well i would have never brought up Neil Diamond but i might want to ask something about The Hoosier Hot Shots. There is nothing of info about them in the archives as far as i have been able to dig up. But I am sure that "Folk" is not the right catagory for them whether the ruddy duck can recognize a tufted duck or what.
And if I wanted to find out who did the tune with the repeated phrase "When I get that Jingle in my Jeans" on an old 78 record that is without a label, where do i go to ask that question? It is western Swing not Folk or Blues.
Do these interests mean i have to leave and start my own game somewhere else?
Not neccessarily as you say because you will accept the occasional side track. Or I ask again are there other places like this in other genres that anyone else knows about? I haven't been able to find them and i have looked. Maybe you are right, also, that it takes a group of folkies to carry on a descent conversation. The Folk or not question is obviously important and very hot on this site with opinions that i love spending my time reading. and even Art's jokes are occasionally worth laughing at. There are many threads here i like to follow. But the agruement of what is folk or not does seem to get restrictive here (certainly not sterile) In my earlier reply, i wasn't meaning, of course, that "good song" and folk are the same. There are good songs in many genres. But I would probably get yelled at if i said that King of The Road was a folk song. It's a "good" song, I think and whenever i perform it with an audience young, old or in the boomer, i never have to ask the crowd to sing along. They always will. Seems very folky to me.
And when i am in Europe if I sing a Beatles song at a party, they all sing along. I'm on the fuzzy mathematics side. It's real hard for me to limit "Folk"
But i am not asking that The Mommas and The Pappas be discussed here. or the Beatles or Roger Miller. I just would like the opportunity to follow threads like the ones found here on other music subjects and i thought maybe you long timers would know if there were any other sites that compare.