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May 08, 2013PRE-ORDER LA SI DAH BY CAS HALEY
"You can now pre-order the upcoming release by Cas Haley, LA SI DAH, at the Easy Star Store. The record comes out May 28. Orders will ship the friday before. All orders will get a free download of the album on release day. The first 150 discs ordered will be signed by Cas! You can also order a brand new shirt (for men or women) with your disc, and add in either CONNECTION or GIFTS TO GIVE or both at half price. " More info »
April 25, 2013KINGS AND QUEENS HITS #1 ON BILLBOARD!
"John Brown’s Body’s Kings And Queens has debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. Kings And Queens (released April 16, 2013 on Easy Star Records) is the band’s eighth studio album and most ambitious release to date, encompassing the entire history of the band’s sound and legacy. The album debuted impressively on other Billboard charts including #23 on the Heatseekers Chart, #4 on Northeast New Artist Chart, and #188 on the Top 200 Digital albums, amongst others. The album mirrors the success of 2008’s album Amplify, which also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, outselling that album’s first week.
“With “Kings and Queens,” John Brown’s Body delivered once again, demonstrating the diversity that is “American Reggae” and pushing musical boundaries in ways very few bands are capable. The progressive and refreshing mix of sounds has “Kings and Queens” poised to top the reggae charts,making the album one of reggae’s best in 2013.” – The Pier " More info »
April 16, 2013KINGS AND QUEENS OUT TODAY
"The new album by John Brown's Body - KINGS AND QUEENS - is available now on CD and digital download, with the LP version coming May 28. You can get the download via iTunes or Amazon or the CD at the Easy Star Web Store. A few early quotes from critics:
"What a glorious record. Beautiful, heartening, and well deserved for this hard working band. It's great to see reggae gain footing, and it's great to see the revolutionists continue to burn walls and build bridges…I could talk about this record forever. Just go get it." – Angelica Music
"Go back to Kings and Queens for a second or even third listen and you’ll discover the poetry JBB delivers with rhythmic aplomb…" – Pop-Break
“Their new album Kings and Queens is fit for royalty.” –That Music Mag
“Kings And Queens is incredibly catchy and the musicianship is top notch.” – Pop Stereo Reviews " More info »
April 09, 2013CAS HALEY'S "LA SI DAH" OUT MAY 28
"Cas Haley's third studio album, LA SI DAH, is set to come out May 28 on Easy Star! When Cas Haley set out to make the follow-up to his successful 2010 release Connection, one thing drove him in the writing and planning for the sessions. "I kept thinking," says the Paris, TX-based singer/songwriter, “if I died tomorrow, and my kids had only one musical statement through which to know me, what would I want that record to be?” The resulting record, La Si Dah, is packed with what makes Cas Haley who he is: personal lyrics, musical diversity, outstanding musicianship and authenticity. Adding to this unique vibe is the manner in which the recording sessions were financed; working with the crowd-sourcing website Pledge Music, Haley was able to raise money through his fans (many of whom are thanked in the record).
La Si Dah was produced by Haley himself, with consultation on the recording by his good friend, the Grammy-Award Winning Producer/Engineer Rob Fraboni, best known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones. When it came to the recording process, the above principles driving Cas led him to aim for a more authentic sound, in line with the honesty and integrity he tries to live by in his daily life. As Cas so passionately states, “Being in a world so heavily influenced by commercialism and the expectations of perfection paired with the technology and tools to synthesize that perfection, in my opinion, has zapped the very essence out of the majority of music today. The last two years I have been searching for the solution to this problem. With the guidance of my great friend and mentor Rob Fraboni, this album is my attempt to find the spirit of music.” La Si Dah’s pure sound and vibe was accomplished by using the recording techniques of Rob Fraboni. “The first thing we did was take away all elements of separation. All the instruments and most of the vocals were recorded in the same room at the same time with no isolation and no headphones. Fraboni is from the day when capturing the sound of the performance was the goal versus manipulating them,” Haley enthusiastically adds.
The 13 tracks on La Si Dah continue Cas’s ability to mine his own personal narrative for poignant and catchy songs. First single “La Dah,” came from a dream Cas had about his grandmother, where she helped him to forgive his father for things he had never done for Cas. “Wait For Me,” a powerful ballad, reads like a personal love letter to his wife from the road. “Let Her Go,” a slow burner steeped in old R&B, came out of a weekend spent with his father, jamming together and discussing his parents’ marriage. The nyabinghi-drum inflected “Tally Tally” grew from ongoing conversations with his manager, where the two of them had to come to terms with their own personality differences to further Cas’s career goals. Just as important to the record are three instrumentals (“Jackson,” “Capricorn,” “Trash Day”) that help show off Cas’s natural abilities as a musician, since the focus on him is most often squarely on his powerful voice.
Check out a stream of the first single, "La Dah" here:
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April 08, 2013THE PIER HAS JBB SONG FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
"Building up further anticipation for the release next week of John Brown's Body's new record KINGS AND QUEENS, leading US reggae website The Pier is featuring the track "Dust Bowl" as their MP3 Leak of the Week. Click here to download the track.
The Pier also ran a 4-star review of the record, check it here. They say that KINGS AND QUEENS "...is a bold attempt to reclaim the band’s rightful position atop the progressive-reggae throne," among many other strong praises. " More info »
March 06, 2014DUB SIDE RE-RELEASE IN
JULY, TOUR IN SPRING
On July 22, 2014, Easy Star All-Stars we will release a special anniversary edition of the classic… More »
February 14, 2014HELP GET THE GREEN
FEATURED ON HAWAII 5-0!
The Green is up against three other bands to get their music on the next "fan-built" episode of Haw… More »
February 14, 2014ESA / JBB TEAM UP
FOR SHOWS IN APRIL
Two of Easy Star's longest tenured bands are teaming up for four shows in the Great Lakes region, o… More »
February 10, 2014ESA ALUM TAMAR-KALI
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February 03, 2014REGGAE LEGEND, BUNNY
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