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Jesse Royal

Jesse Royal releases first full-length album “Lily Of Da Valley”

Internationally renowned Jamaican artist Jesse Royal released his first album Lily of Da Valley via Easy Star Records. After multiple successful singles and mixtapes, including the breakthrough song “Modern Day Judas,” which is rapidly approaching 10 million YouTube views, the 14-track Lily of Da Valley marks Jesse’s debut full-length release.

Recognized by Vogue and Vice for his vital role in the current burgeoning Jamaican reggae scene,  Jesse Royal’s music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond. Life as a globetrotter has opened up Royal’s worldview, which shines through in his lyrical stylings. The 28-year old Royal uses his music to push for positive changes, returning to the roots first planted by legends like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jacob Miller, in a pop culture climate that seems to praise and reward narcissistic, material-driven personalities.

The album title draws reference back to an old church hymn written in the late 1800s. The song, which Jesse learned from his grandmother’s time in church choir, has been a source of comfort and reflection for Jesse through hard times and serves as a personal reminder that “Christ came as an example, not as a deity,” encouraging a deeper overstanding of the concept of Christ beyond just the idolized “picture on the wall” to which He so often gets reduced. The album comes at a major turning point in Jesse’s life, celebrating new life in the form of his first child, while at the same time having to cope with the tough loss of his mother.

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Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album’s worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler. Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar “Riff Raff” BrownKareem “Remus” Burrell, and Kurt White helped aid Jesse’s vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that “there is a space for them to be creative in music.”

Fans of Jesse Royal will recognize hit songs “Modern Day Judas” and herb-anthem “Finally,” making the album, along with recent singles “Always Be Around” and “Generation,” featuring Jo Mersa Marley. For those who haven’t had the chance to hear this inspiring voice, the 14-track album aims to deliver a refreshing conscious perspective that does not shy away from hot button issues, from religion to systemic oppression, starting with a heavy dose in album opener “400 Years.” Jesse balances the serious topics and tones by sprinkling in authentically-inspired love songs like “Real Love,” “Always Be Around,” and “Full Moon,” giving birth to what’s sure to be one of the most well rounded releases of the year.

Jesse Royal’s full-length debut marks a massive leap forward for an artist who has emerged as one of his generation’s most influential reggae artist from mixtapes and singles alone.  An album built to withstand the test of time, avoiding empty hype and providing heavy substance, Lily of Da Valley will be available on Easy Star Records on October 6th, followed by a northwest tour. The album is available here.

Tracklist:
1. 400 Years
2. Generation (feat. Jo Mersa Marley)
3. Modern Day Judas
4. Life’s Sweet
5. Real Love
6. Always Be Around
7. Stand Firm
8. Roll Me Something
9. Full Moon
10. Rock It Tonight
11. Finally
12. Justice
13. Waan Go Home (feat. Patrice)
14. Jah Will See Us Through

Tour Dates:
Nov 11th – Rootfire at the Park – Coco Beach, FL
Nov 29th – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
Nov 30th – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Dec 1st – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Dec 2nd – Crystal Bay Club & Casino – Crystal Bay, NV
Dec 3rd – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 6th – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 7th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Dec 8th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Dec 9th – Mateel Community Center – Redway, CA
Dec 10th – Rogue Theater – Grants Pass, OR
Dec 14th – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, Canada
Dec 15th – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Dec 17th – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

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Como Asesinar a Felipes

Como Asesinar a Felipes release the band’s latest album “ELIPSE” #OutNow

This word “indefinable”, paradoxically, defines Como Asesinar a Felipes (CAF). Non-conforming, undeniably talented and always pushing the musical envelope, the band’s forthcoming album ELIPSE will be released in North America on October 6, 2017 through San Francisco’s Koolarrow label. Started by three college students who met in music school, CAF has emerged as one of the most sought after and highly influential acts in Chile. Think Radiohead meets Ornette Coleman meets De La Soul.

CAF’s original goal was “to mix the jazz of the 60s, the rock of the 70s and the rap from the 90s” together and see what transpired, which is exactly what they did on their self-titled first album. Arrangements with orchestra then brought the cinematic UN DISPARO AL CENTRO (2009). With their signature sound taking hold, the band’s third release, COLORES y CADAVERS (2011), found the now quintet working with guest artists and as they continued to refine their groove. In 2012, CAF released the groundbreaking COMENZARA DE NUEVO, cementing their place in South American history and giving them the opportunity to bring their musical fusion to America. Categorically, hip-hop CAF continues to push the needle, adding flirtations with synths and dark psychedelia to the new releases, and the new album ELIPSE is no exception.

ELIPSE coincides with two major events – CAF’s tenth anniversary and the departure of their longtime keyboardist. With his exit came the addition of renowned South American saxophonist Cristián Gallardo, a much in-demand jazz musician. CAF is comprised of Koala Contreras, SebaBala, Metraca, DJ Sp@cio, and Gallardo. “While it is a CAF album, we were heavily influenced by the addition of Cristián. We are always researching, progressing, and Cristián came with a musical contribution that worked perfectly.” The addition of the saxophone creates an almost palpable darkness and element of chaos into the project.

What also worked perfectly was the album title, ELIPSE, which translates in English to ellipse.

Unconventionally, the six-track album is really a single piece of music divided up into six songs. “The album is one long song, recorded as a continuous piece with no overdubs. One part is inspired by Bach´s “Crab Canon,” an arrangement of two musical lines that are complementary, going forwards and backwards, similar to a palindrome. This represents the infinite, like the Möbius strip; there is something we like about this theme of continuation. It represents the circle of life, and like life itself, nothing is perfect– the circle is more of an elipse.”

ELIPSE is broken down into three parts:

-Interior (Part I & II): Birth, Energy, Nature.

-Medio: Learning, Recognizing, Discovery.

-Exterior (Part I, II III): Machinery, infinity, Desert

Recorded in Oakland California at Estudios Koolarrow, as was their previous album, ELIPSE was engineered and mixed by Bill Gould of Faith No More. When it came to creating the songs, there was a lot of jamming to get the right vibe before committing to recording it. This process makes for strong live shows. “When we perform, we are pure energy with a punk/rock attitude and a lot of improvisation.” Como Asesinar a Felipes has always remained true to this musical ethic while exploring new concepts to keep them moving forward. “We have been very clear on what we’ve wanted and what we’ve wanted to achieve. Fortunately for us it has been well received and we were lucky to make fans from the very beginning. Making music, for us, is to create something we like; that’s the main thing. We create something that fills us and everything follows from there.”

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Boogát

Boogát releases “San Cristóbal Baile Inn” #NewAlbum

San Cristóbal Baile Inn is Boogát’s third album, written entirely in Spanish, and revisits a more electronic sound, infused with rap and Reggaeton flavours. A danceable, uplifting and party oriented record, it stays true to the roots of Latin music, while remaining politically charged. The album was written while Boogát spent a year living in Mexico’s capital city, in search of his own personal connection to his parent’s culture. His mother, being from Mexico, he wanted to bring the family to the city, explore its neighbourhoods, music and subcultures. While doing so, he connected with the diaspora of international Latin musicians who congregate in the metropolis, making Mexico the number one city for Latin music.

San Cristobal (St. Christopher) is the patron of the travelers and the album is a celebration of immigrants and travelers at large. Cristobal’s “Inn” symbolizes the hotel Boogát traveled through for a brief moment.

 Boogát released his first full-length Spanish album, El Dorado Sunset, in 2013. The album won two Félix Awards for Best World Music Album and Producer of the Year at ADISQ 2013. He has been touring non-stop in Canada, USA, México, Argentina, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Spain ever since. In 2015, he released his album Neo Reconquista, which includes collaborations with La Yegros, Sonido Pesa’o and Pierre Kwenders. The album won two awards for World Music Album of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards and at the 2016 ADISQ Gala.

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Tour Dates

  • Oct 13 @ C’mon Everybody, Brooklyn, NY
  • Oct 27 @ La Botanica San Antonio, TX
  • Oct 28 @ TROPICOSO, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Nov 02 @ Warehouse 535, Layfayette, LA

 

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california roots

California Roots 2018 First Round Artist Line-Up Announcements

Monterey, CA (October 4, 2017) – The 9th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 25-27, 2018.  The top tier national festival is the premier gathering for the progressive U.S. Reggae and roots music movement, bringing the scene together over Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Monterey, CA.

