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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 And Merle Watson: Never The Same Way Once (7-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOWSY01
 

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(2017/Owsley Stanley) 7 CD Box Set from 4 nights of shows as played in 1974.  - This is the first box set of live recordings ever released of Doc & Merle Watson, containing 7 CDs and 94 tracks spanning 4 nights of shows. Features a 16-page booklet of...

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Yonder Mountain String Band: Love, Ain't Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFP117
 

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(2017/Frog Pad) For nearly two decades, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond it's previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n' roll and...

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Jerry Byrd: Byrd's Expedition (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12550
 

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1-CD digipac - 50-page booklet - 30 tracks The first comprehensive release of the legendary lap steel guitarist's celebrated MERCURY instrumentals. - Packed with 30 tracks, digitally remastered from the bestavailable source material.  Features stellar...

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Bobby Osborne: Original (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOM46872
 

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(2017/Compass) 10 Tracks - Newest platter by the original bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne!

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DAILEY & VINCENT: Patriots & Poets (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBFD087
 

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(2017/BFD) 15 tracks (56:04) digipac.  - Dailey & Vincent eighth album, Patriots & Poets. The star-studded project features collaborations with bluegrass music's top musicians including Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson, Bela Fleck, and David Rawlings. The...

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Jessi Colter: The Psalms (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY40491
 

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(2017/Sony Legacy) 12 tracks, produced by Lenny Kaye.  - The striking 2017 album by Jessi Colter features 12 original, spontaneous recordings, with lyrics drawn from the most timeless and sacred poems, the Psalms. Recorded with world-renowned...

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The Good Brothers: Wide Awake Dreamin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSKU0273
 

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(2017/Factor) 10 Tracks - Digipack - Canadian Bluegrass and Newgrass!

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Jimmy McCracklin: Gotta Travel On (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS36801
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 56 tracks

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Frenchie Burke: Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke - Cajun Memories (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612072
 

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(2002/Fuel) 20 tracks, Cut-Out (small drill hole in corner) new stock copy (Bear Family Records)

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Various: Muddy Roots Recording Artists - Sampler (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR2015
 

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(Muddy Roots) 19 tracks (67:43) papersleeve.  - Muddy Roots Music Sampler - It has unreleased tracks on it as well as some favorites from both Muddy Roots Music Recordings & Roots Union Records. This is a special industry release for promotion at the 2015...

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The Tillers: Hand On The Plow (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR93181
 

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(Muddy Roots) 11 tracks (41:18) gatefold digisleeve.  - The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when Cincinnati friends Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Jason Soudrette began thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest...

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Joseph Huber: The Hanging Road (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR08369
 

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(2014/Muddy Roots) 10 tracks (47:31) gatefold digipac including all lyrics.  - This album has Cajun, amped-up bluegrass, country and stripped-down singer-songwriter songs that range from the carefree to all-out hopelessness. 'The Hanging Road' is a one-man...

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The Glade City Rounders: They're After Us (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGCR40669
 

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(2014/Green Fly/Cathaus) 11 tracks (33:52) digisleeve including 3D glasses.  - The Glade City Rounders’ album, They’re After Us, will take you back in time with their old-time styles in string-band and jug-band blues music. The Middle Tennessee string band...

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The Infamous Stringdusters: Laws Of Gravity (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCR46782
 

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(2017/Compass) 13 tracks (54:20) digisleeve including all lyrics.  - 'Laws Of Gravity' represents a return to form for The Infamous Stringdusters, one of the most successful bands to emerge from bluegrass in recent years and one that is known for its...

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Darin And Brooke Aldridge: Faster And Farther (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH16642
 

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(2017/MountainHome) 12 tracks (45:02) digisleeve. Featuring guest vocals by Vince Gill on 2 tracks.  - Darin and Brooke Aldridge are on a journey that has brought them together to form an award winning musical duo. 'Faster and Farther' is their brand new release...

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Alison Krauss: Windy City (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAP37531
 

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(2017/Capitol) 10 tracks (34:19) with 12 page booklet including all lyrics.  Her long awaited new solo album after 18 years!

