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
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.
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
In the early 1990s, Nirvana released what is considered one of the greatest and most pivotal albums in rock history, Nevermind. Some sources credit album sales in excess of 30 million copies, but one thing is for… Read More
For those of you who didn’t know, Facebook allows users to write reviews on the pages of musical artists. I once wrote this review on the page of Fortunate Youth:
“Simply put, one of the best reggae bands in the scene today.… Read More
“The goal is to write and record the baddest riddims possible and watch Babylon tumble from the weight of pure bass.”
-Maddie Ruthless, NYC, 2018
Over the years, I have had the privilege of interviewing quite a few musicians from within the reggae community… Read More