Ask Your Folks is a Chicago-based trio comprised of vocals, guitar, fiddle, and string bass. Owen Burton, Libby Weitnauer, and Eli Broxham, began playing together during their freshman year at the DePaul University School of Music. The following year they started playing at farmer's markets in Chicago and formed Ask Your Folks in 2013. Writing continuously ever since, they have taken their large body of original music from the bustle of farmer's markets, into the intimate settings of house shows, concert series, and radio broadcasts.
Though classically trained individually, collectively they are rooted in American styles like old-time, folk, and bluegrass. Ask Your Folks strives to create an eclectic sound with thoughtfulness at the core of its compositions and musicality at the heart of its performances.
In September of 2013, Owen Burton, Libby Weitnauer and Eli Broxham were setting out on Saturdays to play fiddle tunes and their handful of originals at a Chicago farmer's market. It was clear from these first performances that there was a musical understanding and excitement between the three of them which cemented the formation of the band.
Writing together with every minute they could spare, the trio began a catalogue of tunes that has been steadily growing ever since. Drawing on their common love for music such as The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the band called on all of their musical knowledge to create a sound that was as original as it was inspired. Each a classical musician on their instrument, the sound was able to be informed by many different styles, and unfettered by technical hindrances. After only four months together there was talk of an album, and by June of 2014, Jeremy Carrasco recorded their first full-length CD. Having just finished tracking, the band headed to Tennessee in June to spread their music, and of course visit Libby’s hometown of Maryville. While on tour, they played on two radio stations, with live shows in Knoxville and Maryville, and were broadcast on the morning news in Knoxville. The self-titled album was released in November of 2014.
Now the band is maturing, and getting in touch with the founders of the genre as well as keeping a watchful eye on the current innovators. Honing their sound, the trio strives to continue their exciting development, and write music that is always more thoughtful and inspired.