Obi Fernandez of Westbound Train

Obi Fernandez of Westbound Train

After 10 years with Westbound Train, vocalist/trombonist/songwriter Obi Fernandez felt the need to try something new. Confessions, Waves and the Garden State record is still dominated by his unique vocal delivery and love of classic reggae and soul music, but it experiments with a wider variety of grooves than Obi has ever attempted before. Among the new experiments are: Bill Withers-inspired ’70s soul (“Over”); modern soul-pop (“Ugly Comes Out”); up-tempo Motown (“Color of Your Voice”); heavy roots radics reggae (“Don’t Turn Away”); and classic rock-steady (“It Happens to Me”).

Writing and planning the record in New Jersey and recording it on the West Coast reveals a new side of Obi’s personal style. This arrangement allowed Obi the opportunity to play with musicians he’d never played or recorded with before, including members of The Expanders, The Aggrolites, The Lions, and more. Greg Teal and everyone at Hurley Studios provided a great working environment, Brian Dixon brought his recording/mixing talents and his vast ska/reggae knowledge, and drummer/producer Eric Novod teamed with Obi to arrange this “dream list” of musical styles that comprise the songs on the record.

"Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to peer into your soul. Hovering somewhere within the chasm between the worldly and the divine, his music is an intimate glimpse into the spiraling states of freedom and folly, playfulness and prayer.

Kiwi Roots Music

$8.00 - $10.00

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Obi Fernandez of Westbound Train with Orion Freeman, Kiwi Roots Music

Friday, January 4 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs