Roots of Creation


LIVIN FREE for FREE! by Roots of Creation
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  1. Get Ready (Ras MG remix)
  2. Different (feat. Rubblebucket horns)
  3. 3x a Lady (Yeti Beats remix)
  4. Oh Lord
  5. Uplift
  6. Struggle (Ras MG remix)
  7. Rubber Bullets
  8. I'll Be There
  9. Punk RoC
  10. Searchin'
  11. Policy (feat. Mighty Mystic + Rubblebucket horns)
  12. Row Jimmy
  13. Stay With Me
  14. Strength
  15. A Time Will Come (feat. Pato Banton)
  16. Struggle (feat. Melvin Seals + Ras MG) [skankin' mix]
  17. Rubber Bullets [clean]
  18. Policy (feat. Mighty Mystic + Rubblebucket horns) [clean]

"Livin Free is the most ambitious project to date from New Hampshire reggae-rock outfit Roots of Creation. Appropriately riffing on their home state’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” the release comes as either an impressive 18-track album or an even more impressive three-album set that features the original studio recordings, plus acoustic and dub/remix versions of most of the tracks. Focusing on the songs themselves, the expansive collection offers up an array of both feel-good rhythms and rhymes, and socially conscious messages, with enough variety in the mix that even the extended tracklist doesn’t get too stale. There’s the “good times with friends” ethos of “Different,” contrasted with the darker riffs and subject matter of “Uplift,” with a healthy dose of R-rated love song with “Oh Lord,” and even some not-so-chill vibes with “Punk RoC.” Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals adds his flavor to “Struggle,” a introspective rumination on striving for success, and, elsewhere on the album, the RoC boys display a more direct connection to the Grateful Dead with their cover of “Row Jimmy,” which translates the Dead sound surprisingly well to the slightly sped-up reggae template." - Relix Magazine

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On April 22nd, 2016, Roots of Creation will release what frontman Brett Wilson calls their “biggest project ever.” Livin Free, a nod to the New Hampshire motto, marks the band’s third studio release, but it’s so much more than an 18-track LP. In addition to digital and retail CDs of the LP, Livin Free will be available as a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions of 14 of the LP’s tracks in digital and CD formats. Also, limited edition, hand-numbered (1/500), splatter/colored, double 12” vinyl will be available on May 6th. The iTunes pre-order for the complete digital deluxe collection will begin on March 18th and include instant downloads of tracks “Struggle,” “Row Jimmy” (Grateful Dead), and “3x A Lady.” Livin Free features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Bill Carbone (Zach Deputy, Max Creek), Grammy- nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and Mighty Mystic. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (G. Love, Slightly Stoopid) on “3x A Lady,” and Ras MG on “Struggle (Ras MG Remix).” Livin Free was produced by Brett Wilson, co- produced by Pete Peloquin and Roots of Creation, and executive produced by Omen8 Production and the RoC Pledgers. All songs were engineered and mixed by Pete “Boardz” Peloquin (Gov’t Mule, OAR), except a handful by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch (G. Love, John Brown’s Body), Yeti Beats, and Roger Lima (Less Than Jake). The album was mastered by Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Jay Frigoletto (Alice In Chains, Black Eyed Peas). Prior to the LP’s release, a maxi-single/EP of the album’s first single, “Struggle,” will be released on March 4th. This includes four unique versions of the song, one featuring Melvin Seals and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, another featuring only Melvin Seals, one remixed by Ras MG, and finally a solo acoustic version by Brett Wilson. “I never imagined that after listening to Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars religiously in my youth that I would ever be collaborating with Ras MG,” says Brett Wilson. "He is a true musician. He pushed me to the max and inspired me to keep my ears open to new sounds and ideas. ‘Struggle’ is the newest song on the album. It’s inspired by having played a solo acoustic set right before DJs in Manchester, NH, and how everyone’s life is a struggle.”


Roots of Creation

Brett Wilson - Lead Vocals, Guitars Mike Chadinha - Drums, SPDS Sampler Tal Pearson - Keyboards, Synth, Melodica Andrew Riordan - Saxophone, B Vocals Nick Minicucci - Bass Billy Kottage - Trombone, Keyboards, B Vocals

Special Guests Melvin Seals - Organ on Struggle (Ras MG Remix) + Struggle [skankin’ mix] Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman - Drum programming & percussion on Get Ready (Ras MG Remix) + Struggle [skankin’ mix] and Production on Struggle (Ras MG Remix) Pato Banton - Vocals on A Time Will Come Yeti Beats - Drum programming & Production on 3x a Lady (Yeti Beats remix) Rubblebucket horns (Alex Toth, Kalmia Traver, Adam Dotson) - Horns on Different + Policy Mighty Mystic - Vocals on Policy Bill Carbone + Craig “Dubfader” Welsch - Nyabinghi percussion on A Time Will Come Paul Costley - Percussion on Oh Lord + Rubber Bullets + Searchin’

In memory of Elizabeth Stabler, Susan & Michael Chadinha, & Tommy Malanga

Produced by Brett R. Wilson Co-produced by Pete Peloquin + Roots of Creation Executive Producers - Omen8 Productions + all the RoC Pledgers!

All songs engineered and mixed by Pete “Boardz” Peloquin Except… Oh Lord + Uplift + Policy + Different + I’ll Be There - Mixed by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch 3x a Lady (Yeti Beats Remix) - Mixed by Yeti Beats Punk RoC - Mixed by Roger Lima Get Ready (Ras MG remix) - Additional mixing by Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman

Recorded at studio.metronome in Brookline, NH | Assistant Engineering by Aaron Slotnick, Mick Finigan Additional Recording at 9b studios, Bombshelter Records Additional Engineering: Pete Caigan, Toft Willingham, Brendan Connors, Cooper Leafe, & RoC Mastering & Additional Mixing/Editing by Jay Frigoletto | Mastersuite

Team/Contributions: Juliana Wilson, “Papa” Jake Lodish, Nick Sonsini, Jeff Pliskin, Paul Haley Consulting, Wisdom, & Guidance: JP Design & Layout: Ryan “Ryebread” Rodrigues | Mammal Designs

Special ‘Thank You’ to all our RoC Pledgers, especially... Chris Burek, Dawn Hiller-Gialelis, Frank Barrus, Chloe Carlton, Nick Clark, John Collins, Paul A. Costley, Peggi-Jeanne Flood, Kris Gentry, Robert Emmett Kelly, Adam Klein, Ryan C. Ledoux, Ruth Schlossberg, and Carol J. Wilson.

Band Contact: | 603.801.4477 |

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