Roots of a Rebellion to Release Third Studio Album

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Nashville-based 6-piece Roots of a Rebellion recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to support their next studio album. ROAR have once again teamed up with producer Craig Welsch (John Brown’s Body, The Avett Brothers, State Radio) to bring their 3rd full-length album to life. This spring, the band also plans to drop a live album from their performance last summer at legendary Nashville venue Exit/In.

Roots of a Rebellion have crafted over a dozen unique packages and experiences to reward fans interested in supporting their upcoming project. Just a few weeks since the campaign launched, the band has already reached 25% of their goal. According to lead singer Austin Smith, the band has roughly 30 songs written, and they’re ready to record the best of the bunch with Craig Welsch at Rear Window Studio in Brookline, MA. Roots-of-A-Rebellion-2018-Press-Image

The live album, expected out in the coming months, is also coupled with a high-quality video of the performance. Many of the PledgeMusic packages will include the audio and video for the upcoming live album, and upon release ROAR plans to put the album on digital platforms such as Spotify and YouTube as well.

Roots of a Rebellion are looking to jump off the success of their 2016 album A Brother’s Instinct, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Since first forming out of Nashville’s esteemed Belmont University, ROAR have gone on to play alongside top acts such as 311, Rebelution, and Slightly Stoopid, as well as at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Hangout Festival. ROAR consists of Austin Smith (guitar/lead vocals), Marco Martinez (lead guitar/harmonica), Jeremyck Smith (keys/vocals), Justin Smith (trumpet), Adam Quellhorst (bass/vocals), and Troy Wiggins (drums).

Speaking on their big plans for 2018, Austin Smith says, “We’ve got some great music planned for this year that we’re excited about. Fans may recognize a couple songs from our recent shows, but most of the songs have never been heard outside of the band!”

Check out the link posted below if you’d like to learn more about Roots of a Rebellion’s PledgeMusic campaign in support of their forthcoming studio album. You can also catch the boys on the road as they bring their Nashville-branded reggae around the US this winter and spring.

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ROAR PledgeMusic Campaign
ROAR Official Website
ROAR Facebook

Article By: Brian Winters

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Watch: Roots of a Rebellion – “No Control”

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Video of Jimmy Buffett on CBS News Sunday Morning

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From CBS News Sunday Morning: “Jimmy Buffett and “Margaritaville” come to Broadway

From Tracy Smith: “You might say the newest musical on Broadway feels like an old friend. This is Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville.”

You won’t see Jimmy on stage, but every song is his. Feel free to sing along!

Smith said, “Broadway is a big gamble. You don’t have to do this; you’re rather comfortable, I would say. Why stick your neck out?”

“‘Cause for me it’s the challenge of doing it,” Buffett replied. “I’ve always wanted to do it. You know, one of my favorite songs was always The Drifters — They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. I sing it every time I walk down here to work.

“And I think about my mother and when she would drag me to musicals, you know, when I was a kid. It’s more about for her. I wish she was here to see this, but she’s the one that set me on this path. So, I figure I gotta do it!”

This is a jukebox musical: Of the 27 songs in the show, only two are actually new. The rest, like “License to Chill,” are proven crowd-pleasers.

“Most of the songs people have heard,” Buffett said. “It’s not like we’re waiting to see if they’re good or not. We’re kind of OK, right? We don’t want to go in there and do what they don’t know!”

Smith asked, “Do you think there would be a Jimmy Buffett if there wasn’t a New Orleans?”

“That’s a very interesting question. I don’t think there ever would have been. I could have gotten a job going South, probably would have had a bar in the British Virgin Islands and singing there,” he replied. “But those years being here really were formative years for me. And it made me a better professional player, so that I thought I could make that leap and all of that. This was my training ground for all of that.”

For Buffett, a married father of three, it’s been a long voyage, and not always an easy one.

When asked what was the biggest storm he’s weathered, he replied, “Wow. There was a point — I think it’s a year or two-year period — where I lost my mom, my dad, Ed Bradley, one of my best friends. But I have to think that, what would they want me to do? And all I can think of is continue doing what I’m doing.”


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Jimmy Buffett to appear on CBS Sunday Morning show

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Jimmy Buffett will be appearing on the CBS Sunday Morning Show today at 9:00 AM ET to discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

Take a trip to paradise with longtime resident Jimmy Buffett and our Tracy Smith CBS News for a sneak peek at Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical which is bringing the tequila shots to Broadway.


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Jimmy Buffett to appear on the Today Show

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Jimmy Buffett will be making an appearance on the Today Show (NBC) on Thursday March 1st between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET, and also during the 10:00 a.m. hour. He is scheduled to perform and discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

He last appeared on the Today Show on Sept 29, 2017 to talk about “Escape to Margaritaville” heading to Broadway.


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Video: Koffee – “Burning”

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Having just turned 18-years-old on February 16th, Jamaica’s new rising star, Koffee, released her debut single, “Burning,” this past October. Koffee might be the youngest artist we’ve ever covered and the first in quite sometime that we can confidently say is the next household name representing a new generation of reggae roots and culture. Read more about her by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Three Shows added to 2018 SOASOAS Tour

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Three shows have been added to Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’ Son of a Son of a Sailor 2018 Tour

May 24, 2018 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 27, 2018 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 10, 2018 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

All three shows go on sale February 23rd via TicketMaster


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Hollywood Reporter interview with Buffett and Frank Marshall

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From the Hollywood Reporter: “Producer Frank Marshall Talks Helping to Bring Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ to Broadway

“I like to put him in a movie once in a while,” says Frank Marshall of Jimmy Buffett, who has uncredited cameos in both Jurassic World movies, including June’s Fallen Kingdom. “And he puts me onstage once in a while at his concerts. But we’ve never put our heads together and created something from scratch until now.” What the longtime pals, both 71, have created is Escape to Margaritaville, a musical centered on Buffett’s oeuvre — and the beach-bum lifestyle he trademarked (literally, with his empire of restaurants, products, even retirement communities) — that starts Broadway previews Feb. 16. Not only did their friendship survive the five-year journey to create the show, but “we had a blast doing it,” says Marshall.

The two met 38 years ago at Harrison Ford’s New Year’s Eve party in Aspen, Colorado, where Buffett was performing. They bonded over sailing, sports and guitars. “Frank is a student of the guitar,” says Buffett. “He can play ‘Margaritaville’ pretty well. So if I go down …”

“I’m kinda like the stand-in?” Marshall says.

“Well,” says Buffett, “for that song. The rest of ’em … no.”

“Who ever knew there was going to be a real Margaritaville?” Buffett says, eying a couple of wayward beach balls rolling around the Marquis mezzanine. “I didn’t write the song ever thinking it was gonna be a place you would live.”

Buffett is also blocking out the noise. “I’ve never won a Grammy. I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” says the five-decade rock fixture, who Forbes estimates is worth $550 million. Still one of the industry’s top concert draws, it took him 30 years to land his first and only No. 1 album (2004’s License to Chill). He’d love to see his show recognized at the Tony Awards, “but it’s not what I’m out here to do,” he says with a grin. “We’re just a hard-workin’ band. It was always more important to us to have a loyal fan base. It all goes back to: We’re making a show that’s fun — and God knows we need a little fun in the world today.”


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Behind The Beat: Understanding Ethan Tucker

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In May of 2015, Olympia, WA’s singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker released his last studio album Misunderstood, a 14-track record produced by Beastie Boy’s Mario C., featuring a guest appearance by Michael Franti.

Ethan first showed up on our radar back in October of 2009 when we published a live video of him performing “Morning Time.” The video was captured by Josh Heinrichs, whom Ethan was sharing the stage with that night. It turns out, that published video was the first time Ethan Tucker’s music had been documented by a media source. In November of 2010 he released his debut album, Lost Between.

We drove out to meet with the Olympia, WA native in his hometown to get a better understanding of who Ethan Tucker is. We came to learn that he’s a self-taught vocalist and musician. Through his own passion, charisma and persistence, he created opportunities for himself that included working with Michael Franti, be-friending actor/comedian Craig Robinson, being featured on NBC’s The Voice as well as being picked up by Silverback Music Management that has lead to collaborative affairs with Slightly Stoopid.

Tucker even released a hometown beer called Cool Kids Kulsch with O Town Brewing. Tucker describes the beer as “Not quite a lager, but a light beer with a hint of citrus. Like a less thick version of a Blue Moon.” It’s only available in the summer in his hometown. No matter where his music or fame may take him, Olympia, WA will always remain his home.

Understanding Ethan Tucker: Calling Olympia, WA Home

Ethan was born in Olympia as a baby before moving to Montana. When his parents divorced, his mom moved to Sun Valley, ID and his dad moved back to Olympia, WA. So growing up, Ethan would spend the summers in Olympia while going to school in Idaho. Sun Valley is a small town of a few thousand people that isn’t uncommon to visitors such as Bruce Willis to Lebron James. But if there was anywhere in the world that Ethan would call home, it would be Olympia, WA. EthanTucker_OlyWa_EricSchoep

He tells The Pier: “Olympia, WA to me is the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest. Oly is the Capital of Washington State and sits almost exactly halfway between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. It’s cool man. Its like a melting pot. You have a mix of people — You have super liberal hippies, you have super business type, because it’s the state capital, so you have the political people, and state people, state workers etc. Then you have the gangsters and hustlers too. But its just this chill town where everyone gets along. I dig it, its a funky spot.”

He’s a humble, hometown artist with raw talent of someone who burst on to the scene with his laid back soulful jazzy songwriting, and infectious vocals. One thing you might not know about Ethan is that he is not professionally trained whatsoever. So what you’re listening to in his records Lost Between and Misunderstood is someone projecting self-taught, raw emotion over songs with little vocal guidance as he explains to The Pier that he didn’t take any vocal lessons until he caught on with NBC’s The Voice in 2016.

