Roots Revival

Roots Revival

 Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA

A complete blues band with vocals, guitar, harmonica, keys, sax, bass and drums whose total age is 60 years! Roots Revival is a youth band who is determined to keep the blues alive! True to the traditional blues style, Roots Revival is always a crowd pleaser.


Age 14. Latest news: TJ was invited to play onstage with Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Bob Stroger at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR. Blues musicians in Portland have known TJ as a young slide guitar player. He says the highlight of his life was jamming at Pinetop's Homecoming with the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Carl Weathersby, Kenny Neal, Buddy Flett, Terry "Harmonica" Bean,etc. TJ has been playing guitar since age 8 and performing since he was 10. He originally played rockabilly and for the past 3 years he has been loving the blues! TJ plays a mix of Delta and Chicago blues. He has played for the Children's Miracle Network, company picnics, many schools (BITS performances), the opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center (Omaha), on tv, opened every month for the 'Playing With Fire' concert series in 2005, arts festivals, MicroBlues Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival. TJ has been seen on HBO for his music and in the Wall Street Journal for his passion of music from 2 and 3 generations ago. He has studied under Storm Rhodes, Robbie Laws, Stu Kinzel, LynnAnn Hyde, Kenny 'Blue' Ray, Mary Flower, Paul Rischel, Steve James, Lurrie Bell & Mike Dowling. Over the past year, TJ was awarded two full scholarships to attend the Port Townsend Country Blues workshops and was invited to Clarksdale, Mississippi to play at Pinetop Perkins' Homecoming. TJ says some of the greatest music experineces have been getting to play for and meet Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin..twice. The trip to Memphis, Clarksdale, and Helena will never be forgotten. TJ's hobbies are studying blues history and researching vintage guitars.

Age 16. Although blind from birth, he soon showed musical talent. He was picking out nursery rhymes at the piano at 2, taking classical lessons at 4, and performing by age 8 at local events. He began recording music at age 11 for fun, and began taking lessons from legendary Portland blues pianist DK Stewart at 12. He became interested in jazz, blues and boogie-woogie music. Mac met Ben Rice and joined Ben Rice and the Youth of Blues in early 2005. He also met Reggie Houston, a world famous saxophone player, who gave Mac a few pointers and direction. Mac began playing solo piano at Hudson’s lounge in the Heathman Hotel in Vancouver in the summer of 2005. He studied jazz and gospel with Janice Scroggins in 2006, and is currently studying accompaniment and stage performance with Georgina Phillipson. Mac traveled to New Orleans in 2006 and 2007 for the Jazz Fest. He had the honor of playing with Henry Butler, Charmaine Neville, and a quick jam with Harry Connick, Jr. He has met Dr. John, James Cotton, Michael Kaeshammer, Tom Grant and many other piano masters. Mac also was a featured artist at the Cincinnati Blues Festival in 2007, where he performed solo and with a band at the Boogie Woogie Piano Stage. In his spare time, Mac has learned to do a little piano tuning, play the harmonica and drums, and has recorded a new solo Jazz album with piano, saxophones, drums, and keyboard bass. He also recently won his age division in the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles, where displayed his Braille literacy and technology skills.

Age 15. He began to seriously study drumming at the age of 12 years. Sam plays drums in his high school's concert band, pep band, and jazz band.Sam has studied drums under James Maher, Tim Rap, and currently with Kelly Dunn (Paul deLay Band, Vibrasonics, Johnny Limbo). His school bands are under the direction of Grammy nominee Dan Schauffler (NuShooze, Crazy Eights, Cal Scott, Lily Wilde). Sam is a member of the Oregon Fencing Alliance sabre team.

Age 14. Interested in music from a very young age, Taylor began playing piano at age 5, and at 9 was drawn to the sounds of string instruments and became particularly interested in Cello. Since that time, he has played Cello, and has been an active member of his school orchestra. Since that time, Taylor has had a healthy obsession with bass and enjoys studying and playing jazz, blues, rock, alternative, and funk, and has also become involved with jazz band, while continuing with his interest in classical via the Cello. He is very thrilled recipient of the gracious guidance and tutoring provided by the great Robbie Laws

Set List

Originals and covers true to the traditional blues style