Breezes Grand Negril Resort & Spa has teamed up with VP Records and Warner Music Nashville to host an album release party on August 30th for "Reggae’s Gone Country," a compilation of classic country hits covered by Jamaica’s top musicians.
The exclusive concert, open only to guests at the all-inclusive Negril, Jamaica resort, will feature live music stylings of Larry Gatlin, Romain Virgo, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Dean Fraser and others from the album.
Two years ago, country music devotee Cristy Barber, vice president of marketing and promotions at VP Records, envisioned this project and teamed up with John Rich of the multi-platinum-selling country music duo Big & Rich, and Dean Fraser, the acclaimed Jamaican saxophonist and top reggae producer, on lead production.
For Reggae’s Gone Country, Barber handpicked 14 classic country songs to be covered by noted Jamaican acts and backed by a “dream team reggae band.”
Kingston’s finest instrumental talents on the album include legendary drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, veteran bassist Glen Browne, and guitar virtuoso Dwight Pinkney. Vocals and backing tracks were laid down at Kingston’s Grafton and Tuff Gong Studios, and mixed by Errol Brown and his son Shane.
The elder Brown, who engineered/mixed much of Bob Marley's music for Island Records, said "Reggae’s Gone Country" is “one of the best albums” he has ever worked on.
For a preview of the album, visit Reggae’s Gone Country’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReggaesGoneCountry.