The Band

The Bare Roots Band formed as "Root 74"  in the Fall of 2002, when Wes Hoke recorded a CD of acoustic songs and wanted to begin performing live again with a full band. He recruited his former bandmate Mike Suhina and the two immediately started putting beats and rhythms to Wes's acoustic arrangements. Then a lucky classified ad scored Jamie Aston on the bass guitar, a highly recommended jam band veteran from the area. Hoke then contacted keyboardist John Rivero, and old friend of his father's, to put together a power jam band that hit the scene.  After almost 2 decades and several changes in band members, the band has recently been reborn as Wes Hoke and the Bare Roots Band, to put more emphasis on Wes's songwriting and to keep the "Roots" of their name that regularly got billed as "Route 74". For almost 15 years the band has been a power trio of Wes on electric guitar, Jamie on bass guitar and Mike Springer on drums. They are currently seeking a keyboard player / backup singer to join the line up.


Wesley has been a singer and songwriter since an early age and has continued the passion through the present day. Growing up around live music helped influence his decision to pursue the passion himself. A blues and southern rock guitar sound has been his signature style of playing while he pulls from all genres of music when writing songs. He has played around the Central PA in bands such as Spare Change and Universal Black Dog.


Jamie provides the moving and grooving with smooth low tones from his bass guitar. He is one half of the rhythm section in the band. Jamie has been playing Bass Guitar since 1993 blending influences like jazz, fusion, funk and blues to create his signature style of bass. He pulls influences from bands such as Phish and Grateful Dead. Jamie has been playing on the east coast for years in bands like Into the Woods, Finks Constant, and Nacho Ma.


Mike has been playing the drums since he was about 6 years old and joined his first rock band at age 15. Since then He has played with 6 or so bands, all playing in the genre of rock and jam-band rock. Most notable would have to be the band Trick Bag (1994-1995), and Into the Woods (1996-2002). His musical influences are... Beatles, Stones, Clapton, Hendrix, Dead, Zeppelin, Bowie, Zappa, Van Morrison, Counting Crows, Allmans, Live, Marley, Police, T-Heads, Floyd, U2 and Phish... just to name a small hand full.