Happy New Year to all the Ska & Reggae lovers around the world! Have I got some really great news for you to usher in 2015 with. Right off the press and hotter than fire is a brand new musical biscuit from LA’s powerhouse Reggae/ Soul masters The Lions! The new album, their second on Stones Throw Records, is titled Soul Riot and hits the streets February 10.
There’s a new release coming from Studio One vocal/harmonica legend Charley Organaire soon and it sounds amazing. There are his first new Ska recordings in decades and features the backing of the Twin Cities own The Prizefighters who backed the artists earlier this year in Chicago for one of their Jamaican Oldies weekends.
Found a story on the BBC player where Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s 1978 debut album. Dread Beat an’ Blood which expressed the black British experience as it had never been heard before. Using his trademark spoken word style set to an instrumental reggae beat, the record voiced the frustration of a generation.
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”.