NEW RECORD COMING APRIL 2021
We are thrilled to announce our next studio album, “Try Me Again,” will be available everywhere you stream beginning April 8, with the single “October” available March 4.
The album includes the title track “Try Me Again” and a dozen other songs familiar to Bitteroots fans from our hundreds of live shows over the years. Some of these tunes stretch back to the founding days of the band in 2008, but have evolved significantly over the years into what you hear today at a live show.
“With this album, we wanted to showcase these songs in a way that’s representative of what they’ve become,” says lead vocalist Laura Dees. “We’ve grown as a band over the years, and as we have changed, so have the songs.
“Some of them, like ‘Pete,’ were off our set list for a while but have been reworked and have new life. With this record, we wanted to document what we sound like and what these songs sound like right now.”
Like “Derailer,” our 2019 release, “Try Me Again” was recorded, mixed and mastered by our own Derron Nuhfer (saxophone) at Sarlacc Music & Mastering Co.
We also have a limited run of shows coming up this spring, socially-distanced and outdoors at some very cool spots. Be sure to click the links below for ticket and event information.
• March 6 — Ghost Train Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Ala.) tickets
• April 9 — The Society Garden w/ Allgood (Macon, Ga.) tickets
• April 10 — From the Earth Brewing Company w/ Allgood (Roswell, Ga.) tickets
• April 11 – Avondale Brewing Company w/ Allgood (Birmingham, Ala.) tickets
And check out our brand new Bandcamp store (https://thebitteroots.bandcamp.com/), where you can order merch and physical CDs (including the new album, available soon), and stream
12th ANNIVERSARY SHOW ANNOUNCED
DECATUR, GA. (Jan. 13, 2020) — Happy Hump Day!
We're writing this morning to share a quick update with you on a couple of big show announcements from this week.
First, we announced on Monday the date for our 12th anniversary show at our home away from home at Eddie's Attic. The show will be Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. today over here: https://tinyurl.com/t3p86kj.
That's right, we're celebrating a dozen years of Bitteroots history and couldn't be happier to be doing it once again on the legendary Eddie's stage. Helping us throw our 12th birthday party will be the Traye Horne Band all the way from Columbia, South Carolina, which features former Bitteroots guitarist Kyle Bryant.
We've also just announced that we'll be helping our good friends at Amplify My Community with its first-ever Amplify the Tavern House Party this Saturday, Jan. 18.
The event will be from 4 to 11 p.m. at the "Creek Park Tavern," and feature live music (covers and party music) by The Bitteroots, The Bantam Breaks, The Flock, Mike Killeen and James Richards.
You get all that music, along with food and beverages, for a suggested donation at the door of just $10.
The money collected helps support Amplify My Community, a nonprofit organization that leverages music to fight homelessness and poverty in our own backyards.
The Bitteroots have been big supporters of Amplify since its founding and have played numerous concerts under its banner to contribute to its work and this party is sure to be one of the most fun and intimate shows to date.
We want to see all of our friends and fans there so be sure to mark your calendars!
Then, mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 25 at Gypsy Rose in Roswell. It will be our first turn through this club and we can't wait to tear the roof off with a killer local show. Tickets are available at https://gypsyrosemusic.com/shows-tickets/the-bitteroots-012520/
On Saturday, Feb. 1, The Bitteroots will be back at one of our favorite spots in middle Georgia, Amici of Milledgeville. This place has some of the best food around and a great stage and dance floor for cutting loose, so if you're in the neighborhood, swing on by from 10 p.m. until about ... well, it'll be a late one.
That's all for now folks, but be sure to stay subscribed so that you get future updates. We're going to have a lot to share in the next few weeks and months as we continue working on recording projects and announcing shows for the upcoming year.
And as ever, thank you for all your love and support!
BIG SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT
DECATUR, Ga. (Feb. 28, 2020) — Happy Friday!
Before you get going at work we wanted to quickly share an update with you.
Yesterday we announced one of our BIGGEST SHOWS of the year — an opening slot with Drivin N Cryin Friday, April 24, at City Green Live in Sandy Springs.
We are huge fans of Drivin N Cryin and have done several shows with them in the past few years. This will be a FREE show under the stars, so plan on bringing your blankets, picnic dinner and coolers for an amazing evening at this outstanding outdoor venue in Sandy Springs.
We also recently announced a HUGE show with the esteemed Jupiter Coyote on Friday, May 8, at The Foundry in Athens. It's been a few years since we played The Foundry and we're stoked to be going back with this legendary band.
