Taste is taste and needs no excuses. I don't mind that some folks don't like Barbershop. Hell, I don't like opera, fusion jazz, white rock and about 93% of the singer/songwriters that are so popular in this forum. I was just kind of wondering what it was about certain traditional music that made it so icky to the folk world, in general, and to Mudcatters, in particular. My original post listed Barbershop, polka bands and tenor banjo players. I could, easily, have included accordian players and singing cowboys. It can't be because of commercialism. Bluegrass is celebrated, here, as is Dylan.
I suspect a kind of generational bias. If our parents or, worse, our grandparents liked it, it's got to suck. If I like it, what does that make me? Old!
Just a guess.