Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root is an accomplished film and tv actor. In addition to her acting career she is a singer and songwriter. She originally hails from the Pacific Northwest and grew up with musical influences ranging from vintage R&B, soul, classic country all the way to riot girl punk and local indie rock bands from her native Portland, Oregon. She sang in church and trained in her school’s choir and music program until her late teens. In her early 20’s acting heated up and music took a back seat.

Cut to a few years ago and Bonnie found herself circling back to her original passion for music. She suddenly started to experience a surge of new melody and lyric ideas that came on like a wave. She decided to head out to an open jam to test out these new ideas and get her feet back in the water.

Bonnie Root on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S13.E09 – March 15, 2020

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Return of the Dragon

Return of the Dragon is fronted by Bane Shaman, a screaming singing song writer whose influences range from hard rock to Motown. Michael Jost throws down some heavy riffs on electric guitar, with Geoff “Like a Freight Train” Haba on drums and Hailey Demian holding it all down on the bass.

Return of the Dragon on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S13.E08 – March 8, 2020

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Who or what inspires you?

I feel I’ve recently found a drive to not leave this world without telling my little bit of story. I’ve spent so many years playing cover songs but if I can have an impact on just a handful of people with the songs I wore and perform, I’ve satisfied the need or drive to share the story.

Why do you love Radio Venice?

After watching a few episodes I really appreciate the diversity. I like there are no rules to what style of artist or music is shared.

Favorite album right now?

I’ve been into Ariel Posen lately. A great guitar player and I’m really into his tuning, somewhere between a standard tuned guitar and a baritone. Makes me want to buy a baritone acoustic just to see what inspiration comes from it.

Favorite quarantine activity?

I have two young kids so … anything where the kids aren’t around. Lol.

Favorite comfort food?

Does beer and whiskey count? Lol [RV: absolutely!]

Favorite instrument …

My Martin acoustic guitar have family member relationship at this point. I had to send it in for repairs for a couple months and when I got it back it was like getting back a long lost member of the band.

… and does it have a name?

Funny thing, I’ve never named any important possession in my life. If the Martin could talk I think he’d quote a Paul Simon song and say “you can call me Al”.