SOUTHERN ROOTS is a smokin' HOT band out of Richmond, Virginia that offers you a spicy blend of music we like to call "Southern-Fried Roadhouse Music". It's a high energy blend that ranges across all types of popular music, with unabashed twang and southern drawl- sizzlin' with the sounds of country, classic roots and southern rock music. We're available to entertain at all types of venues from private and corporate events, to high volume public venues across the region- so please message us with your available dates. Get southern-fried and country-fied - We are YOUR "Southern Roots!"
Kathryn 'Kat' Caswell - Lead Vocals: Kat's a dynamic and vocally talented female lead singer for our band. In addition to providing lead vocals for Southern Roots, she's a former lead of a regional Kentucky variety band, The Classics. Kathryn's recorded leads with Southern Roots were broadcasted on the radio internationally in the Netherlands, 2.5 million listeners in multiple countries, and on international livestream radio worldwide. Other vocal notables include singing the national anthem for a 7,000+ crowd on Labor Day weekend post 9/11 for the minor league Houston Astro's Lexington Legends, and was in the top three singers of WLEX- TV18 LIVE at Sunrise television call-in contest of 500,000+ viewers. She's her county's former Idol winner (18 and up) and was the headliner for her county's Spirit Awards.
You'll find Kat's vocals powerful enough to give ya goosebumps, and tender enough to bring you to tears. Not only does she superbly cover the classics like Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin, she rocks out new music like Lady Antebellum, Little Big town, Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans and Adele. Stop out for a rockin' show with Kat and your 'Roots and she'll have you covered with an awesome performance!
Doug James - Lead Guitar: In 1962, when he was just five years old, Doug's parents took him to see his uncle's band open for Loretta Lynn. This concert (and the subsequent trip backstage to meet Ms. Lynn) set off a life-long fascination with guitars. Three years later, he got a guitar of his very own. Now, 40-odd years (REALLY odd!) and a laundry list of unknown bands later, he's still fascinated with playing guitars. Doug's musical style incorporates elements of jazz, rock, blues, funk and country that's been described as "mean and raw as a pissed off grizzly one second, smooth and sophisticated as a débutante the next." His vocal stylings will make you believe you are in the presence of the great Willie Nelson!
Mel McKinney - Rhythm guitar, Band Manager: Mel's the center, rock, anchor, and the calm center that keeps everything on course and the chaos manageable. His smooth baritone vocals and ability to make the ladies swoon have earned him the nickname "Melvis!"
Fred Liewehr - Bass Guitar: "Doctor 5 String", has been rockin' since Classic Rock was called Top 40's. He's a versatile bassist who has played classic rock, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, and just about everything in between with several successful Richmond bands including The Nitro Mob and The Hullabaloos. He is thrilled to be joinin' with 'Roots and will strike the strings to keep ya groovin' all night long. Be sure to come out and meet him at our next show!
Robb Horne - Drums- Disputanta native Robb Horne brings multiple talents to the band. His diverse background is gospel, southern and classic rock with a strong love for the blues. He adds yet another accomplished vocalist to the lineup as well as being a versatile drummer and percussionist. His playing style is thunderously driving and will definitely inspire you to rock your groove!