Embark on a Sonic Journey with Roots Asylum's Latest Album "Ride On"

KALAMAZOO, MI — [02/29/2024] — Roots Asylum, the esteemed indie rock band hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is set to captivate listeners with their latest album "Ride On." This 10-track masterpiece, releasing on February 29, 2024, promises to be a vibrant blend of the band's signature rock and indie influences, infused with heartfelt storytelling and dynamic musical arrangements.  IT ALSO FEATURES A BONUS TRACK, 80's HAIR BANDS.  The americana rock songs are influenced with pop/punk undertones , making it an energetic and upbeat experience.

"Ride On" is the culmination of Roots Asylum's musical journey so far, inviting listeners into a world of introspective lyrics and compelling instrumentation. With contributions from each band member, the album showcases their collective creativity and individual talents, creating a unified and powerful sonic experience.

Recorded at the renowned La Luna Recording and Sound, the album benefits from the expert production of Samuel Peters.   Additionally, the mixing and mastering work is excellent and executed by Mike Roche (Thought Industry) at Broadside Productions.  Jimmy Macaroni (James mcmillan), not only a driving force behind the band's music, serves as the executive producer, ensuring that "Ride On" embodies the essence of Roots Asylum.

 Roots Asylum prepares to enter the studio again in July 2024 for a new upcoming  EP.  AND "Ride On" stands as a testament to their evolving sound and commitment to pushing musical boundaries. This album is not just a collection of songs, but a journey through the rich landscapes of rock and indie music, inviting listeners to ride along with Roots Asylum on their ongoing musical adventure.

"Ride On" by Roots Asylum is now available for streaming and purchase on all major platforms. Join Roots Asylum on this exhilarating ride through the heart of indie rock, and experience the passion and energy that have made them standout artists.


the album is available for purchase at  vinyl will be released in march.

DIY MUSICIANS - Build Your People Management Skills

(c) 2024 James McMillan



In the music industry, when they talk about managers, they are talking about operational managers (not people managers).  They rarely speak about how to take good care of working musicians.  This may be among the first documents to speak about people management in the music industry.


Build Your People Management Skills

Perhaps you were a great bartender and promoted to a management position with no training and fired a bus boy for stealing but now face resentment from the staff. Maybe you’re a construction worker who was injured, promoted to a desk job and lost all respect from your team. Or maybe, you started a rock band and your drummer is struggling while the keyboard player is discontent. They’re all looking to you for answers.  

What dynamics are in play? What tools exist? What does a manager do and as importantly, NOT do?

The same skills that make a great musician are not those that make a great manager. Like it or not, you started the band, so you’re probably the manager. You invested time and passion into the music and can’t do it alone.  To avoid the mistakes above, you must learn how the wheels are greased. A manager’s toolbox contains leadership behaviors, creative solutions, coaching and wisdom. Sort of like the bartender, you were promoted without training. So… Lets just get all your training here in 3 or 4 pages.

To be a good manager, you’ll want to be the least reactive person in the group. Avoid catastrophic behavior and “hot takes”.  Others may come to you with drama, and a good response is to remind everyone that this is about being creative with music.  Try to put everyone in a situation where they are treated the way you and others want to be treated.  Even if you don’t have an immediate answer for the drama, or even if an answer doesn’t exist, find a quick pathway to quickly move the conversation back towards having fun.   

If something negative occurs and requires discussion, take that person aside and speak privately in a one on one conversation. A public discussion might embarrass them and it might be taken personally. For example, “Let’s take this outside and discuss after practice…”  Allow individuals to explain themselves.  Make those who you value feel important.  Your goal is to bring people together, not drive them apart.  

Give your band mates words of encouragement and ask how you can support them.  Wear the shoes of a man who is giving service to your band mates.  Enable them to make music.  Remove obstacles for them where possible.  For example, implement flexible practice times like “Tuesdays primarily or Thursdays if Tuesday doesn’t work”.  Or accepting that they will be out of town and will practice on their own.  