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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)
Art-Nr.: CDBLR017
 

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(2016/Bottom Line) 15 tracks (55:46) digisleeve, recorded live at the 'Bottom Line' June 12th, 2002.

$19.39 *

Reba McEntire: Sing It Now - Songs Of Faith & Hope (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD28740
 

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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!

$21.55 *

Various: An Introduction To Gospel (CD, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CD0615512
 

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(2006/Fuel 2000) 18 Tracks - A great collection of Gospel classics! The real introduction to this genre of music!

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Various: Precious Lord - Gospel Gold (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612772
 

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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)
Art-Nr.: CDUPPER10
 

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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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(2016/Chesky) 16 tracks - Digipack - John McEuen, one of the key figures of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, intruduces us to his new solo album 'Made in Brooklyn'! The album is a time capsule in American roots music and contains many guest appearances by well-known...

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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)
Art-Nr.: CDCOMP4668
 

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(2016/Compass) 10 tracks

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Dolly Parton: Those Were The Days (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH4007
 

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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)
Art-Nr.: CDSH00017
 

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(2016/Sugar Hill) 12 tracks. Dwight Yoakam developed a love for bluegrass music at an early age, and for years has wanted to record an all bluegrass album. The songs for this album are new interpretations of classic Dwight songs plus a John Prine track that Dwight...

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Claire Lynch: North By South (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCR46712
 

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(2016/Compass Records) 10 tracks - digisleeve

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Shouted, Written Down & Quoted (CD): Shouted, Written Down & Quoted (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBBZR8
 

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(2016/Big Blue Zoo) 11 tracks. Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin). For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created...

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Earls Of Leicester: Rattle & Roar (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD7200054
 

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(2016/Rounder) 17 tracks. With their second album Rattle & Roar, the Earls Of Leicester deliver a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, with their Grammy-winning blend of virtuosity and perspective. The band is: Jerry Douglas (14-time Grammy winner),...

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J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: Old Time Religion (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2093
 

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(2009/Gusto) 10 Tracks - ELVIS PRESLEY'S vocal group throughout the 1970s!

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Various: Country Gospel Vol.4 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD531
 

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

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IMPERIALS: Gospel Ship - USS Imperials (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGS001
 

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(2006) Slipcase - 7 tracks - Grammy Award winning gospel group that backed Elvis Presley

$18.90 *

Various: Chet, Floyd & Boots (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAD12523
 

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CD on PAIR RECOR RECORDS by Various Artists - Chet, Floyd & Boots (CD)

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Travis Merle: The Merle Travis Guitar (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPSALM232
 

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(2009/PSALM) 20 tracks

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Bud Isaacs: Bud's Bounce (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16798
 

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1-CD-Album with 44-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 56 mns. Recordings made for RCA Records between 1954 and 1956. Originator of the pedal steel guitar. He played pedal steel guitar on Slowly by Webb Pierce, released in early 1954, the first...

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Jimmy Day: Golden Steel Guitar Hits - Steel And Strings (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15583
 

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 59 mns. Perhaps the greatest pedal steel guitarist of all time, Jimmy Day worked countless sessions and played on the road with Hank Williams , Elvis Presley , Jim Reeves , Lefty Frizzell , Ray Price...

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Floyd Cramer: The Best Of Floyd Cramer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA56322
 

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​(1992/BMG) 8 tracks

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Various: Golden Age Of Bluegrass (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRY510107
 

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(2006/RURAL RHYTHM) 40 tracks

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Josh Williams: Modern Day Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROU9111
 

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(2016/Rounder) 12 tracks. At last, three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Josh Williams, returns with his latest and long-anticipated recording, produced by the legendary J. D. Crowe! From his years on the road as a member of the Rhonda Vincent band, as well as...

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The Babcocks: Journey (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCRR110
 

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(1997/Chimney Rock) 12 Tracks - Honky Tonk Hillbilly!

