I use the XML API in my tagger to retrieve all sorts of information, including the artist country. For most artists, the information is easily retrieved, however I don't see any way to get the country for artists which have specific city information listed.
Emma Ruth Rundle artist query
The only area info that comes back:
Querying off LA's MBID doesn't provide much extra information
Adding inc=rea-rels to the query still doesn't include the country.
So if an artist only has a city area listed, is there any way to get to the country that city resides in using the API?