BEETROOT

BEETROOT

BandR&BReggae

Founded by 3 STOMP members (one of them a founding member), Beetroot combines a lean STAX drum sound with Dancehall and Afro-Brazilian percussion, then tops it with the buttery Lover’s Rock vocals of Fiona Wilkes.

Biography

BEETROOT is what you get when you combine a West-Indian girl from Leeds, England (Fiona Wilkes: vocals) with a guy from Lovettsville, Virginia (Jason Mills: drums/bass/programming) and a guy from Salvador, Brazil (Marivaldo Dos Santos: percussion). The three met over a decade ago performing / touring with the global percussion sensation STOMP and have been making their own brand of retro/futuristic Afro-Brazilian soul music since 2001. Also on board: Wynne Bennett – keys; Jonathan Powell – trumpet.

Their debut full-length album "13", currently available at CDBaby.com, was named one of five finalists for Album of The Year (2005) by the Independent Music Awards. In addition, second single "Peel" was among five finalists for Blues/R&B Song of The Year (2005). They are currently in the studio (summer 2009) working on album number two....

Lyrics

Roadblocks

Written By: Jason Mills

Chorus:
No Roadblocks for me
I wanna go as far as my eyes can see
No Roadblocks for me
I wanna go the shortest distance from A to B

Verse 1:
Don’t blame it on the weather
All I see is sunshine
Pull yourself together now
There maybe aint a next time
I say “sunshine”
You say “it’s too hot”
I say “all the time”
And you say ”not a lot”
You gotta stop trippin on
Sidewalks and shoestrings
Hush up listen up
You’ll maybe learn a few things
I say “maybe”
And you say “maybe not”
I say “I’ve got some”
And you say “I haven’t got”

Chorus:
No Roadblocks for me
I wanna go as far as my eyes can see
No more Roadblocks for me
I wanna go the shortest distance from A to B

Bridge:
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
No more Roadblocks

Verse 2:
Don’t blame it on your neighbor
He’s busy with his own things
You’re full or reservations now
Every time the phone rings
I hear good news
Your views don’t match
I see no strings
You say “what’s the catch?”
You gotta stop trippin’ on
Sidewalks and shoestrings
Hush up and listen up....
I say “maybe”
And you say “maybe not”
I say “I’ve got some”
And you say “I haven’t got”

Chorus x 2:
No Roadblocks for me
I wanna go as far as my eyes can see
No more Roadblocks for me
I wanna go the shortest distance from A to B
No more Roadblocks for me
I wanna go as far as my eyes can see
No more Roadblocks for me
I wanna go the shortest distance from A to B

Bridge x 2:
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I just don’t wanna go ‘round
I’m just not gonna go ‘round
I’m just not gonna go ‘round
No more Roadblocks
I’m just not gonna go ‘round
I’m just not gonna go ‘round

Peel

Written By: Jason Mills

Verse 1:
Just because
It works for someone else
Don’t mean it works for you
You’re on shakey ground
Things have changed around
You’re not sure what to do
Don’t play the game of
Let’s fill up another person’s shoes
Why not paint a whole new picture
Using all your favorite hues?

Chorus:
Your Own Way....It Just Might

Verse 2:
You always turn to others for answers
What if everybody else is wrong?
If you always sing a version of what you’ve heard
How will we hear your song?
Time is tight
You’re the one who’s right
Just turn your focus from their hocus pocus
Your Own Way....It Just Might

Chorus x 2:
Your Own Way....It Just Might
Your Own Way....It Just Might

Verse 3:
Sugar sweetened answers
Can quickly quench your thirst
But in your mind, take the time
To ask the questions first
You must do what you feel
Follow close to what is real
The FRUIT’s not rotten, just the PEEL
Just don’t fall asleep behind the wheel

Chorus x 2:
Your Own Way....It Just Might
Your Own Way....It Just Might

The FRUIT’s not rotten, just the PEEL....

Your Own Way....It Just Might
....Own Way....It Just Might
....Way....It Just Might
....It Just Might
....It Just Might
....Might

Sweetpea

Written By: Jason Mills

Words are worse than wasted...
worse than that is how it's tasted.

So much for our handshake agreement.
I've become aware...
That you never intended to make good on your end of the deal.

While I never suspected...
you had made your plans.
Words are worse than wasted...
worse than that is how it's tasted.

Go ahead...push me.
I'll just step aside.
Don't waste your time on me.
I'll just step aside.

While I never suspected....
Seems that I'm in your way.
Is that what makes it okay?

You want someone to lean on.
You need something for support.
And when I step away...
You...
Fall...
Down.
You fall over.
And I meet you over and over.
And you fall over and over and over....

Go ahead...push me.
I'll just step aside.
Don't waste your time on me.
I'll just step aside.

High

Written By: Jason Mills

Here's a situation I know
Where I'm hiding more than I show
I used to have such fun with you
Now it's so touch and go....
My love for you.

You showed me things I'd never seen
We went places I'd neever been
You opened up my mind to so much
Somehow your love became a crutch...
My love for you.

I let the situation get so
That you've taken more than I know.
I've started depending on you
And your juice would push me through...
My love for you.

Is it all in my mind?
Does it feel good all the time?
Why am I fascinated with this?
Is it some youth that I missed?
My love for you.

Is it all in my mind?
Does it feel good all the time?
Why am I fascinated with this?
Is it some youth that I missed?
My love for you....

Discography

Debut Album "13" is currently available at CDBaby.com

Set List

Words
Up/Down
Run For Cover
Don't Stay Away (Phyllis Dillon "Rocksteady" cover)
What Is Next
Sweetpea
Roadblocks
Peel
High
Simply Beautiful (Al Green cover)
Not So Fast
My Kind Of People
Yassassin (Bowie/Eno cover)