Get to Know Larry

Larry Rothman – Lead Vocals/Rhythm

Meet Larry, the dynamic and talented Country Singer/Songwriter hailing from the heart of Michigan. Music has been ingrained in Larry’s soul since he first uttered a word, and his journey with country tunes began as early as he can remember.

Picture young Larry, recording himself effortlessly crooning along with the legends of country music like Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, and Charley Pride. He poured his heart into every song, practicing until he became indistinguishable from the original artists.

As time went on, Larry’s passion for music only intensified, and he found himself immersed in the country scene by joining several country bands. In 2014, he took a leap of faith and launched his very own band called “Pickin’ Roots.” This extraordinary ensemble embraced the traditional country sounds, delighting audiences with their authentic melodies.

Music isn’t the only love that fills Larry’s life. His faith in Jesus Christ and his deep love for his family stand paramount in his heart. Alongside performing country gospel and contemporary Christian music, Larry proudly serves as the worship leader at his local church, channeling his musical talents to inspire and uplift others.

For Larry, music is more than just a hobby or a career—it’s a way to touch hearts and evoke emotions. He believes that if he can bring even a single smile, a heartfelt tear, or a burst of laughter to someone through his melodies, then every moment spent playing is entirely worthwhile.

With his genuine passion, extraordinary talent, and unwavering devotion, Larry is a force to be reckoned with in the world of country music. So buckle up, as this Michigan native is all set to take you on an exhilarating musical ride that will leave you mesmerized and yearning for more!

Get to Know James

James Dodd – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar

Meet James, the vivacious bass player and backup vocalist hailing from the vibrant county of Lenawee. Not only is he an exceptional musician, but he also possesses an uncanny talent for comedy that will keep you grinning from ear to ear. Whether he’s interacting with his fellow bandmates on stage or charming the audience, James is a master at spreading joy.

Get to know him better, and you’ll find yourself engulfed in laughter. With a heartwarming and infectious sense of humor, he can effortlessly brighten even the gloomiest of days. But James’s talent doesn’t stop at entertaining; he’s also an incredible singer who honed his skills in numerous worship bands in the past.

Growing up surrounded by the enchanting melodies of Classic Country, James developed a profound love for the genre, and it shines through every note he plays and sings. Now, he is an integral part of the captivating country band Pickin’ Roots, where his infectious energy and musical prowess add a whole new dimension to their performances.

So, if you’re ready to experience a bass player like no other, who can slay with both talent and humor, join James and Pickin’ Roots on their musical escapades. Prepare to be dazzled, entertained, and immersed in the magic of Classic Country tunes like never before!

Get to Know Kevin

Kevin Fix – Steel Guitar

Prepare to be blown away by the extraordinary talent of Kevin, the Pedal Steel Guitar virtuoso with over 30 years of experience under his belt. Kevin’s heart beats to the rhythm of country music, and his mastery of the Pedal Steel Guitar is unparalleled. From honky-tonks to massive clubs, and even captivating county fairs, Kevin has graced every stage with his mesmerizing melodies.

But that’s not all – Kevin’s musical journey has taken him halfway around the world, leaving audiences in awe of his breathtaking performances. Picture the crowd going wild as he skillfully weaves his soulful tunes, transporting everyone to a world of pure musical bliss.

Kevin’s immense talent has earned him the remarkable opportunity to open for numerous country music legends. And hold on to your hats, because the pinnacle of his career was a mind-blowing concert with a staggering 60,000 fans, where he brilliantly set the stage on fire while opening for country icons Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

But what truly sets Kevin apart is his unwavering love for country music. With each strum and every note, you can feel his passion and dedication to the genre that runs through his veins.

Now, Kevin is an essential member of Pickin’ Roots. Together, they create a powerhouse of musical brilliance, captivating audiences with their awe-inspiring performances. So get ready to be taken on a musical journey like no other, as Kevin and Pickin’ Roots transport you to a world of country music magic that will leave you utterly mesmerized.

Get to Know Joe

Joe Weyand – Drums

Hold on tight, because the drummer extraordinaire, Joe Weyand, is back with a bang to rock the stage with Pickin’ Roots! Though he took a break for a while, he’s no stranger to the band, having been our drummer a few years back. Now, he’s back with a fiery passion that’s ready to set the country music scene ablaze!

Just like his close pal Heath, Joe’s drumming skills are nothing short of legendary. His impeccable sense of timing is as precise as a well-crafted Timex watch, ensuring that every beat hits you right in the soul. Hailing from the heart of Southeast Michigan, Joe’s reputation as one of the best drummers around precedes him, and boy, can he play some country music!

But don’t think for a moment that country is the only genre Joe can groove to. His musical influences span far and wide, making him a versatile powerhouse on the drums. No matter the style, Joe has the experience and expertise that come from years of dedicated musical passion.