That being said, it is important NOT to take on things that you don’t have control over.  For example, if Joe can’t make Tuesday or Thursday practice, then that’s on Joe, not you.  Another example, if Tom is driving 20 minutes to practice and wants to meet up at his place but doesn’t own a PA, that’s not your problem.  Know where to draw the line.  You don’t have to say anything; say nothing.  Master the art of saying nothing when appropriate.  Move on.

As the manager, you must have an ability to recognize when someone is being manipulative.  It may take time to break through the gaslighting.  There are a lot of narcissists who are really good at hiding it.  They’ll covertly pick on one guy and make him look bad with clever scenarios.  The narcissist will have established trust with a band mate in private, and then betray that trust in a very public way.  It will seem innocuous to everyone else (because they don’t know the context of the private conversation).  The person who is the victim becomes upset and perhaps even unhinged.  Yet the narcissist stands with jaw dropped as if it was unexpected, seemingly the victim even though they secretly and maliciously triggered it.  And since you are the leader of the band they will work very hard to make sure you see them as a victim and a good person.   

It is not easy to find a simple solution.  A narcissist will be discontent if they cannot exercise manipulative behavior within the band's dynamics.  If you suspect you have one, get on the internet and search for solutions.   A narcissist will eventually give up when they are not getting their secondary rewards.  I was able to fend off a narcissistic coworker once by sitting in my office cube and only engaging with short concise points; being sure not to bite on any drama.  But in a band, you can’t recede into a cubicle.  Try your very best not to blame the wrong guy.  And if you have to let someone go, do it for the right reasons.  List your reasons and be certain, then do it, preferably with agreement from a majority of your band.

There is something else about human nature that we all face.  A tribal algorithm that is hard wired in our brains.  Where a lot of management mistakes are made, a tribal judgement is reciprocated from the group and it can become personal.  The construction worker got promoted and began bossing his team around in inaccurate ways until too many mistakes were made. Look, you can be a hard driving jerk and it might get the work done, but they won’t sit at the pub with you at the end of the day.  

Hopefully you have a band of individuals who are good hearted.  Everyone needs coaching and time for their musicianship to grow.  Be that coach. Give everyone time for their talents to grow.  There is plenty of time for a good band to grow into a great one. You need 5 years just to get to a certain point anyway.  If you sincerely love them as friends then your heart is surely in the right place.  Give them electronic documents including tabs, set lists, links to youtube videos or mp3s, provide demos of original songs.  Prep them for success to the best of your ability.  Be the manager and create a culture of having fun.

When you’e a high functioning people manager, you will find community in your neighborhood, region and online.  Be kind to everyone, even when the odds are against you.  Even if you’ve been a stand-off punk rock non-conformist in the past.  Fight and win over one person and one gig at a time.  Enjoy the challenge and keep moving forward.




  • Be the least reactive person in the group.  
  • Avoid catastrophic behavior and hot takes.  
  • When drama arises, remind everyone that this is about having fun and being creative with music.  
  • Try to put everyone in a situation where they are treated the way you and others want to be treated.  
  • When serious negatives surface, step aside and speak privately.  Don’t call out friends publicly.
  • Do not take ownership of things you don’t have control over.
  • Master the art of saying nothing when it’s appropriate.
  • Learn the ability to recognize when someone is being manipulative. 
  • Get on the internet and search for sound solutions where an answer is needed.
  • When someone is asked to leave the band, do it preferably with agreement from a majority of your band.
  • Be a coach; Provide electronic documents, song tabs, set lists, mp3s and any tools to succeed.
  • Find community in your neighborhood and online.
  • Win over one person and one gig at a time.  


Recommended Reading:  

Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Brianna West:  The Mountain Is You



Step Back into the '90s scene with Roots Asylum's “90's Grunge”

KALAMAZOO, MI — [10/20/2023] — Take a nostalgic journey through the era of flannel shirts and 90’s pop culture with Roots Asylum's latest single, "90's Grunge." The song immerses listeners in a soundscape where a couple of kids are hit by a runaway train, casting them into the middle of this iconic era by way of the 80’s in a “Fast Car”.

