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Album Showcase: Mellodose – “Palmz & Evergreenz”

This year, the notorious Punxsutawney Phil confidently predicted an early spring for 2024. Hopefully, the little furball is onto something, as there’s nothing more harmonious than the arrival of warmer weather and longer days paired with the distinct music of Marco Martinez, better known as Mellodose.… Read More

Album Showcase: ROJI – “The Gunman of Silver City”

 

For the past two decades plus, few artists from within the modern reggae scene have brought me more enjoyment than roots and dub outfit 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. A big part of their vintage sound stems from the work of Craig “Dubfader” Welsch, who serves as their drummer and engineer and at different times has previously applied his talents to enhance the live shows of John Brown’s Body and Slightly Stoopid as front-of-house sound.… Read More

Vinyl Giveaway: Fred Locks’ “Black Star Liner” LP

Win a copy of Fred Locks’ “Black Star Liner” LP, courtesy of VP Records. Enter below!

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Fred Locks’ 1976 LP Black Star Liner sits on any short list of classics from reggae’s golden era of the 1970s. The LP, available in print again on February 9, 2024 in a newly remastered edition, evokes the earnest vision of repatriation that Marcus Garvey articulated and attempted to actualize a century ago.… Read More

Artist Spotlight: Opie Ortiz and Images of a Generation

Nobody will deny that Sublime has been the most influential artist within the reggae rock scene and the most notorious beyond it, selling over 20 million records worldwide. Similar to the Grateful Dead, their oeuvre includes not only their music but their beloved artwork, which, over the years, has evolved to symbolize not just the Long Beach band but Southern California beach culture as a whole.… Read More

A Photo is Worth 1000 Songs: High Tide/Low Tide

A series exploring photos, words, and songs.
Photos: Arik Solberg
Words: Dave Shiffman
Songs ♫: On Spotify, curated by Reid Foster

Life is full of highs and lows. If you’re fortunate, you experienced mostly smooth sailing in your earlier years except for the typical choppy waters, maybe a broken arm or a broken heart.… Read More

American Reggae Pioneers John Brown’s Body Reunite with Original Members, Including Vocalist Kevin Kinsella

New Music To Be Released in 2024

It’s hard to overstate the impact of John Brown’s Body on the American reggae scene. Not only did they pave the way for today’s headliners like Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure and Rebelution, they are uniquely woven into our very own DNA here at Rootfire (our founder, Seth Herman, was their manager for many years).… Read More

Album Showcase: H.R. – “Let Luv Lead (The Way)”

From Hardcore to Soft Heart: Bad Brains’ H.R. Reimagines “Attitude” in Ninth Reggae Album Let Luv Lead (The Way)

Growing up, H.R. was a nickname given to reggae master Paul Hudson that meant “Hunting Rod.” As his trademark style developed, and spiritual mission fortified, over the decades to come, he reassigned the initials to signify “Human Rights,” in congruence with his eponymous rock band, launched in ’84.… Read More