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.