Roxie Watson is a five piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA that plays what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of traditional sounding songs that contain rich harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. The band is comprised of Beth Wheeler (Belloluna, Wendy Bucklew, The Brambles) on mandolin, Lenny Lasater (Lenny Lasater Electrical) on bass guitar, Linda Bolley (Michelle Malone Band, Herman Put Down the Gun, Susi French Connection) on acoustic and electric guitar, Sonia Tetlow (Herman Put Down the Gun, The Paul Sanchez Rolling Road Show, Cowboy Mouth, STB) on banjo, and Becky Shaw (Susi French Connection, STB, Reversing Hour) on lap steel, button accordion, harmonica and guitar.
Roxie Watson began as a mandolin and bass duo when longtime friends Beth Wheeler and Lenny Lasater discovered they shared a passion for bluegrass music. They would get together and sing the songs they had loved since childhood, deciding to call themselves "Roxie Watson" after their grandmothers, Roxie Johnson and Mary Watson. One by one, the other members of Roxie Watson found themselves drawn to the band, forming a quintet that began mixing in original songs with their beloved traditional songs. Much to their delight, the number of alterna-grass converts and their audience have continued to grow as they continue to hone their unique yet familiar sound.
In January 2010, Roxie Watson celebrated the release of their debut CD, "True Stories," with two sold out shows at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA. Since then they have performed at festivals (from the Sautee Jamboree in North Georgia where they opened for the Indigo Girls, to the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass festival), clubs (from Eddie's Attic to the Mablehouse Barnes Amphitheater), parades (on the back of Beth's Ford F-150), and even the occasional front porch, continuing to enjoy an enthusiastic response from their ever-growing audience.