Shawn Taylor

Home | Store | EPK/Press/Bio | Contact | Media/Music | Wandering Roots Band | Shows | Songs

Wandering Roots 
Fresh, new songs. Deep, ol' roots.




"I've really enjoyed listening to this band." - José Feliciano

Shawn Taylor & Wandering Roots

Shawn Taylor & Wandering Roots cultivate a robust mixture of organic sounds and grooves, from the seeds of Taylor’s original songs and a deep well of Americana. It’s music with wandering roots, gritty roots, gritty vocals, dancing fingers on strings, barn burning flat picking, rich vocal harmonies, wailing harp, world inspired cajon beats, driving pocket bass and songs; fresh, new songs, with deep, ol’ roots.

WR began in 2001 with Taylor's first solo recording project "Wandering Roots," as a loose network of musicians and friends. In the begining it was Jim McKeeman on guitar, Billy Bileca on upright bass, and Nick Longo on drums and purcussion. Over the years they have performed in various combinations from duo, to six piece, allowing the sounds and the songs to evolve wildly, but always maintaining the acoustic 'roots' foundation. They've included the burning slide guitar of Chris D'Amato and the fiddle of Bobby Picket, and have incorporated blues, bluegrass, rock, reggae, folk, country and world influences.

These days WR performs most often as a qurtet or duo. The quartet features Gary Collins on cajon and purcussion, Nick Defala on electric bass and Jim McKeeman on guitar and vocals. 


Wandering Roots
Shawn Taylor (Guitar, vocals, harmonica, songwriting)
 Jim McKeeman (acoustic & electric guitar, harmony vocals)
Gary Collins (Cajon & Percusion)
Nicholas DeFalla (Electric Bass)  

Extended Roots;
Bobby Pickett (fiddle, lap steel, vocals, guitar, harmonica, flute)
Chris D'Amato (Guitar and National Steel Slide guitar)
Nick Longo (Drums)
Paul Opalach (recording arts & electric bass)


Please join us for
the 2015 NEAMF
Sept 26th! 

                  Jim McKeeman


                   Gary Collins

Nicholas Defala

Shawn Taylor