Taproot is a four-piece rock group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The current lineup includes Stephen Richards (vocals, guitar), Mike DeWolf (guitar), Philip Lipscomb (bass) and Nick Fredell (drums)
In 1997, Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Impressed with their material, he offered to get them a recording contract through Interscope Records. However, after extended negotiations, Taproot looked elsewhere, where they finally landed a lucrative record deal with Atlantic Records. Durst heavily cursed the band on vocalist Stephen Richards' answering machine.
“...Something More Than Nothing,” their debut album, was released in 1998. The songs “Comeback” and “Mirror's Reflection” were also included on their next album, 1999’s “Upon Us,” and re-recorded versions were included on their 2000 major label debut, “Gift.” Their first album on Atlantic Records, “Gift” reached #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and #160 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Its singles, “Again & Again” and “I” were Top 40 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The band released their second major label album, “Welcome,” in 2002. Considered to be a more melodic effort, the album had a highly successful debut at #17 on the Billboard 200. Much of this was due to the success of the album's first single, “Poem,” which shot to #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The album's second single, “Mine,” followed with more moderate success.
After taking two years off the band issued their third major label album, “Blue-Sky Research,” in 2005. Billy Corgan assisted in songwriting on the album, which was produced by Toby Wright. It debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and after its release the band parted ways with Atlantic Records.
“Our Long Road Home,” their sixth studio album and third independent album, was released in 2008. The album was Taproot's first independent release since 1999's “Upon Us” and was released through Velvet Hammer, the label founded by the eponymous management company that has worked with bands such as System of a Down, Deftones, Alice in Chains. The album debuted at #65 on the Billboard 200 and featured the singles, “Wherever I Stand” and “You're Not Home Tonight.”
After a brief period without a record label, Taproot signed with Victory Records in 2009. Victory issued their album, “Plead the Fifth,” in 2010. “Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)” was released as the lead single, followed by “Release Me.” The album debuted at #107 on the Billboard 200. A second Victory album, “The Episodes,” was released in 2012. It debuted at #156 on the Billboard 200.