Through the Roots

Evan Hawkins: Vocals | Chris Cruz: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Bryan Jackson: Bass guitar

Genre: Reggae & Ska

RIYL: Tribal Seeds, Big Mountain, UB40, Iration, Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Breaking News

Video has surfaced of the reggae band's black and green tour bus accidentally catching fire on March 2, while the group was on their way to a gig in North Carolina. The members are unharmed and continuing the tour.

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Synoposis

Influences: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Groundation, UB40, Santana, Ooklah the Moc

Background:

Reggae/rock band Through the Roots released their Here To Stay EP in July 2011. In early June 2012, guitarist/keyboardist Chris Cruz locked himself in his room for a weekend to study up on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding site for creative projects. He’d heard of Kickstarter in passing but didn’t think much of it until a music-industry mentor told him it was gaining a lot of buzz in creative circles and might be worth looking into.

Cruz and his band of 20-somethings were on the brink of their fourth national tour, and their green bus (“Betsy”) needed work. They also needed studio time to put together their first full-length album. If they were going to do it all, they’d need more money than their various odd jobs (fast-food service, neighborhood handyman, screen-printing) could generate.

“We realized Kickstarter was probably the best option to keep us on track for meeting all the goals we want to accomplish this year.” They ended up raising $11,160.

On September 13, 2012, the band began their West Coast tour along with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, another reggae/rock band out of Hermosa Beach, before heading to the East Coast for a tour with Rebelution and Passafire.

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