Mudcat Café message #1327089 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75517   Message #1327089
Posted By: greg stephens
15-Nov-04 - 04:33 AM
Thread Name: what is old-timey music?
Subject: RE: what is old-timey music?
English traditional dance music was very improvised till at least 1750ish(for a guess, these things are not well documented). I would think that habit would certainly have crossed the Atlantic and probably lasted in the backwoods, ready to feed into the bluegrass concept. Not that I am suggesteing that improviation was distictly English, plenty of other cultures that added an element to the mix in the Appalachians were improvisers too.
   As to the difference between oldtime and bluegrass...they are both fantastic music forms, but they do tend to appeal to different temperaments in different ways. My music collection, for example, contains loads and loads of oldtime stuff, as compared to one Bill Monroe EP, one Bill Monroe tape, and one Flatt and Scruggs LP(subseequently lost). I just dont dind bluegraas(post Monrow) that exciting. And I just love all oldtime recordings. On the other hand, plenty of musicians, that I know, love and respect, have precisely the opposite view. And I would say there are not that many people who like both equally.