#1
i recently bought a pretty sweet 4 cd leadbelly thing (i think its called 'important recordings')...i was wondering if he is generally considered blues or folk? because he doesn't usually use 12 bar blues progression, though he sometimes does. it doesn't really matter i suppose, just wondering
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Blues i think but it's a matter of opinion. Don't clasify just enjoy!

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i think he's generally known as folk blues or country blues. he doesn't need classification anyway, he too dam good for that ****!
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#6
12 bars is a standard format however if youre playing on your own there doesnt need to be a structure as its mainly for the band (sometimes Ive played 40 bar blues!) so they know where each other is at in the song. In fact i remember reading that BB King originally had a bit of trouble keeping structure when he first began playing with other band members!
I think it can be a fine line between folk & blues, even jazz sometimes and rock! I have heard a bit of Leadbelly and think that it is blues but his own unique style if you listen to the words they are mainly hard luck stories. So after long deliberation Id say Blues.
#8
It's American folk which took a lot from the blues, whereas English folk at the time was generally based around songs that have been passed down for generations or new songs based around those ideas.
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Folk. He did a bit of blues, but mainly folk.
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