The biggest name in reggae is Bob Marley. What's the second biggest? Why, his backing band, of course.
News arrived this week from the Wailers' camp (photo at right courtesy of www.wailers.com) that the reggae legends, who've sold an astounding 250 million records worldwide, are heading back into the studio to record a new album, destined for a fall release. And that's not all. They are also heading back out on the road, with a new member in tow. His name is Yvad, and from his press clippings, you'd think he's the second coming of Marley himself. Of Jamaican descent, Yvad is a young Rastafarian singer-songwriter inspired by — who else — Bob Marley.
Yvad joins a lineup that includes original members Aston "Family Man" Barrett, considered by many as the best bass player in reggae, and Al Anderson, whose talents have graced recordings by Ben Harper, James Brown, Marley, Peter Tosh and Lauryn Hill.
Visit www.wailers.com to get the lowdown on all things Wailers, and if you dig reggae and Jamaican music in general, visit www.heartbeatreggae.com. Featured in Goldmine's May 25 indie label issue, the site offers a treasure trove of reissued music from some of the best acts in the island's history. Go to http://www.goldminemag.com/Default.aspx?tabid=825&articleid=5909&articlemid=
4972#4972Articles to read about Heartbeat.
Let me know what you think: Who are some of your favorite reggae artists and why? Black Uhuru always did it for me. I had the pleasure of seeing them in college in the basement of the Eagles Club in Milwaukee and, not only was the band smooth and tight, it proved that Michael Rose is probably the best pure singer the genre has ever produced. There, I said it. Prove me wrong.
Pass the duchy to the left hand side and go see 'em. Remaining tour dates listed below.
5/16/07 - Curitiba Master Hall - Curitiba, Brazil - TBA
5/18/07 - Citybank Hall - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - TBA
5/19/07 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil - TBA
5/24/07 - The Music Mill - Indianapolis, Ind. -9:30PM
5/25/07 - Summer Camp 2007 - Chillicothe, Ill. - 3:00PM
5/26/07 - Hookahville - Thornville, Ohio - 3:00PM
5/27/07 - Jam on the River - Philadelphia, Pa. - TBA
6/14/07 - San Diego County Fair - Del Mar, Calif. - 7:30PM
6/15/07 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, Calif. - 10:00PM
6/16/07 - Reggae in the Desert - Las Vegas, Nev. - 8:00PM
6/19/07 - Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre - Vail, Colo. - 6:30PM
6/20/07 - Steamboat Summer Concerts - Steamboat Springs, Colo. - 7:00PM
6/23/07 - Tulalip Tribes Amphitheatre - Tulalip, Wash. - 8:30PM
6/24/07 - Rialto Theatre Broadway Center for Perf. Arts - Tacoma, Wash. - 8:30PM
6/26/07 - Music on the Half Shell - Roseburg, Ore. - 7:45PM
6/27/07 - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre - Portland, Ore. - 7:45PM
6/28/07 - Ashland Armory - Ashland, Ore. - 9:00PM
6/29/07 - Arcata Community Center - Arcata, Calif. - 9:30PM
6/30/07 - Marin County Fair - San Rafael, Calif. - 7:30PM
7/2/07 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, Wis. - 10:00PM
7/4/07 - Muskegeon Summer Celebration - Muskegeon, Mich. - 8:00PM
7/5/07 - Comerica CityFest - Detroit, Mich. - 5:30PM
7/9/07 - Plaza De Los Fueros, Pamplona, Spain
7/10/07 - Heineken Hall, Madrid, Spain
7/11/07 - Bodrum Festival, Turkey
7/13/07 - Bournemouth Opera House, Bournemouth, UK
7/14/07 - National Trust's Lanhydorck Concert, Cornwall, UK
7/20/07 - Malta Jazz Festival, Malta
8/2/07 - Music in the Zoo - Apply Valley, Mich. - 9:00PM
8/3/07 - Summer Alive Concert Series - SImon Estes Amphitheater - Des Moines, Iowa - 8:30PM
8/4/07 - Camp Zoe - Salem, Mo. - TBA
8/5/07 - Lollapalooza 2007 - Chicago, Ill. - 5:00PM
8/10/07 - Innsbrook Pavilion - Glen Allen, VA - 8:00PM
8/11/07 - Loudoun Summer Music Fest - Loudon County, VA - 7:30PM
8/12/07 - Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT - 3:30PM
9/11/07 - Stephen C. O'Connell - Gainesville, FL - 7:00PM
9/12/07 - Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL - 7:00PM
9/14/07 - 9/15/07 Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL