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Sister Carol: “Reggae Inna Mi Blood”

Sister Carol, respectfully and affectionately known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture,” is both a pioneer and pillar of reggae music. The last of three female reggae artists to ever be nominated for a Grammy award, Sister Carol is […]

Sister Carol: “Reggae Inna Mi Blood”

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Sister Carol, respectfully and affectionately known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture,” is both a pioneer and pillar of reggae music. The last of three female reggae artists to ever be nominated for a Grammy award, Sister Carol is […]

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Protoje’s Penetrating Perspective

As much or more than any album in recent memory, in any genre, reggae star Protoje’s A Matter of Time— released at the end of June to universal critical acclaim —

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats are touring SoCal in October

Blues fans should be happy to hear Rick Estrin and the Nightcats have released a new recording, Groovin’ in Greaseland, out on Alligator Records. They will be especially happy

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, dies at 76

WASHINGTON — Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul," died Thursday morning at her Detroit home, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. EDT surrounded by family

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will perform in San Diego

The Los Angeles-based Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will perform at the AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival, September 8, 2018. They are hitting the road after the release of their

Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion”

In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. “Dr. Dread” and the founder of

Rootsman Garth Dennis reflects on Reggae’s richness

Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer for foundational roots reggae band

Reggae on the Mountain is the best reggae venue in Los Angeles

In mid-July, when summer’s heat sears L.A., Angelenos and savvy outsiders know the best, most refreshing, rejuvenating thing to do is to go to Reggae on the Mountain. Aptly

Blaze Mob: Moving Over Barriers

On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ablaze by a mob –

Elle Winter at Oriole Park in Baltimore credit Anthony C. Hayes

Elle Winter: ‘I like songs that empower me’

Rising pop star Elle Winter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Anthony C. Hayes) At 19, most baseball players are just trying to get their foot in the door. Singer,

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