The Country & Western Friends Koetz 1982 e.V.
Association for the maintenance and promotion of
American Roots Music
The Country & Western Friends Koetz started out back in1982. They have one goal, getting authentic American Country Music heard byGerman audiences. Old Time Music, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Singer-Songwriter,Cajun, Zydeco, Tex-Mex, they have all been welcome since the beginnings of theorganisation.
Peter Wroblewski has been chairman ever since he created aflyer, saying „wanted – people who wanna share the Country Music hobby withme“. By doing so, he found new friends from near and far. Together, they wentto see festivals and concerts all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After collecting enough experiences, they started organising their own musical events. First, they hired local bands like Main Spring, featuring Mark Stoffel.Soon the bands came from all over the world, especially the US, Canada, GreatBritain and even Australia. The Double Decker Stringband soon was followed bythe likes of Bill Clifton, Red Rector & Art Stamper or Cathy Barton & Dave Para in 1987.
Bluegrass was a main factor in the music presented by theCountry Friends Koetz. In 1988 The Good Ol’ Persons from California (Kathy Kallick, John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, Kevin Wimmer and Beth Weil) played one of their venues, and the Koetz Country Music Festival had names on the billlike Bob Everhart, The Tom Russell Band and Hugh Moffatt all on the sameweekend.
As the organisation grew, the festivals grew, so The Nashville Bluegrass Band played there and so did Barry & Holly Tashian. Now Country Music Hall of Fame Members Jean Shepard and Emmylou Harris &TheNash Ramblers played concerts for Peter Wroblewski, his friends and thelistening audiences of Koetz. So did former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan,legendary Singer-Songwriter Steve Young, Richard Dobson and Tom Russell evenbrought Dave Alvin, Katy Moffatt or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to perform at the Pfleghofsaal Langenau. Then new talent like Tish Hinojosa got a chance to playher music, as well as Bluegrass Bands like California (Berline-Crary-Hickman-Moore-Spurgin),The Shady Grove Band, High Country, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers,Robin & Linda Williams, The Weary Hearts, The Lynn Morris Band, Chris Jones& The Nightdrivers, Front Range, Bluegrass Etc., Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters feat. Roger Williams, Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock from downunder, The Beggars from South Australia or legends like Jim Eanes, Doyle Lawson& Quicksilver or Charlie Louvin & Charles Whitstein.
Besides the regular concerts and festivals, the Countryfriends started a series of Bluegrass Meetings, the first in 1997 featuring 23 different Bluegrass acts. For the last three years the Bluegrass Meetings wereheld in and around the Kulturgewaechshaus Birkenried, close to LegolandGermany. The tradition will continue in 2012, the year of the 30th anniversaryof the organisation, that now has more that 150 members. Among other events,there will be the 29th annual Country Music Festival June 07-09 in Koetz, andthe Bluegrass Meeting in Birkenried, September 2007-2009. More information can befound on www.cwf-koetz.de.
In addition to presenting live music, the Country &Western Friends Koetz have two radio programs on Radio free FM in Ulm, AMERICANA and ANTISTATIC COUNTRY TIME, broadcasted in Southern Germany terrestrially on 102.6 FM and world-wide on www.freefm.de(Livestream). The Country Friends Koetz also bring out the 40 pages magazineCOUNTRY TIMES every other month. Each third Saturday of the month, the membersof the Club have a meeting in the Sportgaststaette Großkoetz, the place, wherethe Koetz Country Music Festival has its origins. (Friedrich Hog)
Country& Western Friends Koetz
33years with lots of good music of Country, Bluegrass, Old Time,
Honky Tonk, Cajun, Zydeco, TexMex, Rockabilly, Americana, Songwriters …