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Formed: 1998
From: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Taproot News

Below is our complete Taproot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Taproot Announces New Album Release Date

Taproot have revealed that their new album, "Our Long Road Home" will be released on August 5th. You can check out the song "You're Not Home Tonight" on the bands official Myspace page.

The band have also announced that they will play the following shows:

May 22 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
May 23 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
May 24 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

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Taproot Reveals New Album Release Date

Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has set an August 5 release date through Velvet Hammer Music for the group's new album, entitled "Our Long Road Home."

TAPROOT recently posted a new song, entitled "You're Not Home Tonight," on the group's official blog.

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Taproot Announces Flint Concert

Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"TAPROOT is getting back in gear and playing some live shows. Phil [Lipscomb, bass] flew back to MI last week and the band has started rehearsing for their upcoming shows. The first show we can announce is May 24th we'll be at one of our favorite places to play, The Machine Shop in Flint, MI, which has become our adopted hometown."

"To purchase advance tickets for concerts at The Machine Shop you can go to the club itself, Paradise Express on Dort Hwy. Flint, Busted Knuckle Underground Clothing, 5880 State St., Saginaw or just simply go to www.etix.com and you can print tickets on your printer. It is very simple and is less costly than other ticket sales companies."

"We have a couple more shows we'll be announcing in the next few days, so stay tuned! We can't wait to get back out and play in front of our fans!"

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Taproot Post New Song Online

Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has posted a new song, entitled "You're Not Home Tonight", on the group's official blog. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Our Long Road Home", due later in the year via an as-yet-undisclosed label.

TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was reportedly produced by Tim Patalan and is the band's first album since parting with Atlantic Records in June 2006. They're also reportedly working on a DVD, but there's no word as to when that will see the light of day.

Bassist Phil Lipscomb previously stated about the new CD's title, "[it] is a unique and expressive tribute to our newly found collective freedom of creativity as a band, with no strings attached. It's a tribute to the casual and comfortable settings of being at home with friends and family — a place we love to be."

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Taproot Complete New Album

Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"For those of you who have been reading our blog for the past year, you may remember a little comment I made back in March 2007 when we finally started working with our new producer and I joked you could expect our album in January 2008. Well, here we are February 2008 and you guys are still waiting patiently, right?... RIGHT?!?! Okay, maybe not so patiently, but things are moving forward."

"The album is officially complete, mixing and mastering are finished. From here we are shopping the album around to various labels and seeing what our best options are. As usual in the music business, things are taking longer than expected, but that's because we're trying to put out the best product we can." More...

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Taproot Reveal New Album Title

Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"As you are all aware, we have been working extremely hard and are in the final stages of finishing up our new album. All of the recording is finished, the album is getting mixed as we speak, and we're all very excited to move into the next phases of our careers.

"We put a great amount of time and energy into this record, our blood, sweat and tears...this is the culmination of a band that's been together for ten years...and looking to continue on for another ten. We have been lucky enough to have developed a solid fan base of true music lovers from all over the world, people that appreciate our hard work and know that we are grateful for them in return. You guys have allowed us to travel to some amazing places, meet a wide range of people, and see places most people only get to read about in books. Through all of this, we remain the same down-to-earth guys from Michigan that started this adventure ten years ago.

"We began recording demos in 1997 at Woodshed studios in Ferndale, MI. The songs on this record are the first recordings we've done back in Michigan since we were signed in 2000, and this is the first record we wrote and recorded in its entirety in our home state. It's been more of a fun process than a business concern for the first time in a long time, which has been nice and lifting to the material and to us. It's got some really great songs that we think all of our fans will really relate to and love, and it also has a first for us — a female singer singing on one of the songs called 'It's Natural'.

"The coming months will bring many exciting things from TAPROOT, from new videos on YouTube to a release date for the new album, but for now we are pleased to announce the title of our new album: 'Our Long Road Home'. The title is a unique and expressive tribute to our newly found collective freedom of creativity as a band, with no strings attached. It's a tribute to the casual and comfortable settings of being at home with friends and family — a place we love to be."

TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was reportedly produced by Tim Patalan.

The new album will be the band's first since parting with Atlantic Records in June 2006. They're also reportedly working on a DVD, but there's no word as to when that will see the light of day.

