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Saturday May 28th, 2015 12:00PM PDT

TBRs June Show Announcement

Hello Tacoma! Are you ready to Rock?

Friday June 24th
New Frontier Lounge
301 E 25th St
w/ Lo There and Red Planet Rebels  

Thursday April 28th, 2015 9:00AM PDT
DAvid Bowie Portrait  

Monday April 25th, 2015 9:00AM PDT

TBRs Spring Show Announcement

Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Capps Club
7620 NE Bothell Way
Kenmore, WA 98028
More Details to come...

Monday January 11th, 2015 3:00PM PDT

RIP David Bowie, may you shine on forever our brightest of Stars.

DAvid Bowie Portrait  

Monday November 16th, 2015 6:00PM PDT

Holiday Show! Playing a full 90 minute set. Jeff Ben and Greg. #TBRs.

Live at Tims Tavern on 105th  

Saturday November 14th, 2015 10:00AM PDT

Free Peoples Stand United against terror.

Lady Liberty  

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 2:00PM PDT

Holiday Show announced

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
TBRs Holiday Hoo Hah!
Tim's Tavern
602 N 105th St Seattle

Friday July 18th, 2015 11:00AM PDT

We are Live at Substation Thursday September 10th

Live at Substation  

Friday June 5th, 2015 9:00AM PDT

We are Live at Tim's Tavern Friday June 26th - 602 N. 105th Seattle!

Live at Tim's Tavern  

Thursday June 4th, 2015 2:00PM PDT

We remember June 4th 1989

Tank Man
People tell me all the time I should not be so political, that I should not say things that may offend peoples sensibilities, that my outspoken nature has hurt my would be "music career", and to that I say: Bullshit.

Music is a force for positive change, and I will continue to speak out. In this case I will also note that web traffic from China and searches for "The Bitter Roots" on Baidu the Chinese google are consistently our largest foreign referral location to our home site, at volumes that are not trivial. We know we have Chinese fans, we stand with you, and we hope our music continues to inspire you to fight for your rights as human beings and citizens of the World.

Solidarity to you all!

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 8:30AM PDT

2nd Single and Video for the New Album

An Ode to artists who do what they do because they still love doing it, despite the critics, the naysayers, the fashionistas and the sycophants. Fly your flag and be proud, dream your dream and dream big.

Thursday April 2nd, 2015 9:00AM PDT

Just announced upcoming Live dates!

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Jeff Solo Acoustic Set
TBASA's Acoustic Armageddon
Georgetown Music Store
6111 13th Ave S Seatte

Friday, June 26th, 2015
TBRs Full Band Set
Tim's Tavern
602 N 105th St Seattle

From left: Greg Thomsen, Ben Koostra and Jeff Stetson
Rock in The Park Photo by Griff J  

Monday March 21st, 2015 9:00AM PDT

New album streaming in full right here!


Monday March 9th, 2015 7:00PM PDT
The Bitter Roots Live at the Skylark  

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 9:00PM PDT

KISW Loud and Local Band of the Week

A very big thank you to Jolene, BJ Shea and everyone at 99.9 KISW!
The Bitter Roots KISW Loud and Local Band of the Week  

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 12:01AM PDT

First Single and Video for the New Album

Full Album - Noise Vibrations and Fumes - out Tuesday March 3rd


Saturday, January 10th, 2014 10:00 AM PST

New Album Release Dates, Track List and Graphics!

We are proud to announce the release of our 4th album Noise Vibrations and Fumes by The Bitter Roots Soul NW Roots Rock Ballard Seattle. Keep a Look out for the story of the album on my album of the week Tumblr blog soon. 4-5 pediatricians and veterinarians agree, Jeff and Ben are back and Better than ever!
Fast and Slow the first single and video will be out Tuesday January 27th
Full album will be released Tuesday March 3rd
CD Release Show at the Skylark Seattle Friday the 13th of March
Keep checking back as we light it all up for you right here at
Artwork by Sherry Loeser at

The Bitter Roots Noise Vibrations and Fumes

The Bitter Roots Noise Vibrations and Fumes

The Bitter Roots Noise Vibrations and Fumes


Wednesday, Deceber 17th, 2014 10:00 AM PST

Published writings

In case you missed it, or did not know I have been publishing a fair bit of writing on Thought Catalog an online literary magazine out of Brooklyn.

Thought Catalog Playing Guitar Piece
So, when the teasing and laughter would eventually die down, the inevitable question would arise: “Jeff, what DO you want to be when you grow up?”

Thought Catalog Grow Piece
...I have also been growing Marijuana for the last 25 years.

Monday, Deceber 1st, 2014 12:00 AM PST

New Album Update

We have completed the filming for the first single off the new album with Griff J Filmmaker. The song is called Fast and Slow and will be released in late January.
fast and slow video shoot  

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 2:50 PM PST

New album news from the Studio

Here are a few pictures from the Studio. We are just about finished with the tracking for the new album. We have been working very hard all summer and we are very excited for everyone to hear the new tunes. The album is 11 songs, about 50 minutes long. Much diversity you will hear as we run the rock spectrum from hard and fast, to pretty bits and all point in between, I will be blogging in more detail on my Jeff's Album of the Week Tumblr blog about the inspiration and subject matter behind the album in the near future. We will be mixing the record with our friend Floyd at Studio Litho here in Seattle in December. Look for a single and hopefully a new video this winter. Stay Tuned.

