Farm to Table to Stage

A Q&A with Kevin Ruch Of Free Range Folk By Geoff Gehman

Three members of Free Range Folk were jamming on a tune most bluegrass-fed roots bands would never dream of fiddling with: “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” forever known as the cosmic alarm-clock theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Banjo player Josh Finsel, percussionist Brad Konstas and guitarist Kevin Ruch were creating their own odyssey, playing instruments they don’t normally play, instruments “totally wrong for us,” recalls Ruch. Pleased by the improbable groove, they eventually shifted from Richard Strauss’ 19th-century orchestral tone poem into a song about Carbon County’s 19th-century coal industry. For good measure, they named the tune after a mountain behind their rehearsal space. As an extra added bonus, they made it danceable.   MORE: