Rootstock is a highly respected 5-piece group from the heart of Northern California consisting of Yanahay Hooper on lead vocals and guitar, Tom Forest on keyboards, percussion and vocals, Lex Krauss on lead guitar and vocals, Osibisa on drums, and Ellery Clark holding down the bass.
Formed in 1983 after jamming and communicating across the redwood hills, Rootstock's musical style, based on roots-reggae and world-beat rhythms, has been described as eclectic, fusion, and reggae with a rock edge.
Their long awaited album of originals, 1991's Planet Green, brought the band wide acclaim across their home state, where they have the reputation of being one of Northern California's favorite reggae bands.
1995's CD album See No Color, landed Rootstock at world famous "Reggae On the River," where the band was warmly greeted by their local following. This album of original works was also honored by a nomination at the Bammie Awards in the new category of "Outstanding World Beat Album."
2001's CD release of More Than It Takes is a short sweet sampler EP of what the band has been up to lately. With new member Ellery Clark on bass, the CD also features backing vocals by local jazz great Paula Samonte, and was recorded at Laughing Coyote Studio and co-produced by Spencer Brewer.
Rootstock has been actively involved in supporting and performing at numerous political and environmental actions. Their humor and earthly philosophies are reflected through their environmental and political lyrics for which Rootstock is well known.
Over the years, performing at concerts and festivals in Nevada, California and Oregon, Rootstock has opened for such reggae greats as Third World, Israel Vibrations, the Congos, Messenjah, The Itals, The Wailers Band, and Burning Spear.