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GUEST,SirCoughsalot Folk Singer v Entertainer (156* d) RE: Folk Singer v Entertainer 18 Dec 12


A folksinger is anyone who sings primarily folk songs, and if you want to sing for people, you'd better make an effort to entertain them or it's just pure self indulgence. No one is going to listen to someone they don't find entertaining. Of course, we all have our own tastes... I think this quote from Cisco Houston is a good one:

"There's always a form of theater that things take; even back in the Ozarks, as far as you want to go. People gravitate to the best singer...We have people today who go just the other way, and I don't agree with them. Some of our folksong exponents seem to think you have to go way back in the hills and drag out the worst singer in the world before it's authentic. Now, this is nonsense...Just because he's old and got three arthritic fingers and two strings left on the banjo doesn't prove anything."


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