After closing out an action-packed year in support of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” The Bitteroots are settling down to write and record release No. 3, an as-yet-untitled record sure to showcase an even more mature and polished group of musicians and songwriters.
The Decatur-based band is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, and what a long road it’s been over the years, from backyard party gigs, to stages like the long-running Dogwood Festival of music and arts, and the popular SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta’s Candler Park, and seemingly everything in between at one time or another.
The band, which features the soulful and powerful vocals of Laura Dees and rich chord voicings and tasteful, moody solos of Dan Shockley on guitar, is gearing up for a 2013 that will be a year like no other in the band’s history.
And of course, Bill Taylor’s thumping, funky bass grooves, and the dynamic, in-the-pocket drumming of Mike Davis will be helping provide a foundation for the journey.
With a knack for hook-laden grooves, driving rhythms and soaring vocals, The Bitteroots are influenced by a mix of blues, jam, folk and classic rock that produces a unique musical blend that keeps getting better with time.
With the addition of Dees in 2010, the band set out on the road to where it is today, pushing the personality, confidence, talent and musicality that are the hallmarks of The Bitteroots’ live shows and recordings to the forefront.
“I started singing at a very young age in church,” Dees says of her earliest days as a performer. “I was the loudest in the children’s choir believe it or not! Growing up I always knew I would continue singing.”
In support of the new record, The Bitteroots will be embarking on a string of gigs, starting with a two-show night at the famous Eddie’s Attic listening room in downtown Decatur on May 18.
The band was also recently announced as part of the lineup for this year’s SweetWater 420 Fest, April 19-21, a weekend that includes performances by the likes of Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears, Anders Osborne, and the legendary George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
The Bitteroots’ 2013 schedule soon kicks off in a major way, so be sure to stay tuned to see what the new year brings.