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Michael Glabicki's Rusted Root at the Berman, 5 Things To Know
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 Rootâ€™s most recent touring band. The new group is young, maybe 10 months old by Glabickiâ€™s estimate, but itâ€™s become his main concern as he takes the music heâ€™s rooted in and tries to find new directions to take it...
â€˘ Glabicki, 49, says by phone that the decision to form Uprooted was inspired by the music more than anything else. â€śI had a bunch of new material that I wasnâ€™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. Thatâ€™s sort of how it came about.â€ť
â€˘ The difference between Rusted Root and Uprooted is still being determined, however. â€śThatâ€™s a good question. Iâ€™m not sure, actually,â€ť Glabicki says with a laugh. â€śItâ€™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.â€ť
â€˘ Uprooted has about 10 songs written and â€śabout 10 more to start working on,â€ť according to Glabicki. â€śWe have about four songs (recorded) that still need touched up, and a couple lyrics here and there. Other than that theyâ€™re pretty much done.â€ť
â€˘ Glabicki adds that heâ€™s â€śreally excitedâ€ť about doing something new after more than 25 years of Rusted Root. â€śBeing 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. thatâ€™s what I was doing at the time. Then, after awhile, you sort of become separate from life a little bit, so now Iâ€™m getting back to it with this (band).â€ť
â€˘ Glabicki says Rusted Root is â€śsort of on a hiatus right now. I think everybodyâ€™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 weâ€™ll see what happens.â€ť
If You Go:
â€˘ Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root
â€˘ 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27
â€˘ Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival at the Berman Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Twp.
â€˘ Tickets are $25-$35.
â€˘ Call 248-661-1900 or visit theberman.org/musicfest.
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