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sounds like it encompasses pretty much everything old. but I'm no expert
did you see Reginald D Hunter's thing about music from the American south? the first episode discussed bluegrass, minstrel music and some other things. I enjoyed it. it's probably on iplayer
Old time is a specific type of music. I know the difference I'm just doing some research.
in that case, no I definitely don't know the difference because I have no idea what old time is
I'm just wondering if the casual observer can even tell that there IS a difference let alone be able to identify one from the other.
listening to the first i was like "this isnt as twangy as i expect from bluegrass" then listening to the second i was like "this longer chord progressions that i expect from bluegrass"
I'd say the first is old time and the second bluegrass (cos of the twangy banjo).
the first one kind of makes me think of Appalachian folk kind of thing (this may be completely wrong just what my brain goes to to describe it).
The first is Old Time - straightforward country tune, whereas the second is bluegrass because 1) it has the 5 typical instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and upright bass) and 2) each instrument takes it's turn for a 'breakdown' or solo-y bit.
Am I close? I also read recently that the bluegrass genre is unique because something like 80% of bluegrass fans also play bluegrass. No idea whether this is true but I like it and play it.
Bluegrass music typically features mandolin and upright bass.