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Ever since becoming deeply moved and then essentially obsessed with reggae music as a teenager, Dave has always strove to learn as much as possible about the history and culture of reggae music, Jamaica and Rastafari, the ideology and lifestyle intertwined with reggae.  Over the years, he has interviewed many personalities throughout the reggae world including Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Bradley Nowell and many artists in the progressive roots scene. Dave has also written and published a novel, “The Cosmic Burrito,” a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. He plays ice hockey weekly for a recreational team he founded and manages, Team Rasta. Reggae music has filled his life with a richness for which he will forever be grateful, and he gives thanks to musicians far and wide, past and present, whether they perform roots, dub, dancehall, skinhead, rocksteady or ska, whether their tools are analog or digital, as well as the producers, promoters, soundsystems, selectors and the reggae massive at large who comprise the international reggae community. You can follow Dave on Instagram at @rootsdude and Twitter at @ElCosmicBurrito.

First Listen: Jah Sun – Between The Lines

Photo: Chris Arson

Jah Sun got his start in music as a teenage hip-hop/rap artist in the Austin, TX area. Although he had achieved moderate success, bad decisions while growing up immersed in street culture had led to numerous run-ins with the law, and at the age of… Read More

Ras Alan: Appalachian Lion

The connection of reggae music to American roots music is nothing new; Toots Hibbert, who was credited with first coining the term “reggae,” had a huge hit covering John Denver’s “Take Me Home (Country Roads)” in 1974. In more recent times, Willie Nelson, perhaps the most well-known and respected… Read More