Interview Date: October 23, 2011 @9am EDT
Sly Dunbar as of right now (Continued)
Last week we left off talking about Sly Dunbar’s renowned contributions to Peter Tosh’s band and the Mighty Diamonds first album for Virgin Records “The Right Time” (Virgin Records 1976). But this amazing outpouring was just the beginning of what was to become a string of groundbreaking albums from this innovative and influential man.
“Two Seven Clash” was yet another phenominal album by him and a band called Culture; both aiding in and revolutionizing UK music; helping to bring upon the reggae/punk culture which defined an era and shaped its music. This was one of the main albums that was known to have been an inspiration at the time for bands like ‘The Clash’ and ‘The Rolling Stones’ (who were motivated by and borrowed heavily from these reggae beats). When I asked Sly about recording with Culture on “Two Seven Clash” he said:
“[it] Was done a Joe Gibbs studio when
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 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
Interview Date: July 8, 2011 @11am EDT
Special Guest: Country Hall of Fame Artist Ray Price (recorded July 8, 2011). In this podcast we finish our interview with Ray Price by talking about the studio, "New Country", and his insightful thoughts on computers and the internet. He also gives a heartfelt story about his good friend Hank Williams Sr.
It can't be said any simpler, or stronger than to say that Texans love their music. Texas is home to SXSW and Austin City Limits. National Public Radio co-produces a weekly program, This Week in Texas Music History. There are many ways and means for Texans to show their love for the music that comes out of Texas. Even the Governor of Texas (the republican nomination hopeful Rick Perry) is sure to include his name on the Texas Music Office website in big letters. There you can even buy a Texas Music licence plate in homage to the pioneers of Texas' musical history