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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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The Many Moods Of The Mysterious Howard Crockett (CD) Howard Crockett: The Many Moods Of The Mysterious Howard... Art-Nr.: CDOMNI189

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(Omni Recording) 32 Tracks - Beautiful new edition of the very mysterious Howard Crockett. Somewhere between deep, dark country and brash rockabilly. A whole series of very obscure songs from the mid-1960s.
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I Just Didn't Hear - The Early Roads 1969-1973 (CD) Lee Conway: I Just Didn't Hear - The Early Roads 1969-1973... Art-Nr.: CDOMNI183

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(Omni Recording) 26 Tracks - collection from Melbourne country/folk troubadour spanning 1969-1973, remastered from the original tapes! Contains 26 tracks including 'Wanted Man', 'Coalmine', 'Fine White Stallion' & his 1971 single 'I Just...
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As I See It (CD) Jack Moran: As I See It (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOMNI186

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(Omni Recording) 15 Tracks - This dynamic album is remastered from the original stereo master tapes and features additional rare 45 only cuts and single versions. - First ever reissue of this remarkable, but essentially forgotten, 1970...
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Things I Still Remember Very Well (CD) Justin Tubb: Things I Still Remember Very Well (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOMNI185

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(Omni Recording) 24 Tracks Forever in the shadow of his legendary father Ernest (The Texas Troubadour), Justin Tubb was an underrated but profoundly talented vocalist and songwriter. This dynamic album is rescued from undeserved...
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Songs For Rounders - At The Golden Nugget (CD) Hank Thompson: Songs For Rounders - At The Golden Nugget (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOMNI178

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(Omni Recording) 29 Tracks - Legend of the Honky-Tonk, scion of the drinker's dirge and the low-life lament, Hank Thompson is a towering figure in the world of Western Swing. Here, for the very first time, his two finest LPs are...
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