Hawthorne Roots at Front Range Barbeque show preview 

click to enlarge Hawthorne Roots, Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com.
  • Hawthorne Roots, Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com.
Montana sister act Hawthorne Roots are about as far removed as you can get — both musically and geographically — from Ohio emo-rock band Hawthorne Heights. While frontwomen Madeline Hawthorne Kelly and her sister Emma, who come from a musical family, like to refer to their band as “revved-up Montana soul music,” Madeline’s songs and Emma’s acoustic rhythm guitar style are more likely to land writes-ups in No Depression than Wax Poetics. And since their hometown Bozeman Magazine is unlikely to add a Best Revved-Up Soul Act category to its Bozeman Choice Awards, the group is happy to settle for the Best Folk Act award, which they’ve won three years in a row since their founding in 2014. Accompanied by bassist Dustin Crowson, guitarist Lucas Mace and drummer-vocalist Michael DeJaynes, Madeline and Emma’s lead vocals and harmonies take center stage during live shows, with songs that in many cases suggest the influence of Fleetwood Mac and Heart. That’s also the case with On Second Thought, a self-produced five-song EP that the group put out earlier this month. The new release does, in fact, find Hawthorne Roots moving in more eclectic directions — as do recent tracks like the reggae-influenced “This One’s for You,” which comes complete with Hammond organ and a dubbed-out rhythm arrangement. But through it all, the group never loses sight of the sublime vocals and songwriting that have gotten them to this point.


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