In early January of 2013, Whitewater Ramble gathered at Silo Sound in Denver, CO to record their sophomore album Roots & Groove. The album showcases Whitewater Ramble’s growth as songwriters and musicians. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay (Leftover Salmon, Derek Trucks Band) on piano.
Roots & Groove showcases a roots influenced band blending the traditions of early American music with a newgrass flair and a groovegrass twist. Roots & Groove is storytelling through nefarious narratives, murderous ballads, devilish villanelles, scorned lover’s laments and intoxicant-infused ramblings blended with mystical visions and instrumental journeys. Through blistering picking, engaging harmonies and alluring grooves, the ensemble burrows flagrantly into tragedy, comedy, redemption, overindulgence, morality and shady dealings as the backdrop for their genuine and eccentric style of writing.
Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, WWR uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. Festival appearances include Wakarusa, HarvestFest, 80/35, NedFest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest and appearances at Planet Bluegrass’ Wildflower Pavilion.
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