Island Head Musicians – Island Head Band

Island Head songs:

So Much Trouble In The World – Burnin’ And Lootin’ – Punky Reggae Party – Reggae Island – I Shot The Sheriff – Get Up Stand Up – Wake Up And Live

Island Head can be heard on radio stations throughout the world.  The band is Billy Messinetti (drums/producer), Timmy Cappello (sax), Don Harris (trumpet/arranger/co-producer), David Frank (keyboards), Andy Bassford (lead and rhythm guitar), Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung (guitar) and Neil Jason (bass).

In a recent radio interview on SiriusXM channel 42, The Joint, Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung told how he has recorded with and/or performed live with just about every Jamaican musician including Buju Banton, Sly & Robbie, Black Uhuru and Peter Tosh.  Andy Bassford spoke of the years he spent with reggae greats Toots and The Maytals, Yellowman, Super Cat and Dennis Brown.  Sax player Timmy Cappello spoke of his 15 years with Tina Turner and several years touring with Ringo Starr and The Allstars.

You can hear the exclusive SiriusXM performance by Island Head and program director Pay McKay’s interview.  The Joint plays new live versions of “Burnin and Lootin’, “So Much Trouble In The World” and the album’s title track “Punky Reggae Party”.

Click here to hear or purchase the album PUNKY REGGAE PARTY


Relix jamband magazine review of Island Head band

Relix is a music magazine and blog that focuses on jam bands, music festivals and band interviews.  They also do album reviews.  The current issue, September 2013, contains a review of the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”.

Island Head took some legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers performances and reworked them.  The band takes Bob Marley songs in a new direction treating them differently than they have been before.  The Island Head musicians recorded instrumental versions of these reggae classics.  You can hear them jamming guitar, sax, trumpet and keyboard solos.  Relix says; “The band frequently flexes their muscles a bit on solos, but their vocal-like quality feels tasteful and natural-always rocking steady and never forgetting to keep the party going.”

As of today, the review has not been posted on the Relix website (  You will have to pick up a copy of the mag to read the complete review.