This Saturday, the Bitteroots will be live on the air on the Billy Brew Radio Show at 1 p.m. The show airs on WTZA 1010AM and 102.1FM in Atlanta.
The band will be discussing upcoming shows, spinning records and solving the world's problems with host Billy Brew, so tune in for a few laughs and some great tunes.
If you're not by a radio, tune in at talkofatlanta.com to stream it.
And next week, we'll be back in Georgia College country at Amici of Milledgeville for a ripping late-night set March 6. Come on down for a slice of pie, a cold adult beverage and perhaps a little booty shaking.
That's all for this Friday so if you've read this far, we want to say thank you! Now get to work (the boss is lookin') and have a great weekend!!
— The Bitteroots
2019 YEAR IN REVIEW
DECATUR, Ga. (Dec. 13, 2019) — The Bitteroots are wrapping up another great year as a band and have one last show on the calendar for 2019.
This Saturday, Dec. 14, we’re taking a trip down the road to Macon to play the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, so if you’re in the area, come on down to Cherry Street. We’ll be burning through two sets, beginning at 10 p.m.
It’s also at this time of year that we take the time to look back on all that’s happened in the past 12 months, and for the band it’s been a stellar year.
In April, we released our first new batch of recorded material in several years, the album “Derailer,” which was masterfully produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by our very own Derron Nuhfer. The record contains six brand new songs that have become some of our favorites to play and also picked up a ton of positive press for us.
The record featured all five current members of the band — Bill, Mike, Derron, Laura and PJ — along with former guitarist Greg Sims. Go check it out on Spotify at this link.
We also played a ton of killer shows, including opening slots for three Grammy-winning artists. One of the highlights of the year was kicking off this year’s Amplify Decatur Music Festival, which was headlined by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Also on the bill were local favorites Drivin’ N Cryin’ and the fabulous Julien Baker. Here's a great recap video from the festival.
This summer, we also opened a sold-out show for the legendary Kool & The Gang at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.
And we did shows in the Atlanta area at Smith’s Olde Bar, Eddie’s Attic and The Vista Room, along with a set at the annual Oakhurst PorchFest.
Along the way, we played shows out of town in Chattanooga, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and in Milledgeville, Macon and Perry, Ga.
And we celebrated our 12th anniversary with a two-show night at our home in Decatur, the famed Eddie’s Attic. To help us celebrate our birthday, we had support from Decatur FM, Wild Heaven Beer, Wild Crab and Decaturish.com, and we were able to make a donation from the proceeds to our favorite local charity, Amplify My Community. We were honored to be able to present the organization with a $1,000 check during one of its fundraising concerts this summer.
This year we also started work on two brand new projects due out in 2020, so you’ll definitely want to stay tuned for more announcements in the new year. We’re already hard at work on writing a whole new batch of original songs for a new record, with demos in the works.
We’re also taking a look back at some of the songs in our existing catalog that have evolved over the years as the band has grown and changed. With an ear to capturing some of the songs in their more up-to-date incarnations, we’ve already begun re-recording them for another record that will drop in 2020 as well.
Be sure to follow us on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, archive.org, (Tindr if that’s your thang. Haha! JK.) — for the latest on the progress of those projects and new show announcements for 2020 as they become available.
And before we let you go finish getting ready for the Christmas holiday, there are some special folks in The Bitteroots’ orbit we’d like to give a shout out to.
We want to thank Kelly Thompson Photography for photographing most of our shows. She makes us look like a million bucks, and always captures the right moment. She's also super fun to hang out with.
And we want to thank Joel and everyone at RCS Productions for taking such good care of us and putting us some very big stages around the Southeast. We've been working with RCS for many years and look forward to many more.
And finally, we want to thank everyone that supports Amplify My Community. This is an amazing organization that we've had the pleasure of supporting since the very beginning. We were fortunate to donate a portion of the proceeds from our anniversary shows at Eddie's Attic back to Amplify, and our goal is to do that again on an annual basis. Thanks to Mike, Christine, Drew, Richard and rest of the team at Amplify and Lenz Marketing for all the incredible work you do for our community. We are honored to be a part of it.
That’s all for this one. We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! We love you!
What was your favorite moment of the year?
BILL: 2019 was simply an incredible year for us. My favorite moment was actually a "collective" moment when we all realized that we played with three Grammy-winning artists/bands this year. We had the awesome opportunity to play with Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and Kool & The Gang. As Mike Davis and I always say to each other, "That's a long way from Hill Street." (The band started on Hill Street in Oakhurst/Decatur 12 years ago.)
DERRON: There have been countless ones where something momentous happens in the audience and then I look around our stage to see the expressions on Bill or Mike's faces as they just saw the exact same thing. And then we all bust out laughing and try not to mess up the songs. Priceless!
