Today we have an exclusive with The Root Cause, who inject enough rock and soul into their music to shake you awake from your pop culture slumber. Their track “Common Man” gets a big thumbs up from me. 

The Root Cause takes acoustic music’s more gritty, rock n’ roll aspects and throws out the rule book. What about the possibilities of acoustic music excites you?

It is more challenging because the notes must resonate clearly…Electric music you can get by with a little slop…acoustic you are challenged to be clean and clear. You can build an acoustic song to be very strong with good music structure and solid lyrics to get the point across. Solid musicians with great chemistry make that happen. Add a good singer to tell the story and get the point across and you really have something special.

Do you see evidence that more people are looking for genuine music again?

The feedback we get at shows after we perform would have me saying yes to this question. I think a lot of people are looking for this type of connection and we are just the band to give it to them.

What have you found works well for you as far as promotion goes?

Everything….as a local band here in Chicago you have to flyer, email, facebook, tweet, poster…whatever it takes and create as many opportunities for ourselves. The bottom line is it takes hard work and real person to person relationships to grow your fans. We are always looking for the next show if we have nothing booked and creating it into an event.

Who in music today do you most admire most and why?

Eddie Vedder….he does it his way and has always never been afraid to express his deepest and most intimate feelings. Huge fan.

Please tell us about how your newest album came to be.

Back in 2005 we started out writing songs in Rick Drehobl’s office and then shortly after began doing short recording sessions with that material at CRC in Chicago. The music sounded great so we continued to write and play shows. Then we discussed wanting to record a full length album and were offered by our producer “Jim Warner” a very comfortable place to record with a quality engineer “Grayson Elliot Taylor” to lay down all the material we had. It took us over 3 years to get it done due to some scheduling conflicts and the death of my mother and our engineer’s father but we continued to push and grind out all the time and effort needed to complete the recording project.

How can music fans keep tabs on The Root Cause?

We can be seen on you tube, facebook and the new record is available for $4.99 at


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