“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


Live at The End–Free Album

Roots Crew Family!

Hope you are well and ready for the best Spring season ever!

We have been busy as can be working on our music–both playing shows and writing new songs–and we show no signs of slowing down anytime soon….so many things to say and do! 

2013 was one Heaven of a year and I can already tell this year is going to be unbelievable in more ways than we can imagine. Even with all of the day to day BS and let downs that we each are going through in this crazy world…at the end of the day I’m just blessed to be breathing and giving my heart and soul into this music and message within which is basically: believe in yourself. Have the courage to step outside the box. Believe that you CAN do what you WANT to do and while you may not make a lot of money, you will feel the wonderful feeling of serving your true purpose here on Earth. 

Anyways we are trying to play as many shows in as many places we can this Spring and Summer in hopes of spreading our music and raising funds for the release of our debut full length album early Fall. After countless hours tracking and overdubbing, our main dude, Jordan “Dub Master” Reed has started mixing the songs and we CANNOT wait for you to hear this album!! 

All things in due time, however, and we appreciate your patience with us. Being in a band and working several other jobs post college graduation has been a real test of how we use our time and I am happy to say that we, as brothers in a band, couldn’t be more ecstatic with the music we’re making and the responses so many of you have shared with us. 

So here’s to you and yours, may our music help bring a smile to your face and let you know that you are not alone…and most importantly that it is up to US to make OUR world a better place. 

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy these live recordings that our good friend Stephen Thompson captured at a show we played back in December at The End in Nashville, TN. (Click the title/link of this post “Live At The End–Free Album” to download the show) 

Let’s keep the Roots Crew vibing!  


Happy New Year friends!

I hope this year is treating each of you well and you’re enjoying yourself.

We are staying as busy as can be getting excited for our two big shows at the end of this month here in Nashville…

Very honored to be opening up for moe at Marathon Music Works on Friday, January 31st! 

Then a few days later we’ll be playing a stripped down/acoustic set opening up for Zach Deputy at Exit/In on Tuesday, February 4th! 

Hope you can make it out. 

This year is going to be the best yet, for us all! 

Until then, we wanted to share an article our friend Kaitlyn Crocker from Lightning100 wrote about us. Hope you enjoy. (Click the “ROAR Loud” title at the top of this post)




Happy Summer Y’all!



What a SWEET LIFE it is to be a member of Roots of a Rebellion—a
tribe of brothers on a mission to spread positive vibes and conscious lyrics to
any and every human being we meet. What a blessing to constantly study
and discover our musical vocation. As a young band trying to stay aware of
the WISE WORDS from our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles,
cousins, nephews, grandmas, grandpas, friends, and neighbors, Roots of a
Rebellion started playing reggae music in a town known for country, but has
morphed into a spiritually uplifting journey to put good works of faith into a
world desperately in need.

Thanks to the Grace of God (Jah, Jesus, Allah, Buddah, or whatever
else works for you!) and our wonderfully unique situation as a band, we have
compiled a free mixtape full of both old and new songs—all written and
recorded sometime in the last three years. Thanks to our good friend and
chief engineer, Jordan Reed (a.k.a. Dub Master Reed), we have seventeen
fresh new mixes. We are calling it “Summer Sampler 2013” because we feel it
truly is a sample of all things ROAR since our formation in 2010.

Some of the songs on here were recorded in our basement when we
first started out: 11. SWEET REGGAE and 17. CALIFORNIA WAITING.
Some were recorded in the coolest studios in Nashville.
One of which being Ocean Way Studios where we recorded the Inner Light EP released on
October 4th, 2012. Some remixed B-sides include: 7. LITTLE LADY DUB,
DISTRACTIONS, and 14. TRAPP DUB were recorded in the Winter of 2012
at MTSU with our friends and engineers Lee Unfried and Keenan Mack.

