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Reggae Road Warriors – Three Women and Their Journey to Reggae Rise Up Utah 2018

Guest Post by Brad Metzger

Brad has covered Reggae for over 30 years for publications including Billboard, Reggae Report International, The Beat and United Reggae. For the past 2 years Brad has covered festivals including Cali Roots, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain and many others in his capacity as California Editor for

Reggae Rise Up Utah 2018 boasted a stacked and epic lineup attracting Reggae fans from all over the country.reggae-road-warriors-three-women-and-their-journey-to-reggae-rise-up-utah-2018/" class="read-more">Read More

Ticket Giveaway: Reggae Rise Up Florida

Now in its fifth year,">Reggae Rise Up returns to St. Petersburg, FL, March 15-17, 2019. Year after year the event has been stacked with the heaviest hitters in the modern reggae scene, and this year’s festival sees Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid being joined by Stick Figure, who has moved into the top-tier headline slot for the first time this year. … reggae-rise-up-florida/" class="read-more">Read More

First Listen: Channel Tubes Presents The Far East (Full Album Premiere)

This past fall, as part of our women+in+reggae">Women In Reggae series, Rootfire published an women-in-reggae-maddie-ruthless/">article about Maddie Ruthless, alluring frontwoman for The Far East, a Brooklyn-based reggae band with a raw, throwback sound. During the interview, when asked about her aspirations for her band, Ruthless said, “The goal is to write and record the baddest riddims possible and watch Babylon tumble from the weight of pure bass.” (A quote so nice, we had to run it twice.)

Ruthless also mentioned that the band was close to releasing some new music.  Read More

Artist Spotlight: Crazy Baldhead

About five years ago, Jayson “Agent Jay” Nugent, guitarist of the internationally adored NYC-based ska/reggae band, The Slackers, had been cycling north on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. After hitting a patch of construction that was not barricaded, Nugent badly broke and dislocated his shoulder, paralyzing his whole right arm within minutes.Read More

Arise Roots featuring Slightly Stoopid & Eric Rachmany

Last week, Los Angeles, CA roots-reggae champions Arise Roots released “">Come And Get It,” the lead single from their eagerly anticipated new album dropping early next year on">Ineffable Music. Aside from being a killer tune in its own right (always the case regarding new music from this top-ranking group), the track has the notable and, frankly, historical distinction of being the first recording to feature two of the American Reggae scene’s best known figures: Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, and Eric Rachmany of Rebelution.… Read More