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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. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    The difference between what folk, and country, was,
    was sequins.
    It's not the same now.

  2. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas
    Now dont go throwing alt. country and indie into the mix...
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  3. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas

  4. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Did you Wiki this? Anyway, seems pretty close to me.

    BTW, someone mentioned, "pedal steel". That might be a pretty good instant litmus test.

  5. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I like em' all. It's fun to follow roots of a song back realize a rock riff goes back to the 1700's or modern country lick first was heard back in the 20's. Good luck calling Dylan's stuff any one genre...

    Fortunately, you don't have to define any of it to love it or play it.

  6. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Meister

    Jan 14, 2017
    Folk music told a simple story of what is going on in the world thru music.
    Country has split in many factors. FCL and Merle Haggard both great and both Country.

  7. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
    Well, years ago I was playing in front of an old bluegrass guy and he said "So you're a folkie, eh"? I took it as kinda odd back then because I was playing a Little Feat song and didn't really want to sound like Peter, Paul & Mary. A friend explained that to that old guy Little Feat equaled folk, along with every thing else that was played on acoustic guitar but wasn't bluegrass. Electric guitar-based music was rock or, more accurately, not worth paying attention to.

    That's all I know.
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  8. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 18, 2013
    West O' Philly, PA
    One of the best folk songs ever is about 'Murica: Hit it Woody: "This land is my land, this land is your land. From California, to the New York Island..."
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  9. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia

    I think of the popular guitar, be it electric or acoustic, and as opposed to classical, as a folk instrument.
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  10. Felino

    Felino Tele-Meister

    Apr 28, 2016
    I remember that song from the movie about Woody Guthrie. It's a great movie...
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  11. cnlbb

    cnlbb Tele-Holic

    Jun 19, 2014
    United States
    I would say that country music is a form of folk music. As is rock, bluegrass, and rap. Indeed, when Alan Lomax put together Folksong 68 he invited rock'n'roll bands among the other 'folk' groups. Cause they were what was happening in a local scene, they were the 'folk' expression of communities at the time.

    Folk's broad definition is music created by community that speaks of their experience. Some guys like Dylan, PP&M, etc... didn't have an easy genre label so we started using folk for them. Just like now we use Americana to describe a band who switches between blues, country, and bluegrass.

  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    So you go to the record store and ask were the FOLK section is, and they say it's everywhere outside of the classical section?!

  13. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Tele-Holic

    Aug 2, 2011
    Branson, Mo
    Male folkies wear hats with smaller brims and show a lot of forehead. Male country singers pull their caps and cowboy hats down in front. David Rawlings and Chuck Mead are country folkies who wear their hats in between.
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  14. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2012
    Country is made with a commercial consideration. Folk is not made with a commercial consideration.

    Except of course when they're not.

  15. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Country music has a good deal more TWANG!.. than Folk music.... :)
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
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  16. stephent2

    stephent2 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 22, 2003
    Louis Armstrong says it's all folk music, I'd agree.
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  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 2, 2010
    True Folk musicians got FBI wiretaps and Congressional investigations.

    PP&M? Pop music, not the least bit Folk.

    I can't place doc Watson?
    How bout Bill Monroe?
    These folks played Folk for themselves and their family and friends.
    Management could spin it any way they wanted.

    Even classical had origins in folks with hand made instruments playing and singing songs passed down through generations.

    Only when big money starts flowing do we get shafted with labels.

    Here's Bill playing full on Folk with Marty Stuart moving aside.

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  18. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2007
    Brisbane Australia
    Hell I play and sing it all. A good song is a good song.

  19. Rustbucket

    Rustbucket Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2016
    But Dylan could rap with the best of them.:cool:
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  20. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    Yes, my first thought was, how does one classify Johnny Cash? And that Bill Monroe clip above defies easy classifications. I always saw bluegrass as being sort of at an intersection of folk and country. Broadly, it's all folk music, but we all know a "folkie" when we hear one.

    I have my favorites in most any genre, I like all of it. :)
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