Interview Date: October 23, 2011 @9am EDT
Sly Dunbar as of right now
They say that Reggae is all about the beat. If that’s the case then Lowell “Sly” Dunbar (and his partner in crime Robbie Shakespeare) are quite possibly, two of the most important people in all the history of Jamaican music. Sly Dunbar has been innovating and altering drum patterns, taking his inspiration and ideas from the world around him, refining and redefining what Jamaican music is and what it is “supposed to” sound like. With over 200 000 recordings (100 Number one hits in Jamaica alone), Dunbar has been and continues to be a person setting down the music foundation for the next generation to follow. He is a man constantly exploring; contributing to some of the Islands most important Reggae albums (and other forms of Jamaican music) as well as artists from around the globe.
Starting professionally at age 15, Sly Dunbar first entered the studio with Ansell Collins; starting off creating “Night Doctor” (for Lee Perry and the Upsetters) and then followed
Interview Date: October 23, 2011 @9am EDT
Special Guest: Sly Dunbar (a.k.a. one half of "Sly and Robbie" or also know by some as one half of “the Riddim Twins”) is quite possibly the most important drummer in Jamaican Music History. Lowell Charles Dunbar’s impact on music (not just Reggae but music in general) is immeasurable. It is said that he has over 200 000 recordings behind his belt (not including remixes or Dubs); has had over 100 No.1 hits in Jamaica. He is easily one of the most influential drummers of the second half of the Century. In this podcast we Sly Dunbar gives a shout out to all his favorite drummers of all time. Drummers that laid down the foundation for Sly to create from. This is one for the books so enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Interview with Percy Sledge [Listen 25:01 min] – “When a man loves a woman” or (Why did you leave me baby?)
Interview Date: November 11, 2011 @11am EDT
Special Guest: Percy Sledge – this R&B Superstar was one of the key figures of what was to be later classified as “the 60’s Deep Southern Soul”. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1966, Percy Sledge’s very first recording for the label turned out to be one of the labels biggest hits. Mr.Sledges beautifully gut wrenching song “When a man loves a Woman” is one of the most loved and referenced songs of all time. In the interview, Percy Sledge and I talk about how he got started, what the soul scene was like back in the day, some of the key figures in his career and even the recording of “When a man loves a woman.”
Stax/Volt Records - Buying the best Soul Around!
What better way to start off this week article than talk about Atlantics old business partner Stax/Volt Records; one of the best 60’s soul/R&B labels in the world. Created by brother and sister duo Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton*; the company was to rival Motown
Interview with Sly Dunbar [Listen 1:04:45 min; Sly= 17:30min and Bonus interview with Jim Wilson= 47:15 min] – Love and Respect for Sly Dunbar
Special Guest: Sly Dunbar (a.k.a. one half of "Sly and Robbie" or also know by some as one half of “the Riddim Twins”) is quite possibly the most important drummer in Jamaican Music History. Lowell Charles Dunbar’s impact on music (not just Reggae but music in general) is immeasurable. It is said that he has over 200 000 recordings behind his belt (not including remixes or Dubs); has had over 100 #1 hits in Jamaica. He is easily one of the most influential drummers of the second half of the Century. In this podcast we talk about the Sly and Robbie’s album” Language Barrier” and “Rhythm Killer”, Chris Blackwell and Compass Point, and Grace Jones.
Please note: there is a bonus forty-five minute long interview with Jim Wilson (Black Dub, The Sparks, Mother Superior, and writer of songs for Henry Rollins, Meatloaf and Alice Cooper!) tacked on the end of the podcast! Also: I will be taking a small break from Sly Dunbar so that I can bring you a Reggae Christmas Special! The next interview with Sly Dunbar will truly be "EPIC" for both Reggae fans and drummer fans alike. Ho Ho Ho!
Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and the Studio One Sessions
GTV - “Did you work with Clement Dodd?”
Sly Dunbar – “No, I didn’t work with him, but I have so much respect for him because I am one of his greatest fans . . . and people like Jackie Mittoo who really inspired me to play. I called him ‘the Martin Luther King of Reggae.’ He laughed, Cox said 'Why?'”
[I said] 'Because you come and do all this; you must have had a dream why you decide to do it.' He had this vision and went for it . . .” Sly Dunbar, GTV interview 2011