[Related: Ethan Tucker Performs On NBC’s The Voice]

During that time, he was assigned a vocal coach to which Ethan tells The Pier: “The first vocal lesson I ever had, I didn’t even sing. She had me sit on my back and told me to focus on my breathing. It was just all breathing. I found myself paying more attention to my breathing and making sure that I have full lungs”

With a new album expected in 2018, Ethan Tucker is putting an exclamation-point on his 2015 record, Misunderstood, with the music video for “Never Be.” Directed by Garret Laver, the video had been shelved for more than a year with inspiration coming from the phrase “I’ll Never Be Fooled Again.” Ethan Explains: “The song is about believing the facade that some people put on in a relationship before exposing their true colors.”

Watch: Ethan Tucker – “Never Be”

Understanding Ethan Tucker: Working on New Music

Ethan has recently worked with Toko Tasi on the 2017 Jungle Josh produced “Rockstar” (Remix) to which he was also featured in the music video for the song. Tucker collaborated with Slightly Stoopid and was featured on a version of Stoopid’s “Prophet” with a guitar solo that didn’t make the album cut on Meanwhile… Back At The Lab. Ethan is known to join to Stoopid on stage for songs “Ain’t Gotta Lot of Money,” and “Baby I like It.”

When it comes to his own material, Ethan is experimenting with newer material that includes funk and pop in the vain of Bruno Mars meets Maroon 5 and Ben Harper. As mentioned EthanTucker_InsTudio_EricSchoep inside our 2018 Most Anticipated Albums feature, Ethan Tells The Pier he plans to release a 10-13 track record of songs that fit together in telling the strongest story. He’s worked in production with Jungle Josh, Dru Decaro and Max Watters.

In writing and singing on his newer material, he has taken the vocal lessons from The Voice in addition to that of Dru Decaro and Andy Cooper. Those two, Ethan points out, have been working him in the studio in helping him better recognize the different notes to hit in vocal harmony, a training of the ear that has been new to the otherwise self-taught, raw talent.

Ethan tells The Pier his thoughts toward the records theme, saying: “I have been throwing around a few ideas back and forth the one I keep coming back to is ‘Phoenix’ it is the title of one of the tracks but I like the idea of a bird that continually grows by burning down and then rising from its own ashes.” Ethan continues, sharing: “This record I’ve been experimenting with blending more electronic sounds of drums and synths with my signature blend of acoustic and electric guitar. There are so many sonic layers that most people have never heard from me before and it’s taking my music to another level.”

Ethan is someone who has created his own opportunities through his own hustle that has led him to working with a slew of respected artists. With a combination of raw talent, poetic charisma and a persistent hustle, he’s found himself in the room with Mario C., Michael Franti, Slightly Stoopid, Jungle Josh, Toko Tasi, to creating his own hometown beer and befriending Craig Robinson at one of his own shows. He’s a very organic artist who establishes organically authentic relationships. Like his hometown of the Pacific Northwest, his music has some fun night life funk, gloomy blues to soulful jazz and bright spots of pop and classic rock.

Ethan Tucker is the vocal battle cry of Olympia, WA, showered in the soul of it’s Pacific Northwest culture.

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Photos By: Eric Schoep

Watch: Toko Tasi – “Rock Star” (Remix) [ft. Ethan Tucker]

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Buffett to play Fenway Park on August 9th

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
Aug 9, 2018 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA
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Tickets go on sale Friday, February 23rd.


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Kabaka Pyramid Drops New Single “Borders”

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Kabaka Pyramid is heating things up ahead of his debut album Kontraband. On February 2nd, 2017, the Jamaican artist dropped “Borders,” the 2nd single from his upcoming album. The brand new song features the breakout Ghanaian vocalist Stonebwoy, and was produced by the one and only Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The single is also coupled with an official lyric video produced by Luti Media.

Much like the 1st single “Can’t Breathe,” and all of his music for that matter, Kabaka Pyramid’s latest track goes deep beneath the surface to deliver a powerful message. Creating lyrics with a theme and an underlying message for each of his tracks has always been a priority for the Kingston-based artist. “Borders” tackles the continuing refugee crisis occurring across the globe, and the record number of people seeking a more peaceful and prosperous place to call home. Borders Kabaka

“I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It’s a shame to see the levels of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I’m grateful that Stonebwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We’re looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off” says Kabaka Pyramid of his latest single.

Kabaka Pyramid’s upcoming album Kontraband is set to release in the coming months of 2018 as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records. In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album. The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka’s head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and will likely coincide with a world tour beginning in spring 2018. Kabaka Pyramid’s team hinted at an extensive tour continuing through the summer and fall that would hit North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean islands.

Sharing his excitement for his fans to hear Kontraband, Kabaka says, “I’m really excited to drop my debut album because the 1st one is the one all the others will be compared to, and I think Kontraband will set a foundation for me for many years to come. My aim is to take conscious lyricism in reggae music to another level and connect with listeners from all walks of life across the globe.”

Be sure to check back with The Pier when a precise release date is announced. Until then, enjoy Kabaka Pyramid’s newest singles “Borders” and “Can’t Breathe.”

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Article By: Brian Winters

Kabaka Pyramid – “Borders” ft. Stonebwoy [Official Lyric Video]

Kabaka Pyramid – “Can’t Breathe” (Official Video)

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