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Listen to Roots Of Creation’s interpretation of the Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones” featuring Dan Kelly from their forthcoming ‘Grateful Dub’ album.
JamBase is pleased to present an exclusive full album stream of Roots Of Creation’s upcoming new album ‘Livin Free’ in advance of Friday’s official release.
About Roots of Creation
Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam favorites like Gathering of The Vibes, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Fishbone, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offer up a high-energy, infectious experience. Recognized as a Top 20 artist on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, a festival staple, and an internationally touring powerhouse, RoC have been awarded Favorite Jam Band by Cider Magazine and Best Band In New Hampshireby the New England Music Awards. RoC mix their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics.
Named after a Sublime song on the B-Side of the Badfish CD single, Roots of Creation is made up of founding members, guitarist/lead singer Brett Wilson, keyboardist Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha. The trio came together at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire where they embraced the state motto, “Live Free or Die,” in their music and message. Today the original trio is joined by newest members Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish) on trombone, rhythm guitar, keys and harmony vocals, Andrew Riordan on saxophone, synth and harmony vocals, and Nick Minicucci on bass guitar.
In 2012, RoC won the Cider Magazine Award for Favorite Jam Band, and in 2013, won the New England Music Award for Best Band In New Hampshire. In 2014, the band released Summer in the 603with The SSP (Super Secret Project), a parody video of NH. The video went viral, hitting major news outlets and surpassing 75K views. The band’s intent is to deliver a true rock show cleverly disguised as a reggae dance bash with psychedelic and energizing lights. Since hitting the top 20 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts, RoC has toured internationally playing over 1,000 shows coast to coast, encouraging audience taping of shows amassing nearly a quarter of a million downloads of their live performances on music archive site, archive.org, and building a loyal and engaged fanbase, one by one. Relix Magazine describes their live show as one that erupts on stage, severing artist-audience barriers while summoning fans to join them in an awakening.It’s no surprise then that the band has released three live albums and one live DVD, in addition to two studio albums.
On April 22nd, 2016, Roots of Creation will release Livin Free, a project that frontman Brett Wilson calls their biggest ever. Releasing via the band’s own label, Bombshelter Records, and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group, Livin Freeis a nod to
the New Hampshire state motto. It marks the band’s third studio release, but it’s so much more than an 18-track LP. In addition to digital and retail CDs of the LP, Livin Freewill be available as a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions of 14 of the LP’s tracks in digital and CD formats. The CD formats as well as limited edition, hand-numbered (1/500), splatter/colored, double 12 vinyl, will be available via Amazon and select retail stores on May 6th. The iTunes pre-order for both the standard LP and deluxe collection will begin on March 18th and include instant downloads of tracks Struggle,Row Jimmy (Grateful Dead), and 3x A Lady.
Livin Free features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall Ras MG Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Bill Carbone (Zach Deputy, Max Creek), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and Mighty Mystic. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid) on 3x a Lady,and Ras MG on Struggle (Ras MG Remix).Livin Free was produced by Brett Wilson, and co-produced by Pete Peloquin and Roots of Creation. The album was executive produced by Omen8 Production and the RoC Pledgers,fans who supported the band’s recent PledgeMusic campaign which surpassed the goal by 36% (and climbing). All songs on the LP were engineered and mixed by Pete Boardz Peloquin (Gov’t Mule, OAR), except a handful by Craig Dubfader Welsch (G. Love, John Brown’s Body), Yeti Beats, and Roger Lima (Less Than Jake). The album was mastered by Grammy winner and 8-time Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Jay Frigoletto (Alice In Chains, Black Eyed Peas).
Prior to the LP’s release, a maxi-single/EP of the album’s first single, Struggle, will be released on March 4th. This includes four unique versions of the song, one featuring Melvin Seals and Marshall Ras MG Goodman, another featuring only Melvin Seals, one remixed by Ras MG, and finally a solo acoustic version by Brett Wilson. I never imagined that after listening to legendary artists like Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars religiously in my youth, that I would ever be collaborating with Ras MG, says Brett Wilson. “He is a true musician. He pushed me to the max and inspired me to keep my ears open to new sounds and ideas.
Roots of Creation is now on tour, and this spring will perform select dates on the Spring Blackout 2016 Tour with The Expendables, Passafire, and Tunnel Vision.They’ll also perform select dates with Organically Good Trio (ft. Paul W. of Slightly Stoopid),Mighty Mystic, and Spiritual Rez.
The show went on for Gov’t Mule at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on Thursday despite the absence of drummer Matt Abts.
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