in LA 1971 On September 1, 1971, John Denver played the Troubadour in West Hollywood with just acoustic guitars and a double bass, shortly after 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' became his first hit. Broadcast on KDAY-AM...

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Various: Hillbillies In Hell Vol.3 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR106
 

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(2017/Iron Montain Analogue) 16 tracks from Country Music's tormented testament 1952-1974. Heavy Cardboard Gatefold Cover with track by track notes, photos and label shots and pictures. Superb pressing quality - Highlight!*****(Bear Family Records)  - Down,...

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Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY534027
 

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(2016/Sony) 12 tracks, produced by Patsy Lynn Russell abd John Carter Cash.  - Loretta Lynn celebrates the holiday season with White Christmas Blue! Her first collection of seasonal songs since 1966's Country Christmas features 12 new studio recordings made...

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Johnny Cash: Christmas - There'll Be Peace In The Valley (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY536196
 

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(2016/Sony) 14 tracks 1960s/70s.   - The Man in Black offers up his season's greetings once again with Christmas: There'll Be Peace In The Valley, a sublime fourteen-track affair which finds Cash's golden baritone lending spirit and grace to holiday favorites...

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Easton Clarke: Real Reggae Rockers 1976 - 1977 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPECMW001
 

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(Easton Clarke Music Works) 8 tracks - The album includes tracks from Easton Clarke, The Revolutionaires and The Clarkestars

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Dave & Sugar: Greatest Hits - New York Wine & Tennessee Shine (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL59
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 21 Tracks - Two classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1981 and 1980!

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Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby - Dottie West Sings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL60
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 24 Tracks - Two classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1965 and 1966!

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Vernon Oxford: By Public Demand - I Just Want To Be A Country Singer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL43
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 29 Tracks - Two classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1975 and 1976, plus 9 bonus tracks (1967-1977)!

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George Jones: A Picture Of Me - Nothing Ever Hurt Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL57
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1972 and 1973!

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George Jones: Ladies Choice - My Very Special Guests (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL61
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1979 and 1984!

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Tammy Wynette: I Still Believe In Fairy Tales - 'Til I Can Make It On My Own (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL58
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two original Epic albums from 1975 and 1976!

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Tammy Wynette: Bedtime Story - My Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL53
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two original 1972 Epic albums, featuring The Jordanaires!

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Vern Gosdin: Out Of My Heart - Nickels And Dimes And Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL56
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1991 and 1993!

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Marty Robbins: R.F.D. - My Kind Of Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL62
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 23 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1964 and 1967!

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Marty Robbins: All Around Cowboy - Everything I've Always Wanted (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL55
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1979 and 1982!

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Marty Robbins: Today - Don't Let Me Touch You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL54
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 21 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1972 and 1977!

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Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPH2003
 

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(2016/Thirty Tigers) 14 tracks - Gatefold cover - Comes with a download code - Feat. Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz on all tracks

$32.70 *

Justin Moore: Off The Beaten Path - Deluxe (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPVM0350
 

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(2013/Valory Music) 16 tracks - Justin Moore's third album

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Various: John Hartford, Joni Mitchell And Pete Seeger - Gentle On My Mind 1970 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPAC8019
 

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(2016/Air Cuts) 12 tracks - Recorded live at the TV-Special 'Gentle On My Mind' on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles

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Dan Fogelberg: Run For The Roses - Live Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, LA 1985 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDECHO2050
 

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(2016/Echoes) 14 tracks Dan Fogelberg's compelling and perceptive songwriting keeps him fresh and interesting to a wide spectrum of fans that span the musical divides. Just as soon as the press had stamped his style with the help of two FM rock hits, Fogelberg...

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The Outlaws: Playin' To Win & Ghost Riders (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6219
 

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(2014/Sony) 17 Tracks ! Playin' To Win & Ghost Riders The Outlaws were one of the most enduring and popular of bands to emerge from the great 'Southern Rock' boom in the USA in the mid-70s. The band came from Florida, and their history stretched back into the...

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Various: Best Of American Folk & Blues (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT211
 

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(2016/Not Now Music) 60 tracks, orgininal recordings

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Sheryl Crow: I Wanna Do - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAC8055
 

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(2016/Air Cuts) 11 tracks Following several years during which she waitressed, recorded jingles, toured with Michael Jackson, sang backup for Don Henley, Stevie Wonder and Belinda Carlisle, and had her songs recorded by Tina Turner, Celine Dion and others....

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The Waco Brothers: Going Down In History (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBS233
 

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(2016/Bloodshot) 10 tracks - All songs written by the artists - A mixture of Country Rock, Alternative Country Music and Singer/Songwriter stuff

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Luke Winslow-King: I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPBS244
 

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(2016/Bloodshot) 8 Tracks - LP includes a free mp3 download code

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The Outlaws: Live At The Bottom Line, New York '86 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHS1033
 

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(2016/Hotspur) 15 Tracks ! Legendary and historic FM radio broadcast!

$22.17 *

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon And Garfunkel Live In 67 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPLOV2022
 

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(2016/Live On Vinyl) 10 tracks - Recorded live for the NET-FM broadcast Show in 1967

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George Moxey: Plays Music For Dancing - Feat. Ernest Ranglin (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDSR510
 

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(2016/Dub Store) 11 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1969 Twilight album. Lounge-Calypso-Jazz-Exotica mix from Jamaica!

