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.