So, a fellow disc jockey joined a conversation about the Regina Folk Festival which is on this weekend in the Queen City. He talked about a few of the acts that he wouldn't put in the folk music category. I understand. Tegan and Sara are pop singers. Blake Berglund and Marty Stuart are country guys.
But then, I shared my story about the late Larry Ramos, the long time front man for The Association. I met Larry when he and the boys were playing the Mae Wilson Theatre several years ago. I was to introduce them as CHAB was the presenting radio station.
Larry wanted me to rehearse my intro for him but, before I did, he said "Just don't call us a sunshine pop band." I was so glad he told me because that's exactly what I was about to do.
I asked, "Why not?"
Larry said "Because we hate that. What is sunshine pop?"
I said "Well, it's a genre...it's a category and I think it fits." I then asked, "How DO you describe your style?"
And Larry said, "It's just music, man. It's just music."