All posts by Lillian Freeman

Episode 63: Interview with Michael Franti

There aren’t many musicians who will do yoga with fans before their concerts, and very few musicians let fans dance on stage with them during the concert.

Michael Franti does both of those things and he has a non-profit that sends people to their dream concerts. I had the opportunity to talk with him at Do It For the Love Yoga prior to his show in Myrtle Beach.

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Episode 62: Interview with Todd Albright

The next episode in the summer I Had to Ask series is a short interview with Todd Albright: a 12 string folk guitarist from Detroit Michigan, and who likes his steak cooked medium.

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Episode 61: Interview with the Kruger Brothers

To kick off our summer series of podcasts here is an interview with the Kruger Brothers from MerleFest 2017. I talked with Jens about composing his new composition, Roan Mountain Suite (the Brother’s new album). We also talked about their international fan base they gave lots of advice.

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Episode 60: Interview with Locust Honey

I talked with Meredith and Chloe of Locust Honey about how MerleFest feels like family, and their passion for music. They feel as if they do not know if they could not play music. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask Locust Honey everything from having their music in movies to MerleFest!

Episode 59: Interview with Ken Tizzard

Ken Tizzard’s life has been completley supported by music, but, he does it because he feels that it is the right thing to do. In preparation for MerleFest 2017 I Had to Ask Ken Tizzard¬†about his career. And, he told me about his musical style focusing completley on relating with you, the audience member. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!

Episode 58: Interview with Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan was at the very first MerleFests and has seen them change over the past years. He remembers sitting on the back of a flat bed truck and playing with Jerry Douglas and Doc Watson. And he remembers the day Doc Watson died thus spurring his song “Doc Watson Morning.” But, Peter Rowan also remembers the good times with the Watson’s before Doc and Merle’s deaths. As I talked with Peter Rowan about MerleFest and how the Watson family was influential on his search to find a “musical leviathan.” Listen on to see why I Had to Ask.

Episode 57: Interview with Jorma Kaukonen

It is always especially nice to discover musicians like Jorma Kaukonen are as down to earth and as friendly as the next guy. I talked with Jorma about everything from Jefferson Airplane, to MerleFest 2017, to his Vietnamese Pho restaurant and music camp Fur (or Pho) Peace Ranch. We even cleared up a music festival misconception. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask.

Episode 56: Interview with Deanie Richardson

I talked with Deanie from Sister Sadie at IBMA 2016, we talked about women in bluegrass, the band’s IBMA Awards nominations and even her chickens. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!

Episode 55: Interview with Dave Nachmanoff

I talked with the touring guitarist for Al Stewart, Dave Nachmanoff, we talked about his new concept album, Spinoza’s Dream. We also talked about touring with Al, and playing with Libba Cotten, the inventor of “Cotten picking” guitar style. Not only is Dave a musician but he has a doctorate in philosophy so we even touched on living the virtuous life. ¬†Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!