Country Classics

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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Country Classics

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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Man's Best Friend - A Canine Cornucopia (CD)
Various: Man's Best Friend - A Canine Cornucopia (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS952

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(2016/Jasmine) 26 Tracks - Yeah, it's a dog's life! Fantastic compilation doggy style! Songs from, about and with dogs in any way! Only the 'Singing Dogs' are missing here. I can only recommend this collection not only for dog lovers!...
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The Nashville Sound Of Success - Country No.1's 1958-1962 (2-CD)
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(2016/Jasmine) 45 Tracks - Number 1 Country chart toppers 1958-1962! The five years from the beginning of 1958 to the end of 1962 were crucial to the genesis of country music as it moved away from a traditional hillbilly and western...
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Willie Nelson: Mr. Record Man (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3695

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(2016/Jasmine) 27 tracks. The early singles, A's and B's.
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Jimmy Dean: Big Bad John (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3697

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(2015/Jasmine) 24 tracks - 2 original albums on 1 CD!
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I Know Where I'm Goin' (2-CD)
George Hamilton IV: I Know Where I'm Goin' (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3656

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(2015/Jasmine) 59 tracks. Original ABC Paramount and RCA Victor recordings, 1956-1962. Country songs, teenage ballads and some rockabilly-soundalikes! MM/Bear Family Records
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Stay A Little Longer (CD)
Red Foley: Stay A Little Longer (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3523

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​(2000/Jasmine) 26 tracks
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(2013/JASMINE) 26 tracks 1962 - the original albums with bonus tracks.
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(2008/JASMINE) 24 tracks 1950s
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Just Plain Folks-Songs Of The Old Folks At Ho
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CD Compilation on JASMINE RECORDS by Various Artists - Vol.2, Hillbilly Bop, Boogie & Honky Tonk 2-C
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Arthur Smith: Have A Little Fun ( & His Crackerjacks) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3530

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(2002/JASMINE) 22 tracks 1950s (incl. many guest vocalists)
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Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome
Hank Williams: Vol.2, Greatest Hits - Long Gone Lonesome Art-Nr.: CDJAS3536

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The Rural Route To Rock & Roll - early transcriptions
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