Featuring Interviews and performances from Alice Gerrard, Ann Savoy, Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ruthie Foster, Deanna Bogart, Gaye Adegbalola, Eden Brent and some amazing women you never know existed!
Christine Ohlman has graced the stage of Saturday Night Live for over two decades as front-woman for the Saturday Night Live Band. She performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company, taking the roll of Janis Joplin, in Central Park and joined George Harrison and Chrissie Hynde on stage for Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert in Madison Square Garden.
What keeps Nikki Hill a genre-free zone is the way the sound comes at you from the stage. It is raw. The music attacks with a ferocity sweetened by Nikki's voice so that it is never feral. Nikki Hill and her band, The Pirate Crew, use St. Louis, MO as a base. They describe their sound as Roots Rock'n'Roll. Following an E.P. released in June, 2012, the group have released Here's Nikki Hill in the spring of 2013.
The combination of Beth's delicate, pure, and melodious voice and Bradford's soulful, growling tone makes for a beautifully heart wrenching harmonious blend. With equal parts sweetly anthemic, pop tinged folk, provided by Beth, and Bradford's gritty, passionate Americana Roots sound, The Banner Days is an intrepid step for both artists.
Hailing from New York, this six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs tow a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you; These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.
Kaia Kater performs her song “Little Pink” live at the Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY, during a session in September 2015.
To learn more about Kaia Kater, watch Beehive Productions' Ear To The Ground featurette.
Kaia Kater performs her song “Headtrip to India” live at the Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY, during a session in September 2015.
The Roots Channel is proud to present Two Guys Named Ben.
In this series, two old-time musicians, Ben Townsend and Ben Guzman, cycle across the United States playing music with friends, interviewing their heroes, and documenting the folks they meet along the way.
Exclusive to Roots, this series combines music, traditional crafts and culture, and a one-of-kind cast of characters just along the next bend in the road.
Traveling down the New River, the Bens roll into Galax, VA, and learn about the musical history of the area from Tom Barr, of Barr's fiddle shop.