Fall Update

Greetings familia!

We’ve spent that last two weeks in Florida soaking up the sun and connecting with some like minded individuals!

We’ve been listening to heavy amounts of Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Midnite, and the brand new Kevin Kinsella record “Riding Higher Still” which from the sounds of it, THUNDERBODY had an important role in producing.

We’re sitting here in Rock Hill, SC, home to our good friends Sun Dried Vibes gearing up for some fun nights of music ahead…

Tuesday, November 4th at Madison’s On The Corner (Fort Mill, SC)

Thursday, November 6th at Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC) w/ Sun Dried Vibes

Friday, November 7th at Asheville Music Hall (Asheville, NC) w/ Nappy Riddem

Saturday, November 8th at Bar Marley (Knoxville, TN)

Then we’ll be home in Nashville for a few days before we’re back on the weekend warrior grind:

Thursday, November 13th at Hideaway Saloon (Louisville, KY) w/ Shrub

Friday, November 14th at Woodlands Tavern (Columbus, OH) w/ Elementree Livity Project

Friday, November 21st at The Stone Fox (Nashville, TN) w/ The Get Right Band, Soul Mechanic, and Rashad The Poet

Saturday, November 22nd at The Chop Shop (Charlotte, NC) w/ Sun Dried Vibes, Queen City Dub, and more!

Friday, November 28th at Marathon Music Works (Nashville, TN) w/ Trombone Shorty

Stay up and bless up!

“A Lion’s ROAR Sparks Nashville’s Reggae Arrival” by Michael Lenz

A Lion’s ROAR Sparks Nashville’s Reggae Arrival

By: Michael Lenz

Listen closely…can you hear it? It’s the sounds of sweet reggae music!

While Music City may be better known for its country music scene; a devoted community has been quietly, yet steadily forming around a collection of artists and bands rooted in a love for traditional reggae music. Delivering a message of “peace, love and unity,” Nashvillians have been drawn to a genre that finds its roots in the countryside of Jamaica; and its expression in a spiritual, living God–a way of life known as: Jah Rastafari.

Helping this movement has been the band: Roots of a Rebellion. ROAR, as they are affectionately known; first met at Belmont University in 2010. It was there through jam sessions, recordings, and playing house parties that the band first discovered their unique sound that could now be described as “spiritual jam rock reggae.”

Troy Wiggins, drummer for the up and coming act, explains that their music has a deep and resonating spiritual message:

“Our music is about positivity and the attainment of consciousness, we want our music to be about something that is greater than ourselves.”

Wiggins is joined in this spiritual quest through music by band mates Austin Smith, lead singer and guitarist; Justin Smith, on trumpet; Marco Martinez, lead guitarist and harmonica; Jeremyck Smith, on Keys and melodica, and Adam Quellhorst on bass guitar.

The band’s unique blend of reggae, rock, and dub music has caught on with their passionate followers. The band’s music first reached a wide spread audience with their 2012 performance at Live on the Green. ROAR earned their spot at the popular concert series by winning Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem competition. Since then, the band is blessed to have played countless shows in the Southeast. Some of the notable ones include sharing the stage with The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Moe, NEEDTOBREATHE, and The North Mississippi Allstars.

On August 8th the band released their debut full-length album, “Heartifact” to a sold out crowd at the historic venue: The Basement. The album could be described as a living energy expressed through its heavy drum and bass rhythms, melodic harmonies and psychedelic-jam rock grooves.

Roots of a Rebellion show no signs of slowing down. Fresh off the first leg of their twenty-three city “What a Van Tour”, through the North and Southeastern United States, the band hosted the first ever “Jammin’ on Elliston Island” at Nashville’s revered Exit/In on June 7th. After positive reception from the community, “Jammin on Elliston Island II” is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th at Exit/In. The night will begin on the Hurry Back patio with raw, acoustic performances from Jo’shua Odine. Then inside the Exit/In, four bands will blow the roof off the house with the infectious rhythms and vibes from: Floralorix, The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Roots of a Rebellion, and Soul Radics.

Soul Radics hit the Nashville scene with blistering traditional sounds and gritty soulful melodies back in 2011. Virtually fearless, it’s an original take on ska, reggae and rocksteady with powerful female vocals and heavy, hard-hitting “riddims.” The band also features previous members of Nashville reggae veterans: AKA Rudie.

Joining ROAR and Soul Radics are Memphis based band: The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, whose sound could be described as roots reggae meets soul (AKA Stax Reggae).

Rounding out the lineup is Floralorix—a newly founded reggae rock band whose members are more than familiar with this Tennessee reggae community.

Other notable reggae acts in Nashville that are not participating in “Jammin’ II” include:

MD and Cobalt Blue; Paradise Daze; The LTG; Downbeat Abbey All-Stars, and Ras Adam and The Dubraelites.

This scene has been emerging here in Music City for quite some time. If you want to inject some positivity into your life, put on your dancing shoes and come get “irie” to the sounds of sweet reggae music!

