Montana had a need for soul music. The Hawthorne Roots took their passion and talent and revved up the genre to another level. The original songs by sisters Emma and Madeline Kelly and Michael DeJaynes have garnered this five piece Bozeman group positive attention and a loyal fan base. Defined by their tightly woven harmonies and relentlessly catchy melodies, The Hawthorne Roots bring a distinctly unique and exciting sound to the Montana music scene. In 2015 The Hawthorne Roots were voted Bozeman’s best new local band and best folk act. In 2016 they received the award for best folk act again. The singers are backed by bassist Dustin Crowson, guitarist Lucas Mace, and drummer/vocalist Michael DeJaynes. Their live performances channel positive energy that connects with the audience and makes for an unforgettable show.
The Hawthorne Roots’ story begins with Emma, born in 1986, and Madeline born in 1989. They entered the 90’s and early 2000’s as young girls living on the East Coast. Their musical lives began at birth with both mother and father heavily involved in the classical music community in Boston. The two sisters explored different musical genres growing up. Madeline began writing songs at the age of 16 leaning on inspiration from folk artists like Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Neil Young. The two sisters forged separate paths for many years, Madeline moving to Bozeman, Montana in 2008. Emma made her way west in 2013. It was not until 2014 they decided to team up for Madeline’s first recording session with Preston White of Boxwood Studios. Michael DeJaynes came to Bozeman in the early 2000s and has been performing and writing his high energy feel good songs for the last 20 years with multiple bands including Bumpkin, Tomorrow's Today, One Leaf Clover and Solidarity Service.
In 2014, Madeline and Emma paired up with Bozeman bassist Casey George and Bozeman drummer Michael DeJaynes to form The Hawthorne Roots. In 2015 the Kelly sisters teamed up for the first time and wrote the song “Keena” together (the featured video on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/hawthorneroots. Since then, the band has been joined by numerous Bozeman musicians including Mike Koziel for their 3 track EP recorded at Low Country Studios, Alex Koukov and Bridger Dunnegan from Hollowtops, Haley Ford from The Vibe Quartet, Hemingway and the Organix, and John Shirrell from Doctors of Geography. John Sherrill officially joined The Hawthorne Roots in July of 2015. Casey George left in September of 2015 and Haley Ford took his place, forever changing the female to male ratio and of course - the bass lines. In 2016 lead guitarist Lucas Mace of Fresh off the Vine and Human Lab joined, followed by bass player Dustin Crowson of Electric Sunday.
Today The Hawthorne Roots bring a soulful and energetic performance to the stage, every lyric sung with true passion and genuine elegance. The new repertoire explores different emotions and pushes the boundaries of what is known as The Americana genre of music. Their unique style of Revved Up Soul Music has gained momentum and admiration. They do not write by the rules. The music of The Hawthorne Roots comes from nowhere else, but the heart. Stay tuned as this fresh Montana band continues to spread roots.