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Visit the USA and other Destinations

Slip into your ’46 Ford or ’53 Chevy and take an imaginary journey with us back to an America that barely exists anymore. There are no freeways and few interstates so the roads are rough and the driving is slow. But the scenery more than makes up for it.

All you’ve got to do pick a destination. What’ll it be? Georgia? Alabama? Texas? Tennessee? Oklahoma? Choose your favorite and settle back. Seatbelts haven’t been invented yet so drive carefully and enjoy every minute of your musical journey.

Cowboys and Indians

There was a time when Cowboys and Indians were a major force in American popular culture. Close to half of the top rated TV shows in the 1950s and early ‘60s were westerns. Names like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, and Maverick are still part of our consciousness. More than half the motion pictures filmed in the 1930s and 40s were westerns, most of which were made cheaply and quickly. They rarely lost money and they were the birthplace of major stars like John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. Cowboys were not realistically portrayed, but Indians were the big losers. Most of what Americans knew about Indians was fed to them by Hollywood screenwriters who typically knew as much about real Indians as they did life on Mars. But those Indian stereotypes struck a chord with American audiences and for years our vision of Native Americans was shaped by what we saw and heard in movies, radio, TV, and in the comic books.

Country Music Radio Shows

In den 50er und frühen 60er Jahren produzierten Army, Navy und Airforce Live Country Music Shows im Bradley Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Diese Shows sind besonders interessant,  weil man hier berühmte Country-Künstler in einer lockeren Atmosphäre erleben kann.

Rock 'n' Roll Hits (1950s), Rockabilly and Skiffle

Wir präsentieren Beispiele ursprünglichen Rock’n’Rolls der ersten Interpreten bis zu den frühen 60ern, so wie er aus R&B, Gospel und Hillbilly-Boogie entstanden ist.

Jazz

Auch wenn der Jazz wohl in New Orleans erfunden wurde, in den 40ern und 50ern modernisierte der Sound von Pianisten und Bandleaders wie Count Basie und Duke Ellington seine Darbietung.

Latin

Latin music bestand üblicherweise aus modischen Stücken und Tanzmoden von Hitparaden-Künstlern wie Perez Prado und Tito Puente, die aus Kuba oder aus New Yorks puertorikanischer Szene stammten. Aber jetzt, wo die südamerikanische Kultur ein stetig wachsendes Element der amerikanischen Gesellschaft ist, entwickelt sich Latin music zum schnellwachsenden Teil des Mainstreams.

Classic Pop

Es begann mit der Bigband-Musik. Aber in den 50ern entwickelte sich Pop dann weg vom Focus auf die Bandleader und brachte Sänger und Stilisten wie Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Johnny Ray, Dean Martin und natürlich viele andere ins Rampenlicht.

Wedding Compilations

Wie der Name schon sagt, Zusammenstellungen zu einem bestimmten Thema.

Trucks and Trains

Trucks and trains were essential to the building of America. Freight trains and road trains provided the chugging conduit to move goods of every size and kind across the  states, and passenger rail moved the people that bought those goods from one end of the U.S. to the other before air travel grew endemic. 
A great many songwriters used the romantic notion of rail travel and the tough lifes of truckers as inspirations for their melodic creations. Depending on the composer, a train song could be about the majesty of a cross-country jaunt, the plight of a hobo in an abandoned railyard, a fast trip to heaven aboard a gospel train, or a double-entendre-loaded blues ditty, while eight-wheelers and truckers on their long journeys from coast to coast, from Canada to Mexico or even South America, had a tough life on dusty roads and highways from snowy plains to desert roads, often described in country and rockabilly songs.
Truckin' down the avenue, having the freight train boogie in mind. These full-speed-ahead collections gets you on an adventure trip through some of the greatest themes ever issued in the genres by an all-star array of country, blues, and rock and roll luminaries. All aboard—it’s going to be a wild trip!

When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again

Since ancient times it’s been a source of romance, superstition and wonder. The tides are moved by it. So are werewolves, and so is a young girl’s heart. 
Songs and sonnets have been written, and curses have been uttered in its name. Here, we’ll leave the sonnets and werewolves alone and focus on the songs. This is but a small sample of the literally thousands of moon songs written and recorded in all genres of music: popular, classical and jazz. Every type of popular music has taken the moon to its heart: urban pop, hillbilly and blues/R&B. The moon has inspired singers and composers of all nationalities and musical persuasions.

Kabarett

Von seinen Anfängen vor knapp 140 Jahren bis heute steht Kabarett für Zeitkritik – ob gesprochen, gesungen oder gespielt. Werner Schneyder, einer der Großen dieses Metiers, meinte einmal: „Kabarett ist szenische Darstellung von Satire. Satire ist die artistische Ausformung von Kritik.“ Mit einem Blick in die Geschichte könnte man jedoch fast glauben, dass Kabarett seine besten Zeiten immer dann hat, wenn es um die Verhältnisse der Gesellschaft nicht gut bestellt ist. Vielleicht kam der Psychoanalytiker und Philosoph Erich Fromm daher auch zu dem Schluss, „… Der politischen Satire fehlt in der freien Demokratie die Stoßkraft, die der Widerstand der Gewalten schafft.“ Unabhängig davon bleibt aber wahr, was Rolf Ulrich, Chef der Stachelschweine, 1961 sagte: „Kabarett ist nicht l’art pour l’art, sondern kämpferische Aussage gesinnungsfundierter Inhalte.“ Über die man auch lachen kann (und soll).

Country

When it comes to the wide category of country music, most people think of popular Nashville country pop productions of the last three decades. But country has an even longer tradition that we present here. Country music represents American history from its first seddlers to its longtime popularization since World War II. From oldtime country and western swing via bluegrass, honky tonk, and hillbilly music to modern country pop songs made in Nashville, Tennessee.