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We are releasing our first mass production recording,
which will be a box set consisting of four CDs. We have already released singles from this album which have been played on public radio stations.


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Who is Rootstand and what kind of music do they Play?

Rootstand is a six- piece acoustic roots band, featuring acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, bass, and drums, as well as providing provocative vocals and harmonies. Rootstand successfully marries the sounds of traditional forms of Roots musics, like Irish reels, and old world polkas, Caribbean ska to American blues and bluegrass to the cutting edge sounds of experimental blues and groove, urban hip-hop, dancehall reggae, and electronica. Our music is very diverse, yet completely logical: Ska and Polka, bluegrass and reggae, hip-hop and country blues, dancehall and Irish reels. What we do is not a token conglomeration of popular forms, it is altogether something new, a new sound, built upon the foundations of traditional music but never intending to replicate it.

Where is Rootstand from and where do they play?

Rootstand has arisen from the grassroot ghetto of southeastern Michigan. From our home in the concrete jungle can we look back at our country boy beginnings; from the wilds of the north and the plains of Colorado, to the downriver farmlanders and the true Ypsilanti city goats. We have blazed the trail of acoustic warfare from the Appalachian country side to the Pacific Coast. We have put over 18,000 miles on our tour bus in the last year and played well over 200 shows. The diversity of our music has been mirrored by the array of venues we have performed in.

Who has Rootstand played with?

Rootstand had the opportunity to jam with a host of great musicians in the past year, including John Sinclair, Donna the Buffalo, Lotus, The Brothers Past, Sam Bush, George Clinton and the 420 Funk Mob, Victor Wooten, The Zen Tricksters, Melvin Seals and Rob Wasserman, Tony Furtado, Vince Welnick Band, Mr. Blotto, Derek Trucks Band, Benevento and Russo Duo, Railroad Earth, Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna, Ekoostik Hookah, and seriously many more. We are honored to have shared the stage with these, and all our brother and sister musicians.

How can I book Rootstand?

All of our press info is available at our web home, This is where you can check up on our calendar, read tons of press and feedback, and check out pictures and free music. We are currently finishing our debut album, from which the live and fierce selections have been made. We can be contacted via e-mail at, or