acoustic driven Americana with a fresh twist
Hello to all our Taters fans and friends,
Well, we have a big announcement. After ten years of singing, playing, writing, recording, touring, and laughing together it’s time for The Sweet Potatoes to close this chapter of our creative lives. During this decade we’ve all had individual projects we’ve been working on, and now it’s time to focus on those creative ventures.
All three of us are still good friends and we have no regrets about the time we spent together. On the other hand, it’s hard to say goodbye to this chapter.
We’re so grateful for the support and inspiration we’ve received from you; our friends, families, fans and folks who have booked us. You’ve been with us since our first baby steps, and part of the journey as we’ve grown and developed musically. We count your friendship as one of the blessings along the way.
You can still contact us through our Facebook pages and websites, and our music will continue to be available on CD baby, or streamed on Spotify and Pandora.
Although it’s hard to move on we’ll cherish our friendships with all of you forever.
It’s been a great ride. Thanks for taking the trip with us.
See you down the road,
Kelly, Laura, Rick
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I'm so proud of this recording of Take This Burden. Linda Taylor and I wrote this song after I was inspired by the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack. Here are The Sweet Potatoes performing it live at a little church in Illinois.
The Sweet Potatoes was formed in 2009 after my husband, Rick Hall, made an indie film, Slice of Pie. He wrote and starred in it, cast Kelly Macleod in her debut acting role, and I created the score. Out of that collaborative process, The Sweet Potatoes was born.
Kelly and I got together to write, and in just a few months had more new songs than we knew what to do with! So we recorded our first cd, The Sweet Potatoes, bringing in lots of friends, including Nashville favorite, Phil Swann to produce; my Whose Line partner in crime, Linda Taylor; and my old pal Buddy Mondlock.
At that point we'd only played a couple live shows together, so we had to figure out how to become a band together. We did it all backwards; writing together, making a cd and THEN becoming a band. So we brought in Rick to play bass, harmonica and sing with us. We're often joined by Steve Borgard on dobro, banjo and harmonica. In 2014 we were thrilled to go back in the studio and record our second cd, Faith, Good Neighbors and a Telephone. Then in 2017 we made Headin' Home and have enjoyed great reviews and radio airplay from it.
Our music is a blend of country, folk and Americana, with a touch of gospel. We play mostly Kelly and my originals, along with some traditional songs, and we like to do our own take on cover tunes. All our music is very down home, and loaded with vocal harmonies.
As well as writing and arranging in this band, I get to play guitar, ukulele and accordion, and sing loads of harmonies, which all makes me very happy. We're definitely influenced by the music I loved when I was growing up, from people like Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt. We're also inspired by newer musicians on the acoustic scene, like Red Molly, The Wailin' Jennies and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Kelly and I write and sing from a woman's perspective, with songs about finding and appreciating love, having faith, raising children, childhood memories and the places where these memories come from. This is so much the music from my heart. Plus, we all just love playing together live.
"The Sweet Potatoes diversity in grooves and lyric content is such a refreshing sound, yet very rootsy in the style of The Trio (Linda Rondstadt, Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris)" - Chris Cooke, host of "Acoustic Lounge"
Most of the photos on this website, and all the photos for every cd I've made, were taken by the amazingly talented Michaelyn Straub. She shoots great cd covers, promo shots, live events, and also candid, natural family portraits. Check out her work at MichaelynStraubPhotography.com
"Laura Hall and Kelly Macleod coo and warble like a couple of harmonizing honky tonk angels” - Kevin Burton Smith, Butlers Coffee Music Guy
"About as down home as you can get" - The Jacksonville-Journal Courier
"If the Dixie Chicks jammed with Emmylou Harris, it would sound like them" - Dave Harvey, producer of "Dave Harvey Presents"