The Expanders are a true treat to listen to. The sound they make harkens back to a purer reggae when three part harmonies dominated the charts and if you haven’t heard them or seen them then you are missing out. The band was formed in 2003 and immediately started crafting soulful harmonies like their greatest heroes such as The Ethiopians, The Mighty Diamonds and The Gladiators.
That’s the latest news to come out about the state of Jackie Bernard lead vocalist for the amazing Jamaican trio The Kingstonians. The Kingstonians were formed around 1966 by Jackie Bernard and his brother Footy, along with mutual friend Lloyd Kerr. He has been battling health issues for months now and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
Record Store Day is fast approaching. That time of year when super exclusive and rare records are brought back to life for just one day. Well everyday is record store day at my house. Always sort of hated the idea just on the idea that we need to promote only one day but I think I’ve come around recently with some of the stuff they’ve been producing. 2011 featured a Trojan UK exclusive release from Toots & The Maytals doing an alternative cut to ‘Do The Reggay’ as ‘Do The Boogaloo’. There were 2012 releases from Lee Perry, The Specials, The Beat, Keith Hudson, and Peter Tosh.
Rocksteady legends Keith and Tex (of Stop That Train fame) on the westcoast. They reformed last year and are making the rounds of festivals around the world including Hamburg, Germany last year. They recently stopped in Los Angeles and San Francisco making the Westcoast debut. Coming up this month they make stops in London at The London International Ska Festival then head to Belguim, Italy, Switzerland, Germany for two stops including the Freedom Sounds Festival in May.