On Saturday, Dec. 13, Taproot, a Michigan-based band that has toured with the likes of Korn, Disturbed and Linkin Park (not to mention writing briefly with Billy Corgan), will hit the stage at Jester’s Pub for a wild night of rock.
    {mosimage}Fans of Taproot will get a chance to see and hear the band’s performance of its latest release Our Long Road Home during the concert. And, if you know anything about Taproot, you’ll know that the title of the album says a lot.
    The Ann Arbor-based band formed in 1998, and got its first shot at a record deal after sending a demo to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Durst liked what he heard and tried to help the band get a contract with Interscope Records. As is often the case, the negotiations became mired, and the band looked elsewhere, finally landing on the Atlantic Records label. The switch-up caused a little friction in the rock community, with Durst laying the blame on the jump to Atlantic at the feet of System of a Down, who helped Taproot out with the Atlantic deal. That didn’t bode well for System, as Durst kicked them off the 1999 Family Values Tour. The controversy didn’t stop Taproot from doing what it does best — rocking its fans.
    In 2000, the band released Gift, which gained heavy exposure through MTV2. The band also landed a spot on the 2000 and 2001 Ozzfest tour. In 2002, the band released Welcome, which debuted at 17 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 51,000 copies in its first week. The second release off the album, “Poem” shot to number five on the mainstream rock charts.
    Returning from a two-year break from heavy touring, the band released its third major album Blue-Sky Research in 2005. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins frontman) assisted in songwriting on the album, which was produced by Toby Wright. In May 2006, Taproot parted ways with Atlantic Records following disappointing sales of Blue Sky Research.
    Long Road Home as been a couple of years in the making. The album was released independently through the independent label Velvet Hammer.
    So, if you’ve been jonesing for some new Taproot music – here’s your opportunity. Go over to Jester’s and get your hit of rock.

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