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The Artwork of ISO50

In 2007 I was working on a new website for John Brown’s Body. While meeting with a designer in NYC, we spoke of merchandise storefront options for the band. He suggested that I reach out to Merchline, and showed me a storefront that they had created for ISO50.… Read More

#Throwback Thursday – Xavier Rudd – Solace (2004)

‘Solace’ (2004) the second album from Xavier Rudd, helped the Australian roots musician develop a grassroots following throughout the US. Rudd’s songs create a melodic social awareness supported by exceptional slide guitar, foot stopping, didjeridu, harmonica, and various percussive instruments.

Its an interesting daydream to wonder what would have happened if Ben Harper had written ‘Solace’ and released it after his 1995 album ‘Fight For Your Mind’.… Read More

What’s your draw?

By Dave Poe
Booking Agent for: The Green, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Seeed, The Cat Empire, Trevor Hall, etc.

Ah, the question that every band or manager has heard before while in negotiations (or begging pleas for that matter) to book a show at a music venue… big or small.… Read More

Rootfire Mixtape 003

Rootfire Mixtape 003 showcases artists from around the world who contribute to the progressive roots music scene. Connecting mid-‘90s John Brown’s Body with upcoming artists like The Skints and Stick Figure, and incorporating New Zealand heavyweights Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Black Seeds, producer Brendan Dane, better known as Alific, delivers a seamless mixtape complete with audio samples a la’ Jeff Bridges.… Read More

Rootfire Logo Evolution

In December 2010 Creative Allies hosted a logo design competition for Rootfire. Over 70 designs were submitted (see them) during the 3 week campaign. To spark ideas we sent designers a few pencil drawings, a New Orleans Cook Book, Sankofa bird, and a playlist of music.  … Read More