Rank #1: "Who is Dan Rodriguez?"
“I didnt realize just how big the culture was about finding new music within the community - they walk in and want to love you… It’s been a good community to get to know…” reflects two-time TRB artist, Dan Rodriguez. Dan has been a busy man on the boat, whether it was participating in the TRB Spelling Bee, jamming in his pajamas, or collaborating with friends. He credits the Rock Boat Community to helping grow his fan base and adds that many Boaters hosted house concert shows following his last Boat. Oh yeah, and his goal of becoming friends with Drew Holcomb on the boat? Success!
Dan Rodriguez can be found at:
Jan 12 2021
Rank #2: "Who is Yam Haus?"
“We like Rock and we like Boats - Put them together and we’re in…” jokes TRB XXI addition, Yam Haus. This will the the Minneapolis-based pop band’s first Boat and marks the first time that The BoatCast has interviewed a band who has not yet been on TRB. During the pandemic, these guys have been cranking out incredible music (including a Chistmas Album) and have been busy on-line keeping us all entertained. These guys bring a lot of energy, are open to collaboration, and are looking forward to connecting with fans… basically, what we are saying is that Yam Haus seems to a perfect fit for the Rock Boat Family.
Yam Haus can be found at:
Snap Chat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/yamhaus
*p.s. for those who were wondering, the max capacity of the Norwegian Jewel is actually 2376 !!!
Jan 05 2021
Rank #3: "Who is Brian Fechino?"
“The thing on the Rock Boat is the Collaborations are celebrations of each other… on the Rock Boat it’s like ‘No Man you play the Solo’… it’s a winning recipe for a good time…” reflects NINETEEN-TIME TRB artist/producer, Brian Fechino, on The Rock Boat. Brian shares the early years of the boat, including the very first first jam session on TRB along with Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel. Brian recognizes the impact that the Rock Boat Family has on the community of artists, noting, “ The connections that artists make with fans outlast the Rock Boat” and acknowledges the importance of the House Show movement when smaller clubs started to close. He talks the origins of Sixthman Sessions and predicts that TRB XXI will bring the most exciting TRB sailing yet, with artists and fans feeding off of each other’s energy after craving the live music experience…
Brian Fechino can be found at:
Facebook: Brian Fechino | Facebook
Website: Brian Fechino | Heart Dance Records
Dec 31 2020
Rank #4: "Who is Drew Holcomb?"
“If you’re going to go on The Boat, Dive in and be part of the scene” reflects three time TRB singer-songwriter and frequent Cayamo artist, Drew Holcomb, on his Sixthman experience. Drew has risen the ranks since TRBXXI to Billboard Chart Topper and thanks the support of the Rock Boat community. He has many fond memories from the boats, from collaboration with fellow artists, to connecting to fans, to finding out that he and wife, Ellie were expecting while on The Boat. .
Indeed Boaters, your holiday gift came early this year with Drew’s gem of an interview. Speaking of presents, if you haven’t yet rented his Neighborly Christmas Special, you truly can’t afford to miss it, check it out here!!!
Drew Holcomb can be found at:
Dec 24 2020
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Rank #5: "Who is Dave Furukawa?"
“2013 was probably the worst year of my family’s life… my business partner and friend, Chris Webb nominated my wife and I for a scholarship on The Rock Boat… and we actually were selected …. we got on the Boat and the rest is history…. but the magic of The Boat is the reason I keep on coming… I have to really thank The Rock Boat for saving me - It set me right!”
Hear Dave Furukawa (aka “Dave the Blind Guy”) relive his favorite memories from his 7 Rock Boats. He tells his side of the epic start to a close friendship with Patrick Murphy. He talks crowd surfing, Headphone Disco, and lifelong friends he’s met on the boat. Dave’s lucky number is 21 and he shares that the best yet to come on the next boat, TRB XXI!
Dave Furukawa can be found at:
*providing augmented reality/information for visually impaired individuals, inspired by the true story of his amazing guide-dog, Simon.
Dec 15 2020
Rank #6: "Who is Will Byington"
“Epic, Seriously the best vacation a human could ever take - Spring break for Adults - Everything you could imagine it was - and it was summer camp meets sleepover fun…” reflects TRB stalwart, Will Byington, on his first Rock Boat in 2002.
We all know Will as the personable photographer on-board capturing the precious moments of the “worlds greatest floating music festival” - but did you know that his first three Rock Boats were as part of Cowboy Mouth’s team? It was in 2005 that Will reached out to Sixthman to see if they needed a photographer… and the rest is history.
This Chicago-based photographer and lover of music provides listeners with unique snapshots of TRB History - from the early days of the Boat to the seamless production of more recent years. Like Chris Rhoad and BoatCast Mark, Will is not officially part of Sixthman, but expresses his tremendous respect for their team and their “Every passenger is a VIP” philosophy. When he first got the job, Andy Levine instructed Will to “Capture the Experience” and I think any boater who has checked out the photos that Will stays up editing late night, would agree that his shots do just that.
If you are looking for the perfect last minute holiday gift for a special Rock Boater, We’d encourage you to check out his online shop for some prints!
Will Byington can be found at:
N.B - If you happen to be Boater who has never had your photo taken by Will, he encourages you to just reach out and ask him to take your photo!!!
Dec 08 2020
Rank #7: "Who is Sixthman Kalie"
Kalie Martin (a.k.a. Sixthman Kalie) joins Chris Rhoad and BoatCast Mark to discuss her dream job with Sixthman. Sixthman Kalie is taking over the reins of Sixthman Jen but shows in this podcast that she is the perfect person for the job - and in typical Kalie fashion, she credits her fellow Sixthman Warriors and Ninjas for how well the experience runs. Kalie shares that her first Sixthman experience was as a passenger, which is probably why she understands the heart of boaters - and has been working with her Sixthman team to keep Rock Boat artists and Boaters connected durning the Pandemic.
Dec 01 2020
Rank #8: "Who are Lisa and Jürgen Boese?"
Lisa and Jürgen Boese are an amazing pair Rock Boat veterans who join The BoatCast from Germany. “If we are in the US we visit bands and friends in their homes and if musicians from the US tour in Germany, they usually come to our home and play in our living room…” reflects Jürgen Boese. Lisa and Jürgen talk everything Rock Boat, from Top performances to cabin shows to hosting an elevator party to RECAP VIDEOS!!!!
We at the BoatCast have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable podcasts we have done to date - it felt like we were just standing on the pool deck before a sail away show as we connected with these two for the first time!
Nov 24 2020
Rank #9: "Who is Steve Everett?"
“Sister Hazel put out their first record and that’s how the relationship began - that was my favorite band growing up…” reflects Steve Everett on his path to joining the Rock Boat family. He credits the relationships he established with Rock Boaters while opening up Sister Hazel to his Soundcheck competition success. This three-time TRB artist joins Christopher Rhoad and BoatCast Mark to relieve his favorite Rock Boat memories from The Boat, including Lovesweat, singing on Melodime sets, sailing away from port listening to Michael Franti (and more).
Stay tuned later this year for new music by Steve Everett!!!
Steve Everett can be found at:
Nov 17 2020
Rank #10: "Who is J.R. Linaberry (of The Bones of J.R. Jones)?"
“The hospitality, the kindness, the graciousness… The Sister Hazel guys were super friendly and welcoming.. it was one of the best exeperiences I’ve had… It was special” reflects JR Linaberry, of The Bones of J.R. Jones after his first performance on The Rock Boat. This solo artist enjoyed the Rock Boat community - and was a fan of catching multiple shows a day by fellow artists. J.R. joins Christopher Rhoad and BoatCast Mark to relieve his favorite Rock Boat memories from TRB XX, including meet and greets, playing the first show on the Boat, and collaborations with fellow artists. During COVID-19 pandemic, he performed a “Mi Casa Su Casa!” show for Sixthman.
The Bones of J.R. Jones can be found at:
Check out his new EP, The Celebration, arriving this fall !!!
Nov 10 2020