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Taproot Biography

The Alternative-Metal four-piece band Taproot first came together in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, in 1997 with vocalist + guitarist Stephen Richards, guitarist Michael DeWolf, bassist Philip Lipscomb and drummer Jarrod Montague.

The guys earned a passionate and faithful following among discerning heavy-Rock loyalists via searing live performances; they released an indie-EP called "Mentobe" and eventually scored a deal with Atlantic subsidiary Velvet Hammer issuing their full-length debut, "Gift", in June 2000; the record was a moderate success, reaching the #160 position on The Billboard 200 chart and produced a couple of Mainstream Rock top 40 hit: "Again And Again" and "I".

The group continued to tour incessantly opening for an array of headliners, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Deftones, Incubus, Linkin Park and in October of 2002 released their second album, "Welcome", which rose to the #17 slot on The Billboard Top 200 list while the main single, "Poem", peaked at #5 on The Mainstream Rock chart and at #10 on The Modern Rock Tracks; it was followed by one more top 30 hit, "Mine".

Taproot returned in mid-2005 with its third national release, "Blue-Sky Research", the 13-song set featured guest appearances by Billy Corgan and Stephen Carpenter from Deftones; it quickly broke into the top 40 of The Billboard 200 and the first single off of the CD, "Calling", soon climbed the Active Rock airplay chart, barely falling short of cracking the top 10. Their next single, "Birthday", made it to the top 40.

After a couple of years off the Rock radar and three albums for a major label, in September 2008 the Michigan quartet issued "Our Long Road Home" which debuted at #6 on the Top Independent Albums chart and reached #65 on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Wherever I Stand", held the #34 spot on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart. After the album's release long time friend and the band's drum-tech Nick Fredell went on to replace the departed Jarrod Montague on drums.

Taproot officially inked a new deal with Victory Records in late 2009 and began working on a new album titled "Plead The Fifth" which came out in May 2010 prefaced by the Billboard's Rock Songs top 50 hit single "Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)". The disc debuted at #107 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

The Ann Arbor-based quartet put out their sixth full-length disc, "The Episodes", in April 2012. Described by the band as “complexly developed concept album” on which they worked on for nearly six years, the album spawned the Active Rock top 40 hit "No Surrender".


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    Group shot 2000
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    Taproot band 2005