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Old 05-22-2011, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Just trying to define the genre of music. It seems it encompasses most of the Midwest, but also most of Appalachian type of music, and Texas types of music. Than I'd say that out in Oregon would have similar types of musical interests.

I'm thinking I might say cities like Omaha, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Austin, Portland, etc.

Would you agree or disagree? Are there big ones I'm missing here? Are there some I listed that you might disagree with?
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Nashville?
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Nashville?
I think the point of the thread is to find "alternate" capitals. I am guessing that the OP meant alternates to Nashville.

To answer the original question, I wouldn't put Raleigh on that list. The musics scene in Raleigh and the Triangle is decidely tied to the universities and that's not a formula for country music. However, with the success of Scotty McCreery on American Idol, Raleigh's suburb or Garner would probably like to be on the list.
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Per capita the region producing the most Country Music singers is the Appalachian region of Kentucky and Tennessee. US 23 in KY is actually dubbed the "Country Music Highway"
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN
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Per capita the region producing the most Country Music singers is the Appalachian region of Kentucky and Tennessee. US 23 in KY is actually dubbed the "Country Music Highway"
alt-country doesn't really have much to do with mainstream country music, though. The Jayhawks and Wilco are not "country" bands. Hence alt-country hotspots like Minneapolis, Portland and Chicago. obviously you've got your T Bone Burnetts and Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard but you've also got Neil Young, Martin Zellar and the Fleet Foxes.

Not really a regional genre.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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To answer the original question, I wouldn't put Raleigh on that list.
Whiskeytown/Ryan Adams came out of the Raleigh scene, I believe.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I think the point of the thread is to find "alternate" capitals. I am guessing that the OP meant alternates to Nashville.
No, I think they were actually referring to the alt-country genre.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Yep, alt-country genre.

Jayhawks is a great alt-country band. Usually I think of the Midwest and Southern cities.

Exact opposite of commercial country though.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:17 AM
 
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i would say today it is Nashville and Austin. oklahoma has a very long tradition of it, but i cant really call them a capital of anything.

i have heard some good folk, or folk rock music from portland.

i don't know much about minneapolis or chicago. i like wilco but it is hard for me to call that alt country. who else is from that area?

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Alt country is big in TN, NC, TX... basically a lot of the South even though there also seems to be a strong pull for it in Brooklyn and a few other places. Even LA. Nashville is heavily into pop country but also does a ton of music production and recording ( back end stuff) for alt country bands.
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