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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by xtelesquirex, Sep 15, 2020 at 9:42 AM.
Rumours it's a hemisphere!
I've heard there's a whole 'nother American continent southeast of here and it's really big with a whole bunch of country-music-ignoring countries.
We don't have thousands of miles of straight roads running through nowhere, cowboys, guns, rodeos, prairies and a tendency to turn all of the above into schmaltz either.
If we need maudlin introspection, there's blues. Which we are quite good at.
Or Leonard Cohen. Which we aren't. Although Kevin Coyne had a stab at it.
You mean "American-country-music-ignoring"? No, wait, I'm confused agin!
That's fair. Personally I can see very few threads connecting country music to traditional European folk music. A Scotsman on a fiddle is not a connection IMO
There is or was a big Rockabilly/Roots festival in Amsterdam and another in Switzerland. I only know about it because of videos on YT... lots of stuff from Deke Dickerson.
EDM is big in Europe and here btw. I've been to the world's largest festival (Tomorrowland), but there are many here that come close (EDC, Ultra, etc). I've been to some lesser EDM or EDM-tangential festivals here (Basscenter, Electric Forest, Hulaween). It's pretty popular with lots of different people.
I don't think most people in the US like country at all. They like hick-hop maybe, but not the real deal.
Don't forget of course we have got Morrissey - for all things maudlin, miserable and regrettably, objectionable!
I think American country music is a bit of a thing in Japan. It may still be a niche thing, but it seems to me when Japanese people get in to something they go all out.
That's on my bucket list!!
There are some line dancing clubs here... very sad and a little strange. I prefer to play a Ceilidh
Very little of the country music I hear on the radio stateside I hear here. ‘Americana’ perhaps yes but not the mountain of cookie cutter country tracks.
Not in Greece (and certainly all the other Balkan countries in our neighborhood) ,we have our own blues and punk rock and country music dating back a few centuries
As far as US country music goes I think that I am one of the FIVE Greeks (we are around 10 million) that is even aware of its existence
Kidding aside people listening to "western music" of course exist in Greece but the vast majority of the population sticks to local stuff.
Right on, you will have an amazing (if spendy) time. I can offer some wisdom if they have it again and you can make it happen. Did it with some friends in 2017 and with the missus for her 50th in 2018. Worth it both times, I'd like to do it again in the next five years.
Isn't he domiciled in LA these days?
Then Heaven knows he's *really* miserable now.
Oh I do hope so.
There is a hard-core following of country music in Japan, of all places. Surf is hugely popular there too.
And in France, David Hasselhoff is a thing [shrug]. No accounting for taste!
Didn't Slim Whitman sell more records in the UK than the Beatles?
Scientists say it's one and the same, despite the hemispherical duality and the fact that a river runs through it...
...I hear though that abbreviated 'Muricans gonna shoot them scientists for saying, stuff...
There may be a debate as to whether or not that is actually a "love" call:
Whitman through his songs featured in the film Mars Attacks!; his famed "Indian Love Call" would kill the invading Martians every time the record was played and his rendition of "I Remember You" was heard in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses.
So, America isn't to blame for ALL that ails us?