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New Reggae Album Coming

Island Head are finally in the studio recording a new album. Many people have asked, “What took so long?” Well, there are many reasons not the least of which is the individual musicians have been very busy!

I could write a ten-page blog about the projects each of us have done. Just to give you a taste, here are some highlights;

Guitarist Andy Bassford wrote some tracks and played on the new album collaboration by Sting and Shaggy called 44/876. Andy also recorded a solo record which is a tribute to the Jimmy Cliff album soundtrack to “The Harder They Come”. His version is called “The Harder They Strum”.  Reggae radio station The Joint on SiriusXM is currently playing one of the tracks called 007 (Shanty Town). He did all of that while constantly touring with legendary Jamaican jazz pianist, Monty Alexander. www.andybassford.com

Saxophone player Tim Cappello, famous from his 14-year stint with Tina Turner, found out he is more famous from his appearance in the legendary 1987 vampire movie “The Lost Boys”. So, Tim has been appearing at the “Monster Ball” conventions. He is also about to release his own solo record.  www.timcappello.com/

Island Head founder and drummer Billy Messinetti has been writing original music preparing for the studio recordings. He also leads 2 other bands that are booked through his New York City based company, New York Orchestras Entertainment.  www.nyorchestras.com    www.musicbythevibe.com

Trumpet player Don Harris has been touring with former NY Yankees star, major league baseball Hall of Famer, Bernie Williams. Bernie now has a career as a jazz guitarist. Don has also toured with Nile Rogers and Chic. This summer he is playing dates for the “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Guitarist Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung was part of a group of Jamaican studio musicians who played on thousands of reggae records over the last 40 years. The Kingston All Stars are Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, Mikey “Mao” Chung, Linford “Hux” Brown, Jackie Jackson, Robbie Lyn, Everton & Everald Gayle. Under the artistic direction of Moss “ Mossman “ Raxlen, a multi-faceted musician, producer, engineer and writer, the KAS will be releasing a new recording and embarking on a world tour.  kingstonallstars.com

Island Head keyboard player David Frank, was contacted by singer Michael McDonald. Michael said, “I was just listening to Steve Winwood’s “Back In The High Life” album. I love the horn arrangements you did for Steve. So, I would you be interested in doing the horn arrangements for my new album?” Oh course, David said yes and the album is called “Wide Open”.  Here’s a quote from David; “What can you say about Mike. One of the finest artists of all time. I was so honored to be able to arrange the horns with him on these songs.davidfrankmusic.com

Bass player Jeff Ganz is constantly touring the USA with The Hit Men. This band includes musicians from various legendary American bands such as The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Johnny Winter and many more. The band plays hit songs that they participated on. There is a lot of talent in the band and Jeff certainly adds to it. thehitmenlive.com

Stay tuned as we will be posting pictures and videos from the Island Head recording sessions.

to be continued…

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Reggae Radio Stations/Reggae DJs

Support for the reggae community, reggae artists and reggae music

Island Head is a reggae band. We have been lucky enough to have many radio stations who support reggae music, play our songs. We have been played on SiriusXM, college radio and streaming radio. As a result, many reggae artists and fans have contacted us to find out about radio stations that play reggae music. Our results are posted below.

PLEASE, if you know any radio stations that support the reggae community, let us know and we will blog about it. If you are a DJ and would like us to help promote your show, let us know about that as well.  info @ islandhead.com

Here is the information we have gathered:

SiriusXM The Joint – DJs Pat McKay, Jabba, Dermot Hussey

Newstalk 93 FM in Jamaica – “Riffin” with Dermot Hussey

Radio Z889 Burlington County College – Request Line: 609-894-8900

Solar FM Reggae Portugal –  DJ Paulo Matos

Aalborg Student Radio in Northern Denmark 92.2 FM DJ Manuca Selectah every Monday from 22.30 to 00.00 GMT

Endless Boundaries Jam Radio with “Jaybird” Varga (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia)  Request Line: 609-894-8900

Sounds of the Caribbean with Keith Rowe & Selecta Jerry (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia) Request Line: 609-894-8900

Reggae & World Rhythms  with Cableman Dan – Centenary College (stream on www.wnti.org – 91.9 FM in Central New Jersey) Request Line: 908-852-4545

In Southern California on Pacifica Radio – KPFK heard on 90.7 FM in LA, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM N. San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest –  Reggae Central with Chuck Foster – Request Line: (818) 985-5735

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio Tampa, FL (stream at www.wmnf.org) Air Studio: (813) 239-9663 or dj@wmnf.org

Radio CUH Chaminade University – Honolulu. HI   http://radiocuh.org – Request Line: (808) 440-4218

WVKR 91.3 FM  Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY – Requests: 845.437.7178

Mana’o Radio 91.5FM, Maui Hawaii   Requests: 808-244-2032

Ramjam Radio in London, England

Sound Fusion Radio in London, England

Lonely Oak Radio – internet radio

iHeart Radio – create your own radio station like a “Bob Marley” station or island or reggae type station and Discovery will bring you Island Head.

