Upcoming Shows and Some Band Updates…


Hey folks…hope this summer is treating you well!  As you’ve likely noticed, things have slowed down a bit for WR recently.  This is largely due to the fact that our fearless friend, Bass player and Wayward Roots co-founder Alan Barnosky has moved to North Carolina to further his higher education.  We are all sad to see him go and will miss his many contributions to the band.  Best of luck Alan and thanks for all the memories and laughs!!!


As we transition to life without Al, we are pleased to announce that our good friend and local Bass sideman extraordinaire John Sperendi will be stepping in to fill the void indefinitely.  John brings many talents to the table and we are excited to add his musicality and energetic spirit  to our efforts.


Speaking of efforts, check out the Shows tab for some great upcoming shows.  Here is info on our next performance:


The Ark – 8/19 – 7:30 pm (doors at 7) – This one’s been a long time coming.  We are very excited and honored to be headlining at this local treasure on one of our favorite stages.  We will be joined by special guests “Adam Plomaritas & Chris Dupont” who will be providing some soulful duets with and amazing harmonies.  You don’t want to miss this one!


More info to come on additional shows and we hope to see many of you at the Ark!  As always, thanks for all of your positive energy and support!





Wayward Roots live on 89.1 FM WIDR

We’ll be playing live on 89.1 FM WIDR in Kalamazoo this Friday, February 10th at 2pm. If you’re not local to the station that’s OK!  Tune in to the broadcast online at http://www.widr.org.

Looking forward to playing Bell’s and Founders breweries this week, see you there!

Founders and Bell’s in February

Hi Folks!  Just some quick updates on two exciting upcoming shows -


- Thursday Feb 9 – Founders Brewery. Founders is anawesome venue/micro brewpub in Grand Rapids, as you’re probably well aware!  Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful will open up the set and we’ll be hitting the stage around 10.


- Friday Feb 10 – Next stop is Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, sharing the stage with Cornmeal. Need we say anything more?


In addition, Live in Ann Arbor is starting up bluegrass night Wednesdays again – we were invited to host the first bluegrass night on Feb 22nd, so come on by and support the local roots music scene in Ann Arbor!

Canterbury Photos

Just a quick note that our good friend Jess Richard took some photos of our recent Canterbury House performance, and we must say we’re pretty happy with how they turned out.  You can find these photos on our Media page.  For more of Jess’ photography, be sure to check him out at TheDirtStreet.com.


New Video: Cedar Hill at Ernie’s Saloon

Ernie’s Saloon is like no other.  Tucked away in what used to be part of a barn, the space features turn of the century antiques, a wood-burning stove that kicks out the heat, and some mighty fine whiskey.  Luckily Ernie puts up with us, so we occasionally use his Saloon as a glorified practice space.  Last time we we’re there he suggested filming some tunes.  This is what we ended up with, enjoy!



New tunes, new shows!

Hi Folks,


The past couple weeks we’ve made quite a bit of headway.  We’ve been working intently at Big Sky studio in Ann Arbor, and are pleased to announce two new (and, to a certain extent, still in the works) songs on our Music page.  One is an old favorite, Cedar Hill, and the other, In My Arms, a bit newer to the band.  Recorded live with very minimal editing, these takes capture a very natural and true Wayward Roots sound.  Enjoy!


New shows are in the books and coming up quick.  On October 28, Jason will be playing a solo guitar set at the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Following his performance, various combinations of the Wayward Roots gang will be joining him on the stage for the second set.  Expect a fun time, and something a bit different from what you might find at a typical Wayward Roots show.


In November we’re pleased to announce a double-bill with friends and fellow Ann Arbor musicians Lake Folk, taking place at the Canterbury House.  A couple days later we’ll be playing at our favorite watering hole, the Old Town Tavern.  Both will prove to be very fun (yet very different) experiences!  For more information on these and other performances, please check out our Shows page.


In The Studio

That’s right – its about time for a new Wayward Roots record.  We’re lucky to be in the hands of Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor, an awesome studio that blends top notch equipment with experienced sound engineers.  Last night we went in to learn the room, set up mics, get our bearings, and play through a couple songs.


This album is going to take a different approach than we are used to.  Still in the beginning stages, so there is a lot that needs to be done.  Without wanting to give too much away – we are shooting for an organic, live sound that captures both the natural quality of the instruments and the dynamic musical collaboration of an acoustic group.  So far we have been very impressed with what is coming out, and are pumped to be able to share this.


In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing our progress in the Music section of the website.  We’ll also have video coming as well.  Shows are currently being booked, so expect a lot of exciting stuff heading your way in that regard.