A question for non-Americans

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  1. johnny k

    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    I love country music, but the boss hoss are a bit ... it is kind of country with a german twist i guess. You can check them out. I like a few of their songs.
     
  2. ZenGuitarist

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    North America may be a continent, but I've lived in both Canada and the USA and I can tell you that the experience of living in each country has been quite different. I'm not saying that one is better than the other, just different.
     
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    that is not really something I would know about!
     
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    Oh yeah of course!

    I wasn't quibbling over Canada vs the USA.
    I was quibbling over Canada not being on the American continent!

    I'd note that Canadians influenced US country music in Maine way back before electricity, recorded music, music magazines, touring bands and record bins divided us up into music camps.

    Used to be a mix of Celtic American, Franco American, and even Afro Caribbean musicians in Maine coastal trading communities.
    Port towns brought money, goods, working class poor, boarding houses, bars and music into one melting pot after another up and down the coast.
    Sure Canada was a whole different Country, but cross the line and you were still on the american continent playing american music.
    American music then being distinctly non European?
    A bit like Canada and the US?

    Really the only country that wasn't much a part of Country was the natives of North America.

    Once Country Music got named, packaged and sold, it was AFAIK sharecroppers that defined it for consumers.

    Who WERE those sharecroppers?
    Immigrant Americans?

    And what music might be called "Americana"?

    The Band!
    The very definition of Americana!
     
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    Definitely not very popular here in France; it's really a niche.
    I bet if you asked random people if they knew some country bands or musicians, the only name that would stand out would be Johnny Cash, who I'm not even sure he really falls into this category... Maybe Dolly Parton too.

    As a comparison, rockabilly is kind of a niche too in France, but a much much bigger one than country music. For instance Brian Setzer has a name that would at least sound familiar to many.
     
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    It depends on your age. I live in Sweden and i don´t see much harder acts.
    Last year i saw:
    Cordovas
    Andrew Combs
    Aron Lee Tasjan
    Samantha Martin
    Jesse Dayton
    Bill Kirchen
    Ural Thomas
    The Long Ryders
    Daddy Longlegs
    Nicole Atkins
    Sue Foley
    Susto
    The Black Sorrows
    Mandolin Orange
    Carson McHone
    Legendary Shack Shakers
    Dustbowl revival
    Ward Hayden
    Chanse McCoy
    Cedric Burnside
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore
    Robert Ellis
    Rein Rae
    Andrew Combs ( again)
    Tav Falco
    Plus about ten , twelve local acts. Al this is some kind of modern country.
    It was a slow year.
    But then i am 66 years old.
     
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  7. johnny k

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    there were country music festivals 15 or 20 years ago.I remember seeing charlie mccoy in one of those.

    As for the authenticty, well i don't know. Did you linedance to achy braky heart ? You know. A bit stereotypey.
     
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    Seasick Steve is pretty popular in Europe, USA and elsewhere. May not be considered country but definitely USA roots delivered to other parts of the world. He's awesome so please take some time and boobtube him. Check out his bio...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasick_Steve
     
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    We don't really 'get' country music in the UK other than a bit of Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash, I honestly thought it was just a bunch of guys obsessively singing about their pickup trucks for some strange reason. But then I accidentally heard Colter Wall and loved it, then I got into Nick Shoulders the yodelling fella with the mullet, then fell in love with Sierra Ferrell's voice.
    There's some fantastic new (what I call proper) country artists about.
    Now I love watching the YouTube channel 'Western AF'.
    And now I'm discovering the greats like Hank.
    Commercial country music though is just horrific to my ears. We tend to think country music is Billy Ray Cyrus.
     
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    I heard that Eddie Rabbit windshield wiper song on the radio here once. I had to think of my grampa grumbling about "that damn Eddie Rabbit" whenever it came on the radio back home...
     
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    I' respectfully suggest that that vast majority don't. Glasgow does have it's own country club (see below) but country music will very much be a niche market.

    http://glasgowsgrandoleopry.co.uk/wp/index.php/history/
     
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    Very popular in Atlantic Canada as well. Lots of local bluegrass and some world renown Acadian artists local to here, as well. (For the uninitiated, Acadian music spans anywhere from Honky Tonk style county to southern Cajun music). Lots of both English and French Acadian music.
     
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    Yep, that's about it.

    Other than that, apart from the odd bit of Dolly or Johnny troubling the airwaves, it's always been very much a minority sport in the UK.
     
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    As @Thin white duke said, in my parts of Italy it's very niche. Basically, you have to be a telecaster nut to know anything about it…

    PS: my impression is that the same applies to all the European countries I know…
     
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    Country per se may not have been big in the UK, but I always thought skiffle was largely based on early American folk/country music and was pretty popular for a while. Of course skiffle as a genre is probably more than 60 years old so maybe that just proves the point.
     
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    I like both kinds of muzac.:cool:

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    I am SOOO sorry about sharing this. Most of you have probably never experienced Irish Country music...and were better off for it.
    But the OP asked a question so I feel obliged to answer.


     
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    Considering that Lonnie Donegan's (another Scottish born guitarist BTW) 'Rock Island Line' was the first skiffle hit, and he also recorded 'Cumberland Gap' I'd say skiffle stole from American folk wholesale :)
     
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