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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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Art-Nr.: CDCR46782
 

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Alison Krauss: Windy City (CD) (Deluxe Edition)
Art-Nr.: CD5739283
 

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(2017/Capitol) 17 tracks. 'Windy City,' released in 2017, is the first solo release with new songs after 18 years. American singer and violinist selected a total of ten song classics and gave them their own personal stamp. together with producer Buddy Cannon, The...

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Ralph Stanley: The Bottom Line Archive (CD)
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Reba McEntire: Sing It Now - Songs Of Faith & Hope (2-CD)
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(2017/Rockin' R-Universal) 22 Tracks - Reba's new fantastic production with a passion! Featuring Kelly Clarkson, The Isaacs, and Trisha Yearwood! Deluxe 2-CD edition!

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Various: An Introduction To Gospel (CD, Cut-Out)
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Various: Precious Lord - Gospel Gold (CD)
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(2003/Fuel 2000) 14 Tracks - Great Gospel compilation feat. super stars as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 5 Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Dixie Hummingbirds and many more!

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Various: Red, White & Bluegrass - An American Bluegrass Celebration (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFUEL1240
 

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(2002/Fuel) 16 tracks (39:22) digitally remastered.

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Rhonda Vincent: All The Rage (CD)
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(2016/Upper Management) 14 tracks. 2016 live release recorded at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. A mesmerizing display of world class talent, featuring 14 songs that leave no doubt how Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have become the most award winning band in...

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John McEuen: Roots Music - Made In Brooklyn (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCKY388
 

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Bill Monroe: Castle Studio 1950-1951 - Complete Sessions
Art-Nr.: ACD12522
 

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5-CD hardcover album (CD-size) - 68-page booklet - 181 tracks -(366 min.) For devotees of Bill Monroe's music, the CD box sets issued by BEAR FAMILY beginning in 1989 were the answer to a listener's dream: having the bluegrass originator's complete recordings...

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The Special Consensus: Long I Ride (CD)
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(2016/Compass) 10 tracks

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Dolly Parton: Those Were The Days (CD)
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(2005/SUGAR HILL) 12 tracks With Special Guests: Judy Collins, Mary Hopkin, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Tommy James, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Roger McGuinn, Joe Nichols, Nickel Creek, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski, Keith Urban, Rhonda Vincent, Lee...

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Dwight Yoakam: Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... (CD)
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J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: Old Time Religion (CD)
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(2009/Gusto) 10 Tracks - ELVIS PRESLEY'S vocal group throughout the 1970s!

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(2016/B.A.C.M.) 36 tracks

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Russ Carson: Avenue Of The Giants (CD)
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(2014/Patuxent) 12 Tracks, Digipack - Bluegrass-Newgrass!

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Jimmy Martin: God'n'Country & Country Music Time (CD)
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(2016/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - 2 original LPs on one CD!

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Floyd Cramer: On The Rebound - The Nashville A-Team Collection (2-CD)
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(2016/Jasmine) 66 Tracks - The Floyd Cramer Story 1954-62!

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(2016/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - Both 1961-1962 Mercury albums were recorded together with the cream of Nashville's studio musicians containing the greatest guitar instrumental hits now reissued together on one CD!

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The Parker Family: Family Gospel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2223
 

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(2012/Gusto) 10 Tracks - Sinner's Dreams!

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(2013/Starday) 10 Tracks - Hee Haw Big Ball in Nashville!

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Hylo Brown: Bluegrass Favorites On College And Campus (CD)
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(2013/Starday) 12 Tracks, special collector's edition!

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(2013/Starday) 10 Tracks, world famous steel guitarists!

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(2012/Gusto) 10 Tracks, Gospel Anthology!

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Wild Canyon: Instrumental Nuggets (CD)
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(2016/Stonebridge) 22 tracks. Excellent instrumental recordings, some never before published by Wild Canyon.

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Joe Maphis: Fire On The Strings (CD)
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Peter Williams: Peter Williams Plays Country (CD)
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(2010/LONE RIDER) 19 tracks (73:56) feat. popular Country songs the instrumental way.

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Ralph Stanley: The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! (2-CD)
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(CCM/BMG) 11 tracks (original LSP 4059)

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​(1996/New Haven) 12 tracks

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​(1995/BMG) 16 tracks

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Contains the original LP plus bonus tracks and 26 page booklet.

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Jussi Syren & The Groundbreakers: Bluegrass Singer
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(2015/Home Of Bluegrass) 11 tracks. Pickin' & singin' for more than 20 years.

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Tommy Garrett: The Best Of The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett
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Carroll Best & The White Oak String Band: Old-Time Bluegrass From The Great Smoky Mountains (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD200949
 

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(2014/GreatSmokyMountainsAssociation) 37 tracks 1956-1959. Digisleeve with a stunning 60 page historical booklet!

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Jimmy Bryant: Frettin' Fingers - The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSC11134
 

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Here at last is the ultimate 3-CD box set that illuminates guitarist Jimmy Bryant's fretboard genius once and for all, spotlighting the dizzying technique, the fluent lines and the electrifying flights of improvisation that have made Bryant a legend with guitar...

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Boots Randolph: Sunday Sax (CD Longbox)
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(1991/Sony) 10 Tracks - The 1968 Monument Records Gospel album! Legendary instrumental versions of classic Gospel! Sealed stock copy!

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Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones: More Than Sixteen Tons Of Bluegrass (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3036
 

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(2000/Rollercoaster) 24 tracks, 1965-1966, with 24 page booklet! Rare digipack!

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Billy Vaughn: Chapel By The Sea - Greatest String Band Hits (CD)
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(2012/SEPIA) 28 tracks, Original Dot Recordings, 1959 & 1961-62, 8-page booklet. Two albums plus 4 bonus tracks.

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Stoney And Wilma Lee Cooper: Heartbreak Street (CD)
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(2010/PSALM) 25 tracks

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(2010/RIGHTEOUS) 23 tracks 1950s

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(1995/BMG) 16 tracks 1959-62.

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Les Paul & Mary Ford: In Perfect Harmony (4-CD)
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Shotgun Holler: Loaded
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(1994/Pickwick) 20 tracks

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CAMPBELL, Glen: Big Bluegrass Special (CD)
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​(2001/Capitol) 14 tracks, Digitally Remastered

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