Decatur band, The Bitteroots set to release sophomore album

The Bitteroots have announced that the upcoming release of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” will be kicked off with a special performance at The Five Spot featuring Red Eye Gravy Records recording artists Nathan Beaver & Mike Killeen

3/8/12 4:53 PM CET

DECATUR, Ga. – The Bitteroots have announced that the upcoming release of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” will be kicked off with a special performance at The Five Spot featuring Red Eye Gravy Records recording artists Nathan Beaver and Mike Killeen.

The “Central of Georgia” album release party  will be Saturday, March 31 at The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. NE, in Little 5 Points. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include copies of albums from all three of the night’s artists, including the Bitteroots’ latest, “Central of Georgia.”

The show starts at 8 p.m., with Killeen and Beaver taking the stage to perform tracks from their records, “Poverty is Real,” and “Everybody’s Out Tonight.”

“We’re so excited to welcome Mike and Nathan to the stage to help us open the party to launch our new record,” said Bitteroots bassist Bill Taylor. “We’ve played with these guys several times over the last couple of years and always have a ton of fun. We appreciate their support for our record and can’t wait to show it off.”

Originally from Athens, and now living in Decatur, Mike Killeen  counts as influences Bob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Nirvana and Uncle Tupelo among others. He has shared the stage with Southern rock legends such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama.

“Poverty is Real” is his third full-length release.

Nathan Beaver  began his music career in Athens, playing drums for the band Conflict of Interest. He later performed with Curbside Crush, and eventually broke away to become a solo performer. He now lives in Nashville, Tenn.

His two solo studio albums include 2004’s “Point B” and the 2010 release “Universal You,” which includes contributions from Mark Van Allen on pedal steel, Clay Cook (of the Zac Brown Band) on electric guitar, and Kevin Leahy (former Shawn Mullins drummer) on drums.

“Central of Georgia” is the second album released independently by The Bitteroots. The band’s 2011 album “French Fries” helped establish the group as one of Decatur’s premiere original rock bands, mixing smart songwriting with gutsy, bluesy vocals by lead singer Laura Dees.

The group has been a familiar presence at some of the metro area’s largest music and arts festivals and will continue to back “Central of Georgia” with performances throughout the year including performance at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival and The Decatur Ats Festival among other club dates.

Who: The Bitteroots

What: Album release party for “Central of Georgia”

When: March 31, 8 p.m.

Where: The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga.


About The Bitteroots

The Bitteroots are a Decatur-based rock band, influenced by blues, jam, folk and classic rock, with a penchant for catchy hooks, driving rhythms and soaring vocals that keep getting better with time.

The four-piece group is returning to the Atlanta music scene this spring with its sophomore release, “Central of Georgia,” after a short break from gigging to write and record the new record. “Central of Georgia” promises to reflect the band’s growth as a group of writers, musicians and performers and include some tracks that have already been gig-tested and audience-approved.

Coming together for the first time in 2008, The Bitteroots have been refining their style, honing their chops and working through lineup changes that have kept the group fresh, interesting and always ready for more.

With the group since 2010, Laura Dees steps out front as the band’s lead vocalist and the audience’s guide through a Bitteroots set. Well versed in the blues, Dees’ voice also shows that rock ‘n’ roll is about taking no prisoners.

Guitarist Dan Shockley, a founding member of the group, brings to The Bitteroots a sophisticated tone and style you won’t find in your average rock band. A professorial master of the fretboard, Shockley’s leads, melodies and chord voicings are a defining part of The Bitteroots’ sound.

With a thumping five-string bass, Bill Taylor weaves his way through Shockley’s chord changes to hold down the bottom end. He pulls together a mixture of jazz and jam that is as tasteful at the chest-pounding bottom of the register as it is rolling off top-end melodies that make up essential elements of The Bitteroots’ catalog of songs.

Behind all three sits percussion pocket-prophet Mike Davis’ drum kit, driving the groove with energy and direction. His rhythms lay down the band’s artistic framework for each song’s emotional journey.
The Bitteroots’ next album promises to showcase the group’s finest attributes and its musical range. Listeners will find themselves experience songs that take them from a tender, near-silent whisper to full-bore, driving rock.

The band has already proven itself a crowd pleaser with performances at events around Atlanta for three years, return festival engagements and crowded gigs at some of the city’s most esteemed club venues, including Eddie’s Attic and Smith’s Olde Bar.

Set for release March 31, The Bitteroots are ready to take their album and themselves to the next level in 2012. It’s going to be a banner year, so you’ll want to be on board.


Contact: Bill Taylor (Manager)

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