Earlier this summer, the Nashville-based reggae band Roots of a Rebellion made their debut performance in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. We caught up with singer Austin Smith and drummer Troy Wiggins to discuss the pros and cons of being a reggae band out of Tennessee, their approach to songwriting, and which music is in heavy rotation inside the van. They also talked about the influence producer Craig Welsh has had on the band, as well as the pile of songs they're sitting on, just waiting to put out.
Roots of a Rebellion play a sweet blend of roots reggae, rock, and dub, that honors the classic roots sounds, while maintaining it's own modern kick. In July 2016, ROAR released their 2nd full-length album A Brother's Instinct, gaining heavy praise across the reggae community. A few weeks back, they dropped their Summer Sampler Vol. 2, a handcrafted collection of dubs, remixes, acoustic version, and live performances from the road. Roots of a Rebellion is formed by Austin Smith (guitar/lead vocals), Marco Martinez (lead guitar/harmonica), Jeremyck Smith (keys/vocals), Justin Smith (trumpet), Adam Quellhorst (bass/vocals), and Troy Wiggins (drums).