Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam favorites like Gathering of The Vibes, Wakarusa and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offer up a high-energy, infectious experience. Recognized as a Top 20 artist on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, a festival staple, and an internationally touring powerhouse, RoC have been awarded “Favorite Jam Band” by Cider Magazine and “Best Band In New Hampshire” by the New England Music Awards. RoC mix their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics.
This April 22nd, 2016, Roots of Creation released Livin Free, a project they call their “biggest ever.” Releasing via the band’s own label, Bombshelter Records, and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group, Livin Free is a nod to the New Hampshire state motto, “Live Free or Die.” It marks the band’s third studio release, but it’s so much more than an 18-track LP. In addition to digital and retail CDs of the LP, Livin Free will be available as a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions of 14 of the LP’s tracks in digital and CD formats. The CDs, as well as limited edition, hand-numbered (1/500), splatter/colored, double 12” vinyl, will be available via Amazon and select retail stores on May 6th. The iTunes pre-order for both the standard LP and deluxe collection is now available and includes instant downloads of tracks “Struggle,” “Row Jimmy” (Grateful Dead), and “3x A Lady.”
Livin Free features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Bill Carbone (Zach Deputy, Max Creek), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and Mighty Mystic. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid) and Ras MG. Livin Free was produced by Brett Wilson, and co-produced by Pete Peloquin and Roots of Creation. All songs on the LP were engineered and mixed by Pete “Boardz” Peloquin (Gov’t Mule, OAR), except a handful by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch (G. Love, John Brown’s Body), Yeti Beats, and Roger Lima (Less Than Jake). The album was mastered by Grammy-winner and 8-time Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Jay Frigoletto (Alice In Chains, Black Eyed Peas).
Roots of Creation is now on tour, having recently performed select dates on the “Spring Blackout 2016 Tour” with The Expendables, Passafire, and Tunnel Vision. They have upcoming dates with Organically Good Trio (ft. Paul W. of Slightly Stoopid), Mighty Mystic, and Spiritual Rez.
“Some of these songs have been road tested but our fans have never heard them like this before and it’s gonna blow their minds! Livin Free has sexy summer anthems, revolutionary battle cries, and deep dancehall-ready grooves. It wasn’t easy making three versions of each song (studio, acoustic, dub/remix) but our creative addiction wouldn’t let us give up on the challenge. Working with all of the amazing special guests, producers, crew, and musicians was a once in a lifetime experience that’s now ready for listeners to bump on a deluxe triple CD, mp3 or double splatter vinyl!
04.22 Albany, NY @ Move Festival
04.30 Northampton, MA @ Extravaganja (1pm)
04.30 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
05.20 Newmarket, NH @ Stone Church
05.21 Harmony, ME @ Germination
05.27 – 28 Greenfield, MA @ Strangecreek
06.03 Portsmouth, NH @ WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio
06.10 Bouckville, NY @ Ray Brothers BBQ
06.11 Matunnuck, RI @ Ocean Mist
06.25 Rindge, NH @ Franklin Pierce University
06.26 Meredith, NH @ Flurries
07.08 Croydon, NH @ Camp ‘n Jam Festival
07.22 Utica, NY @ The Celtic Harp (Slightly Stoopid after party)
07.30 Lee, ME @ Matrix Music Festival
08.05 Middletown, CT @ Organic Smiles Festival
08.06 Greenfield, NH @ Uplift Music Festival
# w/ Spiritual Rez, The Feel Goods