Square of the Roots is a father son pastime that has morphed into a full fledged original Americana band. The Rev. Michael E. Steinhauer has sung folk songs and played guitar for over 5 decades. His son Brian Steinhauer learned to play guitar with the help of his father and then went on to study classical guitar and obtained his BA in music at SIUC. Upon returning home to Springfield the two fell back into their addiction of playing and creating music together. This time they were exploring new frontiers, with the elder Steinhauer boning up some serious chops on the Dobro (a resophonic guitar played lap style) and the younger penning songs with a decidedly Alt Country feel. With a pice of beautiful cherry wood from a tree the pair had felled together and a broken tamborine the Steinhauer's created the percussion section of their growing ensemble. "I call it a boxerine," says Brian. "It was nice to give the music a back beat and a little jingle." Now, with Ryan Pulver on the upright and electric 5 string bass they have been going through all the typical steps to galvonize their sound. "Right now we are playing several times a month in and around Springfield while working in the studio on some recordings." Brian says. "We all love music and have such a great time doing this it would be a shame to try and worry about making a living at it! One thing my dad told me that I will always remember: Life is about the Journey not the destination. And right now we are all enjoying where this is taking us." Hopefully your journey will soon bring you to a Square of the Roots performance!