Fort Mill Times

Singer learned it's hip to be 'square'

Christina Raine used to be called “square” for her love of older music when she was younger. What those teasing kids didn’t know back then was that Raine would grow up to make her own music and become part of a band with a fast-growing following.

“My love of music is rooted in what people consider to be square,” Raine, a Fort Mill resident, said recently.

Being called square doesn’t matter anymore; in fact, she celebrates it. Her band is called Square Roots. The band, which has been together for six years, includes Raine as lead singer; Scott Brown on guitar; Kennon Knight, percussion; and Rich Basco on bass. Their music is a mixture of soft rock, blues, folk and bluegrass. Raine says her favorite thing about being in a band is the group effort.

“No matter who you are you have to have everyone’s help,” she said.

Their songs are based on personal experience and playing together serves as an escape for the sometimes stressed musicians.“Its therapy,” Raine said.

When asked who her inspirations are, Raine talked about her grandmother, who taught her how to play the mouth harp. And that’s not all. “She taught me how to whistle and to yodel,” she explained.

The growing number of Square Roots fans who pack local venues when the band appears have dubbed themselves “square heads.” Among the fans is the owner of one local venue.

“They should have been on stage performing in front of thousands of people a long time ago,” said Georgia Ehrenberg, owner of BacInTyme Coffee Café in downtown Fort Mill.

While trying not to project too far ahead, Raine believes the future is bright.

“Music is a stepping stone to bigger and better things,” she said.

The band is hoping to go to Europe, including a stop in Ireland, sometime in the future but for now, the Square Roots are concentrating on upcoming gigs, including this Friday night at McHale’s on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill (just outside Tega Cay). In the fall, they will be at Life Point Community Center on Oct.17, as an opening act to help raise money for the Performing Acts Center. Before then they have a number of dates scheduled in and around the Charlotte metro area.

A complete schedule is available on their Web site (see below).

The band made a video in downtown Fort Mill that’s posted on YouTube and their CD “Twisted Crazy Beautiful” is available on amazon.com and locally at BacInTyme on Confederate Street. You can also download their music on iTunes. Want to know more?To learn more about Square Roots and hear some tunes, go to www.squarerootsmusic.com.

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