ROOTDOWN was formed the first day of summer in 2007 when frontman Paul Wright moved back from San Diego to Eugene, Oregon reconnecting with his musical friends. The sound is alternative with reggae/rock undertones.
In May 2011 the band released their first full length CD "Tidal Wave" attracting attention from major record companies resulting in showcases in Hollywood and New York City. Their song "All I Wanna Do" got national radio airplay across the country and was selected by Clear Channel's I Heart Radio contest to perform on national television during the MDA Telethon from Las Vegas September 2011. However, being an independent band the song never took off at radio due to lack of financial resources.
“Tidal Wave” features ten songs co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Christopher Stevens (TobyMAC, Paul Wright, Carrie Underwood). The ten song album was recorded and co-produced by Kelsey Smith at Downbeat Sounds in Vancouver, WA, and mixed by Christopher and Taylor Stevens in Nashville, TN.
ROOTDOWN was the top booking band at NACA West in 2009 which resulted in them working hard touring the U.S. playing at over fifty college campuses. They played over 150 shows in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 they signed with The Agency Group for booking and Sumerian Entertainment for management.
Genre: Alternative, Rock, Reggae
Members: Paul Wright, Matt Salinas, Craig Paulsen
Current Record Label: Independent
Albums: Rootdown EP (2007), Summer of Love EP (2009), Tidal Wave (2011), Grown in Oregon (2012)