MIKE: I'd say tracking a ton of drum parts over three days for our new 10-year retrospective record.
PJ: There have been so many great moments this year and it’s easy to lose count of them all, like playing with some legendary bands, amazing charity events and all of the new friends we made this year to name a few. But my favorite moments of the year have to be the road trips we’ve taken. So many funny and amazing things happen when you’re on the road with your bandmates for hours and days on end. From half-asleep truckstop visits at 3 a.m. to loading up on junk food and Redbull to talking with your bandmates and laughing about stories for hours. The music and the shows are why we do what we do, obviously, but some magical things happen in between!
LAURA: There were too many to count in 2019. We were so incredibly fortunate to open for the Amplify Decatur Music Festival and Kool & the Gang! The artists, the crews and the audiences were welcoming and gracious and we were so thankful to be a part of something very special.
What was your favorite show of the year?
BILL: My favorite show of the year was the Amplify Decatur Music Festival in downtown Decatur in April. This was organized and produced by our friends at Amplify My Community and Lenz Marketing. We've been big supporters of Amplify for many years, and we were beyond honored when they invited us to play on the big stage this year with the legendary Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, Julien Baker, and one of my all-time favorite bands, Drivin' N Cryin'. It was a beautiful day in my neighborhood and the show raised a ton of money to help combat homelessness right here in Decatur.
DERRON: Our show at Amplify Decatur was my favorite. Being a part of such a great lineup, for an amazing cause, being able to hang out backstage while watching Mavis Staples soulfully crush the audience. Absolutely no "smoke and mirrors" involved, just authentic heart and soul proving why and how she's still performing after all of these years.
MIKE: It would have to be opening for the Grammy-winning Kool & The Gang at the Fred Amphitheater. Great night.
PJ: We played some amazing shows this year to say the least, but I would have to say that the Amplify Decatur show with Mavis Staples is at the top of my all-time list of shows I’ve played. Mavis is such an amazing lady and she makes following your passion and staying true to something you love look like a cakewalk. This lady is in her 80s and she owns a stage better than most young people you’ll see out there. Passion and old-school soul just flow out of that lady effortlessly to say the least. We also shared the stage at Amplify with Kevn Kinney and Drivin’ N Cryin’ as well as some other amazing artists, and there was even one of the original Blind Boys Of Alabama there! The best thing though about Amplify is the amazing people who make the show happen and the amazing cause that Amplify benefits.
LAURA: If I had to pick, mine would be the Eddie's Attic show in May. It's truly the one time of year we gather with friends and celebrate another year of music and being together. The 2019 show was extra special as Kyle Bryant and Greg Sims (former Bitteroots guitarists) joined us for the extravaganza and we had a blast! I also loved hanging out in the world's smallest green room, exchanging song ideas with Kristen Englenz! The smiles and hugs could have lasted a lifetime. (I could say the same for the last song of the evening, but it was so much fun!)
Favorite road trip snack?
BILL: Pork rinds, honey mustard pretzels and Diet Coke. For late-night shows, there's always a Red Bull at some point.
DERRON: M&M's and Red Bull
MIKE: Crunchy nut oatmeal from, of course, QuikTrip.
PJ: Red Bull and anything from QuikTrip
LAURA: I don't really snack that much on the road, but when I do have an occasional need for a treat, honey mustard pretzels are always good and I eat some of Bill's pork rinds.
DECATUR, Ga. (Nov. 4, 2019) — Happy Monday Bitteroots fans!
There are just a few more shows to tell you about as we round out 2019, including our return this FRIDAY NIGHT to Smith's Olde Bar.
Be sure to come out, Nov. 8, for our co-headline show with Webster, starting at 8 p.m.
We typically play this room in Atlanta only about once a year, so here's your chance to unwind with us after the work week and cut loose in the fabled upstairs Music Room of Smith's Olde Bar.
We're also recording this show for a live album release sometime next year, so we want to hear you make some NOISE as we put on our last Atlanta-area show for 2019.
Get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webster-the-bitteroots-tickets-62866201501
Following Smith's Olde Bar, we're heading up to Chattanooga Nov. 16 for a show at our favorite spot in Tennessee, HiFi Clyde's.
We always have a great time playing to the crowd in this room so if you find yourself on West Main, stop by and say "Hi!" And if you know someone nearby, send them our way and we'll make sure they get a killer night of music in a great venue — that also happens to have some of the BEST smoked wings we've ever had!
