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Rootfire Editor Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja.

First Listen: Alborosie ft. Raging Fyah – The Unforgiven

Maybe it’s just a musician thing in general, but certainly throughout the progressive roots scene there is a distinct affinity for classic metal amongst the singers and players. And few metal bands have a more household name than Metallica.

Today Rootfire premieres a moving rendition of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” by Italian-born roots artist Alborosie,… Read More

Past Future: Ithaca Reggae Fest

Summer solstice is approaching, and on this longest day of the year organizers of the Ithaca Reggae Fest are taking a chance to look at their past while keeping an eye out for the future. The community-oriented festival, now in its second year, is displaying the kind of big picture vision… Read More

The Local Scene: Denver Reggae Social Club

A lot of attention goes out to the big fish. The headliners, even the regional heroes, attract the attention of local press when they come to town. But for anyone who has lived somewhere with a vibrant local scene of any genre, a lot of times it’s the smaller… Read More