While stationed in Germany (1972-74) I was a producer and writer for the American Forces radio network and and in my off-duty hours, a folk singer performing whenever and wherever I could. That's how I came to discover German "cowboy clubs" and a fascination with the Wild West. Air Canada hired me to perform American folk and cowboy songs at parties thrown for travel agents who booked Germans for flights to the annual Calgary Stampede. During one week of leave time, I got to visit all the major cities in Germany and sing "Home on the Range" to young business men and women who loved wearing cowboy hats.
I didn't understand the German interest in the American Wild West, but now I do. And if you're interested, you can read Michael Kimmelman's article at:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/arts/design/12karl.html