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 (www.relix.com) You will have to pick up a copy of the mag to read the complete review.
Island Head visited SiriusXM Studios in New York City where they performed three songs exclusively for the reggae radio station “The Joint” on channel 42. Program director Pat McKay hosted an interview with the band. “We had so much fun hangin’ with Pat. We had a lot of laughs and she is so cool”, said sax player Timmy Cappello. Pat teased Timmy about his on-stage sexual innuendos during his touring days with Tina Turner. Pat said; “She came on to you, didn’t she”? The room burst into laughter as Timmy said; “I ain’t sayin’ nothin'”.
When it came time to play the band got serious as they did new versions of “Burnin’ and Lootin’ and “Punky Reggae Party”, both Bob Marley and The Wailers covers. The band’s instrumental version of Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World” has been airing for months on The Joint. Now, the live version is also being aired.
You can catch all three live performances on SiriusXM as well as some studio cuts from the album “Punky Reggae Party”.
Pictured below is Program Director Pat McKay during soundcheck
This site has been visited by thousands of people from every corner of the globe. That is a true testament to reggae music. This music started by artists like Toots Hibbert that came from bands like The Skatalites and introduced to the world by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and The Wailers.
Island Head band want to do their part in carrying the torch. All the musicians have had their share of doing recording sessions with computers and electronics. The band wanted to make music kind of “old school” and have everyone in the same room at the same time in the recording process. The interaction of the musicians is what makes this album so interesting. They take some creative liberties and expand upon these songs written by Bob Marley, performed by The Wailers.
When you hear the wonderful saxophone solos by Tim Cappello, they were all done spontaneously, live, one take, no fixes or “punches”. In the world of “perfect” music, this is unheard of. I put “perfect” in quotes because the attempt is to make the music perfect and the result takes away the human imperfections. These imperfections breathe life, heart and soul into the music.
The Island Head approach to these songs is to treat them with respect to the composer, the musicians and the reggae fans. At the same time, the idea was to bring the sound up to date and bring in the aspect of improvisation as jazz artists do. Reggae music has influenced rock, funk, hip hop, jazz and pop music. Island Head musicians have all played music in these different genres. Now, those genres are fused together to create Island Head’s own unique brand of reggae in the album “Punky Reggae Party”.
Island Head has been called: Island Head Musicians, Island Head Band, Island Head Reggae Band, Island Head instrumental reggae band, Island Head instrumental jazz band, Islandhead, islandheadband, islandheadreggae. It is the same band known for doing great original reggae/jazz arrangements of Bob Marley cover songs that include I Shot The Sheriff, So Much Trouble in the World, Get Up Stand Up, Wake Up and Live, Burnin’ and Lootin’ and the title track to their album “Punky Reggae Party”‘. The music can be heard on SiriusXM radio, College Radio Reggae shows, internet reggae radio stations and some terrestrial radio. Please phone in requests to your favorite radio station. Thank you for your support!
Island Head band has been on SiriusXM reggae satellite radio station “The Joint” channel 42. Hear the exclusive performance by Island Head musicians and program director Pay McKay’s interview with bandleader Billy Messinetti and the band. The band plays new live 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 and performed by The Wailers. Also, check out the band’s original single called “Reggae Island” here on iTunes.
Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung tells 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 speaks of the years he spent with reggae greats Toots and The Maytals, Yellowman, Super Cat and Dennis Brown. Sax player Timmy Cappello spent 15 years with Tina Turner and trumpeter James Smith is no stranger to reggae. James spent 22 years with Burning Spear and recorded with Stephen Marley and Damian Marley.
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.
This past Wednesday July 24, 2013, Island Head dropped by the SiriusXM studios in New York City for an exclusive performance for the reggae radio station, The Joint. Program Director Pat McKay was on hand conducting an interview with the band.
“It was an honor to be asked to perform on what I consider, THE premier reggae radio station in the country”. Pat and the folks at The Joint have been behind our album from day one”, said Island Head producer/drummer Billy Messinetti.
The musicians in Island Head were recognized by the staff for their work with other recording artists inside and outside of the reggae world. Ms. McKay has some fun with saxophonist Timmy Cappello asking whether or not Tina Turner “hit on him” during his 14-year tenure. Reggae guitar legend Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung kept his list of reggae artists he has performed with on the short side by just saying, “Yea mon, I played with everybody” – and he sure has! As Pat McKay said; “It would probably be easier for you to tell us who you haven’t played with”.
The band performed their own versions of some classic Bob Marley and The Wailers songs “So Much Trouble in the World”, “Punky Reggae Party” and “Burnin’ and Lootin’ “.
Be sure to tune-in to this interview/exclusive performance which airs Wednesday, July 31 – 11:00am EST and 6pm EST; rebroadcast Sunday, August 4 at 11pm EST, on SiriusXM’s The Joint on channel 42.
(pictured L-R – Timmy Cappello, Jeff ‘Ganzilla’ Ganz, Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung, Andy Bassford)
(pictured-Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung-notice names on guitar case)
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
(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
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
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.
See Island Head’s EPK (electronic press kit) here: http://artistecard.com/islandhead
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If you have been hearing the instrumental version of “So Much Trouble In The World” on SiriusXM channel 42 “The Joint” (reggae channel) then, you have found the right place.
Thanks to Program Director Pat McKay, “So Much Trouble In The World”, written by the legend Bob Marley, has been airing in regular rotation. Be sure to come to the live Island Head show at New York City’s The Cutting Room. The musicians will be coming into town on July 24, 2013. Summer’s here and the time is right to reggae!!
Stay tuned for more exciting news coming that day – to be announced!
Click here for tickets to The Cutting Room show. Get your tickets early because it will SELL OUT!
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