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GUEST,SirCoughsalot Reputation of Musicians in Rural America (26) Reputation of Musicians in Rural America 10 Oct 11

Hello, friends and neighbors. Lately I've been wondering about something. It seems that, both presently and many years ago, musicians in rural America, particular Appalachia, have something of a bad reputation. There are many examples. Dock Boggs' wife was against him playing music for a living (possibly at all). My grandfather told me that the "old timers" used to say that if you see a man going down the road with a guitar on their back or a rooster under their arm, that person will never amount to anything. And of course, there are some people who believe that banjo playing and dancing are downright satanic. I still know people who believe that any kind of music that isn't gospel (and a very specific kind, at that) is wrong.

So I was just wondering what people's thoughts on this would be. Why the attitude came about, how it evolved over the years, etc. Personally I think it'd be more prevalent in areas where there are a lot of churches that don't allow music in the service, but that's just speculation.

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