If you are a radio DJ/personality and would like to obtain a copy of the “Punky Reggae Party” album, please send us an email.

info(@)islandhead.com

Island Head is an important project to Reggae

SiriusXM Radio program director for the reggae station The Joint, Pat McKay 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.”

Island Head reggae band/musicians

“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

“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

Reggae Radio Stations

(another blog post by Island Head musician Billy Messinetti)

If you are trying to find your favorite reggae music on the radio it is sometimes hard to find.  There are not a lot a stations these days playing roots reggae, dub or ska.  So, we decided to list some stations for you to check out.

Please let us know about your favorite reggae radio station if it is not listed here.

If you want to hear various discussions about reggae listen to some of these terrestrial radio stations (they also are found online).  Cableman Dan has a great show on Centenary College Radio WNTI.org called “Reggae & World Rhythms”.  His show will broaden your horizons into some world music.  Calvin Balfour is a fun DJ on Vassar College Radio WVKR.org with a show called “Uplifting Vibes”.  Listening to his show will give you an uplifting vibe!  Chuck Foster has a fantastic show called “Reggae Central” on Pacifica Radio KPFK.org.  Chuck will take you through the history of reggae and ska and dedicate shows specifically to certain artists or styles.  I’ve heard him do a show just on “Dub”  and tell you about King Tubby and the creation of the “Dub” style of reggae.  Besides his gig at SiriusXM, Dermot Hussey does great work on his show “Riffin” which is heard on terrestrial radio in Jamaica only but can be heard streaming online, as well.  Each show is dedicated to a short list of reggae artists.  Mr. Hussey has one of those “golden radio voices”.  If you want a fusion of reggae with jamming tune into “Endless Boundaries” with “Jaybird” Varga on Z889.org.

The most popular station that plays reggae 24/7/365 is SiriusXM “The Joint” channel 42.  But, you have to have a subscription.  The cool thing is that you can get a very inexpensive internet only subscription for only a few bucks.  Program Director Pat McKay along with DJs Dermot Hussey and Jabba play Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure as well as newer reggae artists Etana, Gentleman, Koshens and Romain Virgo.

Some of the internet only radio stations give independent artists a “spin” such as Lonely Oak, Ram Jam and Sound Fusion Radio.

If you know of any reggae radio stations that are not listed here please fill out the contact form and we will update the list.

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Reggae Radio Links:

SiriusXM The Joint – DJs Pat McKay, Jabba, Dermot Hussey

Newstalk 93 FM in Jamaica – “Riffin” with Dermot Hussey

Radio Z889 Burlington County College – Request Line: 609-894-8900

Endless Boundaries Jam Radio with “Jaybird” Varga (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia)  Request Line: 609-894-8900

Sounds of the Caribbean with Keith Rowe & Selecta Jerry (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia) Request Line: 609-894-8900

Reggae & World Rhythms  with Cableman Dan – Centenary College (stream on www.wnti.org – 91.9 FM in Central New Jersey) Request Line: 908-852-4545

In Southern California on Pacifica Radio – KPFK heard on 90.7 FM in LA, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM N. San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest –  Reggae Central with Chuck Foster – Request Line: (818) 985-5735

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio Tampa, FL (stream at www.wmnf.org) Air Studio: (813) 239-9663 or dj@wmnf.org

Radio CUH Chaminade University – Honolulu. HI   http://radiocuh.org – Request Line: (808) 440-4218

WVKR 91.3 FM  Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY – Requests: 845.437.7178

Mana’o Radio 91.5FM, Maui Hawaii   Requests: 808-244-2032

Ramjam Radio in London, England

Sound Fusion Radio in London, England

Lonely Oak Radio – internet radio

iHeart Radio – create your own radio station like a “Bob Marley” station or island or reggae type station and Discovery will bring you Island Head.

If you are a radio DJ/personality and would like to obtain a copy of the “Punky Reggae Party” album, please send us an email.

info(@)islandhead.com

See Island Head’s EPK (electronic press kit) here: http://artistecard.com/islandhead

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Island Head on Endless Boundaries Jamband Radio

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).

iTunes link to download podcasts of Endless Boundaires shows

Z889 website for streaming Endless Boundaires Burlington County College Radio