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Reggae Island in the UK

It seems our song, Reggae Island is getting lots of attention in the UK on reggae radio. Spotify and Amazon Music are seeing lots of requests for streaming the song. This instrumental reggae jam, written by Island Head’s drummer Billy Messinetti and trumpet player Don Harris. The song was intended to be heard while enjoying a backyard BBQ with some friends or sitting on a beach with a cocktail. You might enjoy it with your morning coffee. Whatever gets you going. If you are a fan of reggae music, it is a fun song. Enjoy!  Peace & Love!!!

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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…

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.”

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“What a piece of art!” – DJ Paulo Matos Reggae Portugal

The latest review of the album “Punky Reggae Party” by Island Head is by DJ Paulo Matos from Solar FM “Reggae Portugal”.

“What a piece of art!”
“I confess that this is one of the best tributes/instrumental tribute to the immortal songs of Marley The Wailers I ever heard until today!  Arrangements and Production are first-class.  This Sunday I will feature the album in Portugal Reggae program.  Not to be missed.”

Confesso que esta è uma das melhores homenagens / tributo instrumental às canções imortais de Marley & The Wailers que jà ouvi atè hoje !  Arranjos e Produção de 1a Classe.  Este domingo no programa Reggae Portugal.  A não perder.

Listen to his station with this link:  Solar FM Reggae Portugal –  DJ Paulo Matos

“Reggae Island”

“So Much Trouble in the World” has gotten the most airplay of any track on the album “Punky Reggae Party” by Island Head.  Since it’s radio debut on SiriusXM in November 2012, that song has received the most attention and outsold the other songs on the album.  SiriusXM Channel 42 “The Joint” has made “Trouble” a regular play on the station along with all the top reggae acts.

This week there has been a shift.  Reggae fans are discovering the song “Reggae Island” and are showing their love by requesting plays on Spotify and buying it on iTunes.  Yes, there are still music fans willing to pay $.99 for music they like.

Here are comments about the song from a couple of DJs:

“This track makes me feel Irie…Good stuff” – DJ Neza (international DJ)

“Instantly puts you by the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand!” DJ Chucky D