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Jamaica Day 12: The Cowboy Rides, Hope Gardens, 41 Fleet Street Kids, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tonight I entered the Lair of The Cowboy. I promised folks like Lee Gillette that I would find the heart of Country music in Jamaica. As fate would have it, a new friend of mine wanted me to meet The Cowboy, Kingston’s very own Country singer. It’s pronounced Coe Boy, like Seattle guitarist Andy . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 12: The Cowboy Rides, Hope Gardens, 41 Fleet Street Kids, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 11: Behind the Scenes at BBCTV, Jah9, New Clothes, Publicist Extraordinaire, by Davin Michael Stedman

Want to join me behind the scenes on a BBC TV program? Today I met BBC presenter David Rodigan and Beanie Man, as Anthony Red Rose introduced me and the news of our ‘Free Your Mind’ to the Big Yard.

I also got to see a stripped down and poignant performance from a deserved . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 11: Behind the Scenes at BBCTV, Jah9, New Clothes, Publicist Extraordinaire, by Davin Michael Stedman

When the Sun Rises on Talking Drums: Happy Birthday Bob Marley, by Davin Michael Stedman

This video is Earl Chinna Smith and his Nyabinghi Orchestra playing to the sunrise for their dear friend Bob Marley at his birthplace in a remote Jamaican village called Nine Mile, on February 6, 2018, the 73rd anniversary of Marley’s birth.

It’s surreal that I am friends with these folks. Mr. Oliver Simms . . . → Read More: When the Sun Rises on Talking Drums: Happy Birthday Bob Marley, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 10: Michael Moore Good, Donald Trump Bumbaclot, Clapping on the Back of the Beat, by Davin Michael Stedman

I had so much fun in the studio with Owen Bassie, Wrong Turn, and Kirk Bennette. Yes one of the top keyboardists in Jamaica is named Wrong Turn. He got his knickname from King Tubby. But the first time I met Wrong Turn, it was when I first slipped into a Sly Dunbar session . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 10: Michael Moore Good, Donald Trump Bumbaclot, Clapping on the Back of the Beat, by Davin Michael Stedman

Stephanie Black – Winter of my Soul, by Steve Stav

With lilt-echoes of Kate Bush at the upper register — and more than enough grandeur-crescendo for a chick-flick credits theme — Stefanie Black’s new single, “Winter Of My Soul” is pleasant, yet pedestrian fare. On lyrical and arrangement levels, a good, but uninspired tune. However, the 19-year-old singing sensation’s powerful pipes are the sort . . . → Read More: Stephanie Black – Winter of my Soul, by Steve Stav

Jamaica Day 9: Time to Level Up, Building a Riddim and an Epic, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am trying to upload the greatest video clip from Nine Mile. But how about me hanging out with Prince Allah right now?

We are having a nice long chat, but I had two minutes left on my phone. Legends everywhere. You wake up and legends chillin’.

Time to level up. Owen Baddie . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 9: Time to Level Up, Building a Riddim and an Epic, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 8: This Night in Jamaica, 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 weighing on my mind at that moment, but I had to . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 8: This Night in Jamaica, by Davin Michael Stedman

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

Hot Takes As The Confetti Falls, by Chuck Strom

Next year belongs to Jimmy G.

The Philadelphia Eagles finally have a Lombardi Trophy to bring home, their first championship since Concrete Charlie Bednarik sat on Green Bay’s Jim Taylor to win it all in 1960. Hats off to them. They played unafraid, especially Nick Foles, and it took all of their successful gambles . . . → Read More: Hot Takes As The Confetti Falls, by Chuck Strom

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

Protect the Institution! The Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, Penn State University and the Newest Entrant, Michigan State University, by Mark Erickson

In these four high-profile cases, adults covered up sexual crimes. The Catholic Church moved priests. The Boy Scouts kept their Perversion Papers secret. Penn State preferred profits over boys. As the gymnastics’ story has already unfolded at Molestation State University against female gymnasts, there will be an expansion to female co-eds, making the travesty . . . → Read More: Protect the Institution! The Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, Penn State University and the Newest Entrant, Michigan State University, by Mark Erickson

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

Drunk Woman Uses Toilet Seat to Hula Hoop

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