Genre-pushing rockers Digging Roots deliver reggae and hip-hop inspired beats, smoky blues vocals and pop-laced melodies that will lift your spirit and get you dancing. Wife and husband duo ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanataka flawlessly balance Indigenous music traditions with modern aesthetics with their lively blend of funky danceable beats, Kanataka’s searing guitar licks and Kish’s powerful raw vocals reminiscent of First Nations musical traditions. Formed in 2004 in Barrie, Ontario in Canada, the group employs the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines musical composition technique, tracing the melody and rhythm of the contours of the land to create powerful sonic kaleidoscopes that leave listeners spellbound.
Digging Root’s debut album Seeds (2006) was nominated for “Aboriginal Album of the Year” at the 2007 JUNO Awards, with their follow-up We Are… (2009) taking home the award in 2010. The four-time Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning duo has thrilled audiences across the globe with performances in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. Their latest release, For the Light (2014) was described by Worldbeat International as “an album that’s stylish beyond all else…Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have emerged from the studio as fashion-forward songsmiths of sonic design.” In 2015, Digging Roots was awarded the “Cobalt Blues Award” by the Toronto Blues Society.
Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins
17-year-old guitar prodigy Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins dishes out electrifying performances that leave audiences captivated, with a gritty bluesy sound described by Boogie Magazine as “reminiscent of young guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang." With an eclectic improvisation style inspired by guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Benson and Wah Wah Watson, Cullins has shared the stage with a wide array of notable musicians including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Greg Douglass (former guitarist with the Steve Miller Band), blues harmonica great James Harman, guitarist Laura Chavez (voted one of the top 50 women guitarists in the world by Guitar Player Magazine readers) and former Ike Turner bassist Kevin Cooper to name a few. In May 2018, he took home first place at the Dallas International Guitar Show’s “Young Guns” showcase featuring a host of 20-years-old-and-under guitar slingers from around the world. Experience this exciting upcoming talent in the guitar world.