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.

The Real Story Behind John Shiner Joining Digby #digby #digbymusic #digbyband #johnshiner #comeback

On the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler, Jason Falls sits in with three members of Digby to talk about their first album in 17 years. It’s called Happy Little Heartache and drops on March 1.

Falls asked Ben Schneider how fellow bandmate John Shiner came to the group. Shiner played fiddle, which was unusual for a pop band back in the late 1990s and still is today, though he primarily plays keyboards now.

The full episode is live at wherever you get your podcasts!

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Falls is a Digby Fan!! #digby #digbymusic #rootsmusicrambler #digbyfan

New Episode alert! Roots Music Rambler drops Friday as Falls interviews three of the five members of Digby. That band is out with its first record in 17 years. Falls explores the lifespan of five guys who have been playing music together for almost 30 years.

Falls also confided in Frank he is an admitted Digby fan boy, so the interview was a big deal for him.

The episode drops Friday at or wherever you get your podcasts.

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How Do Real Italians Eat Pasta? #italians #pasta #rootsmusicrambler #podcast #italiancooking #digby

A new episode of Roots Music Rambler drops Friday. Falls sits in with Louisville’s own Digby which is back with a new studio album for the first time in 17 years. Happy Little Heartache drops March 1.

Also among the topics Frank and Falls discuss is the proper Italian way to serve and eat spaghetti? Falls shares an interesting habit of his mother (who is not Italian) with Francesca (who is).

Roots Music Rambler’s full episodes are now audio only and available at or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe today and don’t miss an episode.

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Does Wilco Suck? (Highlights)

Roots Music Rambler’s latest episode is well worth the listen. The main focus of the conversation is the debate and discussion over the topic, “Does Wilco Suck?” In this segment, you can hear the full discussion from front to back as Falls asks the question and Frank defends Jeff Tweedy and company.

Hear the full episode which includes Frank and Falls interviewing their respective daughters about music, discussions of upcoming music festivals, vinyl records and much more. Find it at 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.

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.

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