Note from Fiddlefreak: This post has been here for over 5 years, and it consistently garners more hits than anything else here on fiddlefreak.com. It appears that Peter has updated his original post during this time, making it even better, and more funny. So remember, this is humor, people… not Gospel.
Peter Feldmann is a bluegrass picker from Los Olivos, CA who has been a stalwart of the Central Coast music scene for many years. A recent post on his music blog Pete’s Word outlines the differences between old-time and bluegrass music. I’m not sure of its original source, but he got it from Bruce Thompson and Wayne Shrubsall. This is serious stuff. Thou shalt not confuse the two!
BG band members wear uniforms, such as blue polyester suits and gray Stetson hats. OT bands wear jeans, sandals, work shirts and caps from seed companies.
The audience claps after each BG solo break. If anyone claps for an OT band it confuses them, even after the tune is over.
A BG band has between 1 and 3 singers who are singing about an octave above their natural vocal range. Some OT bands have no singers at all.
BG bumper stickers are in red, white and blue and have stars and/or stripes on them. OT bumper stickers don’t make any sense (e.g. “Gid is My Co-Pilot”)
Read Pete’s full post in Pete’s Word.