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Country from other countries

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 23, 2008 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Country Music

In the American South, traditions from Celtic music, folk, blues, gospel and mountain music melded together into what was originally known as Hillbilly music. Hillbilly produced some incredibly popular artists like Jimmie Rodgers, who sold over a million records in the '20s, back when there were probably like 2 million people in the country.

In 1949, Billboard started referring to it as Country, since many Hillbillies began to feel like they were performing some kind of minstrelsy for urban, northern audiences who'd stick some straw baies on the stage to make these noble savages feel at home.

Anyway, it wasn't just popular at home. There are seemingly more fans of country outside of the U.S. than in it. Before long, other countries were producing their own Country, influenced by the original but occasionally tailored to their own traditions.

Canadian Country

Canadian Cornfield

It shouldn't really come as a surprise that Canada, our kid sibling to the north, would have their fair share of Country musicians. in fact, outside of the U.S., Canada is the Countryest country. Originally it developed out of their heavily Celtic Maritime Provinces. Most Country, however, mirrors the U.S.'s and many Canadian Country artists have infiltrated Nashville unsuspected and undetected, capable of producing Pop Country as bland as our indigenous experts. Most Canadian Country musicians sing about Tennessee this and Kentucky that, happy to not reflect their own backgrounds. Those that do have a more distinctly Canadian tone often have an elevated Folk aspect to their music.

Canadian Country artists include Shania Twain, Adam Gregory, Hank Snow, Paul Brandy, Wilf Carter, Tommy Hunter, Stompin' Tom Connors, Corb Lund, George Canyon, Don Messer, Anne Murray, Lucille Starr, Marg Osburne, Ian Tyson, Mercey Brothers, Maurice Boyler, Gordie Tapp, Carroll Baker, Bob Nolan, Stu Davis, Gene MacLellan, Myrna Lorrie, Ray Griff, Ronnie Prophet, Colleen Peterson, The Good Brothers, Terry Carisse and Prairie Oyster.


Wilf Carter (audio only)
 
Ian & Sylvia Tyson


Hank Snow


Tommy Hunter



Stompin' Tom Connors

Australian Country


Australian Farm

I reckon it's natural that Australia (aka Bizarro America) produces a lot of country too. I mean, they make Westerns about their own wild west and their larikins and our rednecks seem to evince convergent evolution like few other species. As Australian Country-ish songwriter Simon Bonney noted:

"There are similarities between America and Australia. We ask a lot of the same questions and share a desire to hold on to some sort of cultural identity from whatever place we originally came. And Australia is all rural; it's like the classic idea of the Midwest. There are thousands of acres of wheat and barley  and incredible quantities of sheep."

Country music has been popular in Australia for a while, with roots in the bush ballads of the 19th century. As opposed to Canadian Country, a lot of Australian Country focuses on Australian subject matter and is sometimes known as "Bush Music" or "Bush Band Music." New South Wales hosts both the Grabine Music Muster Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Australian Country Musicians include Tex Morton, Slim Dusty, Simon Bonney, Keith Urban, Lee Karnaghan, Adam Brand, The Bush Wackers, Olivia Newton John, Tania Kernaghan, Beccy ColeTroy Cassar Daley, Kasey Chambers, Sherrie Austin, Smoky Dawson, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence, Shea Fisher, Talia Whitman, "Captain Goodtimes" Steve Forde, 8 Ball Aitken, Johnny Ashcroft, James Blundell, Tracy Coster, Wayne Horsburgh, Jedd Hughes, Gina Jeffries, Gay Kayler, Anne Kirkpatrick, Red Lindsay, Jimmy Little, Chad Morgan, Jamie O'Neill, Mary Schneider, Sara Storer, John Williamson, The Donovans, Women in Docs, Karma County, Redgum, Deep Creek and the Prairie Oysters.


Tex Morton (audio only)

 
Slim Dusty
 

Smoky Dawson
 

Johnny Ashcroft



Simon Bonney

Argentine Country

Argentine Farm

Maybe the least likely country to play host to a big Country Music scene is Argentina. But then again, what's more stereotypical of Argentina then gauchos riding the range? Every year Argentina hosts the San Pedro Country Music Festival. Country bands from around South and North America are featured in the line-up.

Argentine Country artists include Alejandro Gratzer, Coco Diaz, Botas Tejanas, Yulie Ruth, 7 Pistones, Tennessee Country, Radio Texas, Richard Lake and Palmas plus, no doubt, a lot more.


a commercial for the San Pedro Country Music Festival
 

Tennessee Country


Richard Lake
 

A brief spot about the San Pedro Music Festival featuring a few bands

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