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2nd South Carolina String Band - Hard Road: Favorite Camp Songs of the Civil War
The best of WE'RE TENTING TONIGHT and WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS, are here presented with a driving, spirited and exciting sound worthy of the men whose memory and spirit we strive to honor and evoke. Continue Reading »
Acuff, Roy - “The Essential Roy Acuff”
20 essential songs from the legendary Roy Acuff. Continue Reading »
Adams, Sheila Kay - “All Other Fine Things”
14 songs by Sheila Kay Adams from her novel, My Old True Love. Continue Reading »
Alabama - “For the Record: 41 Number One Hits”
41 chart topping hits by the band Alabama. Continue Reading »
Ashley, Clarence and Watson, Doc - The Original Folkways Recordings, 1960-1962
With 20 previously unreleased performances, many rare photos, and producer Ralph Rinzler's comprehensive notes, this is the definitive collection of two earlier volumes entitled Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's. Continue Reading »
Atkins, Chet: A Master and His Music
Recordings fro the great guitarist, Chet Atkins Continue Reading »
Atkins, Chet: Mr. Guitar - The Complete Recordings 1955-1960
Complete recordings 1955-1960. In a career that stretched over a half century, master guitarist Chet Atkins recorded nearly one hundred albums under his own name. Many consider the albums included here, made between 1955 and 1960, as his definitive work. Continue Reading »
Baker, Etta, One-Dime Blues
Etta Baker is a virtuoso performer in a style heard infrequently these days--the finger-picked guitar tradition known as the Piedmont blues. These recordings--her first since 1956--are masterworks from an exceptional artist. Continue Reading »
Baker, Kenny - Plays Bill Monroe
In tribute to his mentor, Baker recorded an album of Monroe compositions in 1976 and was as surprised as anyone when the composer himself showed up as an unexpected guest and played mandolin on the whole session. Continue Reading »
Bare, Bobby - Essential Bobby Bare
Best of Bobby Bare recordings. Continue Reading »
Bare, Bobby: All-American Boy
The four-disc box set The All-American Boy contains all of Bobby Bare's RCA recordings between 1962 and 1970, including the Top 10 hits "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away from Home," "Miller's Cave," "Four Strong Winds," "A Dear John Letter," "It's Alright," "The Streets of Baltimore," "The Game of Triangles" and "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn." Continue Reading »
Battle, Kathleen - The Best of Kathleen Battle
Best recordings of Kathleen Battle. Continue Reading »
Blake, Norman - Old-Ties
Showcases the full range of Blake's talents: an uncanny blend of blistering speed, unerring taste, and rhythmic precision on guitar, an endearing, understated singing style, and a deep appreciation for beautiful melodies. Continue Reading »
Blue Sky Boys - The Very Best of Classic Country
This five-CD, 121-track set features important recordings from the two periods. Continue Reading »
Blue Sky Boys: The Sunny Side Of Life
Old time music fans have asked Bear Family repeatedly for The Blue Sky Boys. Now, painstakingly transferred from original masters, Bear Family presents all of their RCA recordings. Continue Reading »
Brothers, Lilly - Early Recordings
A compilation of early recordings by the Lilly Brothers. Continue Reading »
Burnside, R. L. - Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down
Recorded in 2000, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down finds the veteran singer continuing to be fairly unpredictable at 73. Continue Reading »
Calhoun, Walker - Where the Ravens Roost
Audio CD by Walker Calhoun Continue Reading »
Carson, Fiddlin’ John - Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1, 1923-1924
Audio CD contains complete recoeded work of Fiddlin’ John Carson Continue Reading »
Carter Family, The - In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain
12CD Box Set Plus Book. Back in the LP era, Bear Family began the task of collecting source materials (78s, pressing parts, transfers, etc.) of all of the Carter Family's original recordings, as well as collecting the photographs and ephemera necessary to make a full and proper tribute. In 2000, this work came to fruition with this epic 12-CD set. Continue Reading »
Chesney, Kenny - Greatest Hits
A compilation of the greatest hits of Kenny Chesney. Continue Reading »
Cline, Patsy - The Definitive Collection
Although there are more Patsy Cline remasters and compilations than you can count (over 200 with Amazon), this one has the best sound. Continue Reading »
Cooper, Wilma Lee and Stoney
A compilation of the best hits of Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper. Continue Reading »
Delmore Brothers, The - Freight Train Boogie
A collection of boogie music from the Delmore Brothers. Continue Reading »
Dickens, Hazel - A Few Old Memories
A 1990 audio CD recorded by Hazel Dickens. Continue Reading »
Dickens, Little Jimmy - I’m Little But I’m Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection
This 22-song collection includes both his hits and his greatest performances. Continue Reading »
Dock Boggs: His Folkways Years, 1963-1968.
Along with celebrated material from the '20s, Boggs also chose for these '60s sessions a few gospel tunes, which are sung with the revealing intensity. Continue Reading »
Emmy, Cousin - Cousin Emmy and Her Kinfolks, 1939-1947
Cousin Emmy was a fascinating and enigmatic entertainer from the golden age of early country radio; flamboyant, colorful & sassy (billing herself as 'the first hillbilly star to own a Cadillac'), yet 'down home' & sincere. Continue Reading »
Fairchild, Raymond - 31 Banjo Favorites
A collection of bluegrass banjo instrumentals. Continue Reading »
Flatt and Scruggs - The Essential Flatt and Scruggs: ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
A collection of music from Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Continue Reading »
Flatt, Lester and Scruggs, Earl: 1948-1959
The 5-star reviews for this set showed that Flatt & Scruggs are far from forgotten 25 years after they split up. Here we have their complete Mercury recordings as well as the Columbia recordings from 1950-1959. Continue Reading »
Foley, Red - 24 Greatest Hits: Hillbilly Fever
A collection of music by Red Foley. Continue Reading »
Foley, Red: Old Shep: The Red Foley Recordings 1933-1950
With the 164 songs on this 6 CD box, Bear Family Records compiles all of Red Foley's recordings from 1933 - 1950 for the first time. Most of these songs have never been on CD and many have not been available in any form since their original release, 18 having never been issued before. Continue Reading »
Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Vintage Collections Series
A collection of songs performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Continue Reading »
Garner, Erroll - Concert by the Sea
Live concert performance by Erroll Garner. Continue Reading »
Gibson, Don - Country Legends
A collection of Don Gibson's music including his most notable hits. Continue Reading »
Gibson, Don : The Singer, The Songwriter, 1949-1960
Don Gibson is an original, now often overlooked. He was one of the most sophisticated writers and singers in country music, and here we have his early sides and his biggest hits. The recordings for Mercury, Columbia, MGM are complete, as are his early recordings for RCA. Continue Reading »
Goose Creek Symphony - Welcome to Goose Creek
A combination of folk, country, and rock and roll by Goose Creek Symphony. Continue Reading »
Gosdin, Vern - Chiseled in Stone
Downbeat country songs performed by Vern Gosdin. Continue Reading »
Grayson and Whitter - The Recordings of Grayson and Whitter
Country music performed by bluegrass pioneers G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter. Continue Reading »