TAPROOT, which formed in 1997, is perhaps best known for its 2002 album, "Welcome". It included the hit singles "Poem" and "Welcome".

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Taproot Begin Mixing New Album

Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"As far as the [new TAPROOT] album goes, we found the right guy to mix it. He's already mixed one song for us and it sounds great. He really brought out the best in the song, made it what it should be. We're excited to hear what he does with the rest. After it gets mixed, we're going to be shopping it around to labels as soon as possible so we can get it out early next year. We're hoping for March, but I have a feeling that's going to get pushed back. These things take time, but we are on the right track. We'll also be touring around then, but probably not before. Most common question being asked is, 'When are you coming to (insert city here)?' We won't be touring until we have a release date, but when we do, we're going to try to hit everywhere we can. For those of you in Europe, look for us to do some of the big festivals next summer. I hope we can hit places on this next album cycle that we've never hit before, Australia being the top on my personal list, but we'll see. We'll do our best!"

TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was reportedly produced by Tim Patalan.

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Taproot "Nearly Finished" New Album

Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"I've been getting a lot of messages from people asking me for album updates, so now I'm FINALLY getting around to telling you guys what's going on. WE ARE FINISHED!!!...almost. As far as recording goes, I'm going to be re-recording my bass on the verses of one of our songs to give it a different feel (something a little more straight-forward than I did before) and one little vocal part on another song is going to be redone, and then WE'LL BE FINISHED!!!...almost. Then comes mixing and mastering, getting the albums printed, promo for the album, getting it distributed in stores, iTunes, etc., etc. Still some time to go, but the end is in sight. I'm sure everyone wants a release date so they can mark their calendars and have something to look forward to, but for now we really don't know. I don't even want to give an estimate because sometimes things just take longer than expected. Thank you all for your patience, and I hope you feel it's worth the wait. I'm also going to be bringing TaprooTube [TAPROOT video channel] back soon, I have lots of footage I've been playing with, but I'm working with a new video program (Final Cut) which although has a ton more features than Windows Movie Maker, it's also a lot more complicated and takes me a bit longer to get things done. Soon, though, soon..."

TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" is reportedly being produced by Tim Patalan. It's unknown yet if it will be released independently or through a major label.

The new album will be the band's first since parting with Atlantic Records in June 2006. They're also reportedly working on a DVD, but there's no word as to when that will see the light of day.

TAPROOT, which formed in 1997, is perhaps best known for its 2002 album, "Welcome". It included the hit singles "Poem" and "Welcome".

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Taproot Planning Early Summer Release

Taproot have announced they plan to have recording for their new album wrapped up within the next 2 months and are eyeing an early Summer release date, reportedly via an indie label as the band are said to have parted ways with Atlantic. You can check out video footage of the band working on new material in the studio here:

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TapRoot Announce Spring US Tour Dates

TapRoot is heading back out on the road this spring with Evan's Blue and From Satellite. The tour kicks off March 22nd in Grand Rapids, MI and will run through the end of May. The first set of confirmed dates is:

March 22 – Grand Rapids, MI : The Intersection
March 24 – Toledo, OH: Headliner's
March 25 – Cincinnati, OH: Bogart's
March 26 – Columbus, OH: Newport Music Hall
March 29 – Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Icon
March 30 – Burlington, VT: Higher Ground
March 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY: The Chance
April 1 – Boston, MA: Axis
April 3 – Hartford, CT: Webster Theatre
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA: TLA
April 5 – New York, NY: Knitting Factory
April 7 – Clifton Park, NY: Northern Lights
April 8 – State College, PA: Crowbar
April 11 – Norfolk, VA: Norva
April 12 – Greenville, NC: Handlebar
April 13 – Knoxville, TN: Bluecats
April 14 – Nashville, TN: Exit-In
April 15 – Montgomery, AL: Off the Wagon
April 17 – Jacksonville, FL: Freebird Live
April 18 – Tampa, FL: State Theatre
April 20 – Ft. Meyers, FL: Ricochets
April 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Legends at Hard Rock
April 22 – Orlando, FL: Social
April 23 – Tallahassee, FL: Floyds
April 27 – Houston, TX: The Studio at the Warehouse
April 28 – Austin, TX: La Zona Rosa
April 29 – Ft. Worth TX: Ridglea Theatre

You can purchase tickets for many of the tour dates from Ticketmaster.

