Heartroot is the musical manifestation of the soulful synergy between singer/songwriters Eric McEuen and Mindy Dillard. Both immigrated from dry lands of red rocks and mountain vistas (New Mexico and Utah respectively), lured to Portland, Oregon's moist creative ground to plant the seeds of a new life. The duo began singing together in 2009 after meeting over and over again as solo performers. In the Fall of 2010 the two ventured forth on a grassroots national tour, traveling through 30 states in 6 weeks (from Oregon to Maine to Texas and back). Their venues ranged from private house concerts to small venues like Hayko’s Turkish Rugs, New York City, and The Buzz Cafe, Alexandria, Virginia, to a large show at Holladay United Church of Christ in Holladay, Utah. Since then Heartroot has played many house concerts, festivals, small listening rooms and churches around the country.
Heartroot’s music is a nourishing recipe concocted from Folk, Americana, Blues, Jazz, and musical theatre. The multi-instrumentalists use guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and rhythm instruments to serve up soul-seducing harmony and raw joy. With over thirty collective years of performing on stages both musical and theatrical, Heartroot delivers a a rich, soulful experience which nationally known songwriter James Hurley called “witnessing an event.” Their uniquely voiced originals and re-imagined classics underscore sweet, sad and jubilant human truths. At a Maryland house concert, a new fan described Heartroot’s music as "The most honest and loving sounds I’ve had the privilege to hear.”
In fall 2012 they began the next phase of their adventure, moving to Berkeley, CA. They are in production for their first EP. They hope to have it completed by September 2013!
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Eric McEuen - Guitar, Percussion, mandolin, voice
Mindy Dillard - Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Fiddle, voice, ukulele
Heartroot (demo), self-released, 2010