Wild Carrot & The Roots Band make an honest and immediate connection with their audience through a unique, joyous and energetic mix of American Roots music. Their entertaining and moving performances offer something for everyone. Mike Breen of City Beat calls their show, “a whirlwind of Roots music forms, touching on Bluegrass, Country, swinging Jazz, Modern Folk and Celtic music. The original songs stand up well against the well-chosen covers…with a consistently masterful grace (and) flawless four-part harmonies.”
Fans describe their performances as honest, soothing, uplifting and fun. Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked says they are, “consistently entertaining and sizzling with intensity as only great acoustic music can deliver with an urgency and intimacy that I love.”
Wild Carrot was named “Best Folk Act” in their hometown of Cincinnati, OH. They have crisscrossed the country pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of award-winning original songs, traditional tunes, swing, blues and more. They were chosen twice as the only U.S. Folk Act to serve as Cultural Ambassador to Chile, South America with the U.S. State Department.
Wild Carrot is made up of Pam Temple and Spencer Funk. The pair met through music, married and began performing full-time together in 2000. In addition to performing, Spencer is a respected guitar teacher. Pam hosts The Front Porch, an American Roots radio program heard in the Greater Cincinnati area on local NPR member station 89.7FM WNKU.
The Roots Band includes: Brandi Smith—(Dobro, banjo and vocals). Smith has recorded with Carrie Newcomer and performed with Cincinnati’s acclaimed Comet Bluegrass Allsgars. Brenda Wolfersberger—(upright bass and vocals) has performed with Bluegrass maven Katie Laur and singes with the renowned MUSE Choir of Cincinnati.
Wild Carrot and the Roots Band’s latest CD, Crowd Around the Mic, was recorded live. The Chocolate Dog Music project was released through Blue Jordan Records. It is truly a homegrown endeavor that was largely funded by their fans.