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Watch Taproot's Live Accoustic MTV.com Performance

Taproot frontman Stephen Richards and guitarist Mike DeWolf were on MTV.com Live on Tuesday (November 1) to perform acoustic versions of 'Poem', 'Calling', and 'Birthday'. You can watch the performances here.

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Staind, P.O.D., and Taproot to tour soon

Staind, P.O.D. and Taproot will be teaming up for the "Fall Brawl Tour" beginning November 11th and running through till December 13th. A full schedule is currently being ironed out and will be announced shortly.

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Taproot To Preview New Album In Its Entirety

Taproot will be previewing their upcoming album, "Blue-Sky Research," in its entirety on their MySpace page beginning August 12th to August 14th. The album will will be released August 16th.

IN other news, Taproot will be performing a special acoustic set at Rock-A-Billy’s in Utica, MI. Beginning now until the in-store, Rock-A-Billy's will be offering pre-orders that will ensure you an entry into the event. For $5, you will reserve yourself a copy of Blue Sky Research and receive a wrist band and letter ensuring your entry (pre-orders are only good for one person, one CD unless noted).

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Taproot Invites You To Create The Video For Single

Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic recording group TAPROOT has unveiled plans for an exciting online video contest to herald the release of its much anticipated third album. The album - dubbed "Blue-Sky Research" -will arrive in stores on August 16th.

The TAPROOT 'Facepeeler Video Contest' invites aspiring film makers, flash artists, and animators from around the globe to compete for exclusive prizes by creating their own unique video for the "Blue-Sky Research" track, 'Facepeeler'. Participants will be able to upload their Quicktime Video submissions at a http://www.taprootvideocontest.com. All entries will be showcased on the site as well, and will be voted on by peers and fans. Hosted by StreetWise Concepts & Culture, the TAPROOT 'Facepeeler Video Contest' is set to launch today, Monday, August 1st. TAPROOT will be appearing on FUSE's "Daily Download" show on Thursday, August 4th to perform as well as discuss the launch of the contest.

Co-presenters of the contest include Sony Media Solutions, Etnies, Ibanez, FUSE, and Quicktime. The grand prize includes a full production suite from Sony Media Solutions, apparel from Etnies, and an Ibanez guitar autographed by the band. Ten voters will also be randomly selected to receive prize packs from Streetwise and Etnies. Full details and contest rules are available at http://www.taprootvideocontest.com.

Singer Steve Richards says, "With all the new technology available today, some of the most exciting video footage and art is coming from people outside of the traditional 'biz.' We're excited to give some of the up and coming talent out there the platform to show off their skills, and we can't wait to see how many interesting ways our song gets interpreted."

Produced by Toby Wright, "Blue-Sky Research"" sees the Ann Arbor-based quartet continuing their musical exploration of hard rock's many textures. The album showcases the band's gift for inventive melodies and thought-provoking lyricism, as is evident in the album's first single, 'Calling'. "Blue-Sky Research" finds the band collaborating with such like-minded artists as Billy Corgan, who shares credit on three of the album's songs: 'Lost In The Woods', 'Violent Seas', and 'Promise'.

TAPROOT is currently on the road, teaming up with CHEVELLE and 30 SECONDS TO MARS.


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Taproot To Premiere New Video, Other News

Taproot's newest video "Calling" will premiere online on MTV.com this coming Wednesday, August 3rd. You can also tune into Fuse's Daily Download the following afternoon, August 4th, to see TapRoot perform "Facepeeler" and "Poem" live in the studio, and see the world premiere of the "Calling" video. Check your local listings for times.

In related news, RiftRock has posted an interview with Jarrod.

There’s a little over 2 weeks left until Blue-Sky Research hits the stores. TapRoot's summer tour with Chevelle is going strong, with more dates to be announced soon.

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Taproot Team Up With Billy Corgan For Third Album

The Ozzfest veterans Taproot teamed with the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for writing songs for their third album "Blue-Sky Research," due on August 16th release.