The 2017 edition of California Roots was another smashing success that included the presence of Quincy Jones, a record breaking live stream, and class leading green initiatives including the introduction of the “Redwood Pass,” which resulted in the planting of over 800 new Redwood trees. Other new greening partnerships included the festival’s work with The Last Plastic Straw who “strive to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans, with the ultimate goal to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic,” and local Monterey compostable company Passion Purveyors. Cali Roots’ strong greening work has lead Everfest to state, “California Roots Music and Arts Festival Is a Model for the Festival World.” More 2017 media praise came from Forbes Magazinefor the festival’s impressive streaming numbers during their partnership with LiveList and WeedMaps and Billboard Magazine gave high praise for last year’s impressive lineup.

2018 looks to be shaping up into another amazing year with today’s first round artist announcement. Limited Early Bird 3-day tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10am PST (Purchase Link: http://californiarootsfestival.com/tickets).

Round One Artist Line-Up Announcement:

  • Slightly Stoopid
  • 311
  • J Boog
  • Steel Pulse
  • Chronixx
  • Alpha Blondy
  • Mike Love  
  • Hirie
  • The Holdup  
  • Sammy Johnson  
  • Raging Fyah
  • New Kingston  
  • The Ries Brothers

“Our first round of 2018 artists definitely is a statement on how far our scene has grown. Returning and established artists like Slightly Stoopid and 311 continue to release next level music, while building fans from generation to generation. Artists who we believed in early on are now receiving GRAMMY nominations including J Boog and Raging Fyah and international stars including Steel Pulse and Alpha Blondy will bring their global vibes to Cali Roots. We also have some returning fan favorites with Chronixx, Mike Love, Hirie, The Holdup, and New Kingston together with artists making their Cali Roots debut like Sammy Johnson and The Ries Brothers,” says festival Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “With more artist announcements to come, I can’t wait to share what we have in store for our fans in 2018.”
FESTIVAL DETAILS:
The 9th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 25, 2018 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies (Purchase Link: http://californiarootsfestival.com/tickets)
Age restrictions: All Ages

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common kings

Common Kings featuring Don Corleon in #NewSingle “Cali Girl”

Common Kings have released a brand new single called ‘Cali Girl”. “Cali Girl” features the soothing influence of Don Corleon, the legendary producer known for his works with heavyweights Rihanna, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Bounty Killa. The single comes on the heels of their recent tour announcement, a three-month run with Matisyahu and Orphan.

“Cali Girl,” a tribute to the band’s preference to the incomparable women of the Golden State, will be off the band’s upcoming EP. Common Kings, made up of JR King (vocals), Mata (guitar), Uncle Lui (bass), and Rome (drums), have showcased their relentless energy and hard work through a constant stream of releases.

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the green

The Green release second single “Marching Orders” featuring Busy Signal #NewMusic

The Green release their second single “Marching Order” off their upcoming album of the same name early last week. “Marching Orders” features dancehall sensation Busy Signal. The Green’s album will drop on October 20th through longtime label partner Easy Star Records.

Here is wha lead singer Caleb had to say, “Marching orders represents anyone with a dream that can visualize every step it will take to see that vision through. No matter how long it may take, no matter how hard the road may be, we keep marching, “forward till my mission’s complete!”

So check out the latest single from The Green and keep it locked to Sessiontapes.com for the latest on The Green.

Also check out The Green at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz on October 4th

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Matisyahu and Common Kings bring you the “Broken Crowns Tour”

Few artists have left a lasting impression on live audiences like GRAMMY-nominated superstar Matisyahu and Common Kings. While Matisyahu’s breakthrough Live at Stubb’s series exhibits electric beatboxing and heady improvised dub jams, Common Kings have continually dropped jaws to the floor with a live show that has earned them opening spots for the likes of chart topping heavyweights Justin Timberlake, 5th Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Sean Paul, and Cee Lo Green in recent years, proving their wide-reaching appeal across genres and continents. With fall’s arrival, the groups have announced the next chapter of their touring career, the Broken Crowns Tour. The tour will see two of the most exciting acts on the planet teaming up for a three-month long run of shows across North America playing small and large markets alike.

