SOURCE: Atlantic Records

July 11, 2005 12:31 ET

Taproot Unveils "BLUE-SKY RESEARCH"

Acclaimed Hard Rock Outfit's Third Album Features Collaborations With Billy Corgan; New Single -- "Calling" -- Lights Up Rock Radio; U.S. Tour With Chevelle Kicks Off July 9th

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic recording group Taproot has announced the release of its much anticipated third album. The album -- dubbed "BLUE-SKY RESEARCH" -- will arrive in stores on August 16th.

Produced by Toby Wright (who helmed Taproot's critically praised "WELCOME"), "BLUE-SKY RESEARCH" sees the Ann Arbor-based quartet continuing their musical exploration of hard rock's many textures. The album showcases Taproot's gifts for inventive melodies and thought-provoking lyricism, as is evident in the album's first single, "Calling." "BLUE-SKY RESEARCH" finds the band collaborating with such like-minded artists as Billy Corgan, who shares credit on three of the album's most intriguing songs: "Lost In The Woods," "Violent Seas," and "Promise." Overall, the album displays Taproot's consistently remarkable artistic growth, once again showing them to be among today's finest hard rock outfits.

"Calling" has already provoked a huge reaction at multi-format rock radio outlets across the country. The track has bulleted onto the Active Rock and Alternative national airplay charts, and is currently among the week's five most-added new songs at both formats. In addition, "Calling" has received the #3 most-increased plays at Active Rock stations nationwide. A companion video for the track, directed by Moh Azima, was recently shot in Los Angeles.

Considered one of today's most striking live acts, Taproot will spend the summer on the road, heralding the upcoming release of "BLUE-SKY RESEARCH." The band is currently slated to join forces with Chevelle for a major U.S. tour. The trek -- which kicks off on July 9th in Indianapolis -- also features support from 30 Seconds to Mars (see attached itinerary).

Founded in 1997, Taproot made their Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic debut with 2000's "GIFT," which featured the Active Rock radio hit, "Again and Again." They followed that success two years later with the Toby Wright-produced "WELCOME," a collection which spawned the major rock smash "Poem."

In addition to their success at radio, Taproot has also built a loyal and devoted fanbase via their powerful and provocative live shows. The band has headlined a number of national tours, been a fan favorite on Ozzfests 2000 and 2001, and made notable support appearances alongside Linkin Park, Incubus, Deftones, and Mudvayne.

Taproot is: Stephen Richards: vocals, guitar; Mike DeWolf: guitars; Philip Lipscomb: bass; Jarrod Montague: drums.

All Dates with Chevelle & 30 Seconds to Mars
* signifies headline show
9      Indianapolis, IN         Murat Egyptian Room
11     Flint, MI                Machine Shop*
12     Grand Rapids, MI         Orbit
14     Ft. Wayne, IN            Piere's
15     Cleveland, OH            House of Blues
16     Cincinnati, OH           Bogart's
18     Toledo, OH               Headliners
19     Pittston Township, PA    The Staircase
21     Hampton Beach, NH        Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
22     Northampton, MA          Pearl Street
23     Atlantic City, NJ        House of Blues
25     Sayreville, NJ           Starland Ballroom
26     Dewey Beach, DE          Baycenter at Rusty Rudder
28     Virginia Beach, VA       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
29     Philadelphia, PA         Electric Factory
1      Portland, ME             State Theatre
2      Boston, MA               The Roxy
3      New York, NY             Irving Plaza
5      Myrtle Beach, SC         House of Blues
6      Columbia, SC             Headliners*
8      Orlando, FL              House of Blues
9      Tampa, FL                Jannus Landing
11     Birmingham, AL           Sloss Furnace
13     Chicago, IL              Tweeter Center
14     Madison, WI              Alliant Energy Center
16     Detroit, MI              St. Andrews*

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