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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: The San Antones – “Luckenbach”

“Out in Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain.”

                                                                    -Waylon Jennings

                                       “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” 

The onset of spring brings a sense of relief and optimism for many people, making it the perfect time… Read More

First Watch: The Loving Paupers – “Don’t Care”

For many people, Valentine’s Day seems to be a polarizing date on the calendar. Those in the throws of sizzling romances and stellar long-term relationships tend to welcome this Hallmark holiday as a prompt to celebrate their love, yet single people often reject it with bitterness, perhaps… Read More

Reggae Across The Street with The Elovaters

Picture this:

You’re in The Elovaters, an up and coming reggae band near the end of a month-long tour which had you traversing the entire east coast, from Florida to Maine. Your recently upgraded tour bus provides a modicum of comfort but not a shred of privacy.… Read More