Appalachain Folk music, rather. Or, rather, the unique Appalachian blend of many worldwide folk music traditions.
I was talking to a friend about my distinction between country music (which I am not fond of) and what I call "mountain music." I'm not sure what the distinction is, if any, between mountain music and Bluegrass, but I would think there is. I suppose the instruments of the fiddle and the banjo are common to both, and perhaps the dulcimer. The Cedar Flute and the Jaw Harp are mixed in there somewhere.
I also was saying that I don't own any CDs of this mountain music, which I suppose is sloppy of me.
Well, I was curious to find some, and here it is:
What do you think the difference is, if any?
Something I learned a while back is that "mountain folk music" is not really preserved in an original form. Much of mountain music popularized has been cleaned up, made very PG, whereas true mountain music is quite... well, not.