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November 16, 2012

I & I ah de roots.....

From the Where Are They Now Dept.: Chuck Foster, author of The Beat's longest-running -- and longest -- column, "Reggae Update," has become a music producer, and here is his new production: We Roots, with contributions from 5 lovely ladies and one duet, mostly from Southern California. It's already on the CMJ chart and available online and on CDBaby and Amazon. Congratulations, Chuck, and bravo! http://catchmetime.com/19-sample-data-articles/joomla/8-newalbum

Catch Me Time Records presents a varied set of reggae music from a diverse group of female artists. The CD, recorded at Mystery Man and Rough Sounds studios in Los Angeles and produced by Chuck Foster, long-time host of Reggae Central on KPFK-LA, features vocals from Universal Speakers, Shayna Dread, Jessica Burks, Jordan Mercedes, Zema and Queen P inna showcase-style with each song followed by a full-length dub. All of the artists brings their own individual background, experience and quality to the mix.
We Roots gathers some of Southern California's finest musicians drawing on Jamaican styles from rock steady to roots and adding non-traditional elements for a unique sound. Women have always made a great contribution to reggae and this collection brings together a group of artists and styles that keep positive music moving forward in this crucial time. 

After writing about music for over twenty years in the Reggae Update column of Beat Magazine and as author of the books Roots Rock Reggae: An Oral History of Reggae Music From Ska To Dancehall (Billboard Books, 1999) and The Small Axe Guide To Rocksteady (Muzik Tree, 2009) Chuck Foster has returned to his roots producing an all female vocal and dub collection out now on the Catch Me Time Records label.
The cd is presented "showcase" style, with each song followed by a corresponding dub. Recorded in various studios utilizing the talents of different singers and players, the styles range from rock steady and roots to cutting-edge contemporary.
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