Saturday, January 11, 2014
Italian country (sort of). Max Pezzali "i cowboy non mollano"
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
Released Jan. 10, the latest single -- and video -- of the Italian popstar Max Pezzali is a country-style song, with the video filmed at an Italian wild west theme park, the Cowboys' Guest Ranch in Voghera.
The song is a single off his album Max 20, one of the top 10 selling albums in Italy in 2013.
Pezzali is not a country singer, and as far as I know none of his other songs approach the country music genre or use wild west props in the videos.
According to a quote carried on his web site, the new song reflects the fact that "in these difficult times, the world seems like a gigantic Far West without certainties or points of reference: charlatans, hucksters, and thugs of all types rage in the boundless prairies of the third millennium. Luckily there still exists a silent majority of people who tend to the facts, concreteness and hard work, getting up every morning without ever giving up. Because cowboys don't let go."