Studio 2014 Studio 2014 Studio 2014  

Monday, September 15th, 2014 8:50 AM PST

Alba gu bràth - Scotland forever!

Scotland Yes  

Wednesday, July 19th, 2014 12:50 PM PST

New YouTube Channel Trailer!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 2:50 PM PST

For Club and Country #USMNT #USSOCCER Proud.

For Club and Country  

Friday, June 6th, 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Interview in No Depression Magazine
Q: How would you say the Bitter Roots have evolved creatively over the years?
A: The songwriting philosophy for the Bitter Roots has stayed pretty consistent. I have a pair of Guild jumbo body acoustic guitars that I have written all the songs on. The overriding principal has always been can I break this song down to just me singing and playing on this guitar and still have it come off as something interesting. I am always trying to balance my hard aggressive rock tendencies with the prettier bits. Chiaroscuro, the light and the dark.
Thursday May 22nd, 2014 12:01AM PDT

Family Ties - World Premier Video Release

For Memorial Day, In loving memory of all those friends and family lost, especially those to the wiles of addiction. We have a new video for our song Family Ties off our latest album Chiaroscuro.

Family Ties:
Jeff Stetson - Vocals, Guitars
Ben Koostra - Drums and Bass
Floyd Reitsma - Mix and Master
Ricky Pharoe - Video Direction, Film and Edits

Starring Kate Bergstrom and Liam Stetson, filmed in and around the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

We are currently in the studio working on our 4th album, for what should be a winter release, so stay tuned for more TBRs.


Tuesday February 11th, 2014 12:01AM PDT

From The Beginning - [HD] Video

January, November 18th, 2014 12:00 PM PST

Monday, November 28th, 2013 12:00 PM PST
The Bitter Roots Live at the White Rabbit  

Monday, November 25th, 2013 10:00 AM PST

Next Show White Rabbit in Fremont December 21st

We will be at the White Rabbit in the center of the universe Fremont Saturday December 21st 11PM Set Time.
The Bitter Roots Live at the White Rabbit  

Friday, November 1st, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

Happy all Saints day!


Thursday, October 17th, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

November Show Added

We will be at the Tony V's in Everett Friday November 22nd.
The Bitter Roots Live at Tony V's  

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

December Show Added

We will be at the White Rabbit in the center of the universe Fremont Saturday December 21st.
The Bitter Roots Live at the White Rabbit  

Friday, Septmeber 6th, 2013 9:41 AM PDT

Holiday Video and Single to be released November 1st

We will be releasing a new video for Prophets and Saviors November 1st All Saints Day, keep an eye out for that. In the meantime demo work continues for a new album to be releaed in late 2014.
The Bitter Roots Prophets and Saviors


Friday, August 23rd, 2013 3:41 AM PDT

Live at the Sunset Ballard Saturday August 24th

The Bitter Roots Live at the Sunset


Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 12:01 AM PDT

Victim Video is now live!

The Bitter Roots Victim

The Bitter Roots - Victim


Tuesday, August 21st, 2013 10:35 AM PDT

Marian McPartland 1918 - 2013

Marian McPartland was quite simply one of the greatest musicians that ever was. She could play any song from memory in any key transposing and improvising on the fly. Incredible. I have listened to her show Piano Jazz on NPR my entire life. I adore her and I will miss her music and her unmistakable voice very much. RIP

Marian McPartland


Saturday, July 27th, 2013 10:00 AM PDT

Family Ties Makes Indie Rock Cafe Top 10

Indie Rock Cafe Top 10 Songs
Each week, listeners determine the Top Ten Songs chart playlist based on which songs are streamed and downloaded the most from the previous week’s posts.
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 8:01 AM PDT

Shepherd's Pie - Lyric Video

The Bitter Roots Shepherd's Pie

The Bitter Roots Shepherds Pie Lyric Version


Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 12:01 AM PDT

Shepherd's Pie - World Premier Video

The Bitter Roots Shepherd's Pie

The Bitter Roots Shepherds Pie


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 5:17 PM PDT

Nice Review on Indie Rock Cafe

Indie Rock Cafe
The Bands That Rock playlist and profile series reviews rock bands, often DIY or under-the-radar, whose talents should not go unnoticed. Most of the bands in this series – as with many other of our playlist series – sent their music in for review. In fact, we receive close to, or more than, a hundred submissions a month. In the past, the Bands that Rock series has been popular with IRC readers, and this marks the fifth installment of this particular series, highlighting the bands Tsar, Dreamers, Eight Feet Deep, The Bitter Roots and The New Self Defense.
Thursday May 17th, 2013 9:45AM PDT
Cafe Racer May 18th 2013

Thursday May 9th, 2013 8:05AM PDT

We are the KISW Band of The week for Friday May 10th


KISW Loud and Local

We will be featured as the KISW band of the week Friday May 10th, tune into the BJ Shea Morning Experience on 99.9 KISW and check out their site for more info Right Here!

Thank you very much to Jolene and BJ Shea!

Monday May 6th, 2013 12:05AM PDT

For King and Country Video is Now Live!

The Bitter Roots ForKingandCountry

Thursday April 25th, 2013 9:45AM PDT
El Corazon May 10th 2013

Friday March 22nd, 2013 1:05PM PDT

More Pretty Video is Now Live!

The Bitter Roots More Pretty

Wedenesday March 20th, 2013 2:30PM PDT
Skylark April 6th 2013

Sunday Febrary 10th, 2013 2:45PM PDT
Hi Fi March 8th 2013

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