The elements of Reggae and Bluegrass that formed the backbone of the first few tours absorbed the deep sounds of dancehall, Irish Punk, and Gospel, and Hip-hop. Our discography reflects this. Our debut album, Grassroot Ghetto, hit in 2006 and showcased the nature of our loveable and tough mix of urban and rural music. This album is very popular amongst our fans, particularly because it really introduced rap to the sound of Michigan folk music for the first time. In 2008, we followed up with Roots and Branches, which was recorded in traditional session format, and it really captures an “old-timey” kind of acoustic sound. This one is a family favorite, and it highlights the traditional aspects of bluegrass and blues, and introduces the Celtic sound that has influenced our music ever since. This sound really culminated in our third album, Rootabeggar which is a highly professional multi-tracked, but traditionally inspired project. It focuses on the pub sounds of Rootstand, and showcases the bluegrass and Irish pub tunes that are the fuel of our dance-frenzy performances. We are now recording our fourth complete album, tentatively called Michigan Roots Party, which highlights our awareness of hip-hop, pop, and radio readiness.
In addition, we have released a special edition of Brant’s solo album, Rootstand, along with our hit singles, Disc Golf Life and Pirate is the life, and a live show from Hoxeyville 2012. Disc Golf life is nearing 30,000 plays on youtube. All of this music is available on itunes, Spotify, and most other online media sources courtesy of our label, Oddfellow Records of Ann Arbor, MI.
Rootstand has spent the greater part of the last decade touring and working with both larger national bands and smaller regional acts to create dynamic and sustainable performances. Our tours and festival performances in our own state are literally legendary, and generations of folks young and old, consider themselves our fans and friends. We are in a small group of Michigan professionals that includes pros like Greensky Bluegrass and folk sensation Seth Bernard, which have been able to translate the basic experience of acoustic music into tours, concerts, festivals and beyond. Rootstand's own festival, the Rootenanny, which featured regional all-stars like Seth, UV Hippo, and The Macpodz last year, has grown steadily for nearly a decade. In addition to Rootenanny, Rootstand has headlined nearly every roots and jam oriented Michigan festival, and our late nights at Hiawatha, Bliss, Wheatland, Beaver Island, Farmfest, and many others are now woven into the fabric of the Michigan rootsrock experience. In addition, Rootstand has explored the roads of the greater Midwest extensively...setting up our gear for George Clinton's band to jam on in PA, beers with Victor Wooten's band, hangin' with Ekoostik Hookah and Leftover Salmon in OH, kickin' it with Cornmeal in Chicago, reminiscing with Melvin Seals in Wisco about a show we did together back in MI...and opening for giants like The Doobie Brothers, Yonder Mountain, Hot Tuna and Blues Traveler back home as well. Names are names, actions are actions...and we could go on and on listing all the great players we've hooked up with (...that jam with Tony Furtado was cool and damn Martin Sexton was awesomely cranky...) but it's time to worry about who Rootstand is, and where we're going. From the Appalachians to the Rockies, the High Sierras, Cascades and back, Rootstand has laid a foundation mile after mile. Our tours in Colorado and the greater Mountain states coast to coast have sprouted us a crop of Michigan Mountain and Flatland fans both, not just kids from back in the mitten, but natural generations of fans who relate to our sound and way of life on a national level. We sincerely hope to share some time with you out there on the road.