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Old 01-09-2016, 10:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is American Country Music really a big deal outside of the U.S.?

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As the owner and program director of an online radio station, I find it curious at our huge International listeners base.

How popular is classic and mainstream American Country outside of the continental U.S?

What are your thoughts?

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Old 01-09-2016, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If American country is big outside the US (not counting **** like Toby Keith), I'm going to assume it's because Europe has become more culturally homogenized than the US has been, being a giant land mass without the same buildup. All you need for country/folk music to flourish is country folk to make it. America is big, countrified, and has had only a few hundred years to build up an entire continent.
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Appreciate that perspective....makes sense. And no Luke Bryan zone here!
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Both American Folk music and Country music has roots from the British Isles, Scandinavia and Europe. Well for who influences who (is Europe influence by American Country or vice a versa), I would say there is a bit back and forth. There are some influence I don't know much about the music scene in Europe.I've came across an Austrian Country singer, so there must be some Country fans there. Benny Andersson from Abba has an orchrestra, BAO. The band does song that I would consider sounding like American Country music but not with as a typical guitar band. I thinkthe music of BAO probably be considered as Schlager and Folk. Then there is First Aid Kit which has a nice old time Country style to them.
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Will need to look them up! Sounds Interesting
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Both American Folk music and Country music has roots from the British Isles, Scandinavia and Europe. Well for who influences who (is Europe influence by American Country or vice a versa), I would say there is a bit back and forth. There are some influence I don't know much about the music scene in Europe.I've came across an Austrian Country singer, so there must be some Country fans there. Benny Andersson from Abba has an orchrestra, BAO. The band does song that I would consider sounding like American Country music but not with as a typical guitar band. I thinkthe music of BAO probably be considered as Schlager and Folk. Then there is First Aid Kit which has a nice old time Country style to them.
Of course it all comes down to Abba with you.

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If you wanna check out American country that isn't just pop nonsense, then I will always suggest Townes Van Zandt, the absolute master of old school folk country. I don't even listen to much country, but Townes transcends taste.












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Of course it all comes down to Abba with you.
My recommendation was Benny Anderssons Orkester not ABBA. Found them trying to figure out the difference between BoA and Bôa. A simple typographical error lead me to this wonderful band.

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Country music is actually rather popular over in China. I actually don't know why that is.
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Country music is actually rather popular over in China. I actually don't know why that is.
Believe it or not... yodeling is very popular in Korea - as amazing as that might sound.
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