Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Another talented Midwest musician, formerly the front man for the band Jah Roots, is Josh Heinrichs, a native of Springfield, Missouri. He left Jah Roots in 2009 in order to spend more time with his wife and children. His love for reggae music continued and fans were excited when Josh announced in the spring of 2009 that he would be moving forward and recording/performing as a solo artist. Shortly following his announcement Heinrichs released the appropriately entitled EP ‘Things Change,’ and toured in support. The ‘Things Change’ tour played throughout 2009, stopping in various locations throughout the Midwest, west coast, and Hawaii. During the tour the many fans that turned out to support Heinrichs’ new musical vision were thrilled to discover Heinrichs was still performing their favorite Jah Roots standards -in addition to- delivering the current, and evolving music he was writing as a solo artist.
Now comes Josh Heinrichs first full-length album as a solo artist though he has employed many fine musicians and groups for the effort, appropriately entitled ‘Josh Heinrichs and Friends.’
From the opening groans of Stand, featuring Hawaii’s BW, Heinrichs delivery is passionate and real. The rock- solid drum and bass is heavy like lead, a perfect complement to the acute lyrics therein. “Get up stand up, stand up for your rights”, beckons Heinrichs. Yes, those are oft used words but he adds freshness with the next line as he states “it’s an individual obligation to do what’s right in this life.” Very nice tune all the way around!
1. Stand featuring BW
2. Can't Get High featuring Caleb Keolanui of The Green
3. New Love featuring Clear Conscience
4. Rise Above featuring Koko of Inna Vision
5. For Your Love featuring Hani Totorewa of Katchafire
6. Pressure Drop featuring Cas Haley
7. These Days featuring 77 Jefferson
8. Sweetest Thing featuring Clear Conscience
9. Poverty featuring The Soul Riddim Band (Live in Chicago)
10. New Love (Acoustic)
11. Things Change Dub featuring Richard Faught
12. Love in Our Community featuring Aston 'Family Man' Barrett and 77 Jefferson