When it comes to roots-rock-reggae music, few old school legends that are still touring have the pedigree for great songwriting that Don Carlos possesses. Although hes often overshadowed by more popular Jamaican reggae singers like Burning Spear and Toots Hibbert, Carlos started out in the same era (early 70s) and arguably has better chops than both of them. His crooning on the classic song, Sattamasagana, helped create a whole new style called one-drop reggae music and his early work with the group Black Uhuru, of which he was a member, is unfortunately over-looked as well. Having grown up in the legendary Waterhouse section of Kingston, Carlos was raised musically among veterans like King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Desmond Dekker, and other leading reggae/dub pioneers. His releases during the early 80s such as Never Run Away, and Them Never Know a Natty Dread, are some of the finer records of that period when reggae was at a standstill due to the passing of Bob Marleyand although his late 80s and early 90s material sounded dated, his music maintains, in my opinion, the essence of reggaes golden years. Since its a shame that more people dont know Carlos, check him out this weekend as he comes to town to share his message of love, sound, and power.
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 p.m., 2009