“Punky Reggae Party” by Island Head band/musicians
Here is what Pat McKay, SiriusXM program director for channel 42 “The Joint” said; “Island Head is an important project to reggae. It’s always great to have substantive, high art. This work contributes to reggae’s growth. Reminds others of what it really is and what is still possible. I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience.”
“Inspired concept, great playing and a real feel for the music makes Island Head’s Punky Reggae Party a top quality, excellent release highly recommended to strengthen the heart and soothe the soul. A winner!“–Chuck Foster, host of Reggae Central on KPFK-LA, author of Roots Rock Reggae: An Oral History of Reggae Music From Ska To Dancehall (Billboard Books) and The Small Axe Guide To Rock Steady (Muzik Tree).
“Island Head musicians, tastefully demonstrate that a fresh perspective can still be brought to Bob Marley music.” Dermot Hussey, legendary reggae radio personality and author of “Bob Marley, Reggae King of The World”.
“I have heard a lot of Wailers over the years and Island Head are one of the few bands that have an original take on the music. It’s Island Head Hipreggaejazzrockvibe.” – Cableman Dan, host of “Reggae & World Rhythms” on WNTI-FM
Tune-in today Thursday to SiriusXM reggae satellite radio station “The Joint” channel 42 at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST. Hear the exclusive performance by Island Head and hear program director Pay McKay interview the musicians. The band played new versions of “Burnin and Lootin’, “So Much Trouble In The World”, which continues to air on the reggae channel and the title cut from the band’s album “Punky Reggae Party”. All three songs were written by Bob Marley. Also, check out the band’s original single called “Reggae Island” here on iTunes.
Listen to the latest Island Head reggae band radio interview on WVKR Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. DJ host Calvin with drummer/producer Billy Messinetti. Go to the “Interviews” link in the website menu above. Calvin and Billy discuss the musicians, reggae music, Bob Marley and The Wailers, the jamband and jazz aspects and some other fun stuff. They listen to “So Much Trouble in the World” and “Burnin’ and Lootin”.
Island Head music on the radio started with SiriusXM The Joint Program Director Pat McKay playing “So Much Trouble In The World”, a Bob Marley cover. All three of the station’s DJs continue to play Island Head – Jabba, Dermot Hussey and Pat McKay herself. Sounds of the Caribbean with Keith Rowe & Selecta Jerry jumped at the chance to add the album to their radio playlist. Keith even uses various cuts from the album as “bumper” music for his announcements. “Jaybird” Varga from Endless Boundaries Jam Radio on the same radio station heard Island Head on Keith’s show. He liked the “jamband” aspect of the album so much that he started his very next show with “Burnin’ and Lootin'”, another Marley song. Both Keith’s and “Jaybird’s” shows can be heard on Burlington County College 88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia (stream here Radio Z889).
Dan the Cableman has a show on Centenary College Radio called Reggae & World Rhythms 91.9 FM in Central New Jersey that streams on www.wnti.org. Andy Bassford and Billy Messinetti, guitarist and drummer, respectively, were interviewed and guest DJ’ed while the Cableman played “Reggae Island”, the single from the album, “I Shot The Sheriff” and the title cut “Punky Reggae Party”.
Chuck Foster from radio KPFK 90.7 FM UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) has a show called Reggae Central who has added Island Head to the playlist. If you are in the Tampa Florida area you can listen to WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio (stream at www.wmnf.org). In Upstate New York we are on WVKR 91.3 FM Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. One of their shows is “Splinters & Candy” World Music with Alex Brown. Our newest addition today is Radio CUH Chaminade University Hawaii. If you are off the island you can listen here http://radiocuh.org.
Island Head would like to thank all these stations for their continued support. Big Up from all the Island Head musicians!! Maximum Respect!!!
Keith Rowe of Z889 radio is the host of Sounds of the Caribbean radio show. He plays the best of roots reggae, lover’s rock, dancehall and soca music. Since April 1995, Keith’s show has been a beacon on the airwaves warming the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas with Caribbean styles. Lately, Mr. Rowe has been showing love to the band Island Head. The album “Punky Reggae Party” has been used as “bumper” music for voice-overs as well as featuring this instrumental reggae band. The song that has been grabbing a lot of attention lately has been Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World”.
After hearing Island Head on Sounds of the Caribbean, DJ “Jaybird” Vargo of Endless Boundaries Jam Band Radio started loving the album. He loved it so much he started his very next broadcast with “Burnin and Lootin”.
Be sure to tune in this Saturday February 9 for a special show celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday.
Island Head has been featured on the jamband radio program “Endless Boundaries”. Host Jason “Jaybird” Varga is the creator of the show. He plays music by jambands Phish, Dave Matthews Band, moe., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grateful Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Pearl Jam, Umphreys McGee and reggae artists like 10Ft. Ganja Plant, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and of course, Bob Marley and The Wailers.
To date, Island Head can mostly be heard on reggae music radio. But, on the last two EB shows, Jaybird opened with Island Head musicians jamming to “Burnin’ and Lootin'” and “So Much Trouble in the World”, respectively. The show can be heard on Z889, 88.9 FM in Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia on Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST.
Podcasts of his shows can be downloaded on iTunes (see link below).
Legendary Jamaican radio personality Dermot Hussey’s interview with drummer/producer Billy Messinetti will air Friday February 8, 2013 on the Jamaican radio station Newstalk 93 (www.newstalk.com.jm) at 7:00 PM.
Dermot’s rise to fame was fueled by his famous interview with Bob Marley.
The interview includes a discussion about the making of the album “Punky Reggae Party’, Island Head musicians, Bob Marley, reggae music of today and yesterday and how the Island Head musicians got together. Find out why this jamband chose to make instrumental versions of Bob Marley songs.
There are very few major radio stations that are dedicated to playing reggae music, exclusively. SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint is one such station. They play music from Bob Marley & the Wailers (and all of the Marley siblings), Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure. And in 2012 they added Island Head to that list.
We want to publicly thank SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint for being the first radio station to play the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”. Big Up to Ms. Pat McKay, program director for the station who said; “I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience”.
NOTE: This band is sometimes referred to as Island Head Musicians or Islandhead musicians.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio station “The Joint” is the quintessential reggae radio station. The station recently started playing “So Much Trouble In The World” from the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”. The station’s program director Pat McKay said; “I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience.”
Pat has been part of the reggae world for many years. Before coming to SiriusXM she hosted the first ever all reggae “big radio show” in the USA on WBLS-FM called “The WBLS Reggae House Party”. Ms. McKay has pioneered the promotion of reggae and other Jamaican music styles. Well, it is an honor and we feel especially blessed that “The Joint” is playing Island Head. Much Respect!
You can find The Joint on SiriusXM channel 42. Pat McKay’s show is on from 9 AM to 3 PM.