Category Archives: MerleFest

Rosie and the Riveters Band Review (Blog Post)

The Canadian band, Rosie and the Riveters, were a huge hit especially with the young women at MerleFest 2018!
Their demeanor and style are both unapologetic and fierce.
They stand as a symbol of independent feminism with their strong stand-up vocals.
Rosie and the Riveters look and sound like the female role models young women in North American need today!
I found it amazing that thy could gracefully, yet powerfully, promote ideals like equal pay for all in song without being too “in your face” about it.
Rosie the Riveters needs to be the next band added to every girl’s playlist!

Nu Blu Review (Blog Post)

As the threatening rain cloud rolled away from the Watson stage, fans sitting on the field were in for a treat!

Nu-Blu had a wonderful set on the Watson Stage at 1:30 on Friday.

Carolyn’s powerful and animated voice paired with the driving rhythms filled the air. Listeners weren’t hungry for lunch,  they were hungry for more Nu-Blu music!

A few years ago my little sister and I interviewed Carolyn, you can listen to that interview here: http://ihadtoask.com/2015/01/carolynrouth/

I remember how genuine Carolyn was. She still continues to be a genuine beacon of strength and hope to many.

Nu-Blu (Carter Baker, Justin Harrison, and Carolyn and Daniel Routh) recently released a new album, Vagabonds. If you purchase it, you will not be disappointed. You can find it here: https://squareup.com/store/nu-blu-bluegrass-artists

They played some songs off of the album today, and they were wonderful.

If I had a chance to ask them one question following their set, I would’ve Had to Ask this…

Where did you get all of your energy that you have on the stage from?

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!

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!

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.

Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!

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 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.

Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!

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 the international fan base, and they gave lots of advice.

Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!