MICHEL Country Music Journalist
Portraits and Reviews
of artists, organizations and venues
due to publishing in swiss music magazines, all material is currently only available in german language. English version will become available soon.
So, here's some of what has piled up in recent years. You might be interested in reading one or the other story.
Switzerland has a great Country Music scene with many big festivals throughout the year. Many of these events attract each year some of the world's biggest names in Country Music. Examples are:
The World's longest Country Music Festival, which takes place annually in Zurich in February / March and runs for 39 days.
Then there is the biggest weekend party in the Bernese Alps called the Trucker- & Country Festival in Interlaken.
For more than 20 years, the Schupfart Festival hosts a Country Night every year in September.
Also going strong for more than twenty years is the West Fest (formerly known as Westernball) in Central Switzerland.
Switzerland's french speaking part has also a great event. The Lancy En Fete runs for four days in June.
Then there's the prestigeous Country Night Gstaad, a 3-day festival in midst of the Bernese High Society every September.
Some other big events, such as the Grindelwald Festival, Frutigen Singer/Songwriter Festival or the Hallenstadion Festival in Zurich have disappeared over the years.
Organizations / Honky Tonks / Record Labels
Without organizations and event halls around the world, country music would not have the platform it deserves to get the message from the artists to the fans.
There's the CMA, the Country Music Association. At the occasion of the organization's 40th birthday, I had written a trilogy about CMA, the CMA Awards and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
And then there are honky tonks and dancehalls that fulfill their duty by bringing fans and artists together. Some of them are portrayed here too.
Record Labels these days are going "global". Hardly a month without merger news. However, there are some, that do it their way, such as Arizona based Comstock Records, the Texas label Compadre Records, Bluesprings Music Group in Alabama or Smith Music Group in Fort Worth and Nashville.
A to C
D to F
Buddy Dee; Dielsdorf Trucker-Treffen
G to I
Dale Gilmore; Tammy
Swiss Alps Country Music Festival;
J to L
Suzanne Klee; Lancy Country Festival
M to O
P to R
Ronna Reeves; Margo Rochelle; Russikon Country Weekend;
S to U
V to W
Western Records; Jennifer
Weatherly; Werkstall Music Venue;
X to Z