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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.

Ticket Giveaway – John Butler Trio NYC

Australia’s John Butler Trio has been bringing their unique sonic blend to audiences world-wide for twenty years now. With a track record of platinum sales, Butler is part of a new wave of career artists who have taken control of their music as co-founder of the independent record label Read More

First Listen: Artikal Sound System – Come On Over

The lead vocals of Logan Rex immediately hook the listener on the latest single from Artikal Sound System, “Come On Over.” Sparse guitar and keys tastefully backup this intro verse before the full band drops the riddim on this energetic new track from their upcoming album Time, available December 7.… Read… Read More

First Watch: Taj Weekes & Adowa – Vibe Up

Musician. Poet. Humanitarian. These three word begin to paint a picture of roots artist Taj Weekes, whose latest release To All My Relations is due out October 12. Weekes and his backing band Adowa have been releasing conscious-forward reggae music since the early ’00s and this latest release stays true to… Read More

First Listen: NomaD – Grown Tingz (feat. HIRIE)

There are a lot of paths through the music industry—performer, producer, management, merchandising—and some individuals find themselves filling many of those roles throughout their career. With a Grammy on the shelf, and seven other nominations to boot, Damon Elliott a.k.a. NomaD approaches his debut release Grown Tingz, out September 28, with… Read More