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.

Son Volt’s John Horton on St. Louis’s lack of music reputation

John Horton (Son Volt & The Bottle Rockets) offered up an explanation of why his home city of St. Louis doesn’t have the reputation of a “sound” despite being the Fertile Crescent of the Alt Country movement of the 1990s. Hear more of that and much more about Horton’s role in the genre, those bands and what Jay Farrar is really like on the new episode of Roots Music Rambler.

It’s live now at or wherever you get your podcasts.

The episode also features Francesca Folinazzo’s recap of her recent Mecca-like journey to Belleville, Illinois, the home of the birth of Uncle Tupelo. And she and Jason Falls will share their regular Pickin’ the Grinnin’ recommendations for new music.

It’s an Alt Country-centric episode! Dial it up, gang!

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Francesca’s Mecca-like Journey to the Fertile Crescent of Alt Country

Don’t miss the new episode of Roots Music Rambler which drops Friday. Frank and Falls welcome John Horton from Son Volt and The Bottle Rockets! Hear stories of the genesis of the Alt Country genre and what Horton thinks about his new role in one of the space’s seminal bands.

Plus, Francesca shares her experience traveling to the Mesopotamia of Alt Country — Belleville, Illinois — plus her and Falls’s picks for new music to check out this week.

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

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Si Kahn Explains How a Rabbi’s Son Becomes a Folk Singer (Highlights)

Don’t miss the latest episode of Roots Music Rambler! Folk music mainstay Si Kahn joins the show and talks about his long career in music, working with Pete Seeger and beyond. In this segment, Falls asks the somewhat obvious question: How does a Harvard-educated, son of a Rabbi, become a folk singer?

Frank and Falls also talk about the definition of Americana Music and, as always, recommend some great music for you to check out. Hear the full episode 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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How Pete Seeger Broke Through Communist Blacklisting #rootsmusicrambler #musicpodcast

On Roots Music Rambler this week, folk singer Si Kahn, who recorded an album with the legendary Pete Seeger, tells the story of how the once blacklisted folk legend broke through the Communist Party stigma to perform and record again.

Kahn joined Frank and Falls for a story-rich conversation about music, writing, community organizing and a lot more.

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