Green Room Rockers

Green Room Rockers

 Lafayette, Indiana, USA
BandR&BSoul

Biography

Stax & Studio One. Otis Redding & Toots Hibbert. Motown & Kingston. Soul & Reggae. The ‘&’s’ are unnecessary; same struggles, aspirations, True, the beats used by both were presented through different influences, but the heart is the same.

That heart, in all its gritty real world applications, struck a chord with and drives the sound of Green Room Rockers, their new album Hoosier Homegrown and their current tour. The tour supports the aptly named Hoosier Homegrown, recorded and produced by GRR guitarist, Ron Shoemaker; an amazing effort for a studio piece from the likes of Victor Rice or King Django, much more impressive as 100% DIY Indiana reggae.

The blending of soul and reggae goes back to the genesis of the Jamaican recording industry. Alton Ellis and John Holt were among the early greats of Jamaican soul. Texas soul singer, Johnny Nash, even moved to Kingston in ’68, recording with Marley and the Wailers for several hits by ’71. The Green Room Rockers have revived this rhythm exchange that drove that sound.

Discography

Boss Riddims For Modern Livin' (EP)- 2007
Hoosier Homegrown- 2008
GRR Acoustic: One the Wabash (EP)- 2008