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Roxie Watson

Roxie Watson is a four-piece string band from Decatur, GA, who play what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of original and traditional songs that contain three- and four-part harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre.

Roxie Watson is a four-piece string band made up of Lenny Lasater (bass), Beth "BeeWee" Wheeler (mandolin & ukulele), Linda Bolley (guitars & banjo), and Becky Shaw (guitar, lap steel, button accordion, harmonica & spoons). What started out as a cover-song-playing kitchen duo in 2007 has evolved organically over the years into one of the finest original bands in the Southeast. Garnering the word-of-mouth support of an ever-growing group of loyal fans, the band regularly sells out storied songwriting venues from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. Each band member takes turns with the lead vocal and contributes to both song and arrangement ideas. From the firecracker guitar playing of Bolley to the delicate mandolin of Wheeler, the propulsive bass of Lasater, to the lap steel and button box swells & harp and guitar rhythms of Shaw, Roxie Watson weaves a rich tapestry of sound.

The band will celebrate the release of their fourth record, Try A Little Kindness, on August 19th, 2017 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA. They have played concert venues (The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Variety Playhouse in Atlanta & Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA to name a few), opened for Del McCoury at Iron City in Birmingham, AL, and for the Indigo Girls on their Beauty Queen Sister tour at the Classic Theater, Carolina Theater and The National; and at festivals all over the Southeast (30A Festival, Deatur BBQ & Blues Festival, Georgia Roots Music Festival, Inman Park Festival), rolled through parades on the back of B. Wheeler's classic red Ford F-150 (from the Blue Ridge 4th of July parade & Inman Park Parade to the Little Five Points Halloween parade), and have been known to roll into a favorite BBQ joint parking lot to play a free show just for fun! Their latest full-length studio album, Try A Little Kindness, will be followed by their first ever double-singles release, entitled "Find Our Way To Love." This CD features their new original song, "Find Our Way To Love," and a beautifully rendered cover of the traditional, "Corrina Corrina."

Roxie Watson has received hearty endorsements from everyone they’ve encountered so far: Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and Georgia Music Foundation said, “When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson.”

Eddie Owen from legendary Decatur establishment Eddie’s Attic said they “play and sing like wily, crafty veterans and harmonize like the angels.” Sarah Auman from Blue Ridge said of the band that they “turned Blue Ridge on its ear at our annual 4th of July parade. Talk about fun, family, and down-home goodness!”

Perhaps the most all-encompassing description of Roxie Watson came from the Huffington Post: “These women are more than proficient as musicians, have a warm way with a story, and a natural stage banter that comes from a long history of friendship and community. The stage morphs into a back porch, with the audience becoming honored guests in an intimate setting that is a heck of a lot of fun, heartwarming, and heart-rending when it needs to be.”