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A rendez-vous in France with the Wild West (French C&W Festival)
International Herald Tribune ^ | 8/8/2007 | Ruth Ellen Gruber

Posted on 08/24/2007 2:13:12 PM PDT by mojito

On a recent sunny weekend in the usually sleepy town of Craponne-sur-Arzon, American flags festooned the streets, country music blared amid the sidewalk cafés, and hundreds of people milled about in cowboy hats or even top-to-toe Wild West get-ups. Dozens of folks turned local squares in this town in the Haute-Loire region of southern France into impromptu, western-style dance floors.

The catalyst for all this was the annual Country Rendez-Vous, a three-day festival of country-western music and bluegrass that takes place here each summer in late July.

Over the past two decades, country and western festivals have sprung up in many parts of France, sparked by an abiding fascination with the trappings of the American frontier as well as by a craze for line dancing.

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Founded in 1988, the Craponne Country Rendez-Vous is the oldest French country festival. In its first year it drew just 250 spectators. This year marked the festival's 20th year, and the crowd was estimated at about 30,000 men, women and children. They included country music addicts, Wild West and "American lifestyle" enthusiasts, line dancers, bikers and families out for a day of open-air entertainment.

"For us, 'American' represents the westerns, Texas, the Indians, freedom," said Dominique, who lived near Dijon and was dressed in jeans, boots, a shirt emblazoned with American flags, a cowboy hat and carried a pistol strapped to her hips. Her husband, a retired railway worker, was outfitted in similar garb. "For decades we've only listened to country music," she added. "No French music, only country music and bluegrass."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bushcountry; countrymusic; eu; europe; festivals; frace; france; frogs; proamerican; south
Well, Goolllleeeee! Maybe there's hope for the French yet.
1 posted on 08/24/2007 2:13:14 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Craponne Country?


2 posted on 08/24/2007 2:18:12 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: BigFinn

It’s near Horse Apple Falls.


3 posted on 08/24/2007 2:20:11 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

—Craponne-sur-Arzon—

Crap on southern Arizona?


4 posted on 08/24/2007 2:22:35 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: mojito

Just took a trip to Lukenbach, Texas. Now there’s some real country for ya.


5 posted on 08/24/2007 2:23:23 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: mojito; Cincinna

ping.


6 posted on 08/24/2007 2:34:05 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: BigFinn; mojito

What’s nice about luckenbach, is that there’s really nothing near there. It’s a bar in nowhere, connected by a road, to elsewhere.

But let me differentiate this one thing. LINE DANCING AIN’T TEXAS.

Line dancing is what you do when leaving a bar falling down drunk if the chicks won’t catch you.

Marriage is between a man and a woman.

Dancing is between a man and a woman.

In dancing, if there’s space between a man and a woman, somebody damn well better be spinning and headed back to an embrace for a big finish.

I actually observed once a French travel bus tour that was at Broken Spoke in Austin when Dale Watson was playing.

Wow. We explained these rules to them. They were confused, but adapted to the culture.


7 posted on 08/24/2007 2:35:00 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: mojito; MoochPooch; Michael81Dus; Vicomte13; az_gila; Experiment 6-2-6; henkster; CT-Freeper; ...

Europe pinglist ping.


8 posted on 08/24/2007 2:35:38 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: mojito

There are quite a few French firearms owners getting into cowboy action shooting check this out:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=297651


9 posted on 08/24/2007 2:35:43 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: sam_paine

Thank you for that explanation. I always felt that line dancing seemed rather “urban cowboy nu country”, but didn’t know it as a fact. What about square dancing and clogging? I remember clogging from growing up watching “Hee Haw” (the old version, not that later awful version) with my grandmother.


