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Old 06-05-2015, 08:25 AM
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Newfoundland. It was a British colony in the early 20th century. Rather than part of Canada.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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Would say the south, especially Memphis, British Isles folk music, a love of music, horses. Most British bands Stones, Animals, Beatles took their cue from Southern American music, this, apart from a natural blood link with a lot of citizens.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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Would say the south, especially Memphis, British Isles folk music, a love of music, horses. Most British bands Stones, Animals, Beatles took their cue from Southern American music, this, apart from a natural blood link with a lot of citizens.
Just not seeing this, at least not for your reasoning. British Invasion bands took many cues from black southern musicians, sure...but how does that make Memphis the most-influenced by UK area?
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:17 AM
 
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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Victorian buildings in British Columbia and Ontario in Canada. Ontario and BC's flags still have Union Jacks or they called in Canada is the "Royal Union Flag" on them. Hawaii is the only state have a Union Jack on there state flag.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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The South, including Appalachians, still play British Isles rooted music, Black based southern music had a profound effect on British Musicians, way back to Lonnie Donnegan, I put Memphis out of Anglo ignorance. Mind you Tennessee has massive British folk connections, as Milwaukee has German/ Czech connections. Our music connections are a two way street, something German Americans cannot understand, as Germans don't do music!
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:25 PM
 
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Our music connections are a two way street, something German Americans cannot understand, as Germans don't do music!
I beg to differ - there's an entire polka culture in the state of Wisconsin, based primarily on German and Polish musics. In NE Wisconsin, especially, there are still active polka bands that play events, parties, and the like. There has been a polka program on Sundays in Green Bay that has been broadcast weekly on TV ever since I can remember (I'm in my 40s). In the early days of rnr, Wisconsin rock/rockabilly bands had to know some polka. Polka bands brought along a drummer so they could also "do Elvis" or whatever. Many, many country albums (12" LPs) later on had a country side and a polka side.

Pee Wee King, from just north of Green Bay, was Polish but played primarily with Germans (it doesn't/didn't matter to anyone in the region). He's in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is best known for his song "The Tennessee Waltz," though he wrote many standards and appeared countless times on the Grand Ole Opry. Due to his polka roots:

"King was not permitted to use the drummer and trumpeter he featured on his stage shows when the band played at the Grand Ole Opry. King refused to change his band's sound at the Grand Ole Opry, over the years being among the first to introduce or popularize drums, horns, the accordion, and electric instruments including the pedal steel guitar to the Opry's brand of country music.His band also introduced on-stage dancing and Nudie Cohn's customized 'rhinestone cowboy' outfitsto the Opry which later became popular with Nashville and country musicians, including Elvis Presley."

Basically, because of his German/Polish polka roots, Pee Wee played country with different style and instrumentation, and it completely transformed country music in the 30s-40s (and ever since). Since country/hillbilly is just as important an ingredient as the blues in terms of nascent rock n roll, Pee Wee (and his German/Polish musical roots) (so Germans) had their own stake in what became rock n roll. As did many countries - it's how nearly every musical genre in the last century or two can be traced back to the USA. Ideas from everywhere hit the melting pot and new combinations were born.

Sorry, just wanted to point out that none of this is as simple as nearly everyone seems to think, and nearly everything in this country culturally has roots in countless other spots/cultures around the globe.
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Yeah, Virginia is the heart, soul and foundation of the usa anyway.
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Victoria, BC. It feels more British than Britain itself with an English garden atmosphere and high tea at the Empress.

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Yeah, Virginia is the heart, soul and foundation of the usa anyway.
I think that's very debatable with Boston/Massachusetts Bay colony factored in.
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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I think that's very debatable with Boston/Massachusetts Bay colony factored in.

Virginia started before Massachusetts and the Pioneers came to America before the Pilgrims, so chronologically, what else is there to debate?


The center of America's brute power resides in Virginia too, so what else is there to say?
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