David Shore of Moonshine Still created Rock U in 2008 at Music Matters in Fulton County as a way to give young musicians the opportunity to join a band and play shows regularly. Rock U currently has 90 students enrolled, making it the largest program of its kind in the southeast. Rock U bands have performed at venues like The Masquerade, Center Stage, Moderna and many more as well as festivals and community events in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
“David started the school in Atlanta teaching 10- to 13 year-olds how to be rock stars. The best of the best students will be performing under David’s direction as Rock U AllStars. Almost everything they perform is a cover. You’ll see an 11-year-old shredding Led Zeppelin,” Holder said. “They put a lot of bands to shame and they’re 10- to 13-year-old. I’m excited about it.”
As the most requested band from the 50 and over demographic of Deep Roots festival-goers, Wet Willie with Jimmy Hall will also take the stage. An American band from Mobile, Ala., Wet Willie is best known for the hit “Keep On Smilin,” reaching number 10 on Billboard in August 1974. The band has had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of southern rock.
“Older folks will appreciate it and younger folks will discover it. I’ve tried three to four years to get them, but it’s never worked out. I actually booked them before last year’s Deep Roots,” Holder said. “They are still the original group and they still put on a heck of a show.”
An American folk duo from Charleston, S.C. composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, known as Shovel & Rope, are 2013 Americana Awards nominees for album of the year, emerging artist of the year, song of the year “Birmingham,” and group of the year. The band made its network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Jan. 30.