Red Roots made their Michigan debut in Dowagiac Wednesday evening.
The 20-year-old triplets from Hurley, Miss., packed Michiana Church of Christ, whose pastor, Justin Shepard, commended â€œthese gals and their parents,â€ Mark and Sherry Taylor.
â€œThey werenâ€™t here 30 seconds and they said â€™yâ€™awl,â€™ â€ said the balding Shepard, joking about the transition from â€œRed Rootsâ€ to â€œno roots. They do more than sing, they minister. Today, they came from Louisville, Ky.,â€ and were too busy trying to learn to say Cheboygan to attempt Doe-Wah-Jack.
â€œThe name Red Roots does come from our red hair,â€ said Natalie, who played violin, mandolin and keyboard.
She began taking piano lessons at 9.
â€œMore importantly, it comes from the fact that weâ€™re rooted in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Just to let yâ€™awl know you arenâ€™t crazy, we are triplets. Iâ€™m the middle child of us three girls (they have a 4-year-older brother, Mark Jr.). My way, way, older sister, Nicole, by one whole minute, she plays bass, banjo and guitar. Then our little baby sister, Nika, is our lead singer. She also plays guitar.â€
The Christian country trioâ€™s video, also called â€œRed Roots,â€ about a father and daughter hunting sassafras roots to make red tea, can be viewed on YouTube or on their Web site, www.theredroots.com, where a photo of the women with fans who came to the concert wearing the groupâ€™s T-shirts will be posted.
Nicole stays in the background the most, but delivers the most powerful testimonial introducing â€œRed Rootsâ€:
â€œI didnâ€™t get my true red roots until I was 15 years old,â€ she said. â€œI was supposedly doing everything â€” going to church, playing in a Christian band, reading my Bible, praying â€” but I never came to a point in my life where I really realized how wicked and evil my heart was and what a sinner I was. Nothing really clicked with me. One night at church the Holy Spirit just began to use the scripture to pierce my heart. God began to reveal to me how wicked and evil my heart was. When the invitation came, I felt so much guilt. Iâ€™m so thankful God broke down my barrier of pride that day. Pride blinded me all those years. Once I repented my sins, God took all that away.â€
Shepardâ€™s favorite tune, â€œGod Says No,â€ was introduced with, â€œWhen we first started out, our band was taken advantage of. We wondered why God would let that happen to us. We wondered if it was a sign we should just quit, but we kept praying and time passed byâ€ and eventually, â€œGod opened some doors for us.â€
â€œThis is a God thing because they havenâ€™t been in our church, unless they were mice in the last three weeks or a month,â€ Shepard said. â€œI love guitar picking and fiddle, violin and banjo, but when they sang â€˜God Says Noâ€™ and they havenâ€™t been here, God knew what we needed. Thatâ€™s my favorite tonight because it ministered to me.â€
Shepard related that a few weeks ago while he was home and his wife was at work, an elderly woman and a 13-year-old girl knocked on the door.
â€œThey invited me to church,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t know if it was the devil or what got into me, but when they said, â€˜Do you go to church?â€™ I said, â€˜Yes, I do.â€™Â They said, â€˜Do you go to church a lot?â€™ I still played my dumb game with them. Then I couldnâ€™t take the dishonesty anymoreâ€ and confessed he was the Michiana Church of Christ minister.
â€œThe 13-year-old said, â€˜That doesnâ€™t matter. Do you know Jesus?â€™ Sheâ€™s to be commended. The last two sermons here have been about donâ€™t ever quit. Donâ€™t ever give up your faith. Youâ€™re 20. I see God doing great things with you and through you. Donâ€™t ever give that up.
â€œI see you on the rise. Stay humble. God gives grace to the humble. And itâ€™s never to be assumed that because someone goes to church they know Jesus. Never assume that.â€
The Red Roots closed with a reprise of the â€œhillbilly guitar songâ€ they performed earlier.
SGNScoops would like to thank Red Roots for a greatÂ concert and John Eby for the great concert review and picture.