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The Root Doctors

Formed in 1987, The Root Doctors have amassed a wide and passionate following, filling
music venues throughout the Southeast. The band’s debut release, “He’ll Eat Anything” sold
well and created a buzz that did not escape the notice of music industry leaders. In 1995,
Strawberry Skys studio producer Ron Hollins and Grammy award-winning engineer Bernie
Grundman worked with The Root Doctors on the release of an impressive second effort
titled “No Bones About It.”
The band’s single “She” spent four weeks at number one on WARQ radio’s “Top Five at Five”
(Columbia, SC, market) show, which led to expanded airplay in markets across the
Southeast. Their reputation as a hard-driving, versatile, mature and highly talented band with
diverse musical influences caught the attention of numerous promoters, and in the years to
follow, The Root Doctors opened shows for top national acts, including Little Richard, Ray
Charles, The B-52’s, The Gap Band, CAMEO, KC and The Sunshine Band, A Flock of
Seagulls, Morris Day and The Time, and Heatwave.
In 1996, the band experienced national television exposure when MTV covered an outdoor
concert in Finlay Park (Columbia, SC), at which The Root Doctors performed in front of
14,000 bouncing and gyrating hometown fans. It was their first performance incorporating
new arrangements for a three-piece horn section, percussion and even a gospel choir. The
crowd roared its approval of the versatile blend of pop, rock, jazz, gospel, rap and funk
A third album, released in 1999 and titled “Taste It,” also garnered rave reviews. Produced by
Mark Williams and recorded at the Reflection Sound Studio (Charlotte, NC) and Strawberry
Skys (Columbia, SC), the album marked the band’s first time recording with a four-piece horn
section. Precisely executed, “Taste It” provided a perfect showcase for the band’s many
years of professional experience.
“There are no freshman missteps here. Everything is clean, balanced, well-mixed and
generally right on the money,” wrote one reviewer. “Plenty of other bands could learn from
The Root Doctors’ production prowess.”
“What makes the band work is that we have a strong show and also that we can compose
great songs. One of our strengths is also that we enjoy performing together and are friends.
That comes across especially in our live performances. Another thing is that people enjoy
our albums and then come to our shows and are even more blown away. We definitely did not
get to a high point in The Root Doctors’ career by doing the opposite of what the fans
wanted. We attract more than 11,000 people to our shows by doing what we do best. ” lead singer
Hemingway said.
Wherever the band performs, it never disappoints, always keeping an emphasis on having
fun and making fans happy. The Doctors’ performance during Columbia’s 2001 Three
Rivers Music Festival added new legions of fans.

“(I am ) digging Columbia’s ultimate and longest-running dance party band, The Root
Doctors, and being reminded that Walter Hemingway is still a dynamic frontman.
Wearing a Columbia Inferno hockey jersey and dreads to die for, he led his charges
through some hard-hitting funk.”
— Michael Miller, The State newspaper, April 2001

The Root Doctors, whose original compositions have been described as widely appealing
and innately “radio-ready,” continue to receive airplay on a number radio stations with
varying formats. The band’s original songs “Her Beauty Would Hold,” “Home,” “Tight,” and
“Flights of Fancy” have been singled out by these stations as The Doctors’ most-requested
local favorites. Still, Hemingway insists that the band has never written or created music
with any particular format in mind.
“When we write a song, we just write it,” he said. “We don’t think about what kind of music it
is. We just play whatever comes out. We don’t have a format. We don’t want one.”
The Root Doctors are committed to keeping their content consistently fresh and their level
of showmanship high.