$19.39 *

Floyd Cramer: King Of Country Piano (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS4222
 

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(1994/Pickwick) 20 tracks

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Tony Quarrington: Mad About Uke (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTQ1
 

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(2014) 12 tracks. Tony Quarrington is Canadian. He started his career in 1966 at Mariposa Folk Festiva. The multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, among others), taking care of the ukulele on tis CD accompanied by many friends.

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The Nashville Brass: The Nashville Sound (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM438
 

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(CCM/BMG) 11 tracks (original LSP 4059)

$32.35 *

Andrea Colburn: Sad Songs & Switchblades (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAC36554
 

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(2015/Andrea Colburn Music) 10 Tracks, Digipack - Obscure and gloomy mixture of Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Western and Blues - interesting and independent!

$19.39 *

Russ Carson: Avenue Of The Giants (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPAT256
 

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(2014/Patuxent) 12 Tracks, Digipack - Bluegrass-Newgrass!

$21.55 *

Jimmy Martin: God'n'Country & Country Music Time (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3694
 

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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)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3654
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 66 Tracks - The Floyd Cramer Story 1954-62!

$18.31 *

Tom & Jerry - Tom Tomlinson & Jerry Kennedy: Tom & Jerry - Guitar's Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS913
 

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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!

$8.59 *

Stringbean: Hee Haw Corn Shucker (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNA3012
 

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

$10.75 *

Hylo Brown: Bluegrass Favorites On College And Campus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNA3015
 

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(2013/Starday) 12 Tracks, special collector's edition!

$10.75 *

Various: Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNA3003
 

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

$10.75 *

Martha Carson: Satisfied & Other Moving Gospel Greats (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2302
 

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(2012/Gusto) 10 Tracks, Gospel Anthology!

$10.75 *

The Grascals: And Then There's This (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH16432
 

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(2016/Mountain Home) 12 tracks. This album contains 12 embracing tracks that are like conversations whose topics move with an interesting string of surprises.

$18.31 *

Del McCoury Band: Del And Woody (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCM0019
 

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(2016/McCoury Music) 12 tracks. The Del McCoury Band plays never set to music lyrics by Woody Guthrie. Guthrie's daughter Nora asked Del McCoury toadd sound to the text and the result is this excellent CD.

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Wild Canyon: Instrumental Nuggets (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSB190517
 

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

$17.01 *

Peter Williams: Peter Williams Plays Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLRR012
 

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(2010/LONE RIDER) 19 tracks (73:56) feat. popular Country songs the instrumental way.

$17.23 *

Ralph Stanley: The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0429
 

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(Real Gone) 34 tracks. —88 Year-Old Ralph Stanley Is a National Treasure, and Has Been Playing Bluegrass Music for 70 Years —One of His Greatest Bands Formed in the Early ‘70s, When Stanley Ran Across Future Superstars Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley Playing...

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STEEP CANYON RANGERS: Radio (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROU36733
 

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(Rounder) 12 tracks (44:24) digisleeve with 12 page booklet incl. all lyrics. Produced by Jerry Douglas. Though the tune is steeped in the bluegrass that has made the sextet an in-demand live draw, banjo player and singer Sharp says the album has a wider range....

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Glen Campbell: Jesus And Me - The Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNHD2037
 

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​(1996/New Haven) 12 tracks

$17.23 *

Don Gibson: No One Stands Alone (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA26055
 

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​(1995/BMG) 16 tracks

$26.95 *

Merle Travis: Capitol Country Music Classics Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP780676
 

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(EMI) 28 tracks 1946-1969

$23.71 *

Jimmie Rivers: Brisbane Bop...plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJR2501
 

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

$75.55 *

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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Jussi Syren & The Groundbreakers: Bluegrass Singer
Art-Nr.: CDHOBG003
 

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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
Art-Nr.: CDVAR67332
 

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(2015/Varese Sarabande) 12 tracks. Famous top chart hit producer Tommy 'Snuff' Garrett released more than 25 popular instrumental albums, featuring classic pop songs, movie themes, and Spanish love songs in the 60s and 70s, under the name of 'The 50 Guitars of Tommy...

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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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