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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. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

    There was more of a difference 50 years ago. Now it seems that it's all blended together.

  2. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
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  3. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    Coffee House ------ Folk
    Grand Ole Opry --- Country

  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Why can't we all get along, like folk and country?

  5. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Folk music doesn't rapo_O, and has to have acoustic.
    Country has to rap, and have electric.
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  6. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 5, 2017
    A different hat, a better paycheck and an amp.
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  7. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Holic

    May 3, 2016
    In the South
    What's the difference between country and western though?
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  8. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    a 3.5L V6 engine

  9. Frfly

    Frfly TDPRI Member

    Apr 1, 2015
    Folk music is a traditional music that is passed down, generally no credited writer. When people are writing 'folk' songs, differentiating traditional from modern music genre-wise becomes sketchy. Songwriters can use old forms and be inspired by folk music, but if I were writing a dissertation I wouldn't refer to their songs as folk songs. Folk songs can date back to the 19th century (coinciding with the birth of the modern guitar) or earlier. Some are biblical.

    When the music recording industry came along, people wanted those royalty checks and made sure they got credited! There was more of an incentivized system to encourage song-writing as commerce. So sure I'll play some trad songs, said the musicians, but I can make more writing songs and getting royalties.

    In general use, it's up to the musicians or listeners to figure it out,it may depend on what they're trying to evoke, if it's more roots based or post-modern (since WW2) but genre isn't really too important aside from the 'if you like this, try this' factor.

    So, I'd like if we only referred to folk music as passed down in the folk tradition songs, but if a singer wants to market themselves as a folk artist, it can help them find their audience, so who am I to stop them?
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  10. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    interesting, so the cleaver comes down when you assert intellectual property
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  11. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006
    Party affiliation? Can't discuss further.
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  12. bluesky1963

    bluesky1963 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Glendale, AZ
    Whether or not the singer is droppin' his g's.
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  13. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

    There is "traditional", and there's "contemporary" folk music. The former is of unknown authorship. The latter came in the 20th century.

  14. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut

  15. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    Well, you FOLK might need to rethink your politics vis-a-vis your musical example from a bonafide country fellow....
    And another here that is decidedly not 'conservative'....

    This is one reason why politics need to stay off of the page...someone might get some "larning", right????

    Fwiw, I consider all music to be folk music. I have yet to met a musician who was not some sort of folk.
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  16. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    Country music is Americana, (the genre), while folk music can & does originate from various countries

  17. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Louis Armstrong: "All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."

  18. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I'd say the difference is they're about ten miles apart.

  19. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas
    The country girls shave their arm pits.

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