Just a thought here but I think you will appreciate this. There is a point when a person along his musical journey to discover this Old Time music, that you become more than an imitator. You become the real deal. You become the authentic. Your the one who is now channeling that thing you found in the old timers from the back woods. Now it's you.
Look at Mike Seeger when he was playing. He went from being a city boy in search of the real deal to becoming the real deal. The very embodiment. A musical incarnation.
It will happen to you too if you keep at it long enough. Someday someone will drive four hours to sit in a jam your playing at and will talk about it to others later. Imagine that!?