The Bitteroots

The Bitteroots

 Decatur, Georgia, USA
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The Bitteroots are a Decatur-based rock band, influenced by blues, jam, folk and classic rock, with a penchant for catchy hooks, driving rhythms and soaring vocals that keep getting better with time.

Biography

The Bitteroots are a Decatur-based rock band, influenced by blues, jam, folk and classic rock, with a penchant for catchy hooks, driving rhythms and soaring vocals that keep getting better with time.

The four-piece group is returning to the Atlanta music scene this spring with its sophomore release, “Central of Georgia,” after a short break from gigging to write and record the new record. “Central of Georgia” promises to reflect the band’s growth as a group of writers, musicians and performers and include some tracks that have already been gig-tested and audience-approved.

Coming together for the first time in 2008, The Bitteroots have been refining their style, honing their chops and working through lineup changes that have kept the group fresh, interesting and always ready for more.

With the group since 2010, Laura Dees steps out front as the band’s lead vocalist and the audience’s guide through a Bitteroots set. Well versed in the blues, Dees’ voice also shows that rock ‘n’ roll is about taking no prisoners.

Guitarist Dan Shockley, a founding member of the group, brings to The Bitteroots a sophisticated tone and style you won’t find in your average rock band. A professorial master of the fretboard, Shockley’s leads, melodies and chord voicings are a defining part of The Bitteroots’ sound.

With a thumping five-string bass, Bill Taylor weaves his way through Shockley’s chord changes to hold down the bottom end. He pulls together a mixture of jazz and jam that is as tasteful at the chest- pounding bottom of the register as it is rolling off top-end melodies that make up essential elements of The Bitteroots’ catalog of songs.

Behind all three sits Mike Davis’ drum kit, laying down a strong and steady groove that complements Taylor’s bass and provides a foundation for Dees and Shockley to lead The Bitteroots’ songs on their melodic journey.

Discography

The Bitteroots - "Central of Georgia" (2nd studio album released March 31, 2012)

The Bitteroots - "French Fries" (debut studio album released January 29th, 2011)

The Bitteroots - "Live at Eddie's Attic" (live album recorded December 4, 2011)

Poverty Is Real 2012 - "Poverty is Real: Decatur, 2012" CD featuring songs by Matthew Kahler, Eliot Bronson, The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone, Arlington Priest, the Bitteroots, The Flint Hill Specials, Maria Gabriella, Chris Stalcup and the Grange, Ryan Flanagan, The Skipperdees, Spencer Smith, Kristen Englenz, and Mike Killeen and the Dregs Produced for Poverty Is Real charity concert at Eddie's Attic. Available via iTunes.


Poverty Is Real 2011 - Compliation CD with Matthew Kahler, Rebecca Loebe, Trances Arc, The Bitteroots, Lindsay Rakers Band, Kodac Harrison, Caroline Herring, Eliot Bronson, Ryan Flanigan, Spencer Smith, Arlington Priest & Jackson County Line. Produced for inagugural Poverty Is Real charity concert at Eddie's Attic. Available via iTunes.


WXIA - 11ALIVE Interview with Karyn Greer and live broadcast performance - October 14, 2011


Interview and live acoustic performance on 'Politely Disruptive Radio' with Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes, Train) and Michael Ouweleen (Adult Swim, Cartoon Network) - http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2805587

ARCHIVED SHOW SCHEDULE

5/17/2008 Private Show: Private Party Decatur, GA
6/8/2008 The Solarium Decatur, GA
4/26/2009 Lake Claire Ampitheater Atlanta, GA
6/7/2009 The Solarium Decatur, GA
10/30/2009 Private Show: Private Party Decatur, GA
11/14/2009 Private Show: Private Party Atlanta, GA
2/26/2010 The Redlight Cafe Atlanta, GA
5/15/2010 Decatur Concerts on the Square Decatur, GA
5/22/2010 The Black Diamond Grill Cumming, GA
6/16/2010 The Atlanta Room @ Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
6/26/2010 The Redlight Cafe Atlanta, GA
7/24/2010 Red Rabbit Pizza Pub (Guinness World Record Event) John's Creek, GA
8/5/2010 Politely Disruptive Radio Atlanta, GA
8/6/2010 Red Brick Brewing Co. Atlanta, GA
8/6/2010 Private Show: Private Party Decatur, GA
8/28/2010 The Redlight Cafe Atlanta, GA
9/18/2010 The Atlanta Room @ Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
10/9/2010 Oakhurst Arts Festival (headlining) Decatur, GA
10/17/2010 Glenlake Park Decatur, GA
11/19/2010 Red Brick Brewing Co. Atlanta, GA
1/29/2011 The Atlanta Room @ Smith's Olde Bar (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY) Atlanta, GA
2/5/2011 The Redlight Cafe Atlanta, GA
2/25/2011 The Solarium Decatur, GA
3/18/2011 The Five Spot (opened for The Sundogs)
Atlanta, GA
4/16/2011 Sweetwater 420Fest main stage (opened for Arrested Development) Atlanta, GA
4/23/2011 Sweetwater Brewery Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Red Brick Brewing Co. Atlanta, GA
5/20/2011 Smiths Olde Bar (opened for Lindsay Rakers Band)
Atlanta, GA
6/10/2011 Eddie's Attic
Decatur, GA
7/10/2011 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
7/29/2011 Red Brick Brewery Atlanta, GA
9/7/2011 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
9/24/2011 Sweetwater Brewery Atlanta, GA
10/8/2011 Oakhurst Arts Festival (headlining) Decatur, GA
10/14/2011 11ALIVE (WXIA) Morning Show Atlanta, GA
10/15/2011 The Five Spot Atlanta, GA
11/12/2011 Vinyl at Center Stage Atlanta, GA
12/6/2011 Eddie's Attic Decatur, GA
02/11/2012 Eddie's Attic (opened for The Freddy Jones Band) Decatur, GA
03/24/2012 New Street Studio (private show) Decatur, GA
03/31/2012 The Five Spot (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY) Atlanta, GA
04/22/2012 The Atlanta Dogwood Festival (main stage) Atlanta, GA
04/28/2012 Moe's Original Bar-B-Que Atlanta, GA
05/12/2012 Private Party Covington, GA
05/26/2012 The Decatur Arts Festival Decatur, GA
06/06/2012 Red Brick Brewery Atlanta, GA
06/29/2012 The Atlanta Room @ Smith's Olde Bar (opened for The Longshot Saints) Atlanta, GA
07/14/2012 Vinyl (with Lindsay Rakers Band) Atlanta, GA
07/26/2012 Eddie's Attic Decatur, GA
08/18/2012 Smith's Olde Bar (opened for Cigar Store Indians) Atlanta, GA
08/25/2012 The Atlanta Room @ Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
09/15/2012 D