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Momma, Will I Be a Dancehall Star? Promoting ‘Free Your Mind’ at KLAS in Kingston, by Davin Michael Stedman

Photo by Lenni I-Music

I have a good story about my first radio interview with Anthony Red Rose. We were at KLAS Sports Radio in Kingston with DeeJay Cat.

I was still pretty exhausted from the trip to Nine Mile and I had a lot of weighing on my mind at that moment, but I had . . . → Read More: Momma, Will I Be a Dancehall Star? Promoting ‘Free Your Mind’ at KLAS in Kingston, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 7: Bob Marley’s Birthday in Nine Mile, by Davin Michael Stedman

Rode to Nine Mile on a bus full of Bob’s old friends. Ska era Wailers blasting. The sky was still black.

Once I get on Wi-Fi, I have some pretty incredible video to show you from the sun rising and drums and voices raging at Nine Mile.

Lenni I-Music and I had to be at . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 7: Bob Marley’s Birthday in Nine Mile, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 6: Kids, Producers, Night Jams, Warnings From Ike, by Davin Michael Stedman

I have so much to tell you about Trench Town.

Let me just start by telling you I showed the kids of 3rd street my songs and they were singing along to the hooks and improvising guitar solos I challenges them to take one out for a rip. And it was actually a really . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 6: Kids, Producers, Night Jams, Warnings From Ike, by Davin Michael Stedman

New York Ska Legends the Toasters Return to the Funhouse For A Packed Show, by Holly Homan

The month of February always brings the much looked forward to Toasters to Seattle. After some stellar openers, the band came on stage and the horn section (Gilbert Covarrubius on trombone and Nate Koch on sax) immediately riled up the packed house by thrusting their fists in the air and getting them to copy . . . → Read More: New York Ska Legends the Toasters Return to the Funhouse For A Packed Show, by Holly Homan

The Ambassador of Trench Town Part 1: Sing a Simple Song, by Davin Michael Stedman

I have so much to tell you about Trench Town.

Let me just start by telling you I showed the kids of 3rd street my songs and they were singing along to the hooks and improvising guitar solos I challenges them to take one out for a rip. And it was actually a really . . . → Read More: The Ambassador of Trench Town Part 1: Sing a Simple Song, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 5: Michael Bolton is Loved in Trench Town, by Davin Michael Stedman

Only a Trump Presidency could create a political environment where MoveOn.org and leftist street demonstrators will rally to defend a former head of the FBI and a Republican. Please pause and just meditate for a moment how f_cking insane Trump has made our everyday reality.

Because I am a huge fan of Robert Mueller . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 5: Michael Bolton is Loved in Trench Town, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 4: Ras Isachar, USA vs Donald Trump, Jelly a Day, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am playing on Roots FM and getting interviewed…

Things you learn live on the air.

Selecta (Ras Isachar) introduces me to Kingston as a friend of Jamaica and the left handed guitar player then plays “No Woman No Cry.”

Is this the real life?

This just happened: I just played 3 songs . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 4: Ras Isachar, USA vs Donald Trump, Jelly a Day, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 3: Think locally, rock parties globally, by Davin Michael Stedman

Confession: my plan is to be a local musician, all over the world. It seems pretty obvious but it is a major shift. One of the positives of the internet among many disastrous developments is that I can be a positive grass roots influence on scenes and people in great music towns like . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 3: Think locally, rock parties globally, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 2: Wild West Type Crime Fighter, Watching Trump From the Outside, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am not well informed about the Crime Wave that has descended upon Montego Bay as of late. An enigmatic and controversial figure in this struggle to keep Mo Bay open for business and safe for tourists is the retired Crime Fighter Reneto Adams

He is a Wild West type figure that created the . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 2: Wild West Type Crime Fighter, Watching Trump From the Outside, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 1: Team Goals from the German’s Blue Collar Castle Above Kingston, by Davin Michael Stedman

You might want to stay tuned the next three weeks on my return to Jamaica. I spent every day since my return getting ready to go back, and I am still not ready. How could I be?

