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Thread #75517   Message #2538895
Posted By: Stringsinger
13-Jan-09 - 01:18 PM
Thread Name: what is old-timey music?
Subject: RE: what is old-timey music?
Basically it is rural string band dance music though some singing ballads might come under that heading.

Bluegrass is essentially an extension of early string-band music. However, it's not necessarily meant to be danced to.

As to jazz influence, it's hard to escape it in American music. Monroe played patterns that resembled jump blues but would certainly have eschewed be-bop as Grissman has not.

It's best to look at the connectivity in folk music rather than the divisions to really understand it.