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Old 23-03-2013, 18:21
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I've noticed this in the past 2-3 years really, we had Lady Antebellum break through, then The Band Perry, We've had sell out concerts from Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and just last week the C2C music festival. I've also noticed a lot more country getting played on radio, at the moment Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Hayden Panettiere are getting Radio 2 air time. So is it me or is country music gaining popularity in the UK? Here in N.Ireland home grown country music talent are selling out venues every night of the week.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:25
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Shania Twain and Leann Rimes were huge a few years ago. It's nothing new. Some country acts will always cross over.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:34
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Yeah, it just happens sometimes. One could argue Taylor Swift is building bridges, though she's not really country anymore...
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:52
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Yeah, it just happens sometimes. One could argue Taylor Swift is building bridges, though she's not really country anymore...
Taylor Swift is hurting country music infact. She was the only person who could consistently have crossover hits between country and mainstream, and now she's decided to stop doing that, so there's nothing now. The closest recently is Wanted by Hunter Hayes.
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Old 23-03-2013, 18:55
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Seems to be something of a recent trend, yes. While I'm indifferent towards the genre myself, it just feels like yet another Americanisation of the UK to me, so I'm not particularly keen on the whole thing.
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:13
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Yeah, it just happens sometimes. One could argue Taylor Swift is building bridges, though she's not really country anymore...
I always thought Taylor Swift was more pop country or crossover than "real" country (if there is such a thing - what defines "real" country music?).
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:29
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It's a shame The Civil Wars seem to have irreconcilable differences as I had the feeling they could have really crossed over with their second album (that probably won't happen now). Although to be fair i suppose they couldn't be described as wholly 'country' but more 'Americana'.
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:31
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I always thought Taylor Swift was more pop country or crossover than "real" country (if there is such a thing - what defines "real" country music?).
Yep she would be pop country, I suppose real country is whatever you define it to be, To me its having a banjo, steel guitar, mandolin etc and singing about country themes, not teen bobber things.
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:51
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Tim McGraw is boss but never hear him on the radio.
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:55
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Tim McGraw is boss but never hear him on the radio.
His new single Nashville Without You in getting Radio 2 air time at the moment, he's also doing an interview on Steve Wright in the afternoon this Wednesday.
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Old 23-03-2013, 19:56
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I always thought Taylor Swift was more pop country or crossover than "real" country (if there is such a thing - what defines "real" country music?).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4G4tFINFL0

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Old 23-03-2013, 22:32
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It's not really country though is it? That Lady Antebellum song which has been huge over here was hardly country anyway had the brief mandolin segment taken out of it. The Taylor stuff now is just pop but even before it wasn't country.

I'd love to see Miranda Lambert in her purest form crossover. Her songs are country but they are very accessible and radio friendly.

I actually can't remember the last banjo, steel guitar, mandolin heavy country track to crossover here? Probably The Mavericks or Cotton Eye Joe

That said the American Country Chart lacks a lot of 'proper' country as well.

Is there's no twang it's not country.
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Old 24-03-2013, 01:51
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I actually can't remember the last banjo, steel guitar, mandolin heavy country track to crossover here? Probably The Mavericks or Cotton Eye Joe
Oh wait, you forgot "5, 6, 7, 8" by that well-known country band, er... Steps.
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Old 24-03-2013, 08:38
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Carrie Underwood has some modest success here last year. Her Blown away album made the top 10 as she did loads of promo and I remember hearing her Royal albert hall gig was a huge sell out, and not anybody who isn't that known over here can just sell out the royal albert hall so it just goes to show how much of a fanbase she built since 2005.
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Old 24-03-2013, 08:50
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Carrie Underwood has some modest success here last year. Her Blown away album made the top 10 as she did loads of promo and I remember hearing her Royal albert hall gig was a huge sell out, and not anybody who isn't that known over here can just sell out the royal albert hall so it just goes to show how much of a fanbase she built since 2005.
Not to be overly pedantic but Blown Away actually charted at #11 in the UK.
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Old 24-03-2013, 09:56
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I'd say country acts are filtering in but as with TS most remix their biggest hits into pop songs to sell to a wider audience it's as about as country as Jay-z.
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Old 24-03-2013, 16:06
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Taylor swift has become a disgrace to country. She did well in balancing it but with her new era, she has trashed it. Pardon the pun, but she will never ever ever, be one of the best in her genre. She's no Dolly parton, Loretta Lynn, Faith Hill, Shania Twain etc.
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Old 24-03-2013, 16:13
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I've just been thoroughly disillusioned by discovering that this isn't an A Camp original, because I thought it was a truly beautiful song that overcame my dislike of country songs. Then, purely out of interest, I listened to some of the American versions and absolutely hated them.

A Camp - The Bluest Eyes In Texas
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Old 24-03-2013, 16:37
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Taylor swift has become a disgrace to country. She did well in balancing it but with her new era, she has trashed it. Pardon the pun, but she will never ever ever, be one of the best in her genre. She's no Dolly parton, Loretta Lynn, Faith Hill, Shania Twain etc.
Faith and Shania may not have gone to the extremes TS has but neither would have sold aswell had they not remixed their albums in their entirety to crossover to the pop market effectively becoming pop albums more than country so whilst TS has definitely taken it to the extreme others lead the way before her.
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Old 24-03-2013, 16:48
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If country music is getting more noticed then great but in this country I fear it will only ever be a branch of it and not "Mainstream" which is where the true sound lies. As is the case with "Folk Music" it gets less notice than it deserves which also is a sad thing. Both veins of music are from the same source in that it's roots are from the people who were the working class and by that I mean nothing cruel or nasty. I love folk and country in all it's forms and hope it does becomes more popular here.
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Old 25-03-2013, 14:35
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I think (and hope) the American Country sound is slowly becoming more popular. The Country to Country Festival at the O2 Arena last weekend was packed and was also successful enough to make a return next year. And hopefully this years' fans will bring friends and it will be even bigger/better next year
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Old 25-03-2013, 16:43
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Train have done OK here, I'm not too sure if you'd class them as "country", but Hey Soul Sister, Mermaid, Drive By & Bruises have a country feel to them. All have been regulars on BBC Radio 2, Real Radio & Heart over the past few years.
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Old 25-03-2013, 16:54
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I quite like some country music

It's a shame The Civil Wars seem to have irreconcilable differences as I had the feeling they could have really crossed over with their second album (that probably won't happen now). Although to be fair i suppose they couldn't be described as wholly 'country' but more 'Americana'.
There were photos on Twiiter the other day of them recording so hopefully there will be a second album. I do worry that the connection between them has gone. That Grammys speech was painful
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Old 25-03-2013, 17:00
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What happened with The Civil Wars?? I love them!!
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Old 25-03-2013, 21:01
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No.

Country is a strange genre, it doesn't quite work outside of America unless it's pop orientated like Shania Twain or an early Taylor Swift.
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