ustin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive fingerstyle guitar arrangements for a unique mix of acoustic indie folk. His path to acoustic music was solidified at 17, due to his "Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show" moment, when he saw innovative guitarist Michael Hedges open for Crosby, Stills & Nash. Seeing that the acoustic guitar was capable of so much more than he had been exposed to before, from that moment on he knew it would be the root of his musical world. His use of alternate tunings, partial capos and his two-hand tapping technique mesmerizes audiences and displays his impressive style, that has been described as 'more than just an instrument, but an extension of himself.'
"Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work...beautifully written lyrics." - San Francisco Art Magazine
A dynamic live performer, Justin has won fans over with his intricate solo guitar instrumentals, heartfelt songs and spontaneous delivery. He has toured with Red House recording artist John Gorka and has opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters on the acoustic music scene, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Lucy Kaplansky, Darrell Scott, Susan Werner and David Wilcox. Equally, his guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, Billy McLaughlin, California Guitar Trio and Pat Donohue. He has twice been a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and has won the Indie Acoustic Project's award for Best Song of 2005 for his song "Shine." Festival performances include the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival, as well as teaching guitar workshops at each.
He has sold over 11,000 copies of his five independent CDs as well as being a core contributor to an instrumental album produced for Target Stores, entitled Lifescapes - Solo Guitar, which has sold over 70,000 copies nationwide. Justin's fan-funded new album, Now You Know, which he engineered, produced, played and sang every note himself in his bedroom studio, was voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report.
"Superb guitar player, singer, songwriter well worth seeking out...exquisite, emotional and powerful!" - Maverick Magazine (UK)
"...intimate, personal and richly melodic...eloquent fingerstyle chops. From the atmospheric beauty of the title track to the instrumental gem "Spaghetti Junction," Roth delivers a lucid record that reveals an artist who's taken his craft to the next level." - Taylor Guitar's Wood & Steel Magazine
"One of the best singer/songwriter/guitarists I've heard in ages...Justin Roth is a flat out talent...His vocal delivery is smooth. His guitar playing is extraordinary." - The Journal Times, Racine, WI
- Justin Roth, Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist