In Grade 4, Nico Rhodes saw folk musician Rick Scott play at his school.
“I just thought he was the most magical, most musical, most extraordinary thing that I had ever seen,” he told the Tri-City News.
“I listened to everything he ever recorded. I was just obsessed.”
Twenty-five years on, Scott and Rhodes are a musical duo and, this and next month, will perform around B.C., including a stop at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sunday (Jan. 29) at 7:30 p.m.
Playing a mix of folk, blues and jazz on an Appalachian mountain dulcimer and keyboards, Roots & Grooves also offers stories.
Despite their age gap and varied musical styles, their partnership is solid.
“We both have an unbridled passion when we’re playing together,” Rhodes said.
“We egg each other on; our strengths complement each other and we give each other room to grow.”