After three years of touring in Canada, the US and Europe, Digging Roots decided it was time to get back in the studio and record a select few of the 40 plus songs they had in the store house since their last recording in 2006. So, in spring 2008 they rented a little cabin on the water, gathered their friends and allies and held up a recording studio arranging, recording and putting final touches on the new studio album. The resulting album 'WE ARE' co-produced with Kinnie Starr builds on the unique strength of Digging Roots' live sound with carefully crafted songs, tight studio arrangements and soulful performances. These are artists coming into their own with a groove heavy album that spans a range of emotion from the dark haunted heartache on 'Holes' to socially charged optimism on 'Plant The Seeds'. At the center of the new work is the chemistry and songwriting of ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta. The title track and first single 'We Are' exemplifies the convergence of their styles that is Digging Roots' almost undefinable sound...somewhere blurred between the lines of roots, rock, hip hop, and blues. As vocalists, Kish and Kanatakta play well off each others' strengths and here they both have been given room to stretch out. Kish's emotional range is showcased throughout the record from breathy seductive texture on songs like 'Brave Enough' to a sweet almost naive approach on 'These Hands' to the throaty wails that have garnered her live performance references to the likes of Janis Joplin. Still playing tube-electrified acoustic guitars, Kanatakta's chops really shine through the new recording from minimalist melodies, to searing blues inspired slide guitar to epic Zeppelin-esque solos. Kanatakta sets himself apart from the pack with the fluidity of his musical ideas, playing with references to his influences (think, Hendrix meets Sun House meets Derek Trucks) while still shaping an entirely original sound. The album features guest appearances by Kinnie Starr, Tanya Tagaq and Melanie Storm. Digging Roots will release 'WE ARE' in October 2009 and is preparing to head out on the road with their backing rhythm section and new addition DJ Jesus Parlange, who brings sub bass tones and time-stretched rattles that shake the ground.