Western Standard Time Needs Your Help RIGHT NOW!

Western Standard TimeThe all-star tribute collective to the music of the Skatalites, Western Standard Time, are in the final days of fundraising for their new album. They only have a little over a third of their goal of $18,000 though. SO THEY NEED YOUR HELP NOW!

Their first album A Big Band Tribute to The Skatalites was well received around the globe and was a slightly different take on the music that I believe every single one of the greats would have been very proud of. I think what they do is more true to the spirit of what Tommy, Roland, Jackie, Lester, the two Lloyd’s and all the rest laid down so many years ago than anything that has come after. It incorporates big band arrangements with the straight up rough and tough Ska that we all love and gives the music room to breath and enthrall more than I’ve heard in a long time without being overzealous or complicated.

The 20+ strong group of music professionals come from a plethora of bands not just in the Ska and Reggae vein but major world-touring artists as well. The new recording session are planned to start in Los Angeles in January with a simply unimaginable collective of musicians including Greg Lee Hepcat), Alex Desert (Hepcat), Angelo Moore Fishbone), Dave Hillyard The Slackers), Brian Dixon ( The Aggrolites), Korey Horn (The Aggrolites/Kingston 10), Joey Altruda (Jump With Joey), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Scott Abels (Hepcat/Aggrolites/Jimmy Cliff), Oliver Charles (Ocean 11/ Gogol Bordello), Chris Murray, Fredo Ortiz (Ozomatli/Beastie Boys/Yeska) Tony Luna (Los Hooligans), Eitan Avineri (The Allentons), Brian Wallace (Mobtown/See Spot/Sublime) and many more surprises I’m sure.

Watch the video above then visit their Indie GoGo page for more info on all the perks available. They include the basic “Thanks” level, digital download of the album, signed vinyl, personal meet-and-greets all the way up to getting to actual perform in your own home! Just imagine how mom and dad would appreciate that going down in the living room. Go ahead and use all that Christmas money to make this happen!

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I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.