Old Time Songs

There’s a lot of discussion about what “old time” music is, and how it’s differentiated from bluegrass. When it comes to instrumentation, there are several things to point to (clawhammer style on an open back banjo, versus 3-finger on a resonater banjo, fiddle bowing styles, guitar backup style, structure of the songs, etc). However, with respect to the song repetoire, there’s quite a lot of overlap with early country and even bluegrass. I’ve done my best to create a songlist that’s somewhat unique to the old-time community, but took some liberties here and there. I’ll probably further differentiate these pages over time.