In "90's Grunge," every day is filled with flies inside the Vaseline jar, and every night, they find themselves counting blue cars. A trip to the bar means it is closing time, just in time for last call before being unceremoniously kicked out. Living in a '90s Grunge song is far from simple, and Roots Asylum's storytelling prowess takes you on this chaotic yet captivating journey.

"90's Grunge" comes to life with the skillful artistry of its musicians. Jimmy Macaroni's acoustic guitar and vocals set the stage, while Katy Velten's harmony vocals add depth and emotion to the narrative. Jeromy Timmer's electric guitars create the signature grunge sound, and Mike Roche from Thought Industry contributes additional guitars to enhance the texture. Levi Strickland keeps the rhythm solid with his bass guitar, and A.A. Miller's drums provide the heartbeat of the song. Samuel Peters' percussion adds that extra layer of intensity.

The song was meticulously crafted and engineered by Samuel Peters at La Luna Recording and Sound. Mike Roche from Thought Industry took charge of the mixing and mastering process. The song's production was a collaborative effort led by Mike Roche, Samuel Peters, and Jimmy Macaroni as the Executive Producer and CEO of Jimmy Jack Records in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

90’s Grunge may be the first song to also come with trivia questions (see below for complete list of questions and answers) inspired by classic hits of the era.  Can you identify the Grunge anthems referenced in these lyrics? (Sample Questions):

-Every night as shadows stretch, we're counting up blue cars.

-It's closing time, you can't stay here. Get out of the bar.

-What I got, you oughta know, when I come around.

-An Elderly Woman behind the counter in every little town.

"90's Grunge" by Roots Asylum is now available on major streaming platforms, so dive into this grunge revival and discover the secrets within the song.


***90’s GRUNGE TRIVIA****


What 90's Grunge song are referenced by these lyrics from Roots Asylum’s newest single?


1.  Every night as shadows stretch were counting up blue cars.

2.  Every day there's flys inside of the Vaseline jar.

3.  It's closing time, you can't stay here.  Get out of the bar.

4.  What I got, you oughta know, when I come around.

5.  It smells like teen spirit, sex and candy all day long.

6.  An elderly woman behind the counter in every little town.


Answers:  1. Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla  2. Flies in the Vaseline by STP 3. Closing Time by Semisonic 4. What I got by Sublime, You Oughta Know by Allanis Morissette, When I Come Around by Green Day 5.  Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground. 6. Elderly Woman behind the Counter by Pearl Jam.   


Roots Asylum Releases Captivating Americana Rock Single "Girl In A Tower" 

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN - Roots Asylum, the dynamic Americana Rock band hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has just released their enchanting single, "Girl In A Tower." The song, which weaves metaphorical tales of dragons, towers, and true love, is now available on all major streaming platforms. 

"Girl In A Tower" transports listeners into a world of timeless romance and adventure. With poetic lyrics and an irresistible Americana Rock sound, the song captures the essence of a princess longing to be rescued by her true love. The powerful vocals, layered with mesmerizing melodies, paint a vivid picture of a captivating tale. 

The track's instrumentation is nothing short of exceptional, featuring a masterful blend of timbales, rock drums, melodic bass guitar, and the uplifting rhythm of the acoustic guitar. Like a knight in shining armor, the song's tastefully peppered electric guitar licks elevate the energy, driving the narrative forward. 

Roots Asylum's commitment to crafting intricate musical landscapes shines through in "Girl In A Tower." The artistry creates an immersive experience, where listeners can imagine the dragon's roar, feel the height of the tower, and embrace the hope of a prince's arrival. 

"Girl In A Tower" by Roots Asylum invites music lovers to embark on a sonic journey, where fairy tales and modern sounds converge. Its release on 06/27/2023 has ignited excitement among fans and critics alike, who anticipate the band's upcoming triumphs in the Americana Rock scene. 

To experience the enchantment of "Girl In A Tower" and explore more of Roots Asylum's captivating repertoire, visit their official website at Follow the band on social media to stay updated on their latest news, releases, and upcoming performances. 

For press inquiries, please contact: 

Jimmy Macaroni