Chicagoan Francesca Folinazzo (Frank) founded Roots Music Rambler as a music and travel blog in a pre-pandemic world. COVID killed events and travel plus her desire to play her banjo. Falls texted her in 2023 and said, 'Let's bring it back as a podcast!' He was raised on John Prine, babysat on Waylon Jennings and taught to drink and cuss the proper, mountain way. He hails from Pikeville, Ky., the birthplace of Dwight Yoakum, whose annual festival is Hillbilly Days.

Jason cackles at Francesca’s teen heartthrob show as they share their first concerts (Highlights)

On the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler, Frank and Falls share the stories of their first concerts. Falls looks back at his and cringes a bit, but thought Francesca’s teen heartthrob show was cackle-worthy. She recovered well, though telling the story of getting to see U2 during The Joshua Tree tour.

Check out this segment where the two talk about their initial experiences with live music. Then pop over to to hear their interview with banjo-heavy metal-tattoo artist John Haywood! It’s on the site, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Discover the real roots of music, from Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Soul, World and beyond.

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Hosted by Francesca Folinazzo & Jason Falls. Roots Music Rambler, a podcast exploration of the where as much as the who or what. We’ll interview emerging and established artists, fans and others in Americana, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Roots, Soul, World and beyond. But we will always get to the stories of where they’re from and how that impacted the music we know and love.

It’s more than just their influences. It’s their families. Communities. Cultures. This show is a fun combination of music, travel, history and more. We dig into the stories from artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, fans and beyond, that don’t just expose their musical influences, but their life influences.

Music follows the path of human movement. We trace the steps to bring better understanding to what we hear today and why we love it.

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John Haywood is a lead singer of a heavy metal band!! Full episode this Friday! #rootsmusicrambler

On the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler, John Haywood talks about having to go through traditional mountain music to have permission to play heavy metal in his younger days. Haywood, from Prestonsburg, Ky., grew up in a holler with generations of his family, both both did and did not claim music.

Hear the explanation for yourself and learn a lot more about the intermingling of mountain music and heavy metal at, on the Roots Music Rambler YouTube channel or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Jason and Francesca share the stories of their first concerts! Full episode this Friday #rootsmusic

New Episode alert! Roots Music Rambler drops Friday as Frank and Falls interview banjo, heavy metal, tattoo artist and bonafide hillbilly John Haywood. (The interview is super interesting!) But the co-hosts share the stories of their first concerts. Francesca even admits her first was her first love, a notable teenage heartthrob that just made Falls cackle.

Don’t miss the fun! The episode drops Friday at, the Roots Music Rambler channel on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.

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John Haywood Talks Old Time Banjo, Heavy Metal and Tattoos

Notes and links:
John Haywood online –
Upon My Word and Honor on Spotify –
Appalachiatari on Spotify –
The Parlor Room on Instagram –

Tradfast – Irish Music Festival Frank keeps referring to –
Gold Tone article about the difference in Old-Time and Bluegrass music –

Pickin’ the Grinnin’ Recommendations

Southeastern hat (Jason Isbell store) –
Jason Isbell on Spotify –
Sundy Best –
Nicholas Jamerson –
The Burl –
Magnolia Boulevard –
VisitLex – CVB of Lexington, Ky. –
S.G. Goodman –
Nathan Graham –
Green River Ordinance –
GRO’s Dancing Shoes (on YouTube) –

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