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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I'm Not A Fool Anymore - Crazy Cajun Records
T.K. Hulin: I'm Not A Fool Anymore - Crazy Cajun Records Art-Nr.: CDED631

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(1999/EDSEL) 18 tracks - rare Swamp Pop jewels & Country tunes from the vaults of Huey P.Meaux (Crazy Cajun) 1960s/70s - last copies!
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We Sang For Our Supper
JOHNSON FAMILY SINGERS: We Sang For Our Supper Art-Nr.: CDBJ6034

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(1997/BLISS TAVERN) 20 tracks, religious & popular 40/50s recordings
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King Of The Dance Halls - Crazy Cajun Recordings (CD)
Warren Storm: King Of The Dance Halls - Crazy Cajun... Art-Nr.: CDED636

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(1999/EDSEL) 26 tracks Crazy Cajun Swamp Pop & Country 60s/70s with 12 page booklet / Oldschool Country, Schmalzballaden, R&B & Swamp Pop vom Feinsten. Abwechslungsreiches Material, aufgenommen in Texas und Louisiana von Größen wie J.D....
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Vol.4, Detroit In The 50s
Various: Vol.4, Detroit In The 50s Art-Nr.: CDCL2864

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CD Compilation on COLLECTOR RECORDS by Various Artists - Vol.4, Detroit In The 50s
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Prayers From Hell
Various: Prayers From Hell Art-Nr.: CD0267

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White Gospel & Sinners Blues 1927-1940
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Candy Kisses Are The Best Of All
George Morgan: Candy Kisses Are The Best Of All Art-Nr.: CDJAS3503

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Rare Transcriptions in superb sound
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In A Honky Tonk Mood
Ray Price: In A Honky Tonk Mood Art-Nr.: CDJAS3505

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50/60s Transcriptions in superb sound - feat. Red Foley
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Memphis Days (CD)
Narvel Felts: Memphis Days (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15515

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. Here are Narvel's early Sixties recordings for Roland Janes' labels. Times were changing but Narvel and Roland were still intent on making good ol' Memphis rock 'n' roll....
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Luman, 1968-1977 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Bob Luman: Luman, 1968-1977 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15898

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5-CD boxset (LP-size) with 48-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 376 mns. An in-depth look at the final 10 years of the life and career of country rocker Bob Luman. It includes every track recorded for Epic and Polydor from...
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The Restless Kid, Live at JD's (CD)
Waylon Jennings: The Restless Kid, Live at JD's (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16385

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. All fans of early Waylon Jennings , who will already have our boxed sets, need this complementary release for the complete picture. In the early Sixties, Waylon was a...
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The Stewart Years (10-CD Deluxe Box Set)
KINGSTON TRIO: The Stewart Years (10-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16161

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10-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 108-seitigem gebundenem Buch, 286 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 711:25 Minuten. The Kingston Trio rose to the top of the pop charts in 1958 with the multi-million seller Tom Dooley , and soon had several #1 gold...
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Out Of A Honky Tonk
Bob Gallion: Out Of A Honky Tonk Art-Nr.: BCD16439

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 46 mns. Jumpin' Bob Gallion is best remembered for a strong of hits on Hickory in the early to mid-1960s, like Wall To Wall Love and One Way Street, but his earlier recordings...
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Side Burnin' (CD)
The Whiteliners: Side Burnin' (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWL001

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Great Aussie Band with uptempo Country and Rockabilly !
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Hillbilly Hula
Jenks Tex Carman: Hillbilly Hula Art-Nr.: BCD15574

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 50 mns. Let's hear it for a true nutter. Acoustic slide guitarist Tex Carman couldn't play in tune to save his life, and he sang occasionally in a mixture of English and...
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Rio Bravo - Western And Other Movie & TV Themes (CD)
Various - Western: Rio Bravo - Western And Other Movie & TV Themes... Art-Nr.: BCD16328

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1-CD with 44-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 60 mns. The television western might have ridden off into the sunset and the movie western might be nowhere near as popular as it used to be, but the popularity of the old theme...
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Daddy Don't Live In Heaven (CD)
Michael Ballew: Daddy Don't Live In Heaven (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16409

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 11 tracks. Playing time approx. 33 mns. In 1981, Austin Texas-based Bear Family recording star Michael Ballew was signed to Liberty Records. Two singles were released, Your Daddy Don't Live In Heaven and...
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Sun Gospel (CD)
Various - SUN Records: Sun Gospel (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16387

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. Without Sun Records, the face of popular music, indeed popular culture, would be markedly different. Record collectors know Sun Records as the birthplace of rockabilly,...
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Detroit In The 40s & 50s
York Brothers: Detroit In The 40s & 50s Art-Nr.: CDCL2861

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CD on COLLECTOR RECORDS by York Brothers - Detroit In The 40s & 50s
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Cattin' Around (1950-56)
Charlie Adams: Cattin' Around (1950-56) Art-Nr.: BCD16312

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns. Although he never enjoyed a major hit nor became a household name, Charlie Adams & his Western All-Stars were a popular band on the Southwestern dance hall and recording...
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Boogie Woogie Fever
Gene O'quin: Boogie Woogie Fever Art-Nr.: BCD16194

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1-CD with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 71 mns. Now here's an overdue release. Gene O'Quin was a Texas-born, California-based honky tonk singer who died before he could garner much acclaim for uptempo stomps like...
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Vol.3, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.3, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD15834

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 264 mns. Pappy Daily's 'D' Records is one of the great untold stories in hillbilly, rockabilly, and Texas dancehall music. The four CDs in this -- the third volume in...
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18 Greatest Hits
Gene Watson: 18 Greatest Hits Art-Nr.: CDTVC6033

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by Gene Watson - 18 Greatest Hits
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Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Motorcycle Cowb.
Merle Haggard: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Motorcycle Cowb. Art-Nr.: CDSMG5000

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(2000/Smith) 18 tracks, Merle Haggard's first live album in 15 years. Hag is by far the biggest name that Billy Bob's has yet featured. Not entirely coincidentally, it's the best in the series, as well, even if it isn't really a...
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Music Is The Language
TWIN VISION: Music Is The Language Art-Nr.: CDREDS1940

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Raised in Phila., Keith and Kevin Pierce are identicle twins who play their unique form of country music. The group perform more than 100 gigs a year.
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Christmas The Cowboy Way (1999)
Riders In The Sky: Christmas The Cowboy Way (1999) Art-Nr.: CDROU0445

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CD on ROUNDER RECORDS by Riders In The Sky - Christmas The Cowboy Way (1999)
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