Hi Dave & Gary
Dave..I certainly will pass along "heys" from you to Freddy. He'll be glad to hear from you.
Not the greatest news to pass along to you. The market in Europe varies. Like anything, acts have to have a measure of past credentials, visibility and exposer before buyers show any interest. Like here in the States, its all about filling seats.
Most of the venues are festivals and occasional clubs. But the club scene has dwindled in the past few years in favor of DJ's and Line Dancing. The country scene is still there, but not as strong as past years.
However, if you are an act with a track record you still can work Europe, but most USA acts working there are acts that have been around a long time with a history of past Europe gigs under their belts.
Alot of countries favor their own acts more than outsiders. It's cheaper and theres this thing about International talent taking the wind out of local talent. This applies to Australia and Canada, where they have their own scene, with their own hit artists and talent pools and certain circles have this "thing" about USA acts coming over and taking the spotlight away from their own. Funny, when you consider that their entire country music industry originated from copying what was started in the USA. It's still that way.
In my case, I've been playing internationally since 1972, with major acts as well as the FBB. It has established a bit of a fan base for me, for which I'm very thankful. I have also spent many years successfully recording & producing overseas, as well havingh alot of International product released over the past 30 plus years on various overseas labels.
Mind you, the FBB ( Flying Burrito Bros) worked Europe solid for many many years, developing a very strong following throughout Europe, Japan, Australia etc.
All of this has helped me on my recent decision to tour solo, but it's taken many years of touring abroad & building enough ground interest to warrant bookers to book me today.
Playing Europe is very hard these days for newer acts. The gigs just aren't there like they used to be and promoters are very reluctant to pay to fly in acts from abroad, especially with the high costs of airfares these days.
Good luck, man. I hope youcan find a crack inthe door.