MP3 Sim Redmond Band - Life is Water
A magical blend of Roots-Rock, African Pop and Reaggae music from Ithaca, NY
12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Roots Rock, WORLD: African
The past year for the Sim Redmond Band has been huge. Opening for the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the country. The world has taken notice. From Ithaca, NY to Boulder, CO to Tokyo, Japan, SRBs''s unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean, and reggae music has spread like wild fire.
They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds emanating from West & South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond and Uniit Carruyo creates a male/female chemistry that is rare and beautiful. Lyrically, they explore dreams, truth, and matters of the heart.
Their music has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have begun touring extensively, venturing across the U.S., and bringing their positive energy everywhere they go. Their latest disc "Life is Water" has brought them high acclaim from all who hear it. The sky is the limit for SRB and they are sure to reach it.
NEW HOME GROWN BAND OF THE YEAR- 2001
-Homegrown Music Network, Mebane, NC
Best CD of 2001 (all styles)
-Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY
Best Roots-Rock CD of 2001(Life is Water)
-Ithaca Journal, Ithaca NY
Best Local Band" - 2001
-Best of Ithaca readers poll, Ithaca Times, Ithaca NY
Best Female Vocalist -2001
- Revolving Door, Syracuse, NY
Best Roots-Rock CD of 2000(Good Thoughts)
-Ithaca Journal, Ithaca NY
Favorite Band of 2000
-Ithaca Journal, Ithaca NY
Best Male Vocalist- 2000
- Ithaca Journal
Hammerstein Ballroom, NY, NY (opening for Moe.)
Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO (opening for Habib Koite)
Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA (opening for Neville Brothers)
The Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Trumansburg, NY (headlining Saturday night main stage)
Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Sherman, NY
Harvest Moon Jamboree, Syracuse, NY
Hobart Folkfest (headlining)
Theatre for Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA (opening for Virginia Coalition)
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Lion''s Den, NYC
The Middle East, Boston, MA
Higher Ground, Winooski, VT (opening for the Wailers)
Mountain Sun Pub, Boulder, CO
Half Moon Saloon, Vail, CO
The Diva Theater, Scranton, PA
Gricos Riverstreet Jazz Cafe, Wilkes-Barre, PA
El Taoseno, Taos, NM (opening for Burning Spear)
The Tralf, Buffalo, NY
Milestones, Rochester, NY
Odyssey, Ithaca, NY
Haunt, Ithaca, NY
New Cheers Pub, Binghamton, NY
Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY
Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY
Star Hill Music Hall, Charlottseville, VA
Nelsen Ledges, Garrettsville, OH
Empty Glass, Charleston, WV
Valentines, Albany, NY
Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
The Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
Armory High , Syracuse, NY
"The Sim Redmond Band''s airy, bouncing roots/Afro-Carribean/reggae music comes together in a colorful, almost dreamy sound. Uniit Carruyo''s angelic voice harmonizes romantically with Sim Redmond''s earthy tenor. Redmond tinkers on a Zimbabwean hand piano called the mbira on several numbers like "Tangisa" and "All is not Lost," giving them a spacy world beat. But don''t be turned off by the world-beat label. The Ithaca, NY, band may feature the sounds of West and South Africa, but vocally they''ve got a folk sound that explores truth, dreams, and love. The album''s most rocking track, "Bird Reggae" features a heavier beat than most of its lite folk tunes, but still floats on
Carruyo''s sweet vocals. Seeing this band live, I imagine concert-goers will be in for some lively beats, creative rhythms, audience twirling and plenty of wide-eyed smiles."
-Richmond Style Weekly
"Sim Redmond Band''s music oozes over your brain like a comforting blanket with its sunny sound and earthy rhythms rooted in reggae, folk, and world music. The warm vocal harmonies and heartfelt lyrics are the extra flavor on top of their hypnotic musical dish. Bubbling bass and drums will put you in a trance while sparkling guitar opens your mind to the peaceful world this band has created. Well established in the NY-PA area, Sim Redmond Band has made recent trips to Colorado, New Mexico and the southeast"
-Homegrown Music Network
"On their latest disc, "Life is Water", this band is showing amazing signs of tremendous growth. Those not familiar with the sound of the band will take comfort in my easygoing description of the breeze. Reggae meets Americana in rolling soundscapes designed for floating bliss! That simple! The hypnotic bounce of this record is immaculate. Designed to make you dance all night, the band will never dissappoint in this category. The amazing vocal and lyrical gifts of Uniit meet up with Sim and the rest of the boys in shape-shifting utopia. If you have not seen this band, this record is a good start for your listening pleasure." "
"Would you believe that prior to reviewing this CD I had never heard the music of the The Sim Redmond Band? Now that I have, I feel I should be arrested and charged with self-neglect. Life is Water begins with "Tangisa", one of four instrumentals on the album adapted from traditional Zimbabwean Mbira music. On a number of songs, including the title track, bandleader Sim Redmond and vocalist Uniit Carruyo trade lines in the verse, adding a call-and-response element to their sound. The majority of the material on the recording is tender and genial. It''s easy to digest given the band''s contagious optimism. The reggae-influenced "500 Miles" is born of these ingredients, floating over the foundation forged by drummer Asa Redmond and bassist Dan Merwin. Guitarist Jordan Aceto rounds out the quintet''s lineup, adding texture to Life is Water''s moist ventures. The band''s lyrics are thought provoking, often preferring to pose questions rather than preach the gospel according to Sim. In "After Sense", Carruyo asks, "Do you know your secrets are safe now?/Do you know your words have shelter?" Images of nature also pervade, as in the opening stanza of the docile "Rolling Back With You": "When you call my name, you always call me kindly/And all my fears just melt away like snow on a warm spring day." Also of notice is the percussive "Chifte Telli", one traditional adaptation guaranteed to put a smile on your face quicker than any makeshift GrassRoots drum circle (especially at 4:30 in the morning when you''re trying to sleep!). The Sim Redmond Band has tapped into something, and something good. Considering how many "SRB" bumper stickers I''ve seen gracing the back of Volvos in the Ithaca area, the local population is catching on."
-Jon Ulrich, Ithaca Times Review of "Life is Water"
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