I have been thinking lately about the real age of the sound of old-time music.
The knowledge I have of Old-time is fairly limited, and comes from places like the Anthology of American Folk music (by harry smith), early string band recordings, and recordings from musicians like Eck Robertson or Dock Boggs. Plus of course some books.
The oldest of this music is from the beginning of the "popular" recording industry in the very late teens and early twenties.
My question now is: To what length is Old-Time music historically correct, and how much depends on the style and sound that is defined in the recordings.
Keep in mind that Old-Time was a commercial label used in the twenties and thirties to promote a certain style of music, so the recordings were most probalbly contaminated by the popular taste at that time.
So: Is old-Time music as we know it today the ages-old music in it's true form, or is it changed by the twenties vision on how Old-Time should sound.
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