For information about any of the above-mentioned acts check them out:

Roots of a Rebellion: http://rootsofarebellion.com/

Soul Radics: http://facebook.com/soulradics

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy: www.ccde.bandcamp.com

Floralorix: http://facebook.com/floralorix

Jo’shua Odine: http://soundcloud.com/joshua-odine

MD and cobalt Blue: http://mdandcobaltblue.com/

Paradise Daze: www.facebook.com/paradisedazemusic

The LTG : www.facebook.com/pages/leterogeon-brothers

Ras Adam and the Dubraelites: www.facebook.com/pages/Ras-Adam-The-Dubraelites

Greetings from Florida!

Heady Manatee Tour

Hola familia!

We are more than happy to be holding onto Summer for as long as possible down here in Florida. We had a great time linking up with our brethren in TreeHouse! last night at Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL.

Now we have a few days to fix up the What-A-Van and trailer before we head further South in Florida.

Thank you for checking in and we hope to see you out there soon!

Bless up!

Jammin’ on Elliston Island II this Saturday at Exit/In!

Jammin' on Elliston Island II on Saturday, September 13th at Exit/In

Jammin’ on Elliston Island II on Saturday, September 13th at Exit/In 

We are just days away from the BIGGEST local reggae night Music City has ever seen!

This Saturday (9/13) at the historic Exit/In we will be “Jammin’ on Elliston Island” with our dear friends Soul Radics, The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Floralorix, Jo’shua Odine, and more! 

The concept for “Jammin’ on Elliston Island” was envisioning the eventual growth of this community to have the entire street (Elliston Place) flooded with artists and musicians who are spreading their own unique version of the message in the form of roots, rock, reggae, dub, or ska music.

Acoustic music will start at 5pm on the “Tiki Bar Patio” (between Exit/In and Hurry Back), then the first band to lay down heavy vibes inside Exit/In will be Floralorix at 8pm.

This event is all about THIS community of like-minded spirits who are seeking to grow both individually and collectively—on stage and off stage. As always, thank you for showing love and supporting our dream of a life of music. 

$10 or 10 canned food items gets you in the door! 

Hope you can come out and experience the irie vibes this Saturday

“Heartifact” in stores now!

 “Heartifact” is now available for you to purchase and experience! If you can, take an hour to listen to it from start to finish, it will take you on a journey for sure! Thanks for the love and support!



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“Heartifact” in stores August 8th!




After four years of writing, recording, performing, and touring we are more than happy to announce the release of our debut full length album “Heartifact” on August 8th! 

These songs written from the heart, for the heart, represent the living energy that is Roots of a Rebellion–a band of brothers dedicated, no, livicated to a life of music. We hope this album of songs positively affects your heart and inspires you to make the change necessary to love the life you live and live the life you love! 

Thank you for your love and support over the years…this is only the beginning! 

RSVP to the album release show at The Basement here in Nashville: 


Pre-order your copy of “Heartifact” and receive two tracks in advance here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heartifact/id899249384

Jammin’ on Elliston Island — June 7th at Exit/In (Nashville, TN)

Jammin' on Elliston Island -- June 7th at Exit/In (Nashville, TN)

Less than a week away from the first Reggae/Jam night at Exit/In in Nashville, TN–uniting a variety of Tennessee original Roots.Rock.Reggae bands and artists!

Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee–bring 10 cans and you get in for free!

#Community #TNReggae #MusicCity

What-A-Van Summer Tour 2014

What-A-Van Summer Tour 2014

“If you’re not living good, I beg ya, travel wide!” – Bob Marley

Roots Crew!

Hope you are living well and ready for the best Summer yet!

In preparation for the release of our Debut Full Length Album later this Summer we are trying to travel as much as possible, bringing our heavily light-hearted music to as many of you as possible!

Happy to officially announce these What-A-Van Summer Tour Dates!

A little back story, if you’re just tuning in…

Two years ago six friends who loved writing and performing original music rooted in Reggae, Rock, and Dub started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to record and release a debut EP (Inner Light) and the generosity we experienced blew each of us away as we raised over $5,000! Inspired by this unbelievable support, we decided it was time to take out a small loan and buy a 1996 Ford Econoline Van and cargo trailer off of Craigslist and hit the ground roaring!

In our first tour down through Florida, Louisiana, and Texas we discovered the glory that is What-A-Burger and it became THE spot to stop, so we naturally nicknamed our van the “What-A-Van” because this ‘ole lady has gotten us out of some tight spots—allowing for countless times to gratefully exclaim, “What a Van!”

Fast forward two years and we are still enjoying the fruits of labor and love that is Roots of a Rebellion (debt free to boot!), and though at times it doesn’t feel like it, we truly ARE getting closer and closer to making a living doing what we love—thanks to people like you!

