Roots of Creation has always loved the Grateful Dead and been inspired by their music, and in January of 2017 they set out to capture the spirit of the Dead in a reggae dub style. The resulting effort is titled Grateful Dub and was recorded at the band’s hometown studio in Brookline, NH with the legendary 5 time Grammy winning producer/engineer Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Rebelution, Peter Tosh). Recorded over a period of ten sixteen hour days in the Dead of winter, the album translates some of the world’s and RoC’s own favorite Grateful Dead songs.
Roots of Creation is nominated for 4 NEMA awards!
Here is what they had to say:
We are extremely humbled and honored to be nominated for 4 New England Music Awards in the following categories...
- Band of the Year
- Album of the Year (Roots of Creation - Livin Free)
- Songwriter of the year (Brett Wilson)
- Live act of the year
The Grammys didn't show us love this time but that doesn't matter right now 'cause New England always has our back!
If the Pats can do it... so can we! ;)
Pls cast your vote below!
Vote here ---> http://nemusicawards.com/2017-event/2017-new-england-music-awards-ballot/ (Voting ends March 31st)
"So we just did three versions of every song. An acoustic, than regular and a remix, dub version of every song."
On their way through NYC we were able to sit down with Roots of Creation and talk with them about their upcoming album, jammin' and what it means to really give back to the community. Check out the full conversation below.
RN: You are a tour heavy band with lots of time on the road. Now you are out with Passafire & The Expendables, how has the tour been so far?
ROC: Oh fantastic. A four-band bill, you know running really smoothly and the crowds have been fantastic. Yeah it's been amazing. Everyone has got their fans there and everyone’s fans are intertwining liking everyone’s music and it's going really well. Great thing is everybody is coming out early. Sometimes when you're the support act on a tour everybody doesn't come out early, even if they want to come and see you, they’re used to a certain time. We make an effort to post times out and then people are just coming out. People are coming to see us, our fans are coming out early, Tunnel Vision’s fans are coming out and PassaFire is, you know crushing it. It's a really good package, we are having a blast.
The Expendables came through New York’s Highline Ballroom this past weekend on their 2016 Spring Blackout Tour. Opening acts included Pasafire, Roots of Creation and Tunnel Vision. Reggae In NYC had a front row seat for all the action of this amazing show.
Tunnel Vision a new surf reggae band from San Diego is just starting out and this was a major tour for them to be included in after the release of their self-titled debut album. Highline Ballroom often has a curfew for shows on a Saturday as they try to open as a bar. With so many acts on the bill Tunnel Vision had to start early. They hit the stage promptly at 6:15 PM. With such an early start in NYC there was not much of a crowd, which I thought would affect the band, after just playing to a packed how at the Stone Pony the night before. However I was incorrect, as one member of the band said, “whether it’s two or two thousand, its great to play.” They hit the stage with gusto and performed a series of tracks from their debut album. Saxophonist Andrew Riordan from Roots of Creation also joined them on stage for a few songs. The dueling saxophones were great to see. While this band is just starting out, they offer a unique sound. They have a great future ahead of them in reggae music.