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Interview:
Michael Glabicki's Rusted Root at the Berman, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Michael Glabicki has Uprooted himself -- musically, at least.

The co-founder and frontman of Rusted Root has launched a new group, Uprooted, incorporating some of the members of Rusted Root’s most recent touring band. The new group is young, maybe 10 months old by Glabicki’s estimate, but it’s become his main concern as he takes the music he’s rooted in and tries to find new directions to take it...

• Glabicki, 49, says by phone that the decision to form Uprooted was inspired by the music more than anything else. “I had a bunch of new material that I wasn’t feeling was fitting Rusted Root. I first went out and explored it as a duo, then I started recording some of it, bringing in some different players and stuff. That’s sort of how it came about.”

• The difference between Rusted Root and Uprooted is still being determined, however. “That’s a good question. I’m not sure, actually,” Glabicki says with a laugh. “It’s just more of a vibe thing, just a different approach to vocals. The grooves are more sunken-in as opposed to sort of expressive. Rusted Root had some grooves here and there, but it would transform into a more organic movement to the groove than (Uprooted) has.”

• Uprooted has about 10 songs written and “about 10 more to start working on,” according to Glabicki. “We have about four songs (recorded) that still need touched up, and a couple lyrics here and there. Other than that they’re pretty much done.”

• Glabicki adds that he’s “really excited” about doing something new after more than 25 years of Rusted Root. “Being in Rusted Root I was sort feeling like I had to take care of everybody, make sure things worked out and continue. So the decision to do (Uprooted) was liberating in a sense that I could really look at where I was in my own individual path and express where I wanted to go, which is really how I started out with Rusted Root. That was my first band; I dropped out of college and decided to write music. that’s what I was doing at the time. Then, after awhile, you sort of become separate from life a little bit, so now I’m getting back to it with this (band).”

• Glabicki says Rusted Root is “sort of on a hiatus right now. I think everybody’s on board. I think Patrick (Norman) and Liz (Berlin) have their own projects and stuff going on at home, family life and stuff like that. Everybody is pretty good at it, so we’ll see what happens.”



If You Go:

• Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

• 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27

• Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival at the Berman Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Twp.

• Tickets are $25-$35.

• Call 248-661-1900 or visit theberman.org/musicfest.

Web Site: www.theberman.org/musicfest

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