Reggae music was born near the ocean and it understands it. When Rootfire’s Semaj Surreal says it gives you backbone, I know what he means. In the mornings over the vacation, I practiced my t’ai chi on the shore. The surface of the water gives you a focus that is unfocused. The shifting sand under your feet establishes the needle of balance. There is so much power in fluidity, a hard thing to remember in the rigid course of life today.
“I was excited when the boys told me about the idea of reinventing some tracks in an acoustic style. I am impressed with how far TTR has come musically and I think that this EP really shows their talents. We called it “Stripped and Exposed,” because we felt like they were making themselves vulnerable, musically, to the fans by taking out a lot of the production and just focusing on the music.”
-Grant Betrix, manager of Through The Roots
Joshua Swain discusses a life in music and the band’s new single “Rescue.”… Read More
Morgan Heritage and the Morgan family helped keep the fire alive, like high priests and priestesses guarding a heritage. So it’s our pleasure that they chose to kick off their latest resurgence on Rootfire with the release of “We Are Warriors”, a roots anthem that features SOJA’s Bobby Lee and re-establishes Morgan Heritage’s voice in the scene, layering Soul and R&B stylings over the band’s signature Roots Reggae sound. “We Are Warriors” is an invitation to all conscious people to stand up and join the reggae movement.
The Movement is back with “Rescue,” their debut single on Rootfire. To celebrate the song’s release we are giving away a prize pack that includes a pair of tickets to see the band in concert, a Movement hoodie, and an embroidered logo snapback hat.
Rootfire Soundclash: Saturday, May 23 @ Planet Gemini - Monterey, CA
An evening of original music and classic covers. Hosted by Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and The Expanders with members of The Green and Westbound Train. Opening set by Expanders Sound System.
A very limited amount of tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 @ 10 AM PST.
I tracked down the master iPod playlist for the ship and out of the 367 tunes that made up the unceasing soundtrack, I put together three hours of mostly reggae tunes from nearly 50 artists that represented the flavor of the Norwegian Pearl on those four endless nights. Welcome to Part 1 of the 311 iPod playlist from the 2015 Soundsystem Jamaica cruise.
Seth, I want to thank you for the album. I listen for good music everywhere. It’s hard to find. You found it. There is something primal about roots reggae. Every generation connects. And, this album of world-infused, reggae groove is perfect. You’re on the right track with Rootfire. Don
Coming up the driveway you could tell it was going to be enough of everything. Enough music, enough weed, enough girls, enough good feeling. What happened was all of that and even more. We had the reggae bumping and the girls got curious…. and came out to watch and we played winner stays well into the night with the friendly ferocity that brings out the best kind of invention and athleticism.
Ever since I started to play music, I have dreamed of playing Bob Marley music.… Read More
Issue #7 turns the page on a new chapter at Rootfire. It was the first time we really asked to hear from you, and the stories you sent in were incredible. The whole thing started with Keenan Donath, who introduced Fortunate Youth's new single "My Love", but it reached new heights with all the amazing messages you sent during our vinyl and concert ticket giveaways.