10 posted on 08/24/2007 2:38:57 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: BigFinn
Artist: Jennings Waylon
Song: Luckenbach, Texas
Album: Ultimate Waylon Jennings Buy Waylon Jennings Sheet Music
Buy Waylon Jennings CDs

(Back to the Basics of Love)

There only two things in life that make it worth livin’
That’s guitars that tune good and firm feelin’ women
I don’t need my name in the marquis lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love

Chorus:
Let’s go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we’re livin’ got us fueding
like the Hatfield and McCoys
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry’s train songs
and blue eyes cryin’ in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas
ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

So baby let’s sell your diamond ring
Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
This coat and tie is choking me
In your high socitey you cry all day
We’ve been so busy keepin’ up with the Jones
Four car garage and we’re still building on
Maby it’s time we got back to the basics of love

Chorus:
Let’s go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we’re livin’ got us fueding
like the Hatfield and McCoys
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry’s train songs
and blue eyes cryin’ in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas
ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

Let’s go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we’re livin’ got us fueding
like the Hatfield and McCoys
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry’s train songs
and blue eyes cryin’ in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas
ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

11 posted on 08/24/2007 2:39:39 PM PDT by OSHA (Liberals will lick the boot on their necks if they think the other boot is on yours and mine.)
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To: mojito
A German friend of mine went back home a few years ago and brought back a bunch of pictures of an American Indian club gathering. Tee-pees and outfits etc. all Indian costumes and regalia. He also had the local news paper clippings with pictures of the annual event. Seems that foreigners like our old west lore.
12 posted on 08/24/2007 2:50:33 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: mojito

My French ex-brother-in-law and his family came out here for a visit last year. First trip to the US. Got hooked on country music while traveling around the SouthWest and now listens to it constantly back in Paris.

Maybe we should export country music instead of McDonalds!


13 posted on 08/24/2007 2:54:15 PM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: fish hawk

“Seems that foreigners like our old west lore.”

Yep. IIRC, even the sister of one A. Hitler said her brother was
a nut for American wild-west books.

And the Italians sure do make plenty of good replica Western-era
pistols and rifles.


14 posted on 08/24/2007 2:57:12 PM PDT by VOA
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To: mrsmel
I always felt that line dancing seemed rather “urban cowboy nu country”, but didn’t know it as a fact. What about square dancing and clogging?

Line dancing allows women to dance by themselves...that's not good for 'us.'

So while I say, "It ain't Texas," really, it just doesn't even make sense for dancing.

Line dancing is calesthenics for isolating folks at a bar.

Square dancing is ok, as you're always touching a girl within a few milliseconds, and there's no gayness.

Clogging sounds Kentucky drunk or Irish drunk.

Anyway. Just ask the ladies to dance, they say yes...how the hell hard is that? Why'd somebody even bother inventing line dancing?

15 posted on 08/24/2007 3:04:17 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: VOA

I was at the Grand Canyon on a cold day in January once, and the only othe people in the restaurant or whatever at the visitor’s center were a dozen German guys in black cowboy hats, boots, spurs, etc.


16 posted on 08/24/2007 3:08:03 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

When I went to Kings Canyon in California in Sept. 1995...
about half the conversation I heard at the shops and biggest sights
was...in German.


17 posted on 08/24/2007 3:17:10 PM PDT by VOA
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To: sam_paine

Aaahhhh-I keep forgetting the distinctions between Texan/Western country (Bob Wills et al), and Southern country (Bill Monroe et al). I was raised on the latter, but I LOOOOVE Bob Wills. He’s stiil The King! (of country swing)


18 posted on 08/24/2007 3:17:14 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: mrsmel

stiil=still. Sheesh!


19 posted on 08/24/2007 3:17:39 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: mrsmel

ahhhhh haaaaaaaw!


20 posted on 08/24/2007 3:18:53 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: fish hawk
Seems that foreigners like our old west lore.

I remember that Leonid Brezhnev would stay up late in the Kremlin watching Westerns.

Though I suspect he wasn't a fan of this "Western":


21 posted on 08/24/2007 3:21:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: mojito
Perhaps the following vintage country western tunes by Louisiana groups will be heard:
22 posted on 08/24/2007 3:25:28 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: sam_paine

LOL His signature sound :) I love it.


23 posted on 08/24/2007 3:25:43 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: dfwgator

There was a fantastic book that came out over 10 years ago, I think, about the West, a kind of humorous coffee table book on the history, lore, and kitcsh. It was written by a husband and wife, IIRC. I can’t remember the name of it, and it’s driving me crazy, because I didn’t buy it then (I worked in a bookstore too!), and I want to, and I don’t remember the title!


24 posted on 08/24/2007 3:28:55 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: mojito

We would welcome French visitors out here in the “real” west.


25 posted on 08/24/2007 3:37:21 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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