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Father, daughter make Karrigan Rose a mixed bouquet of musical influences

By Lesli Bales-Sherrod (Contact)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Michael and Lydiah Merritt of Farragut pose in this promotional photo for their band, Karrigan Rose. Lydiah doesn’t think it’s a big deal to play in a band with her dad. “It’s just like playing music with one of my friends,” she said.

Lydiah Merritt of Farragut, right, uses a heavy Russian charm with a bell inside it as a slide on her bass to produce a unique sound for the band Karrigan Rose. Lydiah’s father, Michael Merritt, left, said he thought it was a digital sound when he first heard it.

Where: World Grotto
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
Web site: www.karriganrose.com or at www. myspace.com/karriganrose.

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There's a new rose blooming in Farragut, the creation of Michael Merritt and his 16-year-old daughter, Lydiah.

Karrigan Rose, a folk-rock band with an Irish twist, will release its debut CD Saturday with an album premiere concert at World Grotto on Market Square.

"So far, Karrigan Rose has been recording, recording, recording," Michael said. "When you really are an artist and have freedom, the hardest thing to do is finish a record. But you've got to let it go sometime. We're looking forward to playing shows." - Knoxville News-Sentinel


Karrigan Rose's single "Blue Moon" has received great attention and even charted on numerous college radio stations in the US.
Karrigan Rose's video "Blue Moon" has been a "view on fire" for utubes' independent releases twice.
Karrigan Rose's latest cd release "Blue Moon" can be purchased through cd baby and itunes.



Just playing in church alone almost dried up our passion for music. The "same old thing" kills creativity and interest. That is how Karrigan Rose started. We believe God is a creative God but the music we were playing was 80's style over and over again. Karrigan Rose was the open gate for newness and creativity. We found out quickly that there are alot of people hungry for creative positive music. We want Led Zepplin without the drugs and so do alot of other people. Tada! Karrigan Rose is on the rise! We, Lydiah and I have been influenced by alot of bands and sounds, but are most passionate about creating the next new thing. We take something new and it becomes all new played live! The shows flow w/ creativity that releases the listener to think and move "outside the box." You will want to play drums and guitar and sing and write after you hear Karrigan Rose. And who knows we just might show you how. Sometimes we end the show with a thirty minute band lesson. Wow!