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BAND SERIOUS ABOUT ITS ROOTS

BAND SERIOUS ABOUT ITS ROOTS

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So, what's in a name? Much. Especially when your band's name is Agents of Good Roots.

Just ask Andrew Winn, the band's 23-year-old guitarist, who has a master's degree in music with concentration in classical guitar.``The name means we are agents of the roots of good music,' Winn told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in an interview last summer. ``We've studied jazz, rock, the blues. We play to music's serious roots.'

Agents of Good Roots pull into Ziggy's Friday in Winston-Salem following a busy year.

In March, the four-member band from Richmond released its debut disc, ``Where'd You Get That Vibe?' It's an 11-song collection in which J.C. Kuhl's saxophone is out front, giving the band's guitar-bass-drums makeup a sound that 9 Times Magazine called ``original and relentless.'

Then, in August, the band jumped onto the summer's biggest psychedelic tour and played eight dates on the popular festival known as H.O.R.D.E., or Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere.

``Our roots are in jazz and funk, but we're just a rock and roll band,' Winn says.

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