Saturday, 18 December 2010

Focus on France in International Country Music Conference in Nashville, May 2011

Thanks to SFR Country Roots and to Walter Fuchs of the International Bühl Bluegrass Festival for forwarding news of the next International Country Music Conference, to be held in Nashville, TN, on 26-28 May 2011. The programme includes a presentation by Zachary Fulbright of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York on 'Country music in France'. Mr Fulbright's synopsis focuses on the unprecedented national increase in country music’s popularity in the last two decades:

Today, the average summer yields over forty festivals nationwide with the largest, the Country Rendez-Vous in Craponne sur Arzon in Haute Loire, drawing over 30,000 people. The sudden growth of country music in French radio, television, periodicals, festivals and concerts may lead us to ask what the music is saying that appeals to the French.

The Craponne festival always features a high-class bluegrass act (including the winning band from the band contest held at the La Roche festival). In 2011 the headline bluegrass act at Craponne will be Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.

Full details of registration and accommodation for the International Country Music Conference in May 2011 can be seen here.