The Bloodroots Barter / Press

"The Bloodroots Barter end their, vegetable oil powered, tour by sticking it to the man with gravely, straightforward vocals, peppy banjo riffs and a distinctive brand of "quirky." The band takes a John Wayne size shit on the sissified, over-commercialized "folk" stylings of Nashville. Rather than gloss the country ho-humming, The Bloodroots Barter brings a distinctive, welcoming sound tempered by a razor-sharp edge that kicks you in your perdy mouth and washes it down with another PBR."

“Bluegrass-influenced quartet The Bloodroots Barter may or may not actually live in the Kentucky cabin of a dead carpenter, with smoke wafting from the chimney and a deer hide tanning on the porch. Either way, that haunting, storied sound is what makes the self-described "voodoo grass" outfit so alluring. "If you thought that bluegrass music had no dark secrets, this night is going to shake you up a bit. That's alright," says the band's bio. "Take a pull from the Mason jar on the counter. Sit near the stove and listen."”

“The Bloodroots Barter is not that kind of bluegrass band. [T]heir sound is “bluegrass the way it’s played when nobody’s looking. It’s dirty and desperate, the music that comes out of hollers that don’t see much sun.” You won’t hear “Wayfaring Stranger” at a Bloodroots Barter show--or you might, but not in a way you’ve ever heard it before. There’ll be an edge to it--a shadow--and it might not be tangible, but you’ll feel it in your bones, where the music itself comes from. As proud as they are of their bluegrass influences, they’re even prouder of the fact that they don’t claim any one genre as their own. "Wild mountain music" is a good way of describing what you’ll hear”

“While the band hasn't been together very long, one might guess they're a veteran outfit based on their musical talent and versatility. A typical BRB performance consists of a spontaneous rotation of the various instruments, including mandolin, guitar, tenor banjo, kazoo, weather radio, upright bass, accordion, violin, fiddle and washboard, to name a few. "We are really passionate about art and creativity in all its forms," he said. "We see it as a form of expression for ourselves, and we want our audiences to feel that, too. You can't separate life and art and music, and our band is a representation of that." The name is also fitting of the band's birthplace because the bloodroot plant has always been a signature economic staple of Kentucky, and the band felt that "barter" was an appropriate word choice because it's not about the money, but the exchange of their music for the audience's enjoyment, according to Emery.”

““We don’t have an official genre that we claim,” said Casey Papendieck of The Bloodroots Barter, an acoustic roots act from Hyden, Ky. “But ‘bluegrass for biker gangs,’ ‘blackgrass’ and ‘bluegrass your mom doesn’t want you to listen to’ are some funny ones that have been mentioned.” No matter how you slice it, Papendieck (vocals, banjo, guitar), Tyler Emery (guitar, mandolin), Laura Gregory (doghouse bass, accordion) and Ishi Wooton (fiddle, doghouse bass), are dishing out some tasty, backwoods victuals of the musical variety. “Me and Tyler pretty much go back and forth with writing the songs, instrumental and with words,” Papendieck said. “That’s really fun, actually. It gives our sets a different feel and we kind of thrive on everybody being highlighted on every song.”

"​Laura Gregory, one quarter of the Americana outfit known as The Bloodroots Barter, is originally from Denton, but now calls Hyden, Kentucky her home. So, it's kind of a reunion tonight as Laura and the boys joining her in the band play The Boiler Room." -Read more by following web link