Black Roots were a powerful and potent force in the British reggae music scene throughout the Eighties and left a legacy of no less than ten albums and more than eight singles before bowing out of the public eye in the mid-90's. Hailing from the St Paul's area of Bristol, the original eight-member band were formed in 1979 and quickly gained a large following by touring almost non-stop around the country, playing their brand of 'militant pacifism' roots reggae in the nation's major colleges, universities and festivals.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a rock band formed in 1976 from Gainesville, Florida, USA and led by Tom Petty. Petty has been supported by his band, The Heartbreakers, for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as was the case with his 2006 album Highway Companion on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself. However, members of The Heartbreakers have played on each of his solo albums and the band has always backed him when touring in support of those albums.
John Brown’s Body is a progressive reggae band based in Boston and Ithaca. The band focused on roots reggae when it formed over a decade ago, but JBB’s sound has since evolved immensely. Their music uses reggae as a foundation, but incorporates dub, drum & bass, hip hop and even pop elements to create what the band calls “Future Roots.” The Daily News called their music “revolutionary and reverent.
" ... Rastafari livity means to tolerate and to live side by side with those of other faiths no matter which race, no matter which class. The purpose of Haile Selassie is to see that we become one in unity and love ... and that is my purpose." Lutan Fyah Much, much more than a deejay, much more than a singer and more than a chanter too Lutan Fyah also plays guitar, keyboards and the kette drum. He holds strong beliefs in originality at all times and so he is a songwriter too and, as the New Millennium has progressed, he has developed his very own idiosyncratic and unique vocal styling.
Stephen Robert Nesta Marley, (born April 20, 1972 in Wilmington, Delaware; raised primarily in Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae artist and a son of Bob Marley and reggae singer Rita Marley. Stephen is a five-time Grammy award winner as artist, producer and recording engineer. As child and teenager, he was a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. His debut album Mind Control was released 20 March 2007.
Singer Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Roots, Americana
Record Label: Yellow Tail Records, Notechoice Music http://www.notechoice.com Influences:John Prine, Randy Newman, Tom Waits
BabaJack was born out of a love of blues, acoustic and roots music. Bec and Trev are a songwriting duo, with their roots firmly in acoustic blues, folk and country. Their music reflects their life together in the Gloucestershire countryside (UK) with their children, woodworking, growing and raising. They are truly a modern, English take on the blues. They met each other 7 years ago, after a well travelled life—from Africa to Soviet Russia.
Huford Brown aka U Brown is a reggae dj born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He discovered Jamaican music by visiting local bars near the Treasure Isle studio with his father. He began mixing at the age of 15 for Philip Monroe at Sound Of Music. He became well known from his early hits such as ''Wet Up Your Pants Foot'' and ''Jah Jah Whip Them''. In 1975, he recorded his first album ''Satta Dread," which was released in Jamaica and England.
The Twinkle Brothers, born Norman and Ralston Grant, hail from the north coast of Jamaica in the ghettos of Falmouth, the Parish of Trelawny.
Twinkle Brothers are a high quality harmony group from the glory days of reggae vocal ensembles. They craft classic songs that stick to praising Rasta, spreading good vibes, and lamenting the problems of the world. Always backed by a tight and heavy live roots section, their music can't disappoint, and should become an essential part of your collection.