SXSW co-founder Louis Meyers puts down roots in KC with Folk Alliance International 

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But Meyers prefers to approach Folk Alliance International as an altruistic endeavor.

"In a lot of ways, we see ourselves as stewards of the word folk," he says. "Our definition of folk is broad, and we're OK with that. I love arguing with people who have degrees in folklore and ethnomusicology about what folk is. I know a guy who believes the day Alan Lomax turned on a tape recorder is the day traditional folk music died.

"It's great that you want Rev. Gary Davis' style to live on, but in my world, every single day marks a new day of traditional music," he says. "The Beatles — they fit every criteria of traditional music. Anywhere you go, everybody can sing Beatles songs. You can sit down anywhere on the planet and play a Bob Marley song and people will know the words. That's tradition. To me, that's folk."

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