Public Property & Toots

Up and coming Iowa reggae outfit Public Property gets Toots to sing on their new album

Public Property
So how does a band from Iowa get a reggae legend to sing on their album? Sometimes all you gotta do is ask. It's been three years since Iowa reggae act Public Property has released an album, and it's a good thing they waited. Frontman Dave Bess dreamed up the idea last summer as they continued to finish their record. At the top of his wish list was the legendary "Toots" Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals, having been such a huge influence on the group's reggae/ska sound. The band sent his management several tracks to listen to and once Toots got a listen, he decided he wanted to sing with the band on the title track "Work to Do." One thing led to another and in the middle of the harsh Iowa winter, Dave Bess and a few members of Public Property flew to the warmer weather of the West Indies.

In the middle of January they spent a six hour session recording with Toots at the legendary Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The result is a stellar single for the local rising reggae group and a chance to tour with one of the biggest living reggae legend in the world. July 2 marks the group's CD release party for their fourth album Work to Do featuring Toots and the Maytals as the headliner. Catch Public Property as they begin the first of several dates with Toots and the Maytals.

Public Property's new album features probably the world's best ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro doing a solo on the track "Coming Down the Mountain," (no relation to the Jane's Addiction song) and features Ticklah - the mastermind behind Dub Side of the Moon, Radio Dread, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Dub Band - doing a dub remix titled "Stank Sauce Dub," and the singer for John Brown's Body doing a gust performance as well.

Public Property tour dates:
06/26/09 Fri Broadway Oyster Bar St. Louis, MO
06/27/09 Sat Briar Patch Ampitheater Bevington, IA
07/02/09 Thu Peoples Court Des Moines, IA
07/03/09 Fri 80/35 Festival Des Moines, IA
07/04/09 Sat The Wild Hare Chicago, IL
07/17/09 Fri Camp Euforia Lone Tree, IA
07/18/09 Sat Camp Euforia Lone Tree, IA
07/23/09 Thu 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
07/25/09 Sat The Landing Peoria, IL
07/26/09 Sun The Crossroads Kansas City, MO
08/28/09 Fri Iowa City Friday night concert series Iowa City, IA

[Published on: 6/25/09]

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