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Morley Loon: Northland, My Land (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFDR621
 

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(2016/Future Days Recordings) 11 tracks, digisleeve

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Emmylou Harris: Live At Amazing Grace Coffee House, 1975 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPLOV2001
 

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(2016/Live On Vinyl) 17 tracks - Recorded live at the 'Amazing Grace Coffee House' in Evanston, Illinois, May 15, 1975

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Llans Thelwell & The Celestials: Llans Plays It All (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDSR003
 

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(2016/Dub Store) 10 Tracks - 12-page booklet with label scans, rare photos and liner notes by Harry Hawks! Rare and beautiful re-release showcasing Llans Thelwell' s incredible versatility. Featuring red hot ska and a variety of styles from Montego Bay based Llans...

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Steve Earle: Copperhead Road (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPB0024414
 

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(2016/Geffen) 10 tracks - the original 1988 album on 180g vinyl

$29.19 *

Steve Earle: Guitar Town (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPB0024412
 

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(2016/MCA Nashville) 10 tracks - the original 2002 album on 180g vinyl

$29.19 *

Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple + Live From Glastonbury 2014 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA51252
 

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(2016/Sony-RCA) 26 tracks booklet including all lyrics. Her critically acclaimed Sony Album plus bonus CD recorded at and broadcast from the Glastonbury Festival on 29th June, 2014 (BBC)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd: The Ritz, Tribute Tour, NY, Sept. '88 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRV2013
 

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(2016/Rox Vox) 17 Tracks - In 1987, ten years after the plane crash that tragically claimed the lives of two founder members, Lynyrd Skmyrd bowed to pressure and reformed, with their late singer Ronnie Van Zant's brother Steve on vocals. The line-up also featured...

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Charlie Daniels: Epic Trilogy Vol.4 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOATD6306
 

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(2017) Floating World) 28 tracks. Contains the following 3 LPs: TE John, Grease & Wolfman, Whiskey, Windows

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Charlie Daniels: Epic Trilogy Vol.3 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOATD6266
 

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(2016/Floating World) 25 tracks. Contains the three albums: Saddle Tramp, Me And The Boys, Honey In The Rock.

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Colin Swindell: You Should Be Here (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWB554671
 

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(Warner Nashville) 12 tracks Cole Swindell's self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Named a Top New Country Artist by Billboard, Swindell was awarded CMA's "Triple Play Award" in 2015 for having (at least) three # 1 songs in twelve months, and was...

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Stringcaster: 8 More Miles
Art-Nr.: CDTOMB2098
 

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(Tombstone) 13 tracks - This album was really overlooked by us! Straight Hillbilly Boogies and Bluegrass Uptempos as the likes of the early Curtis Gordon, Grandpa Jones, Jimmy Murphy and Little Jimmy Dickens! A recommendation all the way, even if the album is already...

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Lucie Silvas: Letters To Ghosts (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5711242
 

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(2016/Decca) 11 tracks - Jewelbox incl. lyrics.  - After achieving massive success for both her own music as well as songs she had written for other artists, Lucie packed up and moved to Nashville, TN. where she has now written and performed with some of...

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Jake Worthington: Jake Worthington (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDW33082
 

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(2016/W3) 5 tracks - papersleeve  - In 2014, Jake Worthington was named runner-up on Season 6 of the hit NBC TV Show, The Voice. While on the show Jake managed to release two songs that reached the Top 20 on Billboard Heat Seekers. Success from the TV show...

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Buffalo Ruckus: Peace & Cornbread (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSHINER7259
 

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(2016/Shiner) 10 tracks The Buffalo Ruckus' sophomore album Peace & Cornbread maintains the howling vocals and spear-in-the back guitar work that outlined the first album, but this piece of music is a more concise Americana record. Peace & Cornbread, produced by...

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Shawn Fenner: Shawn Fenner (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD58471
 

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(2016/Shawn Fenner) 10 Tracks - Pure Tennessee Country!

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Jake Penrod: Out Of Control (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAHE5120
 

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(2016/Ah-Ha Music Group) 5-Track Mini-CD - Sealed cardboard sleeve!

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Dave Dudley: Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun - The Definitive Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP188
 

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - Truly the definitive collection, including all his hits!

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Confederate Railroad: Lucky To Be Alive (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBFD065
 

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(2016/BFD) 12 tracks (41:10) digipac.  - Confederate Railroad celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their biggest hit 'Trashy Women' with guest vocals from some of Country Music's finest including John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Colt Ford and one of the NFL's...

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Tony Jackson: Tony Jackson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDDS22381
 

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(2016/DDS Entertainment) 12 Tracks - Ecopack

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Merle Travis: The Guitar Player, Singer And Composer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD636929
 

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(2016/Essential Media Group) 18 Tracks - 1950s Live Recordings - Great Sound Quality!!

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Various: Western Swing And Pretty Things (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD63792
 

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(2016/Essential Media Group) 18 Tracks - 1950s Live Recordings - Great Sound Quality!!

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Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman - Fate Of Man - Record Store Day 2016 (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45GCRSD01
 

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(2016/Capitol) 2016 Record Store Day release on red vinyl

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Nick Schnebelen Band: Live At Knuckleheads Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTNSB01
 

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(2016/VizzTone) 12 Tracks - Digipack - Live Blues Rock!

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