This past February we were able to track some songs at Castle
Recording Studios thanks to Jordan Reed. We started off with some acoustic
versions of songs featuring Alec Newnam on upright bass: 3. JAPTON
later had the opportunity to record full-band versions that featured a new song
written by lead guitarist Marco Martinez, 5. WAIT FOR ME, and a brand new
song written and recorded on the spot by our good friend and singer April
“Journi” Cook, 4. REVOLUTION.
15. FIXMAN and 16.SWEET REGGAE are
live recordings from our show at Exit/In on May 3, 2013.

We are currently preparing for our full-length debut album to be tracked
this fall/winter and released by summer of 2014. With that said, we are giving
these songs away because our main goal is to get our music not only heard
but felt! We welcome any and all feedback on the songs.

We have decided to use Bandcamp to launch this “Summer Sampler”
because they have a “pay what you want” option where you don’t have to pay
anything at all for these seventeen tracks—all that we ask for is your e-mail so
we can keep you updated on shows, releases, etc. However, if you do find it
in your heart to donate to our cause, please know that the money will be well
spent on countless costs that come with being in a band: touring expenses,
equipment, album costs, etc. Also know that you will be immediately
upgraded to the honorary Roots Crew For Life Status!

No matter if you donate or not, we hope you enjoy these songs, listen
with an open heart, and stay in touch. Thank you for supporting our dream of
spreading positivity through music!

-Roots of a Rebellion

SXSW Tour Update!

Greetings from New Orleans! 

Just wanted to give y’all an update on our travels but first I want to say something very important:

Thank you. 

Thank you for supporting the music, message, and members of Roots of a Rebellion and giving us the ability to share this freedom of peace of mind through music. We are truly living our dream and although we haven’t been drawing huge crowds to our shows, we have had the privilege of playing for several new folks who really enjoy what we have to say and how we say it. 

I’ll try and recap from the beginning…

Last Monday we drove to Auburn, AL and stayed with our friend Russ. Yes, ALL SEVEN of us were more than accommodated by Russ and his lakeside house surrounded by 100 miles of beautiful hiking. It was a great way to unite our minds and prepare our spirits for the 2 week trek ahead…

We kicked off the tour in Auburn, AL at The Hound and although the crowd was slim, the few people that were there loved it! Loved it so much we had people buying multiple CDs–that rarely happens!! Needless to say it was a great first show of the tour and it assured us from the get-go that we three artists are proudly and properly representing Nashville and the underground scene that is on the rise! 

Our good friend Jo’shua Odine is here with us and he has been the soundtrack of our trip. Some drives we don’t even listen to the radio or anything because we have Jo’shua playing non stop–with everyone chiming in as they so desire. He truly loves and lives what he does–which is expressing himself through his super raw and unique style that could be defined as: acoustic-roots-reggae-rap. It is a blessing to be able to share the road with this mysterious fun-loving guy. 

We also spent this past week playing shows with our good friends Sol Cat. Their music is incredibly energetic, and too easy to dance to. It was a pleasure getting to represent Nashville together and we look forward to meeting up with them again at South By Southwest in Austin, TX this week. Our last show of the tour will be with them on Saturday (3/16) at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge in Fort Worth, TX. 

Highlights of the tour thus far were probably our show at A&M Theatre in Panama City, FL because the crowd was such an eclectic mix of music lovers who love dancing! The crowd may have been small but the energy was HUGE! After the show we all (Sol Cat, ROAR, and Jo’shua) slept on the floor and church benches in the venue for a night we are sure to remember….haha! 

The next highlight of the trip was Saturday night in Lafayette, LA we played this really cool bar and restaurant called The Wild Salmon–yes they served wild salmon and it was BOMB! We played with this band from Lafayette called Selfawarewolf and before the show had even begun, these generous folks already offered us their place to crash at for the night. We have been extremely fortunate on the road to run into people who open their homes to us—but this times was truly special. Cameron and Sydney are some of the most amazing musicians and performers we have had the privilege of sharing the stage with. It’s a good thing we went before them, that’s all I got to say! Sydney, the lead singer, is a performer if I ever saw one and you can tell that her goal is to create an experience at the show. Although the audience was mostly other bands, she came out so powerful–making every head in the room turn to watch her every move, anxious what she was going to do next. Their music could be described as progressive neo-psychedelic jazz rock, but it is so much more than just that and I strongly suggest you catch a live show when you can!

