How country music is taking over the world | Music | DW

Polish your boots, get out your plaid flannel shirt from the back of your closet, and dust off your Stetson — we’re off to a country music festival. But this isn’t Texas or Tennessee, but rather the faded UK seaside resort of Blackpool, which is hosting the 2021 British Country Music Festival from September 3-5, and visitors from all around the country and way beyond are expected to attend.

The typically American music genre is celebrating a global revival, with events all around Europe — even in Germany — giving it a new lease on life. This is, of course, pre-COVID; but with the gradual easing of restrictions, country fans around the globe are excited to get back on the horse.

“The thing about country music that speaks to people is the songwriting,” Milly Olykan, VP of International Relations & Development at the Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville, Tennessee, told DW.

“People have realized that country music isn’t about geography,” says Baylen Leonard, a country music broadcaster based in London. “It’s about storytelling and emotion.”

Skyline of Nashville

Nashville remains the capital of country music worldwide — but the sound is being exported abroad more than ever before

‘The perfect storm’

Olykan says the focus of her work is “to shift perceptions about country music. For example, it’s not only older people who listen to country. It’s young people. And the audiences have got younger over the years.”

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Milly Olykan has been helping country music gain global recognition for over a decade

60 Male Country Singers of All Time From A-Z

Male country singers definitely dominated the genre for years, and the impact and influence of these men on country music are undeniable. Not only are they great musicians and performers, but they are also distinguished pioneers and songwriters. 

So we compiled 60 all-time male country music singers – from the architects of the genre to game-changers to new promising names. We also have a dedicated list for the female country singers, so go ahead and check it out!

1. Alabama

The 1970s trio composed of Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry were not afraid to introduce their style blending traditional fiddle with Southern roots. With 43 number one singles, they went on to be one of the greatest bands of all time.  

2. Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson is one of the most popular male country singers in the ’90s known for his songs that feature mainstream country pop sounds blended with traditional honky-tonk. 

3. Bill Anderson

He was the man behind many country hits, including George Strait’s Give It Away. He also had seven chart-topping hits under his belt.

4. Bill Monroe

This Kentucky native was best remembered as the ‘Father of Bluegrass’, introducing an entirely new style of country – hard-edged with emphasis on instrumental virtuosity and vocal harmonies. 

5. Billy Joe Shaver

Shaver defined the ’70s outlaw country era, writing the most memorable songs from Waylon Jennings’ Honky Tonk Heroes to his own Old Five and Dimers Like Me.

6. Blake Shelton

He debuted in 2001 and

Afghan Filmmaker Seems Alarm as Taliban Overtake Country

Mentioned Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi has penned an open up letter calling on the planet to wake up to the impression of the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan. She phone calls for security for filmmakers and for females in normal against the brutal militants who have overrun the state amid the last U.S. withdrawal of forces.

Karimi’s letter was sent to global media organizations and posted in diverse kinds on her Fb account. On Sunday, the Taliban’s grip on Afghanistan appeared to be around complete as militants ended up noted to have swept into the nation’s capital of Kabul, forcing the president to flee.

In another Fb video information Karimi says: “Greetings, the Taliban have arrived at the town. We are escaping.” She is seen working and urging others to escape although they are however capable.

The Taliban has surged to just take just about whole manage of the country in just a number of weeks because the U.S. withdrew its troops. The force, which is someplace among a patchwork of armed militias and a political movement, is noted for its conservative Muslim social agenda and repression of legal rights for women of all ages and women.

The Taliban was throttled by the U.S. and its allies some 20 a long time back right after the 9/11 attacks in New York and outside the house Washington, D.C. It has utilized the ensuing two decades to put together for a comeback and also to produce a softly-spoken public relations and political

CA Mid State Fair: Country singer grew up on SLO County ranch

Country singer Callie Twisselman smiled as she saddled a chocolate-brown horse named Cash on her family’s Shandon ranch. Behind the stables, acres of golden grass and barley swayed in the summer breeze.

Twisselman grew up on the 40,000-acre ranch, which her family has had for seven generations. That’s where she learned to ride horses, care for cattle and sing.

Now Twisselman, who lives and works in Nashville, returns to the ranch every two months to visit her family.

”This is who I am and where I’m from,” said Twisselman. “It’s really good to get back to your roots.”

On Friday, Twisselman will open for country duo Big & Rich at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. Taking the stage at the Chumash Grandstand Arena, she’ll perform songs from her new EP “Closure,” which was inspired by her childhood on the ranch.

Then, on Saturday, she’ll compete in the fair’s Country Rodeo.

“Coming back to San Luis Obispo to sing live at the fair is really like a full-circle moment,” Twisselman said. “I’m really excited because I love being home.”

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Callie Twisselman riding a horse on the family ranch at 3-years-old. Courtesy of Callie Twisselman

Growing up country in SLO County

A school bus used to rumble through the Twisselman Ranch each weekday — passing cattle grazing under a wide, blue sky, before dropping off Twisselman, her siblings and cousins at their grandma’s house.

Most of Twisselman’s family lives on the ranch. Her grandma is up the hill from

CMT Celebrates Some of Country Music’s Top Female Duos and Groups

Some of country music’s most memorable songs have been written and/or performed by all-female groups, whether that’s the musical contributions of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters (June, Helen and Anita Carter), The Forester Sisters’ five No. 1 hits in the 1980s, mother-daughter duo The Judds’ iconic string of 14 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, or the Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) with their inescapably catchy, bold singles like “Goodbye Earl” and “Travelin’ Soldier.”

Today, CMT highlights some of country music’s most successful all-female groups.

The Chicks
As the sun set on the 1990s, The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) were the top-performing country group on country radio, with multi-platinum projects including Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999) and Home (2002). “Goodbye Earl” earned crossover success, as did “Long Time Gone” and their cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit “Landslide.” The trio’s Natalie Maines, Emily Stayer and Martie Maguire offered a unique amalgam of sounds anchored in traditional country, accented with both bluegrass instrumentation and a pop sheen. However, in 2003, the band’s Maines stated to a London audience that she was “ashamed” President George W. Bush also hailed from the band’s homestate of Texas, causing country radio stations to pulled the trio’s music from the airwaves. The trio fought back, releasing Taking the Long Way in 2006 and earning five Grammys. They followed with an extended musical hiatus that ended with 2020’s Gaslighter.

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