With 212,000 + miles though, we’re not sure how much longer this old lady will carry us. It is our hope that by livicating this tour to her, she’ll have the strength to get us to all you lovely people this year!

See the dates below and we hope you can come vibe with us!

5/15 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN w/ AFRO
5/16- Party at the Point – Charleston, SC w/ The Dubplates
5/16- Wild Wing Cafe – Charleston, SC
5/17- Wild Wing Cafe – Greenville, SC
5/20- The Coup – Clarksville, TN w/ Case Arnold
5/21- Soulshine Pizza Factory – Nashville, TN w/ Case Arnold & Baba Musa and Friends
5/22- Hideaway Saloon – Louisville, KY
5/23- Stanley’s Pub – Cincinnati, OH w/ Elysian Souls
5/24- AVA Bar & Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ The Pressure
5/26- Gloria Dei Old Swedes – Philadelphia, PA w/ Chloe Kat
5/28- Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY w/ Sensamotion & Great Blue
5/29- Tammany Hall – Manhattan, NY w/ Sensamotion & Great Blue
5/30- Pitney Pub – Galloway, NJ w/ Sensamotion
5/31- Treehouse Lounge – Washington, D.C. w/ Moogatu & Stone Driver
6/3- The Roux -Charlotte, NC w/ Queen City Dub
6/4- Acoustic Coffee House – Johnson City, TN
6/5- Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN
6/6- Rhythm and Brews – Chattanooga, TN w/ Copper Into Steel
6/7- Exit/In – Nashville, TN (Jammin’ on Elliston Island!)
6/18- AfterRoo at Hippie Hill – Christiana, TN
6/20- 620 State – Bristol, TN
6/21- Mayday Brewery – Murfreesboro, TN
6/27- Wild Wild Fest – Adams, TN
7/3- Lamascos – Evansville, IN
7/4- Fair St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
7/19- Roost Fest – Clarksville, TN

Thank you for your love and support of our dream!

Stay up! Stay alive! Stay positive!

Music is Healing!

“Music is a healing, so let’s rock and let’s groove to this feeling!” – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

“Anger is poison, hatred is toxic, and when we carry it, it’s a heavy load!”- THUNDERBODY

I’ve always known internally that music is healing—but it didn’t really hit me until I moved to Nashville and met an ample amount of insanely creative artists and musicians who I now call my friends and family away from the family that raised me in St. Louis–who I miss every day…

It is THIS tribe of hard-working people that inspires me every day to keep seeking truth through spirit and community as well as deep personal reflection and introspection.

It is THIS tribe of positive people who have opened my mind, body, and soul to new perspectives that I never thought imaginable.

It is THIS tribe that makes me feel as though I am becoming myself more and more each day.

Thank each and every one of you for being you and letting me be me.

One Love means we all love one thing and that thing is God, Jesus Christ, Jah Rastafari, Buddah, Allah, Krishna, or whatever else works for you! The law of attraction is real and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to give my complete self to this music in hopes of not only entertaining but healing my self, friends, and family.

I can’t give enough thanks for two of my favorite bands Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and THUNDERBODY for helping me meditate on this simply profound revelation–we are all one!

Their music is ALWAYS there to help remind me that “Music is Healing” and “Anger is Poison”

I’m only trying to let go and embrace this life completely—the love, the hate, the work, the pain, the reward, the strength, the weakness, the loss, the gain, it’s all the same and we’re forever under The Great Mystery’s reign!

Music is Healing – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

THUNDERBODY – Rochester Jazz Festival 2012

Thanks for reading and vibing!


“Big Tings” this Spring!


Roots Crew, what it do?! 

Hope you are well and finding your inner light on this rainy Monday here in Nashville, or however the wind blows where you are. 
We’ve got some BIG shows coming up here in Music City and we would love to see you out moving and grooving! 
First one is this Saturday, April 12th at Marathon Music Works for the Spring Block Party w/ The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, and Matt Walberg & The Living Situation. 
Use promo code “ROAR” for discounted tickets at http://ticketf.ly/1plLpLW
If you can’t make the show this weekend, next Saturday, April 19th we will be supporting AJ & The Jiggawatts for their Album Release Show at Mercy Lounge. Also playing is Kansas Bible Company! 
And if you can’t make either of those shows, we have another opportunity that is really exciting for the Nashville Reggae community happening on EasterSunday, April 20th at 12th and Porter with MD & Cobalt Blue, Paradise Daze, Cool Head, The LTG, and more! 
Other than these amazing shows coming up… 
Jordan “Dub Master” Reed is currently mixing our Debut Full Length Album–set to be released in the late summer/early fall. 
We are writing more songs than we can keep track of…literally :)
And stay on the lookout for Medicine Wednesdays starting up again in May! 
I think that should suffice for now…
Thank you for your love and support, it literally means the world to me and the guys… 
We make this music for two people in mind…US and YOU!
So thank you for helping make our dreams a reality. 
With love,
Austin and your friends in Roots of a Rebellion



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