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Old 12-27-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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Greetings. I am originally from the Sacto area of California, currently in Colorado, and I am considering a move back but have some questions about the Chico and Redding areas.

I wanted to know if there is a strong Country culture in the Chico and Redding areas. And particularly which is more this way than the other: For instance, Cattle and Farming/Ag industry, Rodeos, rural country living with that personal philosophy/ideaology and venues that support Live Country Music on a regular basis such as Honky-Tonks etc.? I am an active Traditional country musician and need that in the area. It is also important to be close to the Sierras like Chico and Redding are.

If I move to the area, I would prefer to live in Chico or nearby, based on my current understandings, however, if someone thinks the Redding area is better suited please say so. We need to be near the city, but want to eventually own some land, or live in a smaller town nearby. Wanted to know which area is more like my description, if either at all. I have never made it up to either place when living in CA except for Gridley.
Please ask any questions, and thank you for your detailed assistance.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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"close to the Sierra" (no "s") .... just sayin.
no offense intended.
sorry, i don't know the area well .... the forums are very quiet lately due to the holidays.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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http://www.google.com/url?q=http://e...NK7__IrfD4gzTQ

Thanks for the relpy. It is with an "S".
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I was born in Truckee.
I'm quite familiar with the Sierra / the Sierra Nevada.
But say it your way if you please.
Here ... for your edification.
Sierra or Sierras?
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Greetings. I am originally from the Sacto area of California, currently in Colorado, and I am considering a move back but have some questions about the Chico and Redding areas.

I wanted to know if there is a strong Country culture in the Chico and Redding areas. And particularly which is more this way than the other: For instance, Cattle and Farming/Ag industry, Rodeos, rural country living with that personal philosophy/ideaology and venues that support Live Country Music on a regular basis such as Honky-Tonks etc.? I am an active Traditional country musician and need that in the area. It is also important to be close to the Sierras like Chico and Redding are.

If I move to the area, I would prefer to live in Chico or nearby, based on my current understandings, however, if someone thinks the Redding area is better suited please say so. We need to be near the city, but want to eventually own some land, or live in a smaller town nearby. Wanted to know which area is more like my description, if either at all. I have never made it up to either place when living in CA except for Gridley.
Please ask any questions, and thank you for your detailed assistance.
Still pretty country up that way, I know I will be in Red Bluff in a while for a slice of old American horse culture. Country Music is pretty bad these days, but, it seems to be what people like. Traditional Country should be a big hit, but, I could not answer that for certain.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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I moved to Redding over a decade ago. I was kind of surprised when I moved here that Redding does not really have a country bar or scene. There is a country bar in Cottonwood about 14 miles south down I-5. I see a lot of young folks with their pants around their knees if that gives you idea how country Redding is. You might also look into Palo Cedro or Millville, which is outside of Redding.

I also lived in Chico for a few years. The music scene is a lot better in Chico, but I don’t recall hearing much country played in any downtown venues. In my opinion Chico is the nicer place to live and I would choose it hands down over Redding. It’s worth noting that the Chico area seems a lot more agriculture driven.

I know some might laugh, but I thought Oroville was nice, but I don’t know much about Oroville’s music scene. I’m not sure if you need work. The job market in all these areas is downright awful.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:57 PM
 
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Greetings. I am originally from the Sacto area of California, currently in Colorado, and I am considering a move back but have some questions about the Chico and Redding areas.

I wanted to know if there is a strong Country culture in the Chico and Redding areas. And particularly which is more this way than the other: For instance, Cattle and Farming/Ag industry, Rodeos, rural country living with that personal philosophy/ideaology and venues that support Live Country Music on a regular basis such as Honky-Tonks etc.? I am an active Traditional country musician and need that in the area. It is also important to be close to the Sierras like Chico and Redding are.

