by Charmie Gholson
There isn't much room with eight musicians on stage, but that's okay. The folks in Rootstand are completely comfortable with themselves, their instruments, and each other. Two separate drum sets monopolize the back half of the stage: a straight-up kit and a circus of congas, timbales, and various percussives. Up front, two guitars, a mandolin, an upright bass, a banjo, and a fiddle share what's left of the stage. There's no need for fancy showmanship; these people are too busy working, focused and smiling.
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