I'm sorry my comment is so negative, but I have spent a lot of time trying to clear up this question for people - the old-time/bluegrass split, anyway - and so I had hoped for something serious.
Them: I love banjo! Do you know how to play Dueling Banjos?
Me: No, I mostly play a very early style, from the 1800s.
Them: Oh! You mean like Bluegrass?
Me: No, Bluegrass didn't really emerge until the 1940s, but it evolved out of old-time music, which was an earlier style more like the music from the 'O! Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack [blah blah blah]
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