The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #141650   Message #3262452
Posted By: Gurney
23-Nov-11 - 10:10 PM
Thread Name: Authenticity & Showmanship - Impossible?
Subject: RE: Authenticity & Showmanship - Impossible?
Since most traditional songs go back much further that audio recording, in der old country's tradition, anyway, anyone's interpretation is as justifiable as any other.
I've listened to several live recordings from very early audio collectors (as opposed to notation-and-words collectors) and they were mostly pretty uninspired, since they were obviously not recorded in a venue but perhaps in a home. And the singers were sober, from the sound of it. So perhaps a performance should be prefaced "This is the way (maybe)Fred Jordan sang it."

I did notice that in his later years even Fred learned some new songs, though, and stamped his style on them. IMO.

Singing is entertainment. Some people seen to want to turn it into scholarship. Also IMO.