This cover represents what happened on my first dance with Jam Rock. It was like a novel . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 1: Team Goals from the German’s Blue Collar Castle Above Kingston, by Davin Michael Stedman

2017: A Music Year in Review – the late edition, by Peter Dysart

Most of the music reviews come at year’s end. Great. That’s when most people are desperate to catch up on everything they missed in the previous year. I’m fine with that, sitting here with a large stack of unopened vinyl waiting to be heard. But between work life and real life – in the . . . → Read More: 2017: A Music Year in Review – the late edition, by Peter Dysart

Massy Ferguson – Gallipoli, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Father, the musician, the former stand out prep shooting guard Ethan Anderson headlines Neumos this Friday, Feb. 2 with Cody Beebe’s Rust on the Rails.

His band Massy Ferguson has been a mainstay of this Seattle scene for the last decade and with the help of Brighton label At The Helm Records, his . . . → Read More: Massy Ferguson – Gallipoli, by Davin Michael Stedman

It Starts With a Great Driver – They Told Me I Need to Stomp the Yard, by Davin Michael Stedman

JAMAICA UPDATE: Man I just got a call from Lenni I-Music in Jamaica. Send this dude some friend requests. This is a friend that I want to be rolling around Kingdston with. He’s such a SOLID dude and damn good singer and songwriter.

This ain’t no side kick talk. I am lucky to be . . . → Read More: It Starts With a Great Driver – They Told Me I Need to Stomp the Yard, by Davin Michael Stedman

I Want To Be Wrong About Everything, by Davin Michael Stedman

Most problems are like bullets, you can’t really run away from them. For example if the Perma-Frost in the Arctic Melts and releases twice as much carbon than humans have ever emitted.

Nobody can run away from that.

Americans born in this country don’t really comprehend how powerless refugees are and what it would . . . → Read More: I Want To Be Wrong About Everything, by Davin Michael Stedman

Ryan Kinder – Fortunate Son

“I’m fortunate that I have a job that allows me to travel around our country and to meet people from all walks of life. Through those journeys, I have heard stories big and small, hopeful and heartbreaking, funny and frightening. The people behind these stories represent all corners of our country . . . → Read More: Ryan Kinder – Fortunate Son

Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers Headlines A Solo Show at Seattle’s Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On the 23rd of January I had the pleasure of seeing Vic Ruggiero play a solo show for the second time. Vic Ruggiero is the keyboard player and primary vocalist for the NY ska band the Slackers. This guy is classic New York Italian and very charming. He created an intimacy with his audience . . . → Read More: Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers Headlines A Solo Show at Seattle’s Funhouse, by Holly Homan

The Fall Endures, Though Mark E. Smith Has Passed On! by Tom Kipp

The Fall were never quite my favorite band (okay, maybe during the last six months of 1988, in the wake of the glorious one-two LP punch of THE FRENZ EXPERIMENT and I AM KURIOUS ORANJ!), but their obstreperous uniqueness, unfathomable longevity, truly remarkable consistency, and unshakable integrity grew more admirable and undeniable with each . . . → Read More: The Fall Endures, Though Mark E. Smith Has Passed On! by Tom Kipp

Shovels and Rope: Charleston’s Finest Cover The World, by Harper Hull

In the past I have called a number of bands my favourite – Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies – but right now I am giving that small accolade to an American folk/country/rock duo based in Charleston, South Carolina called Shovels and Rope. They are literally the only act I have traveled . . . → Read More: Shovels and Rope: Charleston’s Finest Cover The World, by Harper Hull

A Perfect Tempo: Crafting Records with Anthony Red Rose, The Kingston Way, by Davin Michael Stedman

I just sent Bluejay Hankins my Anthony Red Rose-produced single ‘Free Your Mind’ to have Reggaeville premier. This is biggest raggae website, this song features Sly & Robbie and Lenky Marsden, the man behind Sean Paul’s ‘Get Busy’.

I have spent the last year working with Anthony Red Rose as he crafted one of . . . → Read More: A Perfect Tempo: Crafting Records with Anthony Red Rose, The Kingston Way, by Davin Michael Stedman

Kassi Ashton – California, Missouri

Quickly making a name for herself with her soulful voice and authentic songwriting, Kassi Ashton shares, “This is the song I always knew I wanted to write. It’s an intro in to everything I am.” In the deeply personal song, Kassi digs into her experience as a self-described black sheep, ridiculed for her . . . → Read More: Kassi Ashton – California, Missouri