This is an essay that I wrote many years ago for a small publication devoted to American String Band Music and later translated to English.
Drawing the Line
On forums like Mandolin Café a recurring theme is Bluegrass vs. OldTimey music. This distinction seems to be of great concern to some people. For instance, chopping the mandolin at an Oldtime jam is considered bad form.
I once mentioned this to an old-time fiddler who knows the history inside out.