Sunday, June 2, 2013

Primitive Roots Music from Roanoke - Rootstone

We went to the Strings and Spirits Festival, the second annual festival here in Rocky Mount. There were like 12 bands and it was a lot of fun, even though it was 90 degrees, last year it was 105 and we were told repeatedly "This is nothin' you shoulda been here last year when it was 105!"
One of our all time favorite bands was there, and Mom was really looking forward to seeing Rootstone again. They are an old timey Jug Band, that plays primitive roots music from Roanoke.

Notice the multi-talented Sam Lunsford who played fiddle and banjo and a mean harmonica in some of my photos now donning a kazoo!

After they played Scott Baldwin came over to say hi! 

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. Listen to them here.