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 essay writer a long way. I don't mind it once in a while, but too much puts me off.
[ ] Old-time? Any is too much!