The trajectory of Matisyahu’s career has seen continual transformations, his once orthodox lifestyle has emerged into a world of increasing openness. Matisyahu has broken down the walls and bounds of traditionalism and seeks to apply the universal lessons of his faith into a modern context. His latest release, Undercurrent, saw the artist taking a more jam-centric approach in full collaboration with his backing band, an all-star lineup of musicians from the 38-year-old’s career, including Dub Trio rhythm section Stu “Bassie” Brooks and Joe Tomino (drums), longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan, and Big Yuki (keys).

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2017 also saw Common Kings release Lost in Paradise to the #1 spot on Billboard’s Reggae Chart and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. The band continues to build upon their tremendous momentum with a new single, “Cali Girl,“ due out September 15th. The single will be the first off the band’s upcoming EP, which will also feature a song with tourmate Matisyahu, aligning the possibility of truly special stage collaborations. The band, made up of JR King (vocals), Mata (guitar), Uncle Lui (bass), and Rome (drums), is excited to take their new songs and fan favorites alike to the road.

Humble roots help separate these artists from the noise of gossip-based culture. Common Kings and Matisyahu have dedicated their time and energy into transforming their live shows into memorable experiences, now teaming up across the country. Tickets go on sale soon with many shows offering additional meet and greet VIP packages, with Common Kings proudly stating “we expect to shake hands and converse directly with every single one of our fans.” With several cities serving as a first for the bands, check the dates below to see if Common Kings and Matisyahu are crossing into your neighborhood and make sure to follow Common Kings to stay in the loop on upcoming releases.

Broken Crowns Tour Dates:
10/06 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/07 – East Greenwich, RI @ Greenwich Odeum
10/10 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/11 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
10/12 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
10/13 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
10/14 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/15 – Wilmington, NC @ Muse
10/17 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm–Charleston
10/19 – Columbia, SC @ Music Farm–Columbia
10/20 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
10/21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/22 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
10/25 – Fort Myers, FL @ The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
10/27 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
10/28 – Fort Pierce, FL @ The Inlet
10/29 – Destin, FL @ Club LA
11/01 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
11/02 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
11/03 – San Antonio, TX @ Empire Theater
11/04 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse
11/05 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Outdoors
11/08 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
11/09 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box+
11/11 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theater*
11/11 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater+
11/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl+
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory+
11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom+
11/17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
11/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades+
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ SD Observatory*
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater+
11/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/25 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
11/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/29 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
11/30 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
12/01 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Lounge
12/02 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
12/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/07 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
12/09 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
12/12 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
12/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
12/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
12/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/23 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre

* = No Matisyahu
+ = No Common Kings

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Victor Rice releases #NewSingle “Lou” and #NewAlbum coming November 3rd

Victor Rice, the Latin Grammy award winning engineer, musician, producer, and long-time Easy Star Records collaborator, has confirmed details on his upcoming album Smoke, due out November 3rd on Easy Star Records. This marks his third studio album and the first full release of his own compositions in over a decade. The album will be available for pre-order beginning September 22nd.

Even though Rice is a prolific artist with remixes, production work, and credits including The Slackers, Easy Star All-Stars, Bixiga 70, The Toasters and more, he has only put out two solo albums in the past twenty years; At Version City (1999) and In America (2003), which are both sited as influential releases in the reggae and world music scenes. The prior expressed the energy of NYC’s burgeoning Lower East Side reggae scene, while the latter reflected Rice’s move to Sáo Paulo Brazil in 2002. Smoke goes deeper into the influence of Brazilian music where the musical stylings of MPB, pagode, and samba rock start to intertwine with Rice’s deep reggae, ska, and dub sensibilities.

He adds, “This record is about finding a way to fuse two different styles of music and dance from the 1960’s, Brazilian samba-rock and Jamaican rocksteady,” Rice explained. “The grail for me would be for people to hear samba-rocksteady (SRS), a bridging of styles that would be at once fresh, but with a beat that would be mutually intelligible by dancers from both traditions.” The opening title track “Lou,” which is available now, embodies Rice’s marriage of worldly influences over a swinging beat and held together with a solid foundation rooted in reggae.

