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Old 08-06-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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As long it's not too country, it should be fine. Think Faith Hill as opposed to say.. Alan Jackson. Several of Faith Hill's songs made top charts in Asia by the way, because her songs are more mainstream pop than country. Someone mentioned in my office (I live in KY) that the only thing country about Faith Hill is her husband's cowboy hat

Both Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood should be fine, as they tend to be more pop-ish than bluegrass country, hence has a better chance to be enjoyed more by non american ears. Of course, if your relatives drink, you can always give them a good old Kentucky Bourbon
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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As long it's not too country, it should be fine. Think Faith Hill as opposed to say.. Alan Jackson. Several of Faith Hill's songs made top charts in Asia by the way, because her songs are more mainstream pop than country. Someone mentioned in my office (I live in KY) that the only thing country about Faith Hill is her husband's cowboy hat

Both Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood should be fine, as they tend to be more pop-ish than bluegrass country, hence has a better chance to be enjoyed more by non american ears. Of course, if your relatives drink, you can always give them a good old Kentucky Bourbon
This is actuallya great idea. If they drink, getting a Bourbon that's less well known and fancy (Woodford Rreserve, etc...) would prolly go over decently
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: CA
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As far as I know, some people in Australia and certain parts of Europe listen to American country music. People I know from Norway said people there like country music... God knows why :X. Maybe it appeals to areas with a strong middle class or something.
Quite honestly, I don't find country music that unique. The modern kind sounds like really bad, generic pop music with horrible, twangy southern accents & poorly written lyrics with soap opera-esque story lines. The old kind sounds similar to folk music you might find in other countries.
That's just my opinion...and obviously I am not a fan.
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:56 PM
 
Location: California
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Because country music has lots of words that Asians do not understand,they don't relate to it like Americans.
It's like going to a Comedy Store here,you might think it's hillarious,but to them they would go "huh"?
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:55 AM
 
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I don't think you'll find many non-American people outside of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand who like country music.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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As long it's not too country, it should be fine. Think Faith Hill as opposed to say.. Alan Jackson. Several of Faith Hill's songs made top charts in Asia by the way, because her songs are more mainstream pop than country. Someone mentioned in my office (I live in KY) that the only thing country about Faith Hill is her husband's cowboy hat

Both Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood should be fine, as they tend to be more pop-ish than bluegrass country, hence has a better chance to be enjoyed more by non american ears. Of course, if your relatives drink, you can always give them a good old Kentucky Bourbon
Yeah thats why I settled on Carrie and Taylor. They're not as country as some other stars I listen to like Toby Keith or Gretchen Wilson but probably not popular in Taiwan. I had really wanted to do Kellie Pickler because her songs really reflect the small towns and rural communities (like "Small Towns GIrl" about apple pie, Sunday school, clotheslines, dirt roads, sweet tea, etc) where most of America lives in despite the urban bias in shows like Sex and the City and Friends, but the style might be too country for people who did not grow up in America.

Most American girls my cousin's age (17) listen to Carrie to Taylor, at least around here the only exception being African Americans and some Hispanics/Asians.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Rural Northern California
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I don't think you'll find many non-American people outside of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand who like country music.
Actually, American style country music is very popular in Poland.

The "Oldest Country Music Festival in Eastern Europe":


YouTube - "The Anti-Americans" -- Polish Country Music Festival


YouTube - Mragowo Country Festival Poland

Line Dancing Troop (school?):


YouTube - "The Anti-Americans" -- Polish Cowboy
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: MN
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Actually, American style country music is very popular in Poland.
Sounds like another reason that some refer to Poland as the Alabama of Europe.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle-area, where the sun don't shine
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The U.S. expats might listen to it. That's pretty much the extent of country music's existence in Asia.
To me, it seems like people who go even to the extent of being an expat wouldn't really have a thing for country music.

Also, it seems like everyone in every Japanese class I have taken (including the teacher) really hates country music. I'm included; can't stand it.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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Based on my experiences, yes, they do.

You will hear a good bit of country music, but most of it is the "true country" from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. That plus just about any mega-hit pop song from the 1950s to the present. They may or may not speak english, but they can sing the songs.

In the big cities, you'll hear a mix of local music and US charts, to include "new country."

No matter how rural or remote an area, they can get radio and they will. I went into a road-side shack in Majuro (RMI) once to get something to drink and they guy is singing along with Kenny Rogers. I've also walked by Kareoke (sp?) bars in the most remote mountain regions of the RP to hear some gal wailing to a Beyonce tune.

I don't know about Japan or China, but yeah just about anywhere else, American music, including country, is popular.
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