Rootstand brings bluegrass and more to Eagle-Vail |

Rootstand brings bluegrass and more to Eagle-Vail

John Scheid
Daily Correspondent
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the DailyRootstand will perform at Paddy's in Eagle-Vail on Saturday.

Having played the Midwest bluegrass scene for more than a decade, Michigan blues-rockers Rootstand bring their energetic sound to Colorado for a spring tour that stops in the Valley this evening. The band’s rhythmic sound has been described as “rebel rootsgrass and reggae, swashbucklin’ folk and blues” delivered by a combination of old and new members that ensure original sound while offering fresh tunes.

Leading the crew onstage is bluegrass veteran Brant Losinski. Brant supplies vocals along with rhythm and slide guitar. Also contributing to musical arrangements and songwriting, Brant is a well rounded musician who is passionate about his work. His musical experience has grown during his years living and traveling across the United States, from Michigan to the Pacific Northwest. Backing Brant on vocals and supplying imaginative banjo riffs is Tim Sheldon. Originally hailing from Ontario, Sheldon made the US his musical home and keeps busy with his involvement in Rootstand and Kalamazoo’s Mossy Mountain Band. On bass is recent addition Doug Albright, another Michigan native who offers diverse basslines ranging from bluegrass to “country boy hip hop.” Providing beats for Rootstand is Matt Pernar, a Colorado drummer who creates a “solid rhythmic interpretation to provide the foundation to the music.”

With musical influences spanning from Led Zeppelin and The Pogues to Doc Watson and Dr. Dre, no doubt exists that this group can unite a myriad of musical genres. With a bluegrass base, Rootstand integrates Celtic, rock, reggae, blues and hip hop sounds to ensure an eventful performance.

John Scheid does freelance marketing work for Paddy’s. E-mail comments about this story to

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