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Joe Richman Attracting old folks to young folk music (47) RE: Attracting old folks to young folk music 18 Nov 09

I'm coming to the conclusion that there really isn't any such thing as Folk Music, only folk performers. I have only a rudimentary musical education, but my posts are the only ones that used any actual musical terminology. Do I think that if it is 4/4 with a back beat it isn't "Folk"? Of course not. When I play "Jingle Bell Rock" it is Folk because I am basically a folk musician, playing for my amusement and the amusement of my friends. The young man across the street who puts together a garage band to do Blues and Punk Rock is also a folk musician when he just rocks the neighborhood and can't get a record deal. Do I like his music? Yes, I like the Blues numbers I hear. His band is only as good as the weakest player in each jam (the players vary from jam to jam) who usually is the drummer.   That's why we old type string band folk musicians can be so smug. We don't need to find a decent drummer.

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