Dry Diggings drops second reveal for 2022

“One of my favorites, ever!” That’s what I tell anyone that asks me about Dry Diggings, an easygoing backyard vibe of a festival held in the tree-shaded grass of the aptly named Grass Valley Fairgrounds in Nevada County, CA. The lineup blends classic roots and culture with a healthy dose of west coast reggae and […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Island Head “Blue Butterfly”

Dub reggae outfit Island Head premieres the beautiful lyric video for their “Blue Butterfly” single today only on Top Shelf Music! The somber yet inspiring track is an ode to Kyle Messinetti, son of lead singer Will Messinetti, who was taken from this earth too soon by an unfortunate overdose. A tragedy turned eloquent eulogy […]

Mihali comments on collaborative full-length to come

The phrase ‘catching lightning in a bottle’ is supposed to mean that whatever it was that happened was extremely rare. But, a curious characteristic about that electrified thunderbolt descending from the heavens is that you can create a set of circumstances that will make it likely to reoccur. You can arrange certain factors and set […]

A great night with Gondwana & E.N Young in Sacramento

Wow, what an excellent night of reggae music in Sacramento on March 28th. I was so excited to see E.N Young again! Last time that we saw him, he opened for Katchafire and we hadn’t heard of him before. We instantly became big fans of his positive, uplifting music and his talent. This show was […]

SYNRGY surges toward LP with lead single “Aquablue”

San Diego-based birds of passage SYNRGY have finally released their very highly anticipated brand new single, “Aquablue” as of March 18th. Written by Brian Zach, this independently produced and self-funded prequel will be followed up by the full-length album drop of Aquablue on April 8th. Being more of a soul-driven reggae rock group, known for […]

Raised Fist Propaganda debuts Rockaz Collective with all-star video

Renowned videographer Jeff Pliskin, Founder and CEO of multimedia company Raised Fist Propaganda, has begun a new enterprise with two heavyweight reggae names — Gary Dread (of The Movement) and producer Rick Haze! The trio calls themselves Rockaz Collective, providing pristine film and audio needs for the east coast and beyond. Bursting forth with tenacity […]

MoZaiq unveils “I Love” video

Desert reggae trailblazers Marc Diaz and Noel Morin Jr. (better known as MoZaiq) return with their cinematic debut! Their first music video to ever hit the digital world, “I Love” pays tribute to not only reggae music as a whole, but moreover where the two learned to love reggae music — in their hometown of […]

Josh Heinrichs & friends bring roots reggae to San Diego’s Music Box

On August 25th at the intimate Music Box in San Diego, Josh Heinrichs headlined a great show for roots reggae lovers. First to hit the stage was Eureka Sound. Their trumpet player, Gary Gopar, is also a music professor at Cypress College and several of Eureka Sound‘s members are his former students! Many of Gary’s […]

Iya Terra astounds with ‘Ease & Grace’ album

Over the course of this past year and a half, where things have been exceptionally insane, one core thought kept coming back into focus for me — just be grateful. Be grateful for everything you have in your life. Your friends, your family, your career, your dreams, your ambitions… be grateful for all of it, […]

One Culture releases self-reassuring “Reflection” single

East coast reggae band One Culture resurfaces with a little “Reflection” — literally. Out now on all digital outlets, the new single is an ambient-meets-progressive roots anthem on the power of retrospection. Produced and recorded in the home studio of frontman Kurt Jansohn, later to be mixed and mastered than none other than roots reggae […]

Mammoth Reggae Fest 2021: Day One

Mammoth Reggae Festival held its 11th Annual weekend event this past July 16th through 18th and, boy, was it worth the trip up the mountain! On the first day of the fest, everyone arrived early to check out the Village at Mammoth — an area with a bunch of different cool shops and vendors. The […]

Get to know escalating reggae band Rise Up

Roots reggae and rock blend Rise Up is one band that lives up to their name — they are rising up! Heralding from Salinas, California, founding members Chris Alcantara (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Alex Cortez (drums) gained recognition up and down the coast of California before linking up with locally-renowned players Leland Smith (lead guitar) and […]

Get to know Joey Calderaio

Florida multi-instrumentalist, solo artist and producer Joey Calderaio is back in action with his latest single “Paradise”, featuring Sierra Lane. The fresh reggae jam is released just in time for summer, so we thought to kick the tune up a notch by getting to know the man behind the music! Meet Joey Calderaio — rising […]

E.N Young breathes new life into Half Pint hit with “No Complaint”

Pretend you just got off work, because it’s time to get comfortable and light one up! Producer, singer-songwriter and roots reggae leader E.N Young is here to help you fill the room with ganja smoke with his latest single “No Complaint”. His roots-inspired, dubbed-up take on a classic Half Pint tune from the early 80s […]

Jack Hinson enlivens in “Journey Within” single

Singer-songwriter Jack Hinson relishes life and the “Journey Within” in his latest single — the first of six he’s releasing over the next six months! Following two tracks that made it to Rootfire‘s ‘First Listens’ list, Hinson has now teamed with roots producer E.N Young to render “Journey Within” at Young’s Imperial Sound Studio in […]