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Album Showcase: Keith & Tex – “Freedom”

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from author Stephen A. Cooper and the artist, Keith & Tex. 

 

No Jamaican singing duo has enjoyed a comparably resilient, prolific, and successful partnership as Keith Rowe and Phillip “Tex” Dixon.

Known worldwide for their 1967 signature hit “Stop That Train” (a cover of the Spanishtonians 1965 ska song) and other original mega-popular anthems from the rocksteady era like “Tonight,” Keith & Tex, who befriended each other as teenagers, have been using the last two decades to make up for lost time—a near thirty-year stretch during which they were apart—separated due to divergent twists of fate including Keith’s immigration to the United States, and later, Tex’s to Canada.… Read More

First Listen: Wailing Souls – Fire House Rock (Prince Jammy 12-inch Mix) + Liner Notes

Rootfire · Fire House Rock (Prince Jammy 12-Inch Mix)

 Photo Credit: George Williams

As Greensleeves Records (VP Music Group) celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2022, VP brings back a classic 1981 Greensleeves title, Wailing Souls’ Fire House Rock. Remastered in high definition and packaged in a deluxe gatefold for Record Store Day Drop 2, June 18th, 2022, the original LP is augmented by a 12-inch single of alternate extended mixes, including two from the legendary Prince Jammy.… Read More

Artist Spotlight: Pinnacle Sound

Most people will tell you that you can’t travel through time. Clearly, they have not heard the music of French reggae collective Pinnacle Sound, whose vintage vibrations transport listeners back to the golden age of Jamaican music.

Every now and then I hear an artist that instantly captivates me, and within the first few notes of “Thankful,” off Pinnacle Sound’s recently released Soul Medicine LP, I was hooked.… Read More