There is a new digital magazine focusing on Peter himself. The first issue is available for reading now online and features articles on his visit to Switzerland, the Peter Tosh 2014 Festival, a new book about to be published, a rare article from Music & Output Magazine from September 1983 and various articles on people in his life remembering the great artist.
Ever since The Bluebeat Lounge and then the Knitting Factory closed on Hollywood Blvd. it’s been a little less exciting for the Ska mostly. While other clubs have sprung up to fill the void nothing has come close the the weekly joy of hanging out with some friends listening to some Ska bands with Chris Murray more or less leading the night.
Last year Keith & Tex were invited to perform at the largest world music festival in California, the Sierra Nevada World Music Fest, that goes down each June. They were backed by an all-star collective that accompanied them wonderfully. It was of course a great performance and thankfully all caught on video!
A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.
Laurel Parker (Mobley Street Productions) recently directed a new video for Roy Ellis released on Liquidator Music. I’m a big fan pf Liquidator. They have a management arm that deals with a bunch of Jamaican legends. They of course release some of the best music coming out right now too. Toni is the man in charge of this magical musical bus. Laurel thought it would be fun to get him to answer a few questions about Roy, the label, himself and the state of digital music today. So get on the bus gus and let’s ride!
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There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70?s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.