For a decade and counting, The Bitteroots have been bringing their original jam-rock formula to stages large and small around Atlanta and beyond.
Since its founding in 2008, the band’s groove-oriented approach to rock ‘n’ roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin and has landed The Bitteroots onstage at some of the Southeast’s most prestigious festivals, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Summer Shade Festival, the Inman Park Festival and Stone Mountain Park’s Yellow Daisy Festival.
And the band keeps reaching new milestones, racking up several firsts in 2018 with a performance underground (300 feet below the surface in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns) and a mobile show (on a moving St. Patrick’s Day party bus).
Driven by Laura Dees’ powerful, soulful lead vocals, The Bitteroots also include founding members Bill Taylor on bass and Mike Davis on drums. Saxophonist Derron Nuhfer joined the group in 2014, helping round out what has become the band’s unique sonic signature. In early 2018, The Bitteroots added the tasteful yet hard-driving PJ Poellnitz on guitar.
The Bitteroots have released four albums of original music with a fifth, an EP entitle "Derailer," set for release in spring 2019. Original albums include “French Fries” (2010), “Central of Georgia” (2012), “After The Rain” (2013) and “Under The Big Sky” (2014). The band also released a live album (“Live at The 120 Music Hall”) recorded in 2014.
The Bitteroots have shared the stage with: Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band), Everclear, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Freddy Jones Band, Allgood Music Company, Col. Bruce Hampton, Arrested Development, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), Elephant Revival, The Milk Carton Kids, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anders Osborne, Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), The Ries Brothers, Dead Confederate, Michelle Malone, Cigar Store Indians, Adron, The Shadowboxers, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Delta Moon, Eliot Bronson, Sydney Rhame, Tedo Stone, honeyhoney, Mother’s Finest and many other great bands and artists.
Additional information on The Bitteroots can be found on the band’s website at www.thebitteroots.com.
The following artists have joined The Bitteroots onstage:
Mark van Allen (Blueground Undergrass, Sugarland)
Neal Lucas (Allgood)
Wayne Healy (Freddy Jones Band)
Rob Sumowski (Shawn Mullins)
The Bitteroots’ lineup:
Mike Davis - drums
Laura Dees - vocals
Derron Nuhfer - saxophone
PJ Poellnitz - guitar/vocals
Bill Taylor - bass/vocals