“Learning to Swim,” the track that kicks off the new Skints album Swimming Lessons, starts off innocently with a sunny lovers rock feel: a light reggae beat, gentle piano riffs and singer Marcia Richards’ raspy yet cheerful vocals referring back to the swimming lessons of her… Read More
Dave is the author of "The Cosmic Burrito", a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. In the past, he has written for various music publications and interviewed a range of artists including Sublime, Everclear, Burning Spear, Big Mountain, Bad Brains, Neal Casal and Lucky Dube. Dave has a deep passion for reggae music, Rasta consciousness and island culture. In reggae circles, he goes by the name "Rootsdude," and he has dubbed his extensive music collection “Rootsdude Sound System.” David plays ice hockey weekly for two recreational teams he founded and manages, Team Rasta and The Wailers.
Everyone gets fired up when one of their favorite bands is set to release a new album. That emotion is magnified exponentially when said band hasn’t put out new music in eight years. Case in point: The Aggrolites.
For… Read More
Back in December of 2017, we published a Throwback Thursday article about Give Thanks, the one and only album from Skadanks, a New York City reggae band popular during the 90s. The lead singer of this band, Rocker-T, eventually relocated to northern California… Read More
I give thanks for this life that we’re living
Because it could be gone in an instant
Days go by with the blink of an eye
So don’t take anything for granted
The above words to live by are sung by Kyle Rising, singer/songwriter/guitarist for Sensi Trails,… Read More
This past fall, as part of our Women In Reggae series, Rootfire published an article about Maddie Ruthless, alluring frontwoman for The Far East, a Brooklyn-based reggae band with a raw, throwback sound. During the… Read More
With the recent passing of Bob Marley’s birthday on February 6, it’s easy to be reminded how far reggae has spread from its birthplace on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Now, almost six decades later, this magical music has taken root in every corner of the world,… Read More
These photos of a wintery Hanging Lake along the East Fork of Dead Horse Creek outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, evoke a feeling of tranquility. The undisturbed snowfall along with the abundance of icicles and reflections in the placid, turquoise water convey a sense of stillness—an aspect… Read More
We are a mere 2.5 weeks into 2019 and hopefully most of you are still basking in the afterglow of a joyful holiday celebration, embracing the gratitude, determination and hope that typically accompany the calendar advancing another year.
To augment those good sentiments, or for… Read More