“So Much Trouble In The World” by Island Head Musicians

If you have been hearing the instrumental version of “So Much Trouble In The World” by Island Head Musicians on SiriusXM channel 42 “The Joint” (reggae channel) then, you have found the right place.

Island Head reggae band will come together for a rare live performance on Wednesday July 24.  The band plays a very unique and interesting approach to classic songs from Bob Marley and The Wailers.  Guitarist Mikey Chung said; “I know when we all get together to play live it will be magical!”  This is a show you will not want to miss.

Be sure to check out the album “Punky Reggae Party” by clicking on this text.

The details of The Cutting Room show are below.

Date: Wednesday July 24, 2013

Where: The Cutting Room NYC

Location: 44 East 32nd Street – New York, NY (between Park & Madison)

Time: 10:00 PM

Tickets: click the link below

Link To Show at The Cutting Room

Island Head’s David Frank interview

David Frank, Island Head’s keyboard player was interviewed on Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, Ca on KPFK.  Chuck Foster is the host of the show “Reggae Central” which is heard on Sundays.  The show airs from 2pm – 4pm PST on 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 North San Diego and 99.5 Rodgecrest.  David talks about his input into the recording of “Punky Reggae Party” and his interaction with the other Island Head musicians.

David Frank is a well-known keyboard player, producer of many hit records including Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle”, Phil Collins “Sussudio”, Steve Winwood’s “Back In The High Life” and many more.  He also has had hits with his own band called The System including “Don’t Disturb This Groove” and “You Are In My System”.

Chuck wrote the Reggae Update column for Beat Magazine for two decades and is the author of Author of Roots, Rock, Reggae: An Oral History of Reggae Music From Ska to Dancehall on Billboard Books and The Small Axe Guide to Rock Steady (Muzik Tree, 2009). Chuck has been actively involved in Los Angeles public radio for nearly 20 years.

Here is the link to David’s interview

Island Head – “Punky Reggae Party”

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ISLAND HEAD – “PUNKY REGGAE PARTY”

1 – I Shot The Sheriff (Bob Marley)

2 – So Much Trouble In The World (Bob Marley)

3 – Reggae Island (Billy Messinetti & Don Harris)

4 – Wake Up And Live (Bob Marley)

5 – Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley & Peter Tosh)

6 – Punky Reggae Party (Bob Marley & Lee “Scratch” Perry)

7 – Burnin’ and Lootin’ (Bob Marley)

click on ‘musicians’ link in the menu to read bios of Island Head musicians

Sounds of the Caribbean – Are you an Island Head?

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.

Sounds of the Caribbean can be heard Saturdays from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Z889 Burlington County College.  You can also stream the show online here Z889

Island Head album review

Jammin’ Reggae Archives has reviewed the album “Punky Reggae Party”.

What’s wrong with a band that releases an album comprised of six instrumental versions of Bob Marley songs and one original? Nothing, as far as I can see and hear.  (Click the link to continue reading) http://www.niceup.com/reviews/reviews.html

SiriusXM Satellite Radio plays Island Head

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.

http://www.siriusxm.com/thejoint

Island Head
Island Head

NOTE: This band is sometimes referred to as Island Head Musicians or Islandhead musicians.

Amazon MP3 Music “Reggae Island” Customer Review

The band assembled is a who`s who of sidemen formerly and currently with some of the biggest names in reggae, R&B and studio musicians.

Andy Bassford (guitar), Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung (guitar), Billy Messinetti (drums) Don Harris (trumpet), David Frank (keyboards), Timmy Cappello (sax),  and Neil Jason (bass).

Their first single “Reggae Island” is a medium tempo, smooth, summery, wishing you were sipping that Margarita type of reggae instrumental. The simple repetitive horn melody will stick with you after the earbuds come out.

In it`s simplicity the track should set up the rest of the album which will be Marley covers done instrumentally and approached in a new way. The sound is somewhere between Jamaica, New York City and your favorite anywhere beach.

So open the top of your ride, get a seat by the pool, put on those sandals and enjoy the well recorded and produced single..Can`t wait for the other tracks !!

Punky Reggae Party album review

The reggae jamband Island Head, is getting a lot attention for their debut album “Punky Reggae Party”.  Bob Marley songs are re-worked into instrumentals that are destined to make these songs classics, again.

Track 1:  “I Shot The Sheriff” has a groove that crosses dancehall and rock with strong rock guitars and jazzy saxophone.  Sax player Tim Cappello, of Tina Turner fame, plays his butt off (plain and simple).  He has a fat tenor sound with tons of expression and excitement!

Track 2: “So Much Trouble In The World” takes the bass line from the original and pushes it further with a backbeat on the drums.  Bass player extraordinaire, Neil Jason pays tribute to the original bass player on the Survival album, Val Douglas.  Val, of the famous Skatalites, was scheduled to play on the album.  Due to his touring schedule with the Skatalites he could not make any of the band’s sessions.  When the track gets to Andy Bassford’s guitar solo the song is lifted to new heights.  Andy is well-known for playing with Toots & The Maytals for 23 years.

Track 3: The single, “Reggae Island” is a pop/top 40 sounding instrumental that just makes the listener feel good.  This is the only one not penned by Marley.

track 4: “Wake Up and Live”, also from Marley’s Survival album appears on the Island Head record.  This is where the band’s funk influence comes out.  Trumpet player Don Harris used to tour with Tower of Power and brought out some TOP in his arrangements.

Track 5: “Get Up Stand Up” sounds like Miles Davis got together with Bob Marley.  Harris’ muted trumpet is sultry, sexy and relaxing.  Miles would be proud because his influence is very apparent.

Track 6: The title track combines Jamaican Rocksteady with synth-dance music.  The synthesizer sounds played by one of the most famous synth players in the world, David Frank of The System.

Track 7: “Burnin’ and Lootin'” is the final track which is more traditional roots reggae.  The groove is deadly and “dirty funky”!  Andy Bassford does some finger-picking melodies in the second verse that are complex and interesting.  The track ends with Andy and Tim weaving in and out of each other’s licks.

Mickey “Mao” Chung, famous for his tenure with Peter Tosh of the Wailers plays incredible melodies throughout the entire album.  Mikey also played with Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards when Keith used to live in Jamaica.  Keith also mentions Mikey in his biography, “Life”.  Producer Billy Messinetti says; Mikey added a Jamaican authenticity to the album.  The combination of the guitar playing of Andy Bassford and Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung is one of the things that makes this album so interesting to listen to.  When Pat McKay, program director for SiriusXM’s reggae station The Joint, heard about this collaboration she said; I know both Andy and Mikey, they are geniuses!

You can find this very interesting musical hybrid here: Island Head on iTunes

Twitter page @Islandheadband is getting followers from all over the world.