So not only are these amazing performers opening up their home to us, but they are also some of the most humble, down to earth people I have met. Cameron said he had only been playing drums for three years and that alone blew my mind cause this guy’s got chops!! Be on the lookout for these young guns as they are on their way with a completely original and fascinating sound! 

Well I could go on and on but I really need to start the day and go to an urgent care for my finger that I smashed on Saturday. Just a scatch but hey at least I still have my finger! Nothing like what Django Reinhart or Phil Keaggy had to deal with. I’m lucky to play music with my best friends who support me and love me for who I am and would do anything for me. 

Here’s to all the new friends we’ve met along the way and all the new friends to come. I pray that God keeps granting us this freedom to pursue our life-long dream of creating a life through music. We only seek to honor and glorify Our God whether you call Him Jesus, Jah, Allah, Buddah, Kirshna, or whatever else works for you. We feel His presence on and off stage and we will continue to seek His love first and foremost–so that it will transcend into our interaction with every brother and sister we meet on this treacherous yet exhilarating road of life.  

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a blessed day y’all!! 

-Austin and Roots of a Rebellion

Urban Composting Thursday Feb 28th, 2013!!! Volunteers Needed!!!

Hey Roots Crew!!

Tyler here and glad to be getting started coordinating our upcoming Roots Crew service events! There are always plenty of opportunities to get involved and we’re glad to help out!

Coming up next Thursday, Feb 28, we will be helping with urban composting again at the Urban Farm at 361 Wimpole Dr Nashville TN, 37211, from 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. This is a great way to get involved and learn how urban farming can be beneficial to us all!

We have reserved 13 spots and need plenty of help so please shoot me an RSVP as soon as possible and I’ll get you signed up! Looking forward to seeing y’all next week!

Thanks for the help! Let me know if you have any questions at all! Peace Easy!!!

Tyler Lothrop
Roots Crew Volunteer Services Director

Cas Haley Show a Success! // Roots Crew Recap

Hi fans!

Thanks to Cas Haley and Jo’shua Odine, the show last night at The End was a huge success!


Shout out to our Roots Crew Volunteers for showing up Thursday morning on Valentine’s day to share the love with other members of the Nashville community!


Much love to you all.

Judge Not – Bob Marley

The first song Robert Nesta Marley ever recorded at the age of 16! Lovely lyrics my friends!

Don’t you look at me so smug
And say I’m going bad.
Who are you to judge me
And the life that I live?
I know that I’m not perfect
And that I don’t claim to be.
So before you point your fingers,
Be sure your hands are clean.

Judge not
Before you judge yourself.
Judge not
If you’re not ready for judgement. Woah oh oh!

The road of life is rocking
And you may stumble too.
So while you talk about me,
someone else is judging you.

Roots of a Rebellion Videos

Roots Crew!

Check out these new ROAR videos if you haven’t yet. More stuff coming your way these next couple weeks leading up to winter break. It was nice making new friends this past weekend in Louisville, KY and Evansville, IN. Thanks for such warm hospitality our first time in yo city! 

This weekend we’re off to Georgia again!

Thursday 12/6 @ Eastside Lounge (Atlanta, GA)

Friday 12/7 @ Blowin’ Smoke (Savannah, GA)

Saturday 12/8 @ Roasted (Macon, GA)  *Our bassist Alec Newnam’s birthday!!*

Gonna be the last run of the year before rest, relaxation, and revival of all ROAR songs by yours truly over the break. 

Too blessed to stress! Let me never forget this! 

Love you all,



For those of our fans who received a copy of Inner Light that is unplayable:

Please send the following information to bookingROAR@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to ship you another CD as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

  • name
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  • shipping address
  • the last 5 digits of the UPC code on the back of your Inner Light EP

Much love,


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