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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ndcaster, Jun 19, 2017.
There was more of a difference 50 years ago. Now it seems that it's all blended together.
Coffee House ------ Folk
Grand Ole Opry --- Country
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Why can't we all get along, like folk and country?
Folk music doesn't rap, and has to have acoustic.
Country has to rap, and have electric.
A different hat, a better paycheck and an amp.
What's the difference between country and western though?
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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?
interesting, so the cleaver comes down when you assert intellectual property
Party affiliation? Can't discuss further.
Whether or not the singer is droppin' his g's.
There is "traditional", and there's "contemporary" folk music. The former is of unknown authorship. The latter came in the 20th century.
Well, you FOLK might need to rethink your politics vis-a-vis your musical categorization.....one 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.
Country music is Americana, (the genre), while folk music can & does originate from various countries
Louis Armstrong: "All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
I'd say the difference is they're about ten miles apart.
The country girls shave their arm pits.