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.
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!
Ken Tizzard’s life has been completely 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 completely on relating to you, the audience member. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!
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.
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.
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!
Today I was very sad to find out that Leon Russell has passed away at the age of 74.
I am happy however that I will always be able to say that my first press conference was with Leon Russell. I was only in 5th grade when I met him and he treated me with as much respect as every other journalist in the room. Here’s the interview.
Thank you for your kindness and the experience, rest in peace Mr. Russell!
I talked with guitarist Richard Thompson about everything from “Vincent Black Lightning 1952”, to being one of the best guitarists, to playing 1,000 years of music in a show. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!