"We heard Billy was working with Breaking Benjamin so we knew that it was possible that he might be interested in working with us," says Taproot frontman Stephen Richards. "We sent a couple CDs to his people, and he thought we had a lot of talent but wanted to point out some habits that he thought we were falling into that he wanted to help us break. We kind of fell into a comfort zone with the way we wrote songs, going heavy to quiet, not really exploring how to keep the song interesting all the way through."

Corgan is giving his advices and chipping in the occasional guitar parts and vocal melodies on the tracks "Lost In The Woods," "Violent Seas" and "Promise."

"At first it was just a feeling-out process," Richards says. "We weren't quite sure if we were going there to sit down and write songs together or if we were just going to tear some of our existing stuff apart and rework it with him. It ended up being a little bit of both. He was really honest with us like, 'I see what you're doing there, but it doesn't really do anything for me. Gimme something else you guys are really psyched on.'"

Corgan's critiques helped focus the group. "We used to throw in extra beats and use odd time signatures just to f--k with your head," Richards says. "This time, we wanted to have more straight-ahead, good songs, and I think we do."

Taproot will spend the summer on the road. They are currently on tour with Chevelle. The trek - which kicks off on July 9th in Indianapolis - also features support from 30 Seconds To Mars. Confirmed tour dates, as well as the additional info, can be found at RollingStone.com.

Founded in 1997, Taproot made their Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic debut with 2000's "Gift," which featured the Active Rock radio hit, "Again And Again." They followed that success two years later with the Toby Wright-produced "Welcome," a collection which spawned the major rock smash "Poem."

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New Taproot Ecard With Two Songs Online

A new Taproot eCard is now available for you to check out. The eCard features two tracks from their new record, Blue Sky Research, "Facepeeler" and their first single "Calling". The eCard also has their latest tour dates and band photos, as well as links to other Taproot sites online.

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Listen To Taproot's New Single Online

Taproot's first single "Calling" from their upcoming album "Blue Sky Research" is now available to listen to online. You can play the song at TapRootmusic.com, Myspace, and Purevolume.

Jarrod had this to say about the new single and record:

"There are a few radio stations throughout the country that are beginning to play it, but we wanted you to be able to listen to it as often as you'd like. We feel like this song is a great introduction to the material on the record. It's a cool direction for us and is something we've never quite done before. I hope you all enjoy it. Keep checking taprootmusic.com and our myspace page for updates on touring or just to say hello to us. We truly enjoy hearing from you all and look forward to seeing you again this summer on our tour with Chevelle."

Taproot's currently planned tour dates are as follows: More...

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Chevelle Adds A Few More Summer Tour Dates

Chevelle has added a few more dates to their upcoming tour with Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars. Tour dates so far:

Chevelle:
Jun. 11 Kansas City, MO - Liberty Memorial Park - KQRC presents
Jun. 30 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Music Market Stage - WLZR presents
Jul. 08 Chicago, IL - NASCAR - Chicagoland Route 66 Raceway

With Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars: More...

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Taproot And Chevelle To Team Up For US Tour

Taproot and Chevelle will be touring together throughout the summer, dates include:

July 08th Chicago, IL - Nascar
July 09th Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room/Mural Center
July 11th Detroit, MI - State Theatre
July 12th Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
July 14th Fort Wayne, IL - Piere's
July 15th Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
July 16th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
July 18th Toledo, OH - Centennial Park
July 21st Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
July 22nd Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
July 23rd Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
July 25th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 26th Dewey Beach, DE - Bay Center
July 29th Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
July 30th Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
August 01st Portland, ME - State Theatre
August 02nd Boston, MA - The Roxy
August 05th Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
August 06th Atlanta, GA - 99X Radio Show
August 08th Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
August 09th Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
August 11th Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnace
August 12th Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
August 14th Madison, WI - Willow Island
August 16th Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
August 17th Columbus, MO - Blue Note
August 18th St. Louis, MO - UMB Bank Pavilion
August 20th Las Vegas, NE - Aladdin
August 21st Tucson, AZ - Valencia Anselmo

There has been talk of Life Of Agony and 30 Seconds To Mars serving as support on select dates of the trek, though nothing official has been announced as of yet. Taproot will release their new album "Blue-Sky Research" to stores on August 16th via Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.

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