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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.

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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.

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Sings Country - Ultimate Country Collection Vol.2 (2-CD) Brenda Lee: Sings Country - Ultimate Country Collection... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP220

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks - This is Brenda's ultimate collection of her Country Music recordings. In the first volume of BRENDA LEE SINGS COUNTRY, we featured all of those hit singles plus many of the excellent B-sides, most appearing on CD...
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Hits On The Billboard 1965-1975 (2-CD) Del Reeves: Hits On The Billboard 1965-1975 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP218

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks In a career that began in the mid-1950s and continued through to the 1990s, he recorded prolifically, releasing more than 25 albums including duets with Billie Jo Spears, Bobby Goldsboro and Penny DeHaven. He placed...
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With Pen In Hand (2-CD) Bobby Goldsboro: With Pen In Hand (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP217

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(Hump Head Records) 50 tracks The country and pop singer, songwriter and guitarist has sustained a career that has spanned several generations because of the kind of songs he has written and chosen to record. He has remained as wholesome...
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The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) Sonny James: The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP221

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(Hump Head Records) 50 tracks Known as the Southern Gentleman, because of his quiet and polite persona, Sonny James was one of the classiest country-pop vocalists of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Girls, Women & Ladies - The Universal Recordings (3-CD) Ed Bruce: Girls, Women & Ladies - The Universal... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP222

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(Hump Head) 63 Tracks 1970/80s Ed Bruce is one of the most authoritative balladeers in country music in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. He is probably best-known for penning "Mamma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be...
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50 Greatest Hits (2-CD) Tom T. Hall: 50 Greatest Hits (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP097

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - Tom T Hall is often called ‘The Nashville Storyteller’ – a tribute to his contribution to revitalising the storytelling style in Country Music across decades. Signed to Mercury Records in Nashville in 1967, Tom T...
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The Definitive Collection - The Mercury Years (2-CD) Johnny Rodriguez: The Definitive Collection - The Mercury Years... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP162

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(Hump Head) 49 tracks - For the first time, all 20 of his Mercury hits released between November 1972 and December 1978, alongside selected B-sides and album tracks have been collected together for this illuminating definitive...
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The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Joe Ely: The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP134

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(Hump Head) 41 Tracks - Fantastic collection of his 1970s and 80s recordings ranging from Country to Country Rock to Rock'n'Roll-Rockabilly! Includes his rare live performances when Ely supported The Clash in London! (MM/Bear Family...
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Southern Gothic - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Bobbie Gentry: Southern Gothic - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP185

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - Bobbie Gentry brought a soulful, Southern delta story-telling sound to country-pop in the late 1960s, when she exploded on the charts around the world with the self-written Ode To Billie Joe. The song won Bobbie...
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The Definitive Collection (CD) Tracy Byrd: The Definitive Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP130

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(Hump Head) 20 Tracks - Tracy Byrd is an old-school country singer who walks the walk. He’s got that clean-cut, Texas outdoorsman image, and his best weapon is that warm, emotion-laden baritone. He uses it to great effect on both...
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Barrooms & Bedrooms - The Capitol & MCA Years (2-CD) Gene Watson: Barrooms & Bedrooms - The Capitol & MCA Years... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP186

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks - This collection covers the period from 1975 to 1985 when he recorded for the Capitol and MCA Record labels, producing some of the most impeccable hard-country albums that are easily the equal of anything George...
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4 Albums (4-CD & DVD) Darius Rucker: 4 Albums (4-CD & DVD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP193

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(Hump Head) 60 Tracks - Rucker's first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including 'Come Back Song,' 'This,' 'Alright,' 'It Won't Be Like This For Long' and 'Don't Think I Don't Think...
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Mr. Country Rock - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Billy Crash Craddock: Mr. Country Rock - The Definitive Collection... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP182

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - The definitive collection, featuring a number of previously unavailable tracks and of course all of his hits from the 1970s and 80s!
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Sings Love Songs (3-CD) Anne Murray: Sings Love Songs (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP195

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(Hump Head) 54 Tracks - An ultimate collection of her greatest love songs!
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Joy To The World - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Hoyt Axton: Joy To The World - The Definitive Collection... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP187

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - This collection of self-penned songs and material from both contemporary and veteran songwriters demonstrates perfectly how well respected he was as a singer and songwriter!
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Put The O Back In Country (CD) Shooter Jennings: Put The O Back In Country (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP010

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(Hump Head Records) 15 Tracks - Plus 4 live bonus tracks ! - Shooter Jennings has country music in his blood. The only child of country legend Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooters early years were spent on his parents tour bus . "I...
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Jambalaya - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Jambalaya - The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP151

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(Hump Head) 42 Tracks - For the first time the best of the NGDB's recordings for EMI labels: Liberty-United Artists-Capitol plus Universal, MCA and Rising Tide recordings from the late 1980s through to the 1990s have been gathered...
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Heart Trouble - The Best Of The MCA Years (2-CD) Steve Wariner: Heart Trouble - The Best Of The MCA Years (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP167

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(Hump Head) 40 Tracks - Steve Wariner is one of the most versatile country musicians, a wonderful singer, a stylish songwriter and overwhelming guitarist. His indestructible talent has survived a remarkable career dating back to 1972....
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From The King To The Barrooms (CD) Merle Haggard: From The King To The Barrooms (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP017

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(Hump Head) 24 tracks (73:00) with 16 page booklet including all lyrics. - From The King To The Barroooms brings together some of Merle Haggard's best loved songs, together with a selection of his Elvis covers. This compilation includes...
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Country Music Pure And Simple (2-CD) Jean Shepard: Country Music Pure And Simple (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP192

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(Hump Head) 50 tracks - Capitol 1963-1979 - 12 page booklet with notes by Alan Cackett. - Jean Shepard , often referred to as The Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry, has enjoyed a highly successful country music career stretching back over...
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The Definitive Collection MCA Years (2-CD) The Statler Brothers: The Definitive Collection MCA Years (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP129

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - In a career that stretches back more than fifty years, they have sold more than twenty-five million records and have become the most awarded act in country music history, with three Grammys, nine CMA Awards,...
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The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Bill Anderson: The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP133

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(Hump Head) 50 Tracks - Bill Anderson's intimate performances have made him the favourite of millions of fans and made him one of the most visible and beloved entertainers in country music history and this collection of many of his...
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Now That's Country! - The Definitive Collection Vol.1 (2-CD) Marty Stuart: Now That's Country! - The Definitive Collection... Art-Nr.: CDHUMP205

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(Hump Head Records) 2-CD Set, 44 tracks with 16 page booklet. - Fantastic first volume of a best of compilation, featuring duets with legends like JOHNNY CASH, GEORGE JONES, MERLE HAGGARD, his wife CONNIE SMITH, EARL SCRUGGS and many...
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The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Steve Earle: The Definitive Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP144

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(Hump Head) 39 Tracks - This diverse set of recordings, culled from his six-year stint with MCA from 1986-1992 sees him move effortlessly from rockin' country through hard rock, bluegrass, hillbilly-rock and Irish music! - Steve Earle's...
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