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Headliner: Ras Alan & The Lions
RAS ALAN & THE LIONS
By the time Appalachian Reggae innovator Ras Alan and his label Red Pepper Records hosted the 1997 Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide conference and showcase in Asheville, NC, he and his band, The Lions, had already released two full length albums, performed at the Wichita World Reggae Festival and the Utah State Fairpark, headlined at Freemont Street Reggae and Blues (Las Vegas' first downtown live music club) and set the standard for quality, original, Rastafari-inspired American reggae and reggabilly roots music.
Now, 20 years later, join Ras Alan & The Lions as they Give Thanks for the early days, play homage to the many Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide and continue to bring forward live, high quality, conscious dance music to the stage at the Salvage Station, by the river in lovely Asheville, NC. Bring your friends, neighbors and dancing shoes. Respect!
The 2016-2017 "RAS ALAN- 25 Years of Appalachian Reggae" shows feature live performances of reggabilly hits from his 5 previous full length albums, as well as new songs from the Love the Way You Love recording sessions. Ras Alan will also be debuting his new line of hand-built Childres Guitars during these anniversary shows.
Ras Alan & The Lions will perform original songs from his albums Native, Stone Inna Hurricane, Letter From Appalachia, Folklife-Live at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Organic. In addition to the title track "Love The Way You Love", the new material includes love songs "River", "Ital Skillet" and "Time is Right", the Appalachian dancehall one-drop-two-step shuffler "Swingaround" and cultural dreadneck mashup "Mountain Top One Drop".
Here's what people have to say about Ras Alan's music:
"Ras Alan has created a style of his own. His fusion of driving Reggae basslines and Appalachian guitar riffs transcend both genres. Besides the catchy melodies you'll find yourself humming, his lyrics are straight from the heart, deep and thoughtful. In a nutshell, a masterful artist."
"Great music...socially conscious...entertaining..."
"Ras Alan is able to weave blues, bluegrass and country elements into his rootsy Reggae fabric. It works!"