Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabiki phones Kyle Meredith to take us back to 1994 for the 25th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough LP, When I Woke. He shares stories behind songs “Send Me On My Way”, “Martyr”, and “Ecstasy”. He also tells us about being in an organic-sounding band at the height of grunge, their political activism, and how it translates to events happening today.
From there, he shares a number of tour stories, from his experiences opening for Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Plant & Page, to jogging through gang territory, and once playing a HORDE festival show to an audience of three: Sheryl Crow, her manager, and her dog. We also get an update on his new band, Uprooted, and their plans to release music this year.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.