Photo by Farm Girl Photography
Thanks to all who came out on a rainy Saturday afternoon to support Rootstock! We were so inspired by the generosity and good vibes that warmed the Red Barn from inside out on a dreary day! Thanks especially to the fabulous musicians- Sloan Wainwright, Twisted Pine, Jacob Bernz, and Daisycutter, for performances that would have been equally at home on the biggest stages in the country.Thanks also to our sponsors: Green Mountain Energy, NOFA-NY, The Hudson River Tractor Company, Artisan Wine Shop, Beacon Pantry, Quinn's, and WKZE 98.1 FM - Celebrating Musical Diversity. We couldn't have done this without them. The top-notch craft beverages by Hudson Valley Brewery, Obercreek Brewing Company, 2 Way Brewing Company, and Treasury Cider, as well as the amazing tacos and empanadas of Poppy's Farm 2 Trailer provided the crowning touch on the festivities, and a true taste of local-grown!
Even more recently, we are deeply saddened by the devastation of several farms very close to home that were affected by Tuesday's storm, which spawned several tornadoes and macrobursts and destroyed young crops, fruit trees, and greenhouses. Extreme weather events like this were the inspiration for Rootstock's founding, and sadly, are something we can only expect to increase in frequency and severity in the future. This has been a truly challenging week for local farmers and has served as a sobering reminder of why we do this.
In addition to our efforts, we also urge you to support your local farms in their post-storm recovery efforts in the coming weeks through direct donations, attending local fundraising events, and purchasing their products at markets (always a tasty idea!) We are inspired, grateful, humbled, and saddened all at once, but are more committed to our mission than ever.
Defying categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright demonstrates an easy command of a variety of American musical styles - folk, pop, jazz and blues - all held together by her rich contralto, creating a unique and soulful hybrid. Her family tree (brother Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. “She’s folk influenced, but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense.” With 10 original releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform, and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards.
Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown. Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multilayered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.
Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail - a "mix of bluegrass and twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics" (The Corner). Fronted by Rootstock founder, singer/songwriter/fiddler/farmgirl Sara Milonovich, and featuring a crack band of roots music veterans, they fuse a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge into "a deft mix of literate folk and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking" (Chronogram). Their 2009 self-titled debut was acclaimed as "what Nashville would sound like if it was just a bit smarter" (Daily Freeman). They are currently touring in support of their long-awaited follow up, Waiting For The Stars.
Jacob Bernz was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley surrounded by the musical friends and colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz. Pete Seeger was a family friend and frequent presence in Jacob's life. His grandfather, Harold Bernz, helped start People's Songs, the precursor to Sing Out magazine, while his great-grandfather,Walter Lowenfels, co-wrote Wasn't That a Time with Lee Hays. In his early 20s Jacob is already a prolific songwriter and accomplished musician, who has shared stages with notable musicians including David Amram, Guy Davis, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin and Arlo Guthrie.