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First Listen: FeelFree – Lonely Life

“The song is about trying to find yourself in solitude but also about dealing with the pain that that solitude can cause for others in your life when you go off on your own,” says Andrew Pfeiffer, lead singer of the Washington D.C.Read More

First Listen: Fiji – Come On Over feat. PAPA

Fiji is one of the godfathers of Pacific Island music, who has released Polynesian musical anthems since the mid 90’s. Originally from Fiji, but a Hawaiian resident since he was 14, Fiji’s influence on some of the biggest musicians coming out of the Pacific like J Boog, Common Kings, and The Green is undeniable.… Read More

Twenty Five Years of Roots: Sierra Nevada World Music Festival – Interview with Founder Warren Smith

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, a staple event within the roots reggae and world music communities of California and beyond. SNWMF has a reputation for stacked lineups of classic roots artists from the golden era of ’70s and ’80s reggae balanced by up-and-coming talent from across the world.… Read More

First Listen: Alborosie ft. Raging Fyah – The Unforgiven

Maybe it’s just a musician thing in general, but certainly throughout the progressive roots scene there is a distinct affinity for classic metal amongst the singers and players. And few metal bands have a more household name than Metallica.

Today Rootfire premieres a moving rendition of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” by Italian-born roots artist Alborosie, out everywhere June 15 on Greensleeves Records as part of the Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United album. … Read More

First Listen: The Nextmen vs. Gentleman’s Dub Club – Rudeboy Ft. Gardna

The island nation of Jamaica gave birth to something very special back in the 1970s. But it didn’t take long for immigrants and savy radio DJs to bring this unique gift to the rest of the world. Nowadays there are more takes on reggae music than fingers to count them on, but the distinct flavor brought from the United Kingdom has always held a special place in the history books.Read More

The Local Scene: Denver Reggae Social Club

A lot of attention goes out to the big fish. The headliners, even the regional heroes, attract the attention of local press when they come to town. But for anyone who has lived somewhere with a vibrant local scene of any genre, a lot of times it’s the smaller bands, the side projects, the up-and-comers that bring something truly individual to their scene.… Read More