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Does old-time deserve equal time?

If you want to jump in and chew on this, please do.  If not, this discussion thread will die a quick and slient death, and I'll float another topic for discussion.

"Down Yonder" began its life as "The Saturday Morning Bluegrass Show," and bluegrass music of all forms (old, mid-life, new) has always been its bread and butter.  (Always has been.  Always will be.)  But old-time string band music has always been a part of the music mix.  Granted, old-time used to be a smaller part, but it was always there.  Terry and Naomi used to play some back when they hosted, and I continued to do so when I took over the show 18 years ago.

But when I first started hosting the show that would become "Down Yonder," I can honestly say I did not know the difference between bluegrass and old-time.  If you played the two side by side -- and I frequently did -- I could hear that they sounded different, but I could not articulate the significant differences between the two musical styles and their traditions. 

I have since grow to love old-time string band music, and I now try to feature it more often.  I still play more bluegrass than old-time music by a large margin.  I don't think I've done a show yet where it was balanced "half bluegrass, half old-time."

So, my question to you is this: How much old-time music should I play on "Down Yonder"? (Pick one)

[ ] Play as much as you like.  I love it and bluegrass, and you can't play too much of either.
[ ] Old-time deserves equal time. Balance the show so both styles are featured equally.
[ ] A little of it goes a long way.  I don't mind it once in a while, but too much puts me off.
[ ] Old-time?  Any is too much!

 

Discussion started by Keith Dudding , on 1489 days ago
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Roy Kasten
I vote for option 1: Play as much as you like. But fade down fiddle tunes after 37 rounds. :)
1321 days ago
 
Pam
my vote goes to: "Play as much as you like. I love it and bluegrass, and you can't play too much of either."! You do a great job on your show! It's one of my faves and I would venture to guess you make Larry and Gene proud by carrying on the fine tradition of bringing great talent and music to our community. Keep up the good work! I'll be listening!
1322 days ago
 
Wayne Schell
Play as much as you like. It does not get enough air play. Bluegrass gets much more on KDHX. Besides you have good taste. Wayne
1351 days ago
 
john idoux
] Play as much as you like. I love it and bluegrass, and you can't play too much of either.

be listening to you.

1414 days ago
 
Keith Dudding
Thanks, Larry. I appreciate the vote of confidence. I love the old-time music, but I realize not everyone does. As Ron Thomason of the Dry Branch Fire Squad says, "There's two kinds of music: bluegrass and old-time. The difference is, people likes the bluegrass music."
1483 days ago
 
Larry Howard
I would say go for it. I have always enjoyed the mix of music that you play on Down Yonder. Bluegrass is great, but you have to explore at least the edges of the music box, otherwise the box gets too small. I say have fun with it.
1483 days ago
 

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