Radio Adds for Island Head’s “Punky Reggae Party”

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!!!

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 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

Dermot Hussey interviews Billy Messinetti from Island Head

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.

If you do not live in Jamaica you can stream it online with this link: www.newstalk.com.jm

If you miss it you can listen here: interview link

SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint

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.

Island Head on Jamaican Radio

Newstalk 93 FM in Jamaica has a very interesting music program on Friday evenings called ‘Riffin’.  In the old days of FM radio, DJs would discuss the music, lyrics and artists.  Today, most popular terrestrial radio DJs don’t have these types of discussions.  It was great to hear radio personality/DJ Dermot Hussey doing what he does best, ‘Riffin’ about new music.  Of course, it was especially exciting when he was talking about Island Head’s album “Punky Reggae Party”.  He also played music by guitarist extraordinaire Gary Clark, jr. who is an amazing guitar player new on the scene.

Mr. Hussey told about how the music of Bob Marley is still enjoyed worldwide.  Songs played on the show were “So Much Trouble in the World”, “Wake Up and Live” and the title track “Punky Reggae Party”.  All 3 tracks were written by Marley with “Punky” co-written by legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.  Even though the Island Head album is an instrumental record, the titles and lyrics of these songs are still very apropos.

www.newstalk.com.jm

 

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

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

Island Head “Punky Reggae Party”

Keep an eye (and an ear) out for the album “Punky Reggae Party” by the reggae band, Island Head.  They can be found on the radio, internet, Twitter, Facebook and old fashioned print media.  There are radio stations that will be featuring the entire album and some are playing the DJ favorite “So Much Trouble In The World” as well as the single “Reggae Island”.  Island Head musicians have been interviewed recently by some newspapers and magazines, as well.

The song that is getting the most airplay right now is a Bob Marley classic “So Much Trouble In The World” from his “Survival” album.  Island Head’s interpretation of this song features the main melody played by Don Harris on trumpet.  Then, there is a long guitar solo from Andy Bassford followed by a keyboard solo from David Frank.  The outro is carried by a sax solo from Tim Cappello.

It is a fantastic start for a new band.  As things progress, we will keep you posted as to when the articles go to print and the stations broadcast the features about Island Head.Image

Legendary DJ Dermot Hussey on-board with Island Head

Legendary Jamaican reggae radio personality Dermot Hussey helped break many legends in the reggae world.  You can find video footage of him on youtube interviewing Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.  Mr. Hussey also eulogized Peter Tosh at his funeral in Jamaica.  Island Head reggae band are privileged to have Dermot supporting us and playing our music on his program.

You can hear his broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio channel 42, The Joint weekdays from 3 PM to 9 PM.  If you are an early-bird, you can also hear Island Head on program director Pat McKay’s show from 9 AM – 3 PM weekdays.

Dermot Hussey also has a show on WWW.NEWSTALK.COM.JM in Jamaica.

FRIDAYS: 7.05 PM JA TIME, 8.05 pm US

SUNDAYS:  5.15 pm JA Time, 6.15pm US