Finishing up the year, we're heading south for our last stop of 2019 at the fabulous Hummingbird Stage & Taproom in Macon, Ga. on Dec. 14.
We can't begin to tell you how much we love Macon as a whole and the Hummingbird in particular, and we're excited about being able to close out the year there just in time for the Christmas holidays. There will surely be lots of good cheer — and beer — to go around so help us bid adieu to 2019 in style!
And before we let you go, we just wanted to share a quick update on our latest recording projects: We're working up a brand new batch of all-original songs with plans to start working them into our live sets in the new year ahead of committing them to tape for a new release in 2020.
We're also deep into the process of reworking a big batch of songs stretching back to the early days of the band, and we're excited about being able to share those updated versions in a new release next year as well. A bunch of the basic tracks have already been cut at our very own Derron Nuhfer's Sarlacc Studios, so look out for more info and updates as that project gets closer to completion.
So that'll do it for this edition of The Bitteroots newsletter. We wish you all a great rest of your Monday and great rest of your week. Thank you all for the love and support, and remember, we couldn't do anything without you guys!
Peace and Love,
BITTEROOTS FALL UPDATE
DECATUR, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2019) — Happy fall y’all!
If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard from us in a while, there’s a very good reason — we’ve been hard at work starting TWO new recording projects.
But before we get to that, there are a couple of shows you need to know about.
This Saturday, Oct. 12, The Bitteroots are playing the annual Oakhurst Porchfest event. It’s a free, all-day, community owned music festival that takes place — you guessed it — on people’s porches.
We’ve been a part of Porchfest almost every year since the beginning, going back to the inaugural event in 2015, and can’t wait to take the stage again on our favorite porch, at 1515 Oakview Road, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Porchfest runs from noon to 7 p.m., and there are over 200 bands and artists performing, so grab a downloadable map and schedule over here and start building your itinerary for the day. And be sure to come by 1515 Oakview from 1 to 2 p.m. and say hey.
We’re going to be running some really good merch deals, including a package that includes FREE tickets to our Nov. 8, co-headlining show at Smith’s Olde Bar.
We’re returning to the Smith’s Olde Bar stage for our annual pre-holiday bash and can’t wait to share the stage with the incredible Webster.
It’s a Friday evening show, so make plans leave work on time (or early) and head over to Smith’s for an 8 p.m. start on Nov. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Oh, and we’re going to be multi-track recording the set for a live album release in 2020.
Which brings us to our other ongoing projects: Over the past several weeks we’ve been huddled in Sarlacc Studios, writing and demoing a whole batch of brand new tunes for release next year.
During these last few shows of 2019, you’ll probably be hearing us try a few of them out as we get ready to record studio versions.
We’ve also begun work on another project that looks back at the past 12 years or so of Bitteroots history. Having selected a list of songs we perform regularly, but not necessarily as recorded in the early days of the band, we’re re-recording them with our current lineup and instrumentation in a way that’s more representative of where we are now.
We’ve already begun tracking, so keep an eye out for updates on what songs we’re planning to include as well as release dates as we make progress.
That’s what we’ve got for now, so with that we’ll bid you a happy rest of your Friday and say thank you once again for all the love and support. We couldn’t do it without you!
DECATUR, Ga. (Aug. 14, 2019) — Good Morning everyone! We hope everyone is staying cool over these last few insanely HOT days in the south!
We have just a couple of show updates this month. And for the first time in a very long time, both shows this month are local shows at home in Decatur.
This Friday, We'll be playing a short 3-song set at the Amplify Vs. Series: Jason Isbell vs. Drive By Truckers show at Eddie's Attic. We'll be all in with Team Isbell. We've done at least a dozen of these Amplify shows in the past, and they are always a lot of fun and we get to hang out with some of Atlanta's best musicians! Tables are all sold out, and there are just a few general admission tickets left for this one, and you can get them at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1875742/ . We are huge supporters of Amplify My Community and are always honored to participate in the events. All proceeds go to benefit all the incredible work this group does right here in our local community.
Other bands on the bill are Jared & Amber, The Flint Hill Specials, Boxcar Radio, and Mike Killeen. Let us know you are coming at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009589139246324
Then, next Friday, August 23rd, we'll be at The Vista Room with our good friends, Allgood! We've done 5 or 6 shows with them over the past several years, and this will be Night #1 of their August run of GA and TN. This will also be our first show at this incredible venue. Tables are all sold out, and we expect that this one will be sold out by showtime, so get your tickets at https://www.freshtix.com/events/ag-tbr-8-23-19
No shows next month, as we are taking off September to start writing songs for our new album that we'll have out sometime in 2020. You'll start hearing some of that new material in the fall and winter, and we looking forward to jumping back into the studio in the spring.
