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After working independently in bands ranging from indie rock to blues, Americana and jazz,

Tom Walters and Nicole Cassingham formed The Taproots with a focus on original material.  

Songwriting and vocal harmonies took center stage as they found themselves 

becoming regular performers at concerts, wineries and other venues.

 

With a growing library of well-received songs, the duo headed off to 

the recording studios, cutting their first four tracks at Jay Ferguson's The Green Orb 

in Santa Barbara.  Joining drummer and co-producer Michael C. Mason for these 

sessions were some exceptional studio artists, including bassist Steve Nelson

(Michael McDonald, Jim Messina) and Grammy Award winning guitarist Clif Magness.    

 

Mason and The Taproots then expanded the project, cutting 11 additional tracks at

Momboe Productions in Woodland Hills, all engineered and mixed by recording veteran

Ross Pallone of Rossaround Studios.  More musicians got in on the act, including 

guitar wizard Jon Woodhead (Leon Russel, Maria Muldaur), keyboardist David Adelstein

(Bob Welch, Rick Springfield) and Pat Benatar’s fine bassist Mick Mahan. 

Additional performers are listed in the CREDITS section.