FRANCE AND COUNTRY MUSIC...  

Unfortunately France is not a market for Country Music... Many reasons for this bad situation and, probably most of all: the language barrier! Most of the french does not speak english, it's a shame on this 21st century begining... So only few thousands of french fans listen to US Country Music.

French radio stations almost never programmed Country Music songs! One of the few I could heard these last years: Lady Antebellum's ''Need You now''... A title I discovered on CMT, in a Nashville, Tennesse motelk's room and fekt intantly in love with those wonderful melody and uncredible mariage of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood voices.

Worst of all: most of french music reviewers does not know anything about modern Country Music!!! Their undiying references stayed in 2019: Dolly OParton, Jonnhy Cash and Willie Nelson

In 2006, I (re)discovered Country Music* and could not believe how many talented artists I found in this musical genre. Since then I became a hard core fan and put all my experience and energy to promote this fabulous music in France. Created www.CountryMusicFrance.com and was fool enough, 2 years later, to create the first bimontlly printed french colour magazine dedicated to US Country Music. Some said: ''it will never work''. 63 issues later, I send them my better message I could: It works!

 
With Eric Church, Craponne festival, France July 25th, 2009   With Kristian Bush, Disneyland Paris, France March 1st, 2013

I had the pleasure to meet many USA Country Music stars, saw and listened them live on stage (Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Buddy Jewell, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Aaron Watson, Trent Willmon), sometime exchanged a few words (Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Aaron Watson) interviewed them (The Band Perry, Kristian Bush, Trent Tomlinson, Ray Scott), ). So many great souvenirs...

The Band Perry
With The Band Perry, Pioneer World Tour, Le Divan du Monde, Paris, France, November 25th, 2013 - OTHER PHOTO

So now, after more than a decade, I would be glad to enter in contact with Records Companies, Receive thier last artists albums to review them and any help they could bring me. Hope they will receive my message in the bottle!

With Trent Willmon, Craponne Festival, France, July 26th, 2007 With Ray Scott, Billy Bob's Saloon, France, Februery 12th, 2016

* : Billy Ray Cyrus international hit: ''Achy Breaky Hart'' was my first contact with this musical genre