If I move to the area, I would prefer to live in Chico or nearby, based on my current understandings, however, if someone thinks the Redding area is better suited please say so. We need to be near the city, but want to eventually own some land, or live in a smaller town nearby. Wanted to know which area is more like my description, if either at all. I have never made it up to either place when living in CA except for Gridley.
Please ask any questions, and thank you for your detailed assistance.
Get an old trailer up the Skyway or in Berry Creek... sit in front of it and honky tonk on your banjo all you want, here's your country music. But if you want the real country... go to West Point they make boys from Deliverance look like city slickers
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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You will find rural places throughout the Sacramento Valley. Plenty of agriculture around Chico. Less so around Redding. Both Chico and redding are very urban as far as culture goes. There are a few towns approaching what you are looking for between Sacramento and Chico, but most of them are really made up of people from Sacramento and other cities who think they are living a country lifestyle because they purchased a house with some land on the fringes of Yuba City or Sutter.

You will find more of what you are looking for along I-5. Willow, Corning, and that area.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:37 PM
 
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I was born in Truckee.
I'm quite familiar with the Sierra / the Sierra Nevada.
But say it your way if you please.
Here ... for your edification.
Sierra or Sierras?
I understand the logic behind the arguement well. I am probably one of the few people who does not say P.I.N. Number, as in Personal Identification Number Number. I misunderstood the meaning of your original post to be of something else, not the actual point you were making reagarding the pluralisation of the word or phraseological title for our beloved Mountain Range.

I was born and raised in Northern California from a multigenerational familiy of Californians and members of the Sierra. I too, am extremely familiar with the Sierra Nevada and through my travels I can happily and proudly say that there is not a more beautiful Mountain Range and forrested topography than the Sierra Nevada, in my observation. A passion of mine and focus is the Conservation/Preservation/Protection of our natural wonders; the Mountains/Forrests/Wildlife of our great Nation.

The term, "Sierras" is a colloquial term used by Native Californians for the most part. It is a nickname like "Sacto". I have heard it used my whole life by amateurs and professionals alike. From Scientists to Forrest/Park Rangers to Workers. I agree with you, and the article indeed for a literal and CORRECT usage. I have all my life understood and practiced the correct saying, prenunciation, and phrasing of words as a lover of linguistics and studier of such. My only explanation for this error is that I have been living in Colorado for a while and have been accustomed to saying "Rockies". Ergo, the accidental pluralisation of the Sierra Nevada into the "Sierras". As the colloquial idiom states it was a "slip of the tongue". Thank you, for pointing it out. Good Day.

Last edited by countryway; 12-28-2011 at 09:15 PM.. Reason: Adding info
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I understand the logic behind the arguement well. I am probably one of the few people who does not say P.I.N. Number, as in Personal Identification Number Number. I misunderstood the meaning of your original post to be of something else, not the actual point you were making reagarding the pluralisation of the word or phraseological title for our beloved Mountain Range.

I was born and raised in Northern California from a multigenerational familiy of Californians and members of the Sierra. I too, am extremely familiar with the Sierra Nevada and through my travels I can happily and proudly say that there is not a more beautiful Mountain Range and forrested topography than the Sierra Nevada, in my observation. A passion of mine and focus is the Conservation/Preservation/Protection of our natural wonders; the Mountains/Forrests/Wildlife of our great Nation.

The term, "Sierras" is a colloquial term used by Native Californians for the most part. It is a nickname like "Sacto". I have heard it used my whole life by amateurs and professionals alike. From Scientists to Forrest/Park Rangers to Workers. I agree with you, and the article indeed for a literal and CORRECT usage. I have all my life understood and practiced the correct saying, prenunciation, and phrasing of words as a lover of linguistics and studier of such. My only explanation for this error is that I have been living in Colorado for a while and have been accustomed to saying "Rockies". Ergo, the accidental pluralisation of the Sierra Nevada into the "Sierras". As the colloquial idiom states it was a "slip of the tongue". Thank you, for pointing it out. Good Day.
Aren't they the most beautiful range of mountains?!
I've been all over the inter-mountain west and spend lots of time in the mountains of Idaho and it's all beautiful but there's something about the Sierra Nevada that is just special.
And there's a gentleness about them despite elevation, size, etc..
Yeah, my dad drilled that (Sierra with no "s") into the mind of my brother and i when we were young.
I'm a stickler about it but like that article said, "Strictly speaking, therefore, we should never say "Sierras," or "High Sierras," or "Sierra Nevadas" in referring to it. Nevertheless, these forms are so frequently found in the very best works of literature and science .... " so you're not alone.
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