As Joe reunites with Pickin’ Roots, get ready for a musical rollercoaster that will have you tapping your feet and dancing in no time. His electrifying beats combined with the band’s unparalleled talent will transport you to a place where country music reigns supreme, and the energy is electrifying. So, brace yourself for a heart-pounding performance as Joe and Pickin’ Roots bring the house down, leaving you craving more of their incredible musical magic!

Get to Know Jeff

Jeff Pierce – Guitar

Prepare to be amazed by Jeff, a true musical prodigy and a force to be reckoned with in the band Pickin’ Roots! As the youngest of seven in a family of musicians, Jeff was destined to create music that would leave the world in awe.

His musical journey began at a tender age of 8 when he laid eyes on his big brother’s sparkly blue drum set. Captivated by its allure, he couldn’t resist the temptation to play. By the time he turned 10, he was already the skillful drummer for his family’s band, setting the stage on fire with his incredible beats.

But Jeff’s passion for music knew no bounds, and he wasn’t content with mastering just one instrument. His journey took a thrilling turn as he ventured into the world of guitar. He embraced this new challenge with unmatched determination, winning talent shows and sharing the spotlight with top 40 artists. His talents were undeniable, and soon, his dreams led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2013.

Despite being a devoted husband and a successful business owner, Jeff’s thirst for musical excellence drove him to push his limits further. To hone his guitar skills, he made a remarkable commitment – waking up at the jaw-dropping hour of 3 a.m. every single day. With unwavering dedication and relentless practice, he transformed into the advanced guitar virtuoso he is today.

Even after reaching remarkable heights, Jeff’s love for music still knows no bounds. It’s his constant inspiration, the fuel that ignites his days. And yes, you read that right – he still embraces the early hours, starting his day with soul-stirring music at 3 a.m.

So, be prepared to be blown away by the sensational talent of Jeff and his magical performances with Pickin’ Roots. His captivating journey from drums to guitar, the sacrifices he’s made, and the sheer passion he exudes will leave you mesmerized and yearning for more. The stage is set, and the spotlight awaits – brace yourself for an unforgettable musical experience like never before!

Get to Know Heath

Heath Bathgate – Bass

Get ready to groove to the electrifying bass guitar magic of Heath, a true maestro who has been rocking the stage since 1980! With decades of experience under his belt, Heath’s musical journey has been nothing short of a thrilling adventure.

He’s a musical chameleon, effortlessly blending into diverse genres like Jazz, Country, Funk, Motown, Rock, and Metal. No matter the style, Heath’s bass skills are rock-solid, leaving audiences awe-inspired and begging for more.

But there’s one genre that holds a special place in Heath’s heart – old-school country. It’s where he truly feels at home, and with pride, we can say that he’s an irreplaceable part of the Pickin’ Roots family! When he unleashes his soulful bass lines, it’s like a spellbinding journey through the heart and soul of country music.

With Heath in the mix, the energy on stage is infectious, and every performance is an exhilarating experience. He’s not just a bass player; he’s a musical powerhouse who elevates the entire band with his unmatched talent and passion.

So, brace yourself for an unforgettable musical escapade as Heath and Pickin’ Roots take you on a ride through a tapestry of genres, leaving you breathless and mesmerized. When this bass virtuoso hits the stage, get ready to lose yourself in the captivating world of music, where the rhythm takes over and time stands still. Are you prepared to feel the pulsating beats and let the music take control? Let’s rock the night away with Heath and the phenomenal Pickin’ Roots crew!

Former Band Members

Beau resides in Clinton, Michigan and played lead guitar for Pickin’ Roots.  Beau has developed his knowledge of country music over the past few years having played in rock and roll bands for 30+ years.  Beau loves to play anytime he can – so chances are you will see him around.

Katie originates from England and has, over the past few years come to love and appreciate the Classic Country music sound.  She began playing the mandolin when her husband, Larry, bought her one for her 40th birthday.  Being part of this band has been a new experience for her but a whole lot of fun.

Although she is not playing on stage any longer, Katie continues to be a part of the band by helping with the organization and event bookings.

John was one of the first drummers to play with Pickin’ Roots back in 2014.  His passion for the Classic Country Sound runs through his veins and it shows in his drumming ability.  He has opened up for many country music artists over the years and has played in several different groups.  While playing in California John was nominated four times as Drummer of the Year by the Southern California Country Music Association.    John is and always will be a Marine!

It is with a heavy heart that I have to say that our dear friend and bandmate Ken Thompson has passed away of COVID. Ken loved playing classic country music with our band but he loved his family and Jesus way more! This picture is of Ken singing his song called “Some Kind of Christian”. We’re going to miss you buddy.

Taylor sang with the band for several years.  Unfortunately, she does not perform with us any longer as her career with the US Army has taken her on a new adventure.  We as a band send her off with all our support and prayers for a successful future.

Tony was one of the original members of Pickin Roots. He brought great harmonies and a passion for traditional county music. Tony has been playing county music for decades and even now into his 90’s he continues to play.

Mary was Pickin Roots’s original bass player when the band first started. Mary is a true musician who can play most anything. Along with Tony they continue to play music together.