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Smoldering Roots is a Blues and Rock band covering artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Susan Tedsechi, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, the Doobie Brothers and more.



It's All About the Music Baby

A fun-loving Blues & Rock Band with a priority to get people dancing, the members of Smoldering Roots have been singing, performing, and playing since 2015 at local festivals and clubs throughout the Twin Cities. Mary (on guitar) one of the band's original members, along with Dave (on drums), Brett (on bass/keys) and Heather (lead vocals), have played in many bands over the years. They came together in the current line-up at the end of 2017, and share a love for music and performing. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any questions.




Sum of Talented Parts



Brett is a huge fan of the Minneapolis sound. His favorites include the Replacements, Husker Du and Soul Asylum. He has played with several cover and original bands in the Twin Cities including Jett Fetish, the Neon Martinis, and recently joined Smoldering Roots in 2017. Brett is the backbone of the band.


Lead Vocals

Heather worked professionally as a vocalist touring the nation and performing with various Top 40 bands for 11 years. She then founded one of the largest award-winning Wedding DJ companies in the Twin Cities. After nearly 10 years off the stage, in 2016 she began singing again. Heather also plays bass with a few local projects and is thrilled to be the lead vocalist for Smoldering Roots.




Mary is the unassuming shining star of the band. People are always shocked when they see this down-to-earth respiratory therapist by day, shredding on guitar playing Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and other guitar legends note for note. Her guitar skills are coupled with her sweet, but sometimes raspy vocals. As the band leader and original member, Mary is one bad-ass lady! Mary also plays with the band LoveTrain and is a volunteer and teacher with She Rock She Rock.



Dave has been with Smoldering Roots since 2016 as a hard-hitting rock and blues drummer with gritty vocals, bringing a consistent and solid performance every time. He is a Minnesota native who grew up in the northern suburbs cutting his teeth on the rock bands of the 70's and 80's, which carries through to his style today.



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Mary Had a Little Lamb -- Stevie Ray Vaughn

Pride & Joy -- Stevie Ray Vaughn

Hard to Handle -- Black Crowes

Moondance -- Van Morrison

Walking on Sunshine -- Katrina & the Waves

R.O.C.K in the U.S.A -- John Cougar Mellencamp

Lonley Ol' Night -- John Cougar Mellencamp

Little by Little -- Susan Tedeschi

Rock Me Right -- Susan Tedeschi

Mustang Sally -- The Commitments

She's Not There -- The Zombies

Crossroads -- Cream

Long Train Runnin' -- Doobie Bros.

Whiskey, Beer & Wine -- Buddy Guy

Rebel Rebel -- David Bowie

Something's Got A Hold on Me -- Etta James

Down to the Ground -- Mama's Black Sheep

Can't Let Go -- Lucinda Williams

Superstition -- Stevie Wonder 

I Wish -- Stevie Wonder

Tush -- ZZ Top

Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat -- Beck

Valerie -- Amy Winehouse

Barracuda -- Heart

Birthday -- Beatles

You Must Be Crazy For Me -- Melissa Etheridge

I Really Like You -- Melissa Etheridge

Funk #49 -- The James Gang

Sweet Emotion -- Aerosmith

Satisfaction -- Aretha Franklin

Try -- Janis Joplin

Born on the Bayou -- Creedence Clearwater Revival

Long Way to the Top -- AC/DC

Tore Down -- Eric Clapton

Shakey Ground -- Aerosmith

Hurt So Bad -- Susan Tedeschi

Runaway -- Bonnie Raitt

Lovin' Touchin' Feelin' -- Journey

I'm in the Mood for You -- Jimmie Vaughn & Lou Ann Barton

Miss You -- Rolling Stones

Unchain My Heart -- Joe Cocker

Uptown Funk -- Bruno Mars

So What -- Pink

Waitress in the Sky -- The Replacements

Stages -- ZZ Top

One Way or Another -- Blondie

Sympathy for the Devil -- Rolling Stones

Killing Floor -- Chris Thomas King

Sweet Home Chicago -- Blues Brothers

Fire -- Pointer Sisters

I'm the Only One -- Melissa Etheridge

Super Duper -- Joss Stone

Hate Myself for Lovin' You -- Joan Jett

Wagon Wheel -- Darius Rucker

Jackson -- Johnny and June Cash

RESPECT -- Aretha Franklin

Play that Funky Music -- Wild Cherry

Runaway Baby-- Bruno Mars

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around -- Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

Kiss -- Prince

I Will Survive -- Gloria Gaynor

Blister in the Sun-- Violent Femmes

Brick House/Get Down On It - The Commodores

Get Down Tonight/That's the Way I Like It -- KC & the Sunshine Band

Chain of Fools -- Aretha Franklin

Come to My Window -- Melissa Etheridge

Kerosene -- Miranda Lambert

Goodbye to You -- Scandal

I Melt With You -- Modern English




OCTOBER 25 --  Fall Funfest, The Trailhead/MN Valley Market, 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422 -- 4:45-6:00, $10 Suggested Donation for the entire day of bands noon - 6:00 pm




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