ROOTSTONE JUG BAND - keeping it primitive
Scott Baldwin : Singing, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Jug, Kazoo, etc Jeff Hofmann : Double Bass Sam Lunsford : Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Singing, Harmonica, etc Paul Thompson : Washboard, Singing John Thompson, Guitar, Banjo, Singing 2008 arrived, and songster Scott Baldwin found himself at the head of the band. Upright bass ace Hofmann and brilliant multi-instrumentalist Lunsford were still into being in a jug band, so they recruited John and Paul to complete the band. The band's inaugural performance at to open New Harmonies Roots Music exhibit in Hopewell, Virginia met enthusiastic response from a diverse audience. Three weeks later a crowd of thousands at Roanoke’s annual Strawberry Festival was as entertained by the Rootstone Jug Band as they were by the preceding act, who faithfully recreated modern radio hits. Around a single microphone the group summons rich strains of American roots music. This rich repertoire comes alive. A growing catalog of originals sit comfortably beside unique arrangements and little known obscurities. Roots music is a living tradition in the hands of Rootstone Jug Band. Rootstone Jug Band has been awarded at 2013-2014 Touring Grant from Virginia Commission for the Arts. Read on to learn more about the other groups and individuals who make up the Rootstone family.