Mudcat Café message #986281 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355   Message #986281
Posted By: Burke
18-Jul-03 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
When the music in "O Brother, Where Art Thou" was being described as Bluegrass, I was really confused. I know most of the performers are considered bluegrass artists, but was hearing a-capella old time, gospel, blues, anything but BG. It was finally pointed out to me that the playing style is bluegrass.

I mention this because if bluegrass is a particular style of playing the music, there is a lot that can be heard at bluegrass festivals and on bluegrass recordings that can as easily be called old time & sometimes to my ear just country. This is especially true of anything acapella. We have a local bluegrass radio program that I enjoy because the MC likes old time as least as much as he likes bluegrass & does include a fair amount of it.