Ras Alan and the Lions
THE BEAT magazine in Los Angeles says "Energetic and kinetic...this music sounds as natural coming from the mountains of North Carolina as the music from the hills of Jamaica's Blue Mountain Range." Bob Marleybiographer and Reggae Grammy@ chairRoger Steffens exclaims "Reggabilly at its best!" “Good work giving us positive vibes..." reports DJ Rankin of Radio Contrabandain Barcelona, Spain. Asheville, NC’s Mountain Expresssays “Joyful and reflective, trimmed with punchy guitar and Ras Alan's eminently likable voice...it's hard to imagine more pleasant listening...[than the] Neil Young-by-way-of-Kingston melodies," and Citizen-Times reviewers Jedd Ferris and Heather Rayburn add "Ras Alan's been able to blend vintage country and Appalachian folk with the steady grooves of Jamaican ska and roots reggae.
Despite seemingly obvious culture clashes, the songwriter's personal ability to correlate the two genres makes the music breathe with authenticity. With his homemade acoustic guitar and steady percussive footbox, he revives the dusty mountain ancestry of the Carter Family while bringing a modern context to the soulful social outcry of the Marley message." "All original, homegrown, mountain roots reggae... weaving the traditional reggae sound with the front porch flat-pickin' generally associated with Carolina bluegrass musicians. This group is really something!" The Independent, of Durham, NC, sums it up this way, "Ras Alan is able to weave blues, bluegrass and country elements into his rootsy Reggae fabric. It works!"