The album is summed up best in the vibrant liner notes penned by ethnomusicologist Daniel T. Neely stating, “Smoke embraces the cosmopolitanism of the music that inspired it. It’s an album that lives in New York, Brazil, Jamaica, and Brussels, but it is of the world. Yes, it’s been fifteen years since Rice released his last record, and over that time he’s made plenty of music that could have been presented together as an “album.” But Brazil, its music, and its people intervened. Out of the experience came samba-rocksteady, a clear creative path that Rice has since followed with pure heart. It’s an exciting new direction that’s been simmering for years. Finally, the story begins.”

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the black seeds

The Black Seeds Release #NewAlbum “Fabric” Today

The Black Seeds release their long anticipated sixth studio album Fabric as they come close to 20 years together as a band! Available today on all streaming services and in all good record stores near you, the new album comes ahead of their extensive NZ & AU Fabric tour.

This year, the South Pacific reggae-soul legends have shared the length and breadth of their luscious and diverse new album – including the anthemic summer tune Better Days the dance heavy Freakin and their brand new track Back To You (read about it here).

Created with the support of NZ On Air and recorded at Lee Prebble’s Wellington studio The Surgery, Fabric is a twelve-track album of bold, groove-heavy tunes that perfectly captures The Black Seeds’ characteristic brand of reggae-funk fusion.

Musically, there is a grand expansiveness that sets over the collective of tracks on Fabric, allowing for each song to breathe and exist on its own, but also comfortably within the context of the wider picture. In other words, it is a prolific and multi-faceted mix of moods, feelings and stylistic influences, all brought together by the core reggae sound of The Black Seeds.

Underneath the genre fusing, there is a physically infectious kinetic energy in the album. There are times when it dips into a nostalgic homage to the late 70s/early 80s r&b and analogue funk era with songs like ‘Freakin’, or the bass-heavy groove of ‘Everybody Knows.’

A socio-political conscience shines through on tracks like the striking ‘Beleza’ (which features the voice of ‘the father of linguistics’, Noam Chomsky) that sings “It’s only a matter of time, Before you spend your money and lose your mind, people of this world let’s listen, don’t play a fool to the system.’’

The mesmerizing ‘Lost In The Bush’ takes The Black Seeds sound down a sci-fi avenue, fusing the usual reggae ingredients with heavy synths to morph into a squelchy grimy strut, while the hypnotic ‘Lightning Strikes’ takes a melancholic turn with its spacey reverberated horns. Another standout on the album is the deep, dub heavy love song found in the title track.

But where there is darkness, one only needs to turn on the light. And in classic Black Seeds fashion, the light reaches in through with the warm affirmations of Weir and Weetman’s words, adding a classic element to this new Black Seeds record. The uplifting album opener ‘Better Days’ ensures us that “better days are coming, lonely nights are leaving”, while tracks like ‘The Weaver’ remind us that love will conquer all pain.

Overall Fabric shows The Black Seeds’ limitless creative energy for what it is – always moving forward and progressing without compromising the soul of who they are, while always remaining conscious of the current world around them.

 

The Black Seeds – Fabric Tracklist:
1) Better Days
2) Everybody Knows
3) Freakin’
4) Lightning Strikes
5) Moving On
6) Ride On
7) Back To You
8) Fabric
9) Beleza
10) Wake Up
11) The Weaver
12) Lost In The Bush

Purchase Fabric online:
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fabric/id1244874885
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Black_Seeds_Fabric
Official store – http://smarturl.it/ni4hnm
Easy Star Records Store – http://geni.us/TBSFabricStore

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The Expanders

The Expanders set to release “Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2” on September 29th

The Expanders operate from a foundation rooted in deep appreciation for classic Jamaican music. Continually praised by fans and media alike for their true-to-the-genre tones and techniques, it is little wonder the band’s sound has captured listeners’ attentions, building up an impressive fan base and reaching #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts with their 2015 release, Hustling Culture. The band is now preparing to release the second installment in their cover series with Old Time Something Come Back Again Volume 2, due out September 29th, 2017 on tastemaker label Easy Star Records.

