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Earl “Chinna” Smith: A Kingston reasoning, Part 2

 with Legendary Guitarist  (The Interview: Part 2) In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – many topics were covered including: Chinna’s disappointment and dissatisfaction with the Jamaican government […]

Earl “Chinna” Smith: A Kingston reasoning, Part 2

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 with Legendary Guitarist  (The Interview: Part 2) In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – many topics were covered including: Chinna’s disappointment and dissatisfaction with the Jamaican government […]

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Tommy Castro returning to the L.A. area

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, touring in support of their latest Alligator Records release, Killin’ It Live , will perform at The Rose in Pasadena on Thursday, March 19,

Legendary members of Soul Syndicate still burning the fire: New albums released

With February’s confluence of earthstrong celebrations for reggae’s king, Bob Marley — this year, his 75th—and its crown prince, Dennis Brown (not far behind at 63), and also, ever

Legendary drummer Santa Davis in a historic conversation (Part 1)

A Historic Conversation with Legendary Drummer Santa Davis (The Interview—Part 1) On December 1, 2019, I interviewed drummer Carlton “Santa” Davis—at his house in Los Angeles—for over three hours about

Tony Chin’s historic, unstoppable career in music (part 2)

 Unstoppable, Historic Career in Music (The Interview: Part 2)  At the end of Part 1 of my interview of legendary guitar player Tony Chin, Tony recounted several never before published stories about

General Jah Mikey: “I Just Love That Microphone, Man”

Due in part to my friendship with legendary sound engineer Scientist I’ve been blessed to meet and interview some of the most famous names in reggae, legends like Sly Dunbar

Imbibe Consciousness and Culture with Cocoa Tea

“Cocoa Tea” is a popular Caribbean drink, but music fans know it’s also the name of one of reggae’s sweetest singers and best live performers. After more than four

Ska King Derrick Morgan Holds Court in Los Angeles

King of Ska Derrick Morgan, a still-touring music legend who helped launch the career of (King of Reggae) Bob Marley and the careers of many other Jamaican artists, too,

Doheny Blues Festival gets its Alligator on

The Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point will be featuring two acts from the Alligator Records stable. The label has a long history of bringing up great blues acts

Reggae icon Max Romeo: “How do you fight the devil with a lawyer?”

In a career spanning fifty-five years, legendary reggae star Max Romeo’s many hit songs have brought joy to millions of fans and influenced generations of artists, including rap mogul

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