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Issue #1 Out Now

Welcome to the first chapter of Rootfire’s new era. Issue #1 celebrates three articles released this week that speak on some fresh ideas in progressive reggae; think of it as a zine delivered to your inbox. The layout, revamped sections, and new contributors come to you live and direct just 7 days since you got my note about Rootfire’s rebirth as an online community.… Read More

Throwback Thursday: Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Dread Beat an’ Blood

My roommate still had a dumb grin on his face and said he didn’t want it, he was just kidding and thought I was just kidding. I said I wasn’t kidding and he had to eat it because I ate mine and I wasn’t going it alone, which was a mistake. You’re always going it alone. Anyhow, he said he was drunk when I arrived and was just goofing around but he would do it since he said he would, and I was sort of miffed so I went back and killed time with the acid man at the bar and the girls he was hanging out with until I started to feel it happen, and then I went back to find my friend.

Editor’s Note: Green Riddim

This is an introduction. For I and you. I first met Seth Herman in a building called the Pink Warehouse, which houses the Rootfire office, and our friendship is the true result of good ingredients: soccer, music, and writing. When I moved to Charlottesville to run a newspaper, I asked a musician if he knew any soccer teams around.… Read More

New Beginnings at Rootfire

Rootfire first took shape as I was lying in bed with a notebook and pen.

I was trying to put a name to an idea, and put a feeling into that name by using words, art, and music to define a lifestyle that I could feel happening around me.… Read More

ORDER NEW ALBUM STEADY = PLANT A TREE  

We reached out to HRB Movement (a lifestyle clothing brand that also plants trees in the USA and abroad), and asked if we could work with them to plant a tree for every STEADY album that has already been pre-ordered, or is ordered between now and September 29.… Read More

The Expanders – Moving Along

Tune Of The Week: July 23

Today we feature a song from The Expanders, who create reggae inna 70’s Rockers style. I was first turned onto the band after their self-titled debut (2011). Since then Rootfire has included their songs on various mixtapes, and sent some of our favorite promoters The Expanders vinyl as Christmas gifts.… Read More

Aer – Above The Floor

Tune Of The Week: July 10

David von Mering and Carter Schultz formed Aer in Wayland, MA and have held our attention since their 2012 debut The Bright Side. Combining rap, reggae, and pop music, I am excited about how Aer will effect the modern reggae scene, especially with their crossover mainstream appeal.… Read More