All posts by Lillian Freeman

Episode 68: Interview with David Holt

I interviewed David Holt, who will be performing (again) at MerleFest! He was happy to talk with me about everything from his music to Doc Watson, to key lime pie. Listen on to see what I Had to Ask!

Episode 67: Interview with Cathy Fink

I interviewed Cathy Fink of the duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.  We talked about everything from winning Grammy’s, to “Dancing in the Kitchen”, to the mother of children’s folk music, Ella Jenkins.

Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!

Changes to I Had to Ask

I Had to Ask has had a minor switch in platforms! With the constant change in how our world connects daily online, we have made a few slight changes to how you are able to access the podcasts.

What does this mean for you?

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  • You can still listen to our podcasts on iTunes. The change here is, only the newest interviews will be available, all others may be archived by iTunes.
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Episode 66: Interview with Zach Smith of Town Mountain

I talked with the bassist from bluegrass band, Town Mountain. They will be performing at MerleFest in just a few days, and will also be hosting the Midnight Jam. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask about tacos, MerleFest, and music!

I Had to Ask can now be found on YouTube!!!!

Please forgive the fact that all interviews are not available yet, we are working on switching them all over to yet another platform!

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SC DNR Series #1 Interview with Turtle Technician

I have been asked by South Carolina Wildlife magazine to do a series of podcasts for their digital magazine I will be spotlighting South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the kind of work that they do.

My first interview was with Tyler Harrell, she is a turtle technician who works for the SCDNR. She was happy to share what her job is like, and all about sea turtles.

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I also wrote an article called “Turtle Talk” a while back for SC Wild (the youth publication for the SC DNR) it can be found here: 

Episode 65: Interview with Jack Lawerence

Jack Lawerence has been playing at MerleFest since it’s inception. I had the chance to sit down with him after a set and talk about the music, memories, and moments at MerelFest.

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Episode 64: Interview with Jerry Douglas

I talked with Jerry Douglas about his work with the Transatlantic Sessions, his family, and being the “King of the Dobro.” Listen on to see why I Had to Ask.

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.

Listen on to see what I Had to Ask!