Lead Single: Strugglers’ Time (Original Ghetto Connection)

The Expanders consist of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organs), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals). Pristine three-part harmonies shine throughout the band’s entire catalog, bringing back memories of the nostalgic “golden age” of reggae. As ardent students of the genre, the California-based band seeks influence from places, times, and people that are often overlooked in the echo chamber that can be the American reggae scene.

The band’s exposure to and deep-seeded love for Jamaican music is due in no small part to the  renowned record collection of Los Angeles based reggae archivist Roger Steffens. An organic relationship with Mr. Steffens’ son blossomed and allowed the band access to one of the deepest reggae record archives. Access to decades of underappreciated music and classics alike helped the band to internalize the essence and spirit of the music and apply that mentality to a new era. Humbly making large sacrifices in stride, The Expanders have made it their core mission to do right by the soul and feel of yesteryear, and the Old Time Something Come Back Again series exemplifies that mission in a keenly literal sense.  Production from longtime collaborator Tom Cook assisted in capturing the band’s natural sound, while maintaining continuity in the cover series.

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Where Volume 1 saw the band recording songs already incorporated into their live sets, Volume 2 presented a new challenge for the band in picking, learning and executing songs they had never played before. Deep cuts from The Ethiopians, Burning Spear, and more are curated and represented with conscientious attention to detail exemplified throughout. Volume 2 takes the listener on a journey through a snapshot of the evolution of reggae music, through social commentary and romance, to religious and spiritual overtones; Old Time Something Come Back Again Volume 2 shies away from no aspect of these timeless tunes.

Reggae music and culture has played a pivotal part in the lives of The Expanders, and Old Time Something Come Back Again Volume 2 gives the band the opportunity to pay homage to the voices that spoke to them. Relaying the message from the voices that helped shape the genre to a new audience allows The Expanders to play a vital role in contributing to the revival of the genre’s roots. Presales are now available at theexpanders.net.

Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2
Tracklist:

1. Walla Walla (Originally recorded by Burning Spear)

2. Life Is A Funny Thing (Originally recorded by The Ethiopians)

3. Put Those Fools (Originally recorded by The Tidals)

4. Brutal (Originally recorded by The Itals)

5. Try Me One More Time (Originally recorded by Stranger & Gladdy)

4. Christopher Columbus (Originally recorded by Little Roy and Ian Rock)

7. We Are Free (Originally recorded by Burning Spear)

8. Another Moses (Originally recorded by The Ethiopians)

9. Strugglers’ Time (Originally recorded by Ghetto Connection)

10. Anti-Christ (Originally recorded by Yabby You & The Prophets)

11. Freedom Train (Originally recorded by The Gladiators)

12. Band You Belly (Originally recorded by The Ethiopians)

13. Love Is All (Originally recorded by Carlton & The Shoes)

14. I Have A Party (Originally recorded by Kenty Spence & His Stars)

Tour Dates:

Aug 11 – The Muse – Wilmington, NC

Aug 12 – Roanoke Island Festival Park – Manteo, NC

Aug 13 – Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA

Aug 14 – Kabana Rooftop – Richmond, VA

Aug 15 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC

Aug 16 – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL

Aug 18 – Irie Vibes Music Festival – Lakeland, FL

Aug 19 – The Inlet – Fort Pierce, FL

Aug 20 – International Palms Resort – Cocoa Beach, FL

Aug 25 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA

Aug 26 – Del Mar Race Track – Del Mar, CA w/Slightly Stoopid

Sep 1 – Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA

Sep 2 – Dry Diggings Festival – Placerville, CA

Sep 3 – The Wakehouse – Reedley, CA

Oct 5 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

Oct 6 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Oct 7 – The Royal – Salt Lake City, UT

Oct 10 – The Reef – Boise, ID

Oct 12 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA

Oct 13 – Star Theatre – Portland, OR

Oct 14 – Real Art Tacoma – Tacoma, WA

Oct 17 – Lost on Main – Chico, CA

Oct 18 – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA

Oct 19 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA

Oct 20 – Romano’s Concert Lounge – Riverside, CA

Oct 21 – Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV

Oct 26 – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ

Oct 27 – Ricky’s Other Place – Yuma, AZ

Nov 24 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA

Dec 13-17 – Closer to the Sun 2017 – Ecatepec De Morelos, Mexico

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