Rootstone is a group of versatile young musicians who conjure the ancient strains of American music with a fearless old school sensibility.
This is not Roots Music with a modern twist, or a dash of punk added; It's a full tilt primitive revival that conjures the sounds of Memphis' great jug bands and songsters, Mississippi's Blues and Fiddle masters, and the Blues greats and superb string bands of the Carolina Piedmont.
Around one mic, we sing the songs with their regional accents, and use a rotating arsenal of guitars, banjos, fiddle, upright bass, washboard, jug, harmonica and more to make a glorious ruckus, in full harmony with the ghosts of 400 years of American Roots Music.
Come out and experience it for yourself! We hope to see you at our next show.
Thankful for a Great 2013 - November 27, 2013
It's been awhile since we've written anything here, but we're still at it in fits and starts, keeping the primitive musical traditions of rural America alive. Thanks to Virginia Commission for the Arts we've been fortunate to perform all across Virginia in 2013, and look forward to visiting more places next year.
We have made some headway on a recording project and hope to get back around to completing it in the coming months, once we have the tape machine back in working order.
Our most recent shows were on Virginia's eastern shore, including a performance in the beautiful Palace Theatre in Cape Charles, VA. Here's a video from the November 16th show of us playing a tune we learned from the great Memphis Jug Band. It may be Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some 'Peaches in the Springtime'! Have a drink, and enjoy:
Midsummer 2012 Update - July 17, 2012
We've been criss-crossing the great state of Virginia over the past few weeks, braving the summer heat to entertain great audiences from Franklin County, to Virginia's Northern Neck, to Northern Virginia. We hope to have news on recording progress in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please enjoy some videos of our 7/11/12 show in Annandale, Virginia. Thanks to Virginia Commission for the Arts for supporting many of our out of town performances.
Old Jim Cannan, learned from Robert Wilkins 1935 recording.
I Got a Bulldog - Ernest Stoneman & the Sweet Brothers great 'lost' record of 1928.
Bay Rum Blues,a late prohibition era number learned from Gwen Foster & Clarence Ashley's 1933 recording.
Two Videos Up from 5/15/11 at Studio Roanoke - May 20, 2011
Thanks, Ron Bergeron and Star City Fame for coming out to our show on the 15th and shooting video.
Here are two videos from the show. We hope you'll be there in person next time!
First, our slow drag take on Memphis Jug Band's 'Peaches in the Springtime'.
And 'Bootlegger's Blues' from the great Mississippi Sheiks