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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.

   
 
Various: Tighten Up - Vol.2 (LP, Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPTBL1004
 

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(Trojan Records) 12 Tracks - New edition on picture disc of the original Trojan album from 1969!

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Ken Boothe: Freedom Street (LP, Asphalt Grey Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPRGM0660
 

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(Real Gone Music) 10 Tracks - Asphalt Grey Vinyl - Limited Edition, only 1000 copies! - First vinyl re-release of the 1970 classic by Mr. Rock Steady! Ken Boothe was the most soulful singer of the Rocksteady era, often compared to the Jamaican Wilson Pickett. The...

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Llans Thelwell & The Celestials: Llans Plays It All (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPDSR003
 

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(Dub Store) 10 tracks - In This Album, Llans, With His Famous Celestials, Take You On A Merry-Go-Round Of Musical Excitement From The Pulsating Beat Of Jamaica's National Sound, Ska, To The Soul Rhythm And Blues Of His Lead Singer, Busty Brown. In Between,...

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The Skatalites: Rollin' on (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKE09
 

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(King Edwards/2011) 14 tracks

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Midnite: Free Indeed (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD838429
 

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(Higher Bound/2012) 14 tracks

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Culture: Peace & Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNAP034
 

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(Charly/2001) 10 tracks

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Midnite: Full Cup - A Midnite - Ras L Collaboration (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD033526
 

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(Ernie B Records/2004) 17 tracks

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Ranking Slackness: Slackest LP (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3927
 

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(Techniques Records/2004) 9 tracks

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Everton Blender: Everton Blender - Live in Berkeley (DVD & CD)
Art-Nr.: DVDTBO2209
 

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(2B1 Records/2007) 20 tracks DVD - Region: All Regions - NR Not Rated - 4:3 - 1.33:1 - Color - Enhanced - Live • Featuring The Blendem Band & Isha Blender • Set Full Length DCD & CD • HD Format • Filmed In 2006 Dvd Is Over 110 Minutes Long • CD Is Over...

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Junior Reid: Junior Reid - Live In Berkeley (DVD & CD)
Art-Nr.: DVDTBO2207
 

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(2B1 Records/2007) 18 tracks DVD - Region: All Regions - NR Not Rated - 4:3 - 1.33:1 - Color - Enhanced - Live - NTSC • 2 Disc Set Full Length DVD & CD • HD Format • Filmed In 2006 • DVD Is Over 110 Minutes Long • CD Is Over 55 Minutes Long • 3 Camera Video...

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Soldiers Of Jah Army: SOJA - Live In Hawaii (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVDSOJA010
 

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(SOJA - Soldiers Of Jah Army/2008) 15 tracks DVD - Region: All Regions - NR Not Rated Directed and produced by Marc Carlini SOJA - Soldiers Of Jah Army - Live In Hawai'i DVD - Containing performances from O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i & Kona - January 9th - 20th,...

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Midnite: Let Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIG009
 

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(Ernie B Records/2011) 13 tracks

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Sizzla Kalonji: Scriptures - Music in My Soul (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJJ1101
 

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(Ernie B Records/2011) 13 tracks

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Michael Rose: Live At Maritime Hall San Francisco (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMHP2021
 

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(2B1/2003) 8 tracks Michael RoseAvas born in the Western Kingston ghetto of Waterhouse, Jamaica on July 11, 1957. With his distinctive powerful voice, Michael Rose star tpci at a young age singing with local bands around Jamaica. ' Then in 19'75, Niney the...

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Soldiers Of Jah Army: SOJA - Strength To Survive (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDATOG137
 

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(Ato Records/2012) 13 tracks SOJA - Soldiers Of Jah Army

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Pato Banton: Pato Banton & Friends Import (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCRAS063
 

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(Cornerstone Ras/2008) 11 tracks My journey as an artist has had many highs and lows, (thank God there have been more positive memories than negative ones) but the greatest moments of my musical experience are those occasions where I have been blessed with...

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Various: Return Of The Rub-A-Dub Style (CD & DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDDVDRUB1
 

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(DUBCLUBLA/2008) 17 tracks & DVD Years before hip hop, reggae was the original microphone + turntable form of music. Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style, directed by veteran music video director Steve Hanft (Beck, Primal Scream, Blind Boys of Alabama) looks at the...

