acoustic driven Americana with a fresh twist

Headin' Home

We're so excited that our new CD is done! Thanks to everyone who worked on it with us: Phil Swann producing, Paul Tavenner recording, mixing and mastering, John McCloy designing the packaging, Michaelyn Straub for the great pictures. And our fabulous guest musicians: Linda Taylor, Brett Pearsons, Steve Borgard, Michael Jerome, Hal Cragin & Chris Murphy. 


This feels like the culmination of doing lots of live gigs over the last few years.  We've been refining our sound, getting tighter with our vocal harmonies, playing more as a unit.  It's a treat then to have it all come together in the new cd. Read more about the fun and crazy process of making a new CD in Laura's blog.  Order or download on CDBaby!



Here we are last summer, having a blast at the funky, charming Topanga Folk Festival, playing a song now on the new CD.



At the American River Music Festival we got chosen to do a show, plus a showcase competition, where we won a slot on the main stage! It was a beautiful day in Coloma! A fan grabbed a phone and recorded us having a great time on the big stage.  



     "If the Dixie Chicks jammed with Emmylou Harris, it would sound like them"

- Dave Harvey, producer of "Dave Harvey Presents"


The Sweet Potatoes in the back of the pickupThe Sweet Potatoes come out of Southern California to dish up their own unique blend of country, folk and homespun Americana. Featuring acoustic guitars, ukulele, accordion and harmonica, this trio will bring a smile to your face with their sweet harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. Their music has a back porch charm all its own.

Kelly Macleod (songwriter, guitar, and vocals) and Laura Hall (songwriter, guitar, accordion, ukulele and vocals) came together first as songwriters who also love to sing together. Rick Hall (bass, harmonica and vocals) joined the band after the first year. 


All three have been in show business in one way or another for years.  Kelly cut her teeth singing in the band Private Life, who toured with and had three albums produced by Van Halen in the 80s. Laura is best known as the pianist on the long running hit TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway, and came up in the acoustic music scene in Chicago.  Rick's day job is as an actor on TV, doing everything from Centrum commercials, to NCIS, to over 20 episodes of KC Undercover. 


But this is the music they love, the music they grew up listening to, and love to play.  Kelly and Laura write write original songs rooted in the family ties that made them the women they are today; songs about finding and appreciating love, having faith, family and home. Their writing is influenced by strong female singer/songwriters such as Emmylou Harris, Patti Griffin and Linda Ronstadt.  They're also inspired by bands on the contemporary acoustic scene like Red Molly, The Wailin' Jennys and Old Crow Medicine Show.  

They are now working on their third CD, due to come out in October.  It's produced by Phil Swann, with fantastic guest artists including Linda Taylor (Laura's band mate from Whose Line), Steve Borgard, Chris Murphy, Hal Cragin and Michael Jerome. 


The Sweet Potatoes do concerts around the country, meeting new folks and having a good ole time. They often play live as a trio, but sometimes they're lucky enough to be joined by Steve Borgard on dobro, harmonica and banjo, or other guest artists. They love playing shows and connecting with a live audience, with Rick often adding his funny, freewheeling storytelling.


The Sweet Potatoes have played at festivals, colleges, coffeehouses, house concerts, churches, theaters and yes, even an Easter Egg Hunt, playing tasty selections of originals, traditional tunes, and fresh takes on cover songs you know and love.  Wherever they perform, it's clear they not only make great music together, but also have a lot of fun on stage. 


"Laura Hall and Kelly Macleod coo and warble like a couple of harmonizing honky tonk angels”

- Kevin Burton Smith, Butlers Coffee Music Guy



 "The Sweet Potatoes diversity in grooves and lyric content is such a refreshing sound, yet very rootsy in the style of The Trio (Linda Rondstadt, Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris)"

- Chris Cooke, host of "Acoustic Lounge"



"About as down-home as you can get" - The Jacksonville Journal Courier


The Sweet Potatoes



Most of the photos on this website, and all the photos for every cd we've made, were taken by the amazingly talented Michaelyn Straub. She shoots great cd covers, promo shots, live events, and also candid, natural family portraits. Check out her work at