The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355 Message #987657
Posted By: GUEST,Frankham
21-Jul-03 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
One (Bluegrass) seems exclusive and the other (OT) seems inclusive.
People in the bluegrass community seem amiable enough until you get into the music than they might become a mite precious.
OT folks I have met have not been generally opposed to autoharp, accordians, concertinas. harmonicas or tenor banjos. Seems more open.
There is a similarity between the two respective musics to modern jazz and traditional jazz. The former became very exclusive and isolated the virtuosi as soloists quickly. Many vied at cutting contests for first place. Trad jazz offered more ensemble playing and interaction amoung musicians who are not necessarilly soloists all the time. There were instances of Trad Jazz cutting contests but they seemed less than in Be Bop or Modern Jazz.
Also, for those who advocate that folk music in the 60's had a political agenda, the same could be said for Bluegrass music in it's support for fundamentalist religion (a political thing)these days.
Don't get that necessarilly in OT music although hymns are sung often the "devil has all the best tunes".