Schelkopf: I see that you started a Kickstarter campaign for the re-release of "Lake Rhymes" and 112 backers pledged $15,073 toward the project. Obviously, that says something about your music that people would want to do that.
Murdock: It's a wonderful way to connect with your fan base that has supported you all these years, but, also, it's an opportunity to interface with new people. We had quite a few people who never really came across us before. So that was very exciting.
Schelkopf: You've been on the music scene for a long time. What do you think makes the Fox Valley music scene so strong?
Murdock: The sense of community – and that really is what folk music is about.
And that's part of what I've seen. When I first got into folk music, I was very young. I was just a kid.
Schelkopf: Do you ever have younger musicians come up to you and ask you for advice? What do you tell them?
Murdock: I tell them that you have to find that something inside the music that really drives you, and that's what will see you through the hard times. Because there are going to be hard times in whatever you do.
There are always obstacles that you have to overcome. But what gets you through those times is that passion that you have for whatever it is that you do.
If you go
WHAT: Songwriters Showcase with Lee Murdock, Megon McDonough, Grammy-nominated Ralph Covert and Dave Glynn
WHERE: The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora
WHEN: 7 p.m. March 12
COST: $15 in advance for general admission