Roots & Rhythm / Bio

Frontman of Roots & Rhythm James Speiser hosts a local Blues, Jazz, Funk & Soul radio show: Blue Roots Denver on 104.7fm every Friday 5-7 and promotes his shows there too!
ROOTS & RHYTHM was recently #1 on Denver Blues Charts, #1 National & #2 Global Blues Charts!

Recently opened for 4 time Grammy Winning Singer Dianne Reeves at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret Dj Momma Kat's KUVO 89.3 party.

Roots & Rhythm was the official band of the Grammy Winning Rebirth Brass Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band after party.

They were a featured artist of the recent
Blue Roots Denver blues & jazz television program at
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret.
The City of Denver funded 5 screenings of this film for the
2014 Five Points Jazz Festival Film Series.
(Videos on ReverbNation.com/RootsRhythm are excerpts of this show)

Roots & Rhythm is featured in the April 2014 Music Buzz Magazine.

They debuted their new original CD Get Up and Stroll for this show on
KUVO 89.3 Rockin' & Rhythm show with Momma Kat.
(full two hour spot with music and interviews)

R & R received top billing at the
Fillmore Auditorium for the Root 40 Music Festival and for the
Blues & Brews Festival
Also included were full features in:
Colorado Blues Society HOLLER! magazine and
Colorado Serenity Magazine

The Roots & Rhythm band ignites hearts and propels feet to the dance floor by performing jump blues and swing, 50’s rock n’ roll and New Orleans funk and soul.

Plenty of spicy original music is blended with classic crowd pleasers from Brian Setzer, James Brown, The Meters, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Albert King, Buddy Guy and BB King.

“Spicy” James Speiser’s hollow-body guitar is hot and he has cultivated one of Denver’s most surprisingly gritty and soulful voices. This is paired beautifully with Pattie Melt’s sophisticated tenor saxophone which gives way to fiery licks as the show heats up!

This dynamic duo is backed up by one of the hottest rhythm sections in the country. Stellar upright bassist John Grigsby and A-list drummer Matt Amundson form the funky foundation of the tight swinging groove.

Roots & Rhythm is the talk of the town. They are now performing venues like the Fillmore Auditorium. In April they were a featured band of the Root 40 Music Festival. The Colorado Blues Society’s HOLLER! magazine featured Roots & Rhythm and their new CD Phantom Blues. They hit #1 on Denver Blues charts and were featured in Colorado Serenity Magazine.

Authentic old school soul combined with powerful dynamics of volume and emotional intensity are the hallmarks of the Roots & Rhythm sound. Savor the tasty entertainment delivered to you with style and showmanship!

James Speiser
DBA Spicy Music Productions
720-404-8942 cell

General Info

Band Members
James Speiser (Guitar & Vocals) Pattie Melt (tenor sax) John Grigsby (Upright Bass) Mikey Smith (Keys & Organ) Matt Amundson (Drums)
Artist Name
Roots & Rhythm
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Blues / New Orleans Funk, Soul, 50's Rock n Roll / Jazz

Contact Info

Denver, CO
James Speiser

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