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 Isbell’s criticism of Oliver Anthony’s Rich Men North drew the ire of Jason Falls (Highlights)

Jason Isbell’s criticism of Oliver Anthony’s Rich Men North of Richmond drew the ire of RMR co-host Jason Falls. Listen as he recounts what was said, then has some pointed criticisms of Isbell’s tone. It’s all part of the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler which also features our interview with emerging artist Nathan Graham. His debut album Saint of Second Chances is out now and mixes Chicago blues with R&B, soul, rock and great songwriting.

The episode is live at rootsmusicrambler.com, the Roots Music Rambler channel on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.

Get the full episodes here: https://bit.ly/RMRFullEpisodesYT
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Discover the real roots of music, from Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Soul, World and beyond.

Welcome to Roots Music Rambler!

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.

Where music, travel, history and culture intersect

Join us for the exploration of the real roots of music on Roots Music Rambler. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

Be sure to subscribe on YouTube or wherever you get podcasts!

Website: https://rootsmusicrambler.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rootsmusicrambler
Spotify: https://jasonfalls.co/rootsspotify
Apple Podcasts: https://jasonfalls.co/rootsapple

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Nathan Graham talks about how the city of Chicago influenced his music #nathangraham

On the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler Francesca Folinazzo and Jason Falls chat with emerging Americana artist Nathan Graham about his debut album Saint of Second Chances. He talked about how the city of Chicago influenced his playing and songwriting.

Hear the full episode at rootsmusicrambler.com/nathangraham, on the Roots Music Rambler YouTube channel or wherever you get your podcasts.

#rootsmusic #americanamusic #newalbum #americana #music #songwriting #rootsmusicrambler #nathangraham #blues #bluesmusic

Nathan Graham shares being a contestant on The Voice (Highlights)

On Roots Music Rambler this week, Francesca Folinazzo and Jason Falls chat with Nathan Graham about his debut album, Saint of Second Chances. Graham was once a contestant on The Voice and though he didn’t last long, he learned valuable lessons from the opportunity.

Hear the full interview on Roots Music Rambler at rootsmusicrambler.com, on the Roots Music Rambler YouTube channel or wherever you get your podcasts.

Get the full episodes here: https://bit.ly/RMRFullEpisodesYT
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Discover the real roots of music, from Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Soul, World and beyond.

Welcome to Roots Music Rambler!

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.

Where music, travel, history and culture intersect

Join us for the exploration of the real roots of music on Roots Music Rambler. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

Be sure to subscribe on YouTube or wherever you get podcasts!

Website: https://rootsmusicrambler.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@rootsmusicrambler
Spotify: https://jasonfalls.co/rootsspotify
Apple Podcasts: https://jasonfalls.co/rootsapple

Follow us on socials!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootsmusicrambler/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RootsMusicRmblr
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rootsmusicrambleon

#rootsmusic #rootsmusicrambler #podcasts #americanamusic #countrymusic #americana #music #nathangraham #blues #bluesmusic #thevoice

Pixie & the Partygrass Boys May Have the Greatest Bluegrass-Covers-of-Rock-Songs Album Ever

It’s time for Episode 7 of Roots Music Rambler! Join us – hosts Francesca Folinazzo, who Jason calls “Frank,” and Jason Falls, who goes by “Falls” most of the time, as we explore the real roots of the music we love.

On this episode, Ben Weiss of the Utah-based bluegrass group Pixie & The Partygrass Boys joins Frank and Falls to talk about perhaps the best bluegrass cover album of all time. The Chicken Coop, Vol. 1 is and 11-track toe-tapper that puts a guitar-mandolin-banjo-fiddle spin on everything from “Gimmie Shelter” by the Rolling Stones to The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.”

Intentionally silly and fun, Pixie & The Partygrass Boys took their bars and weddings gigs and jazz backgrounds and flipped them into a novel, but serious musical take on bluegrass music. In fact, they have a new album on the horizon that isn’t as cover and gimmick-driven.

Weiss, who plays mandolin and provides some vocals for the band, joined the show on the eve of a Pacific Northwest jaunt for the group. He talked about the background of the band, their treatment of a recent version of The Nutcracker and the commonalities in jazz and bluegrass.

Frank and Falls also spent time lamenting the TikTok-ificiation of Americana music shows and concerts, from tickets to crowds, and Falls shared his experiences watching Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour movie with his daughter at a Drive-In Theatre.

(And stick around for the outtakes as he almost embarasses a former teacher!)

As usual, the two have some recommendations for new music in the Pickin’ the Grinnin’ segment as well that includes a new album from a notable Americana singer.

Buckle up for The Hoe-Down and the Throw-Down! It’s a new episode of Roots Music Rambler.

Some other notes and links:
Pixie and the Partygrass Boys online – https://www.pixieandthepartygrassboys.com/
The Chicken Coop, Vol. 1 on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/6HNTRFB7xA4QHThFQPmUKI
The Run Pee App – https://runpee.com/
Sauerbeck Family Drive-In – LaGrange, Ky. – https://www.sauerbeckfamilydrivein.com/
The Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xat1GVnl8-k
The River of Rosewater – Nutcracker spin featuring Pixie & The Partygrass Boys music – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqVR4JOAjHk

Pickin’ the Grinnin’ Recommendations

Sara Jean Stevens – https://www.sarajeanstevens.com/
Margo Price – Strays II (Album) – https://open.spotify.com/album/6O4somF5cgA58eOK1wWdmJ
Margo Price’s Strays (Song) – https://open.spotify.com/track/3yrWsPobebxkapvqyO6R4a?si=e3567be7d5c341e0

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Subscribe to Roots Music Rambler on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, GoodPods or wherever you get your podcasts.

Theme Music: Sheepskin & Beeswax by Genticorum

Nathan Graham explains breaking the perceptions of musicians of color #nathangraham

On Roots Music Rambler this week, singer-songwwriter Nathan Graham explains why he is very intentional about breaking the perceptions of musicians of color, who are seldom given the monicker of “singer-songwriter.” His new album, Saint of Second Chances, is out and he talks about it and more this week on the podcast.

Hear the full interview and more insights at rootsmusicrambler.com/nathangraham, on the Roots Music Rambler YouTube channel or wherever you get your podcasts.

#rootsmusic #americanamusic #newalbum #americana #music #songwriting #rootsmusicrambler #nathangraham #blues #bluesmusic