The Wailing Souls

The Wailing Souls

The consummate roots band, the Wailing Souls may never have gained the international reputation of their compatriots, at least not at the height of the genre's popularity, but they did outlive most of them. Their very survival has been their greatest strength, that and their ability to diversify over time. Today they are one of the most popular live acts around and they continue to release provocative and popular albums. A roots band they may well be, but their history actually stretches back long before the birth of that genre, as far back as the heyday of ska. the Wailing Souls' story begins with Winston "Pipe" Matthews. As a youth living in Kingston in the early '60s, Matthews learned to sing at the feet of Joe Higgs. Higgs, although himself barely out of his teens, was already a veteran vocalist with a string of hits to his name, and coached up and coming talent in his tenement yard. His most famous protégés were, of course, the Wailers. Higgs' training stood Matthews in equally good stead and by 1963, the aspiring singer and his vocal group the Schoolboys had come to the attention of Prince Buster. The group cut a handful of singles for the producer over the next year, "Little Boy Blue" and "Dream Lover" included. In 1965, the Schoolboys folded, but Matthews was soon back with a new group, the Renegades. This vocal trio comprised Matthews, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald, and George "Buddy" Haye, both of whom were also alumni of Higgs' vocal classes. Initially, the group hooked up with guitarist Ernest Ranglin appearing on a number of singles with him, before they finally debuted on their own with "Lost Love." It was at this point that the trio came to the attention of Coxsonne Dodd and the Renegades embarked on a fruitful career at Studio One. Over the next three years, the group released a clutch of singles on this label. Their debut for Dodd was "Back Out With It," a fine effort, but it was a later cut, "Fire Coal Man," recorded to the rhythm of the Silverstones' hit "Burning in My Soul," that eventually had the biggest impact. Although a number of the Renegades' singles were local hits, the trio never really excited much attention elsewhere during their lifetime.

Not often you find a drummer as the band leader, composer, and original member. Jeff Allgrove formed the reggae band Pure Roots in 2007. Juan Alvarez, Akim Anderson & Jazz Hayhurst are the core members alongside Allgrove. This powerful reggae act has performed with many greats, playing sold out shows and stunning crows. The band's heavy hitting bass lines, melodic grooves, and lively horn section makes Pure Roots stand out amongst other acts.
Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Pure Roots has often performed as an all instrumental band, and currently is the backing band for Andrew Reid (Son of reggae legend Junior Reid). Many guest vocalists have been featured with Pure Roots such as Briana Kai & Judah.
Pure Roots released their first single "Jah The Highest" and the dub remix "Jah The Dubbest" in January 2012, featuring reggae legend Junior Reid and rising star Briana Kai, recorded and produced by Right Vibes Productions with Jeff Allgrove in the ESI Sound Studio with JR Records. The songs are available internationally on itunes and most major media sites, and has received airplay in the United States, South America, Europe & Japan.

In April 2012 Pure Roots featuring Andrew Reid completed a 7 city tour with Daniel "Bambaata" Marley. In 2012 Pure Roots was featured at The 17th Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Festival with their three piece horn section. Pure Roots has shared the stage with international artists such as Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, The Abyssinians, Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Michael Rose, The Melodians and many more. Pure Roots is currently in the studio working on the album "Youth Rising," featuring Andrew and his brother Wada and their father Junior Reid, the album is expected to be released internationally in 2013.

In 2013 Pure Roots is going strong and can be found recording as well as touring in May through June with legendary Jamaican artists The Wailing Souls. They will be ending their tour at the 2013 Reggae In The Desert performing the Main-stage before The Wailing Souls, Marcia Griffiths & Steel Pulse. In March 2013 a brand new HD video "Pure Roots Live In San Francisco HD" was released internationally. Keep a close eye out for this hard-hitting band.

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