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BLUEGRASS INTRODUCTION

In the l940s and l950s, as mainstream country music embraced more sophisticated arrangements and electric instruments, a branch of it rebelled and began to develop new styles with the classic acoustic instruments like the banjo, the fiddle, and the mandolin. By the early l950s people were starting to call this music Bluegrass, in deference to the band that defined it, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. One critic called it "folk music in overdrive," as it emphasized breathtaking tempos, dazzling instrumental virtuosity, jazz-like solos, and sky-high vocal harmonies.

The great founders of Bluesgrass,

the bands of Bill Monroe and of Flatt and Scruggs, are well represented in the Bear Family catalogue, as are the other first generation pioneers like The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Hylo Brown, and Jimmy Martin. Here are the recordings that defined modern bluegrass. They’re required listening for anyone interested in the genre.

Related to bluegrass is another series of Bear Family sets, these devoted to old-time country and gospel music--the music that was the foundation for bluegrass. Here are classic singers like Molly O'Day, Rose Maddox, Sara and Maybelle Carter, and Grandpa Jones, in performances that helped keep country in touch with its folk roots.

 CHARLES WOLFE

   
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Doc Watson: 'Round The Table Again
Art-Nr.: CDSH3935
 

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CD on SUGAR HILL RECORDS by Doc Watson - 'Round The Table Again

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Mac Wiseman: 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15976
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 164 tracks. Playing time approx. 418 mns. For over 60 years, the distinctive voice of Mac Wiseman has thrilled, moved, and inspired listeners across the world. He has taken his music from small-town radio stations...

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Porter Wagoner: & Blackwood Bros Quartett - Grand Ole Gospel
Art-Nr.: CDKING5108
 

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CD on GUSTO RECORDS by - & Blackwood Bros Quartett - Grand Ole Gospel

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Stanley Brothers: & Clinch Mountain Boys, 1953-58 & 1959 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15681
 

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2-CD with 32-page booklet, 49 tracks. Playing time approx. 120 mns. Carter and Ralph Stanley were Bill Monroe's first rivals in the 1940s. By the 1950s, their version of bluegrass was honed to razor-sharp perfection, and their 46 recordings for the Mercury label are...

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Grady Martin: & His Slewfoot Five (CD-R)
Art-Nr.: CDD222
 

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(2008/BACM) 28 tracks 1951-57

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Jimmy Martin: & The Sunny Mountain Boys (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15705
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 146 tracks. Playing time approx. 386 mns. In 1949, Jimmy Martin left east Tennessee bound for Nashville. He joined Bill Monroe before striking out on his own to become one of the best loved figures in what he called Good Ol'...

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Various: 10 Years Of European World Of Bluegrass (2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDSCR66
 

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(2008/SCR) 48 tracks 2001-2006

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Doc & Merle Watson: 14 Fabulous Tracks
Art-Nr.: CDFAB50116
 

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CD on FAB 14 RECORDS by Doc & Merle Watson - 14 Fabulous Tracks

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Cowboy Copas: 14 Gospel Greats
Art-Nr.: CDGT2295
 

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(2012/GUSTO) 14 tracks (42:53)

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Billy Walker: 15 Gospel Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT0599
 

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(2005/GUSTO) 15 tracks

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Various: 16 Blazin' Bluegrass
Art-Nr.: CDGT2140
 

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(2009/GUSTO) 16 tracks

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Billy Walker: 16 Gospel Super Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT2177
 

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Porter Wagoner: 18 Grand Old Gospel 2005
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0730
 

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by Porter Wagoner - 18 Grand Old Gospel 2005

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Bill Monroe: 1936-1949 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16399
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 88-page hardcover book, 176 tracks. Playing time approx. 465 mns. Between 1936 and 1949 Bill Monroe made a series of recordings that laid the foundation for what is today called bluegrass music. This collection brings together - for the...

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FLATT & SCRUGGS: 1948-1959 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15472
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 294 mns. The 5-star reviews for this set showed that Flatt & Scruggs are far from forgotten since they split up in 1969. Here we have their complete Mercury recordings as well as the...

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Stanley Brothers: 1949-1952
Art-Nr.: BCD15564
 

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 mns. These are cornerstone recordings by the greatest bluegrass brother act--as essential as our volume of the Stanleys' Mercury sides. Here's the classic haunting Stanley sound, and here are the original...

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JIM & JESSE: 1952-1955
Art-Nr.: BCD15635
 

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 51 mns. Jim & Jesse start here. These 20 recordings for Capitol mark the beginning on record of one of the most consistently innovative partnerships in bluegrass history. The songs include I'll Wash...

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Hylo Brown & The Timberliners: 1954-1960 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15572
 

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2-CD with 16-page booklet, 46 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Very few bluegrass stars had a spot on a major label roster after 1955. Hylo Brown was one of the exceptions. He was on Capitol from 1954 to 1960, and showed how bluegrass could change with the...

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OSBORNE BROTHERS: 1956-1968 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15598
 

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The bluegrass world has never recovered from the Osborne Brothers band that walked on-stage in 1956'; wrote one commentator. Sonny and Bobby Osborne changed the rules. They came out of a rich tradition and had played with many bluegrass giants, but when they struck...

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FLATT & SCRUGGS: 1959-1963 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15559
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 20-page book, 129 tracks. Playing time approx. 335 mns. These were Earl Scuggs and Lester Flatt 's prime years. They rode the crest of the folk boom, supplied the theme for 'The Beverly Hillbillies', and played Carnegie Hall. Through...

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Don Reno & Red Smiley: 1959-63 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2209
 

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(2011/GUSTO) 87 tracks w. 32 page booklet.

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Bush / Lathum / White: 1964 Chicago Rehearsal - Papersleeve
Art-Nr.: CDSX6033
 

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(2011/SIERRA) 16 tracks (29:44) Clarence White(lead gtr.), Roger Bush (bass/gtr/banjo), Billy Ray Lathum(banjo). Incl. four 'Double Banjo' instrumentals.

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FLATT & SCRUGGS: 1964-1969, plus! (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15879
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 169 tracks. Playing time approx. 420 mns. Here's the conclusion of our complete Flatt & Scruggs retrospective. It takes us through the period of their greatest success in the 1960s, leading to the break-up. They were...

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OSBORNE BROTHERS: 1968-1974 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15748
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 285 mns. After Rocky Top , the Osbornes became the most successful act in bluegrass, and tried hard to bridge the gap to mainstream country music. The 115 songs in this set wraps up the story of...

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Bill Harrell & Don Reno: 20 Bluegrass Greats
Art-Nr.: CDGT2121
 

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(2009/GUSTO) 20 tracks

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JIM & JESSE: 20 Great Songs By Jim & Jesse (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6436
 

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(1990/EMI Japan) 20 tracks - Stereo

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Louvin Brothers: 20 Greatest Gospel Hits
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0707
 

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by - 20 Greatest Gospel Hits

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Jack Greene: 20 Greatest Gospel Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT0625
 

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(2006/GUSTO) 20 tracks

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Floyd Cramer: 20 Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0751
 

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by Floyd Cramer - 20 Greatest Hits

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Wayne Raney: 20 Old Time Gospel Favorites
Art-Nr.: CDGT2229
 

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(2011/GUSTO) 20 tracks - 1960s Starday recordings (incl. unreleased songs)

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J.E. Mainer & Mountaineers: 20 Original King Recordings
Art-Nr.: CDGT2205
 

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CD on GUSTO RECORDS by J.E. Mainer & Mountaineers - 20 Original King Recordings

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Various: 22 All Time Gospel Hits
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0711
 

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(2003/KING) 22 tracks (59:07)

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Benny Martin: 22 Favorites
Art-Nr.: CDGT2119
 

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(2009/GUSTO) 22 tracks (51:52)

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Porter Wagoner: 22 Grand Old Gospel 2004
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0719
 

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by Porter Wagoner - 22 Grand Old Gospel 2004

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Carson / Cooper / Shepard: 24 Greatest Gospel Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT2123
 

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(2009/GUSTO) 24 tracks (63:52)

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STONES RIVER RANCH BOYS: 28 All Time Gospel Classics - Instrumental
Art-Nr.: CDGT0610
 

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(2006/GUSTO) 28 tracks (74:25)

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STONEMAN FAMILY: 28 Classics
Art-Nr.: CDGT0697
 

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CD on GUSTO RECORDS by STONEMAN FAMILY - 28 Classics

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NASHVILLE BANJOS: 30 Classics
Art-Nr.: CDGT0613
 

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(2006/GUSTO) 30 tracks

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NASHVILLE HARMONICAS: 30 Classics
Art-Nr.: CDGT0611
 

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(2006/GUSTO) 30 tracks

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NASHVILLE PIANOS: 30 Classics
Art-Nr.: CDGT0608
 

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(2006/GUSTO) 30 tracks

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NASHVILLE DOBROS: 30 Dobro Classics
Art-Nr.: CDKG0366
 

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(2003/KING) 30 tracks

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NASHVILLE GUITARS: 30 Guitar Classics
Art-Nr.: CDKG0354
 

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(2003/KING) 30 tracks

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NASHVILLE MANDOLINS: 30 Mandolin Classics
Art-Nr.: CDKG0326
 

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(2003/KING) 30 tracks

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Various: 30th Anniversary Special 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDCMH1799
 

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(2006/CMH) 40 tracks - great sampler celebrates CMH 30th Anniversary

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WHITE, Clarence: 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals
Art-Nr.: CDMW040
 

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(2009/SIERRA) 33 tracks (45:46) ecopac

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WAILIN' JENNYS: 40 Days
Art-Nr.: CDCTX247
 

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(2004/SHOCK) 13 tracks (50:54) with 16 page booklet incl.all lyrics.

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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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Ken Emerson: A Backporch Slack & Steel Christmas - Holiday Music Ki Ho Alu Style
Art-Nr.: CDHO2080
 

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(2015/Cord) 12 tracks digipac. Enjoy favorite Kalikimak melodies played in Ki Ho Alu, Old Style. Light the kerosene lamp, grab your favorite inu and ukulele, and join in!

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Jim Reeves: A Beautiful Life - Songs Of Inspiration
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0203
 

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(2014/Sony/Real Gone) 20 tracks

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BLACKWOOD BROTHERS: A Blackwood Homecoming (1999)
Art-Nr.: CD720052
 

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CD on NEW MILLENIUM RECORDS by BLACKWOOD BROTHERS - A Blackwood Homecoming (1999)

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Dixon Brothers: A Blessing To People
Art-Nr.: BCD16817
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 164-page hardcover book, 121 tracks. Playing time approx. 242 mns. ' Dorsey Dixon is the poet laureate of [America's] textile industry.' - Archie Green. The definitive collection of one of the quintessential Depression-era hillbilly...

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Various: A Bluegrass Gospel Songbook
Art-Nr.: CDROU0664
 

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(2011/ROUNDER) 13 tracks

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OSBORNE BROTHERS: A Bluegrass Jamboree
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3666
 

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(2014/Jasmine) 26 tracks

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NICKEL CREEK: A Dotted Line
Art-Nr.: CDNS541944
 

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(2014/Nonesuch Records) 10 tracks - digisleeve

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Dirk Powell: A Fret-Free Christmas - Fretless Banjo (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0013
 

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(2010/VALCOUR) 18 tracks (42:40) ecopac. Dirk Powell Combines Deep-Running Roots In Rural American Tradition With An Overarching Artistic Vision That Speaks Poignantly To The Audiences Of Today. He Has Expanded On The Deeply Rooted Sounds Of His Appalachian Heritage...

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Oak Ridge Boys: A Gospel Journey
Art-Nr.: CDSPH42793
 

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(2009/SPRING HOUSE) 16 tracks

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Oak Ridge Boys: A Higher Power (1970 Nashville Label album)
Art-Nr.: CDNA2048
 

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(2008/STARDAY) 10 tracks (24:58) - fantastic 1960s Starday material!

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Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles And More - A Collection
Art-Nr.: CDROU0555
 

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(2007/ROUNDER) 16 tracks (5 new/unr.tracks) with 16 page booklet -

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Carl Story: A Life In Rural Music 1942-1952 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16839
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 112-page hardcover book. 134 tracks. Playing time approx. 5 hrs 29 mns. The last major bluegrass star from the music's early days to be reissued! The first time this music has been reissued since the LP era! Includes many bluegrass...

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NUGENT, Alecia: A Little Girl...A Big Four-Lane
Art-Nr.: CDROU0566
 

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(2006/ROUNDER) 13 tracks with 16 page booklet - acoustic Country Music at its most emotional, soulful and moving - feat. Alison Krauss, Rebeca Lynn Howard, Doyle Lawson & Cia Cherryholmes; wunderschöne Scheibe mit Repeat Tasten Garantie ! Bear staff fave ! produced...

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Ralph Stanley: A Mother's Prayer
Art-Nr.: CDREB1840
 

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(2011/REBEL) 14 tracks - digipac

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Les Paul & Mary Ford: A Touch Of Class - Best
Art-Nr.: CDTC88630
 

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(1998/DISKY) 18 tracks Capitol 1948-56

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The Jordanaires: A Tribute To Elvis' Favorite Spirituals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSOR0029
 

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​(1994/Step One Records) 14 Tracks 

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Pharis & Jason Romero: A Wanderer I'll Stay
Art-Nr.: CDLULA1504
 

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(2015/Borealis) 12 tracks. Vintage and newly minted - banjos, vintage guitars and plenty of powerful duet singing. Recorded in our home in Horsefly by David Travers-Smith, with special guests Josh Rabie (fiddle), John Hurd (bass), Marc Jenkins (pedal steel) and Brent...

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Various: Absolutely Bluegrass - 17 Chart Topping Arti
Art-Nr.: CDSH4031
 

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(2007/SUGAR HILL) 17 tracks 1982-2007

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RICE, Tony: Acoustics
Art-Nr.: CDROU0317
 

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Harley Allen: Across the Blueridge Mountains
Art-Nr.: CDFW31076
 

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(2012/Folkways) 10 Tracks digisleeve

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John Hartford: Aereo-Plain - Morning Bugle (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0098
 

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(2012/Real Gone) 35 tracks. Complete Warner Brothers recordings.

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NASHVILLE ALL-STARS: After The Riot At Newport
Art-Nr.: BCD15447
 

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Tagsüber verdienten sich Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Bob Moore, Brenton Banks, Buddy Harman, Hank Garland und Floyd Cramer ihre Miete indem sie in nashville im Studio spielten aber sie konnten ebenso gut Jazz spielen. Im Juli 1960 erhielten sie die Chance, das zu...

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