Friends and Folk: a Demo, a Direction, a Name 

All three members of Raison D’Etre are Morehead State University grads.  That’s not where Violet Rae and Roberta met, of course.  When asked the question, “how long have you been playing with your sister?” Violet’s standard answer is “all my life.”  That’s to let everyone know that Roberta is older.  But Violet and Vickie met each other through MSU’s Theatre Department—some three years after Roberta arrived as a freshman who divided her time between Baird Music Hall and the Combs Building(back then, the…

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From a Set List to a Name 

After stepping off BB Riverboat’s Hoedown Cruise for the final summer, Violet Rae, Vickie and I had decided to keep playing together as a trio.  We knew that would mean becoming less commercial in our song choices, more acoustic in our guitar playing and more dependent on Vickie to provide keyboard leads for our arrangements.  We’d also learned from our previous experience in the family band, Mudpuppy, that playing songs you really like that are not well-known is not exactly the recipe for constant bar…

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30 Years Together Began in 1990 

It all began after two summer seasons playing on BB Riverboats' "Hoe Down Cruise."  We were the front women for a band named-- just for the occasion of party-barging up the Mighty Ohio River--Runaway Stage. We played a mostly country setlist of harmony favorites from Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and the Forester Sisters backed by the country rock sass and slap of Don Clare on drums and vocals and Dan Wilson on bass and vocals.  I'm pretty sure we slipped in a few country rock originals…

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