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Cocoa Tea: Yes We Can (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAMJAM1
 

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(Ernie Bs Reggae/2009) 14 tracks Intro Oh yes we can, (yes, yes Don't let them tell us that we can't (no). Japanese and Chinese man let me hear you say yes we can, yes we can. Blacks and whites let me hear you say yes we can, yes we can. Latinos and Mexicans let...

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Mikey Dread: Best Sellers 2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDATC015
 

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(Dread at the Control/2005) 16 tracks Natural Rasta This is an unreleased Mikey Dread track which shows his commitment to Ras Tafari. Natural Rasta reinforces the italism that most Rastas are devoted to, embracing nature, ital food, our ancestors and Jah Ras...

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Midnite & I Grade Collaboration: Vijan A Midnite - I Grade Collaboration (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIG006
 

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(Ernie Bs Reggae/2003) 14 tracks VIJAN A Midnite - I Grade Collaboration 1. All Ye Naashan Arranged by Vaughn Benjamin Drums. Bass, Keys: Vaughn: Guitar: Laurent "Tippy" Alfred 2. See Blah Sum Arranged by Vaughn Benjamin Drums: Dion "Bosie" Hopkins; Bass, Keys,...

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Pato Banton: Live at Maritime San Francisco (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMHP2017
 

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(2B1/2001) 8 tracks Recorded February 1999 At Maritime Hall, San Francisco during Bob Marley Days Festival

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Gregory Isaacs: It Go Now (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD2B12033
 

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(2B1/2002) 12 tracks Studio Album Gregory Isaacs, a towering figure in his Jamaican homeland, possesses distinct and individual voice that weaves in and out of the melody. In his new album for 2b1 Records, 'It Go So', he stands out as a remarkable songwriter,...

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Various: Coconut Ska (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKE08
 

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(King Edwards/2007) 14 tracks Recorded: Kingston Jamaica 1963 -1964 The Players of Instruments: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso - Tenor Sax Lester Sterling - Alto Sax Don Drummond, Ronald Wilson - Trombone Baba Brooks, Percival Dillon - Trumpet Lloyd Knibbs,...

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Ky-Mani Marley: Many More Roads (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAO0002
 

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(Artists Only/2001) 12 tracks

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The Wailers: Live at Maritime Hall (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMHP2009
 

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(2B1 Records/1999) 11 tracks Original Wailers organist-keyboardist Earl `Wya' Lindo is still bubbling with his trademark funky syncopated peculating playing. He has been through it all too, from his early days at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One (Jamaica's Motown). an...

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Ky-Mani Marley: The Journey (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSHANG0002
 

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(Shang Records/2000) 14 tracks

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The Skatalites: Rolling Steady - The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAST019
 

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​(Motion/2007) 9 tracks recordet at Music Mountain Studio, Jamaica in 1983

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Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against The World (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVP1476
 

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(VP Records) 14 tracks - All songs written by Gregory Isaacs

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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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Doreen Shaffer: Adorable (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGRO016
 

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(Grover Records) 13 tracks - Recorded 1997 together with Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior All-Stars

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Lloyd Brevette: African Roots - Lloyd Brevette With The Skatalites (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGRO009
 

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(1995/Grover) 14 tracks - Reggae and Dub stuff, recorded in the 1990s plus four bonus tracks from the 1960s

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Desmond Dekker: You Can Get It If You Really Want (LP, Color Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPRGM0625
 

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(2017/Real Gone) 12 Tracks - First reissue of the original 1970 Trojan album! Strictly limited to 1000 copies in black and blue marble vinyl!

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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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Winston Hussey: The Girl I Adore (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPLL009
 

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(Live And Learn) 9 tracks - Re-issue of the original (unkown date) album

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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires: The Sounds Of Jamaica: At The Towers Hall - Lake George Inn 1963 (LP, Ltd., Vinyl 180g )
Art-Nr.: LPDNM14010
 

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(2014/Dynamite) 12 tracks. The Sounds Of Jamaica is the second LP, originally released in 1963, from Byron Lee & The Dragonaires. By this point the group had been around some 10+ years honing their chops in the nightclubs and resorts of Kingston, both playing their...

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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires: Come Fly With Lee (LP, Ltd., Vinyl 180g )
Art-Nr.: LPDNM14009
 

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(2014/Dynamite) 12 tracks. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires are a Jamaican ska, calypso and soca band. Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee is one of the most legendary as well as controversial figures in Jamaican music history. Though, whatever side of the fence you may...

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