On the recent 'Folk Awards' programme, broadcast on British radio, Joan Baez was given a 'lifetime achievement' award.
Along with the usual "thanks to everyone" stuff, in her acceptance speech she made an interesting, and to me curious comment. To quote:
"I hope to make this art [folk music] recognised in the USA. Thank you very much for the spirit and the intelligence and the music here on this side of the ocean. I'll see what I can do to take some back."
Here in the UK, we constantly bemoan the lack of media interest in folk music - look at uk.music.folk for constant discussions. Is it honestly worse in the USA?
Maybe I've been cosseted by the fact that most of the Americans I know are 'catters.
I'd be interested in your views