Tour dates soon to be announced! - August 15, 2016
Ras Alan spent much of 2015 in the recording studio, and the fruits of that labor will soon be available to all our family, friends and fans. The theme of Love runs all through the record, with 13 new, original tunes exploring that I-niversal of all human emotions. The album is slated for a Spring arrival, just in time for you organic farmers and ecstatic dancers to thump a loving soundtrack across the homestead, or bump the boombox in the barn or crank the woofers in the old truck! (...And we hear there's even more music coming on this album's heels. Yea man!)
The Overtakers from Negril, Jamaica, have an Asheville Music Hall date just added to their current US tour. Come check the real mento and reggae from our friends Ruth, Ruben and Leroy on Friday, September 4. I'll also be performing new original material, and the Pond Brothers are bringing the vibes as well. Opening DJ sets by I-Lou and Red Iya. Yes man!
The Overtakers have fallen on hardship as the Jamaican Government has finally reclaimed the land they have lived on for many many years near the TEXACO station in Negril. They have been granted a new piece of land further from Negril and they must rebuild. All funds raised will go to The Overtakers and rebuilding for their family.
Back Roads Music Festival, in cooperation with Visit Wise County Tourism Productions, is pleased to announce the outdoor music event of this year: THE BACK ROADS MUSIC FESTIVAL, enlivening the mountains Friday and Saturday September 5th & 6th 2014. Location for the event will be the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA Featured will be over 21 local, regional, and national bands including: Ras Alan & the Lions, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Scott Miller w/ Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies, Nick Stump, BonePony, Brett Ratliff & the Giant Rooster Side Show, Mike Williams (founder of B F Deal Records from Austin Texas), Brandon Maggard, If Birds Could Fly, Foddershock, Craig Street Ramblers, Parts Department, Katie Did-it, Nobody Famous, Ron Short, Gene Cole, Tadcaster, Neal Spears and Unit 31, and T-Bone. Master of Ceremonies is the world renowned poet and radio personality Wiley Quixote aka Jim Webb! Appalachian folksinger Ras Alan mixes old-time and bluegrass music with reggae! Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, Ras Alan has blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 20 years. His self-styled “reggabilly” has won Alan wide acclaim; he has toured Jamaica numerous times with his band, The Lions, has been profiled on programs on both CMT and PBS, was a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during their Year of Appalachia, and three of his albums are now permanently housed in the Smithsonian Archives. Scott Miller once said “Growing up, my family was isolated just by mere location. Turns out that doesn’t insulate you from any of the troubles all of us have…". Steve Earle has declared Miller a “world class” songwriter - signing him and his former band The V-Roys to his record label ESquared and producing their two bedrock Americana albums. BIG BIG WORLD is the third release on Miller’s record label F.A.Y. Recordings. “I really was ahead of the curve by starting my own label years ago” said Scott. Weekend pass includes free camping with your car!!! (no pets, no glass bottles) Food vendors are available. Cost is $ 50.00 if purchased before Sept 1 st. If purchased at gate $60.00. Both prices include parking and camping for the weekend. Limited RV access for additional cost. Larry Cordle and Mike Williams will be conducting singer/songwriters workshop on Saturday! Please see website to sign up. Limited seating available for this event. Portion of proceeds from this event will go towards reprinting the 2 CD set of coal mining music including 68 pages of liner notes entitled THE MUSIC OF COAL ( www.musicofcoal.com ). For more information on the Back Roads Music Festival, and/or to purchase tickets & sign-up for workshops and see the complete line-up including videos of the bands please visit us at one of the following sites: www.backroadsmusicfestival.com, www.facebook.com/backroadsmusicfestival, www.facebook.com/vipticketsllc . Food vendors are available. For questions or more information. Please contact Marlena Doka (606) 237-4482