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what's the difference between folk and country?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ndcaster, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    I have no idea.

    There's a guy in the Smoky Mountains who says the only difference is that in folk music, you're more likely to hear somebody play the jawbone of an ass.

    Seems reasonable.
     
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  2. Sunnyd_lite

    Sunnyd_lite TDPRI Member

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    how much weed you smoke and grow
     
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  3. hellopike

    hellopike Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2015
    Philadelphia
    Folk music can actually good. ;) And I think with Folk music you don't get as many songs about pickup trucks or 'Murica.
     

  4. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Houston
    In the 60's there was a big difference. Huge differences in influences and backgrounds. I couldn't imagine Peter, Paul and Mary growing up next door to Loretta Lynn.
     
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  5. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire

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    Funny, after reading the subject, but not the posts, I was going to say PP&M vs Hank Williams. Or choose your favorite in each category...
     
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  6. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Or painted-on jeans.
     

  7. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hate to say it, but the short answer may be ....

    Twang :D
     

  8. chris m.

    chris m. Friend of Leo's

    One is mostly liberals and the other is mostly conservatives. Hah!
     

  9. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Folk = "Deliverance"

    Country = little house on the prairie.
     

  10. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    One of my favourite Folk song subcategories is songs sung by someone about to be hung:

     
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  11. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    True, dat.
     

  12. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire

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    We can't dissect it here, so offline think for a moment about the societal influences and politics typical of each group. Very different, at least the way I interpret 'folk' and 'country'.

    Now, if 'folk' means Appalachian banjo, the perhaps not much difference except country might be viewed as being rooted in that folk, and other things. Like jazz...
     

  13. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    By The Levee
    Joan Baez v. Roy Acuff

    Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer v. VIolets of Dawn

    FLorida Georgia Line v. KIngston Trio
     

  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    One is boring and the other more boring.
    I mean that with all due respect.
     
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  15. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Houston
    Joan Baez vs. Emmylou Harris.


    However there is Linda Ronstadt vs. Linda Ronstadt
     
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  16. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I like folk (check), jazz (check) and classical (hmm... I can't say it is clearly goes one way or the other).
     
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  17. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    all well and good, but the music

    for example, has anyone ever heard a sixth chord in folk music?

    and if you play a shuffle, are you automatically outside folk music and into "country"?
     
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  18. Johnson johnson

    Johnson johnson Tele-Holic

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    Bout the same as the difference between George Jones and Bob Dylan, if you can somehow quantify that...well best o luck.
     
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  19. Snook

    Snook Tele-Meister

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    The real difference between folk and country is the hats, I think... and maybe sandals versus boots? Aren't very many telecasters in folk music either!
     
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  20. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Meister

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    The correct answer is actually Mandolin, country doesn't have that. Maybe that's cause I'm really thinking of bluegrass, which is certainly better than the other two genres in the OP anyway. As always, I digress, but won't apologize for how awesome the mandolin is...
     
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