Welcome to Country & Eastern

The group Berger Knutsson Spering was what actually triggered the start of the C&E label in 2005, due to the fact that the Amigo label that had released our first three albums found that we did not bring in enough money to the Bonnier family that had bought the label. So they did not want to release our new album. Well, why not do it on our own we thought.

So I, Bengt Berger, of  the Berger Knutsson Spering trio took charge of the whole thing, thinking that from my studies in India and Ghana I have a lot of unique and very valuable recordings of great music that had been released in a very limited fashion and that we could think of a lot of other music that we were involved in that was screaming for release .
We asked some friends to donate 5.000 SEK each so that we could get started and got enough money for the first releases and ever since we release music with the following  guidelines:

Country & Eastern will produce live music and albums with what we consider Great music regardless of style. The common factor is quality. Among our priorities:

  1. Some of the greatest names in Hindustani and Karnatic music from the 60’s onwards
  2. Unique and unknown village music from Ghana in the 70’s
  3. Bitter Funeral Beer Band with and without Don Cherry in the 80’s
  4. Chinese Cricket Ensembles in minimalistic organic mixing, in various constellations with and without human musicians
  5. Great music that is beeing created now in swedish/international collaborations
  6. Anything that tickles our fantasy

Here is the complete Country & Eastern catalogue

Country & Eastern’s list of featured artists:

Akkarai Sisters, Amjad Ali Khan, Ammasu Akapoma Group, Beches Brew, Bengan Janson, Bengt Berger, Beches Brew, Berger Knutsson Spering, Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Chandrashekar Naringrekar, Christer Bothén, Christian Spering, Country & Eastern Party Band, Don Cherry, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Elias Krantz, Elisabeth Engdahl, Ellika Frisell, Göran Klinghagen, Haci Tekbilek, ISKRA, Jayachandra Rao, Jonas Knutsson, K. Shivakumar, K. Sridhar, Kjell Westling, Lars Almqvist, Lars Fredriksson, Lena  Willemark, Malladi Brothers, Maruti Kurdekar, Mats Öberg, Max Schultz, Mohan Balvalli, Mohi Bahauddin Dagar, M.R. Gautam, Muthunathesa Bhagvatar, Neneh Cherry, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nikhil Bannerjee, Nikke Ström, Pandit Taranath Rama Rao, Per Gudmundson, Per Tjernberg, P. S. Devarajan, Päkkos Gustaf, Rafael Sida, Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Ram Narain, Ravi Bellare, Roland  Keijser, Sadanand Naimpalli, Sanna Zao, Sebastian Åberg, Seshampatti Sivalingam, Shashi Bellare, Shree Sundarkumar, Sigge Krantz, Sir Thomas Jäderlund, Solo Sissokho, Sopan Dev, Stefan Bellnäs, Sten Källman, Swamy Haridhos, Thomas Gustafsson, Thomas Tidholm,  Torkel Rasmusson, Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.

We are extremely grateful to the people that contributed money to start the company:
Omar Berger, Petter Berndalen, Daniel Carlsson, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Jon Edergren, Bengt Ernryd, Thomas Gustafsson, Sara Häggman, Sofi Häggman, Åsa  Johansson, Bengt Jonasson, Barbro Jönsson, Gittan Jönsson, Hampus Jönsson, Josefin Jönsson, Göran Kindlund, Jonas Knutsson, Sigge Krantz, Bernt Lindquist, Bengt Nordenbrand, Milo Petrén, Claes Ringqvist, Christian Spering, Alexandra Särström, Klas Toresson, Lena Wallin, Hanna Wiskari, Jonas Wittelfeldt, Prudence Woodford-Berger, Sebastian Åberg, Bengt Berger

Some of the people closely connected with C&E are:

We have quite a few photos on our pages where the photographer is not known or named, we are sorry for that. If you don’t want any of your photos published here, or if you want your name to be stated, please contact us at info@countryandeastern.se

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