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- Posted on Jun 9th 2010 3:00PM by Mike Ayers
"In the studio, we were playing with these roller skates and someone made a comment about roller skating singers from the '70s," Merritt recalls. "And somehow, somebody said something about Anne Murray's haircut and we all turned around and said, 'Don't mess with Anne Murray.'"
"We pulled up all these videos of her and it made us cheer up," she continues. "I'd just gotten married, our bass player had just gotten married, and all of a sudden, a song that was our parents' became ours. We were just joking around about putting it on the record, but everybody that heard it said, 'Dude, you have to put it on the record.'"
Roller skating may have taken a backseat over the years to other forms of entertainment -- roller rinks are about as common as drive-ins these days -- but that didn't stop Merritt from going to a flea market to buy a pair, which eventually led to the Murray conversation and the 'Danny Boy' recording.
"If I'm going to go out on wheels, I'm roller skating, not roller blading," she states for the record.
Merritt's currently rolling around the country with Canadian folk singer Jason Collett, playing numerous East Coast dates through late July, before heading west.