The Bitteroots return to Red Light Café with special guests Greco, Sleuth Hound, and Kristen Englenz.
The Bitteroots are an Atlanta- / Decatur-based original jam-rock band founded in 2008. Fronted by female vocalist Laura Dees, the band has a sound that’s been called a “unique brand of soulful rock.” The Bitteroots’ groove-oriented approach to rock n roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin. From pop melodies to extended jams, The Bitteroots’ sets run the gamut with something for everybody.
Along with Dees, an accomplished songwriter who joined the band in 2010, The Bitteroots also include founding members Bill Taylor on bass and Mike Davis on drums. Kyle Bryant joined The Bitteroots in 2013 after the departure of founding guitarist Dan Shockley.
The Bitteroots have released four compilations of original music, the latest being the single “Under the Big Sky,” recorded in the fall of 2013 at The Music Farm studio by Mark van Allen (Govt. Mule, Indigo Girls, Blueground Undergrass, Zac Brown Band, Whiskey Gentry). The melodic title track is accompanied by two bonus tracks, the hard-rocking “Defenseless” and a re-tooled version of “Try Me Again” which first appeared on the band’s debut release, “French Fries,” in 2011.
The Bitteroots have shared the stage with: The Freddy Jones Band, Allgood, Col. Bruce Hampton, Arrested Development, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anders Osborne, Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), Dead Confederate, Cigar Store Indians, Adron, The Deadfields, The Sundogs, The Shadowboxers, The District Attorneys, Lindsay Rakers Band, Nathan Beaver, Mike Killeen, Sydney Rhame, Kristen Englenz, Greco, Tedo Stone, Saint Francis, The Longshot Saints, honey honey, and many other great bands and artists.
Though Greco has spent years saturated in music and performance, it is the release of their latest EP — All the Things You Want— that will mark their true musical statement to the world.
Within the walls of All the Things You Want, Greco’s discovery sails alive as their compelling combination of rich pop layers among mixed styles of rhythm and blues, rock and soul. By melding hook-filled melody within hard and heavy beats, Greco shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a singular …
Through aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic with a signature sound, lead vocalist/guitarist Johann Greco, bassist Zach Greco, keyboardist Sebastian Greco, drummer Gabriel Greco, guitarist Josh Usalavage (yes, four of them are brothers) have helped to define the landscape of today’s post-modern rock music scene. The backbone of their work? Stylistically eclectic songs—suggesting a range of influences from The Rolling Stones, INXS, Prince and Rod Stewart—that captivate their audiences with their unshakable enthusiasm and inescapable sass. Their energy is a fuel that burns full-throttle, ignited by the heat of their soulful voices and the power and passion of their performance.
Hailing from Athens, Georgia –the breeding ground of musical legends– Greco’s musical flair involved three decades worth of influence that goes into their writing. Singer / Songwriter Johann Greco brings his brand of genre-bending musicology into everything captured on stage and in the studio. Johann’s penmanship blends such geniuses as David Bowie, Robert Plant and Sting, and harmonizes the guitar gods and frontmen of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Power-pop hooks with rock & roll attitude sum up Greco’s presence on stage and in their style that fans just cannot ignore.
Phrases turn, emotions connect, and melodies soar. You sing along even though you've never heard the tune before. These musical ministers sing from a perspective of distances, of interludes between lovers and lives and the roads that lead from small towns to big cities. Greco is living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in our industry. Sensual. Electric. Infectious.
Sleuth Hound is an Atlanta-based musical and digital project created by Frunkie le Bastarde and Steady Eddie with tons of help from Magic Mike. Play loud and enjoy responsibly.
Kristen Englenz is a singer / songwriter from Decatur, GA. In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship to play french horn and piano at the University of North Carolina Asheville. After graduating in 2012 Kristen moved back to Decatur, GA and began playing out in local venues such as Eddie's Attic, and the Red Light Cafe.
Atlanta-based musician Bill Taylor of the Bitteroots recently wrote: "Kristen is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene and brings an open vulnerability to the stage. At recent club shows, the audience finds themselves hanging on to every word and chord progression coming from this authentic talent. Merging sounds from artists like Stevie Nicks & Joni Mitchell, and then blending with a modern alt-country angle, this singer-songwriter has a promising career on the lighted stage."