Bitterroot is a Boulder-based trio comprised of Caroline Quine (The Keenas, The Clarks), bassist Matt Cantor (Gasoline Lollipops, Gipsy Moon, The Jeremy Mohney band), and former Cleveland-area guitarist Kevin Johnson (Mo’ Mojo, Hillbilly Idol, Brent Kirby, Famous Men). All three members have performed extensively in the Boulder area and beyond. Their Americana/folk sound draws on various roots influences — country, bluegrass, folk, blues — and features original compositions, engaging vocals, and soulful instrumentation.

Sample Audio

New single from Bitterroot
The House Don't Always Win

Live recordings from 6th Street Studios, Boulder, CO and *Still Cellars, Longmont, CO

All songs © Caroline Quine except where noted.


Live recordings from Still Cellars, Longmont CO
Produced by Fox Tracks Music

Clip from Bitterroot Quarantine Concert: For What It's Worth by Stephen Stills


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Caroline Quine (vocals, acoustic guitar, songwriter)

Caroline comes from a musical family from Akron, Ohio. After raising her own family, Caroline re-ignited her musical aspirations with The Clarks (of Boulder) and The Keenas, who regularly performed in the Boulder area and throughout Colorado. Vocals are her strong suit, showcased by her melodic, narrative songwriting style.

Matt Cantor (bass, vocals, arranging)

Matt lends his considerable skill on acoustic bass and musical arrangements to Bitterroot. His style influences range from jazz to gypsy jazz to swing. A founding member of Gipsy Moon, Matt also performs swing with The Jeremy Mohney Swing Band and gigs regularly with other local acts.

Kevin Johnson (guitar, vocals, arranging)

Kevin is a musician’s musician and arranger, having developed and honed his chops playing all styles of music with cruise ship bands and orchestras. He has travelled the world with Cleveland-area zydeco band Mo’ Mojo, and was the bassist for Brent Kirby and Hillbilly Idol.  He performs regularly in the Boulder / Denver area with various jazz, swing, bluegrass, pop, and rock bands, including The Jeremy Mohney Swing Band Famous Men, and David Lawrence and the Spoonful.


The Laughing Goat, Boulder

Still Cellars, Longmont

East Simpson Coffee Company, Lafayette

Eldo Brew Pub, Crested Butte

Montanya Tasting Room, Crested Butte

Liberty Bar, Telluride

High Alpine Brewing, Gunnison

Old Oak Coffee House, Niwot

Stone Cup, Lyons

Jametown Mercantile, Jamestown

Upslope Tap Room, Boulder

Por Wine House, Louisville

Bluegrass Brunch Aspen Mountain (COVID cancelled)

Highlands Street Fair (COVID cancelled)

Rosalees Longmont

Longmont Winter Walkabout

BIFF Songwriter Showcase

Black Rose Acoustic Society (COVID cancelled)

Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival

Trident Cafe 

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