That's all for now! We hope to see you guys at these local Decatur shows over the next 2 weekends. Until then, we hope everyone's air conditioners continue to stay cold.
Thanks for all the love and support...
Mike, Bill, Laura, Derron, & PJ
SUMMER SHOWS 2019
DECATUR, Ga. (July 12, 2019) — Happy Friday Bitteroots fans! We hope everybody had a great Fourth of July break and heard some music, saw some fireworks and celebrated in style.
We started out the summer strong with an opening slot in front of the legendary Kool & The Gang at The Fred in Peachtree City last month (check out some great photos from Kelly Thompson Photography over here) and we've got a few upcoming local shows we wanted to tell you about, but first a little about what's coming up this weekend.
TONIGHT, we'll be heading up to Chattanooga and back to one of our new favorite rooms, HiFi Clyde's, where the crowds have been bigger and more enthusiastic every time we've played there. Showtime starts around 10 or so, and we'll play straight through to the early morning.
SATURDAY NIGHT, we're swinging down to Birmingham, Ala., to return to Avondale Brewing Company, headlining the huge outdoor stage with our new friends Jupiter Missile and Love Rat also on the bill. That'll be an earlier start, with us playing a couple of sets (or more) starting around 8-ish.
We hope our Atlanta friends join us on the road for one or both of those shows, and we look forward to meeting a lot of new friends this weekend!
Later in the month, July 27, The Bitteroots will be back down in Milledgeville, just off the campus of Georgia College and State University, at Amici Milledgeville. We played this room for the first time earlier this year and can't wait to get back and rip the roof off the place again.
Next month, we're excited to tell you that we'll be having TWO LOCAL SHOWS right at home in Decutur. First up will be a short set for our great friends at Amplify My Community during another of their Vs. Series at Eddie's Attic. Jason Isbell vs. Drive By Truckers will be Aug. 16, with The Bitteroots taking a selection of Isbell tunes.
The very next Friday night, Aug. 23, The Bitteroots will be at Decatur's own Vista Room for the first time, opening for Allgood on the first night of the band's run of August shows through Georgia and Tennessee.
The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and you can get your tickets over here.
That catches you up through August, but we have plenty more to share with you about plans for September and thereafter, so be sure to stay tuned and stay subscribed to this newsletter.
And as ever, check out the audio from the The Bitteroots' performances over on Archive.org here. We've uploaded almost all of the shows we've ever played, and it's all available to you for FREE!
That's all for now. We'll see you soon and thanks ever so much for all the love and support!
MAY DATES: 2019
DECATUR, GA (May 6, 2019) — As spring heats up, so too is The Bitteroots’ schedule.
First up will be Saturday’s set at The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom in Milledgeville. We always have a great time in this room and love the response we get from the local crowd. If you’re in middle Georgia Saturday night, May 11, come and see us!
And in case you haven’t heard, the May 18 show at Eddie’s Attic is STANDING ROOM. That means the majority of the tables and chairs are coming out to make room for more people.
And because we’re celebrating 11 years of music, we’re doing it in a big way.
The early show gets underway at 7 p.m. with our friend Kristen Englenz from Nashville (by way of Decatur) followed by Decatur’s own Flock of Eagles.
The Traye Horne Band follows up in the third slot, with The Bitteroots closing out the first set.
The late show starts at 9:15 and features The Bantam Breaks, Moody Hollow, TheCore and a second, completely different set from The Bitteroots.
In preparation for the show, all next week will be Bitteroots and Friends Week at DecaturFM!
Mike at DecaturFM is a huge supporter of local music and we’re thrilled about what he’s doing at the station. Throughout the week you’ll be hearing from other artists and bands that will be performing during our anniversary sets.
May 13 will be Moody Hollow Day on DecaturFM. The Bantam Breaks will be featured May 14. Flock of Eagles will be in studio May 15, with Traye Horne Band calling in all the way from South Carolina and Kristen Englenz calling in direct from Nashville.
We are also THRILLED to announce our opening slot for the legendary Kool & The Gang at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.
The date is June 15 and tickets are available over here.
With two Grammys, seven American Music Awards, 25 top 10 R&B hits, nine top 10 pop hits and 31 gold and platinum records, these guys are the REAL DEAL and we’re beyond excited to get to warm up Peachtree City for them.
It will truly be one of the most special nights of 2019 for The Bitteroots and we want to see all our friends in the crowd.
That’s about it for now. We hope to see everyone out May 18!!
_ The Bitteroots