Roots Rock Society

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 15:16:18 -0500
From: DanielHall <>


In 1985 with the release of their third recording "Again" on CD, the world was introduced to a band, America's incomparable Roots Rock Society. With their blend of reggae. soca, zouk, compa and other sounds from the African diasporsa, matched with lyrics that reflect love, community and a positive outlook. For years the esemble based in Chicago, was nearly impossible to recognize or categorize, then came their latest release single, "Roots Romance." It was the music sleeper of the year and people, some going as to say "Best of 1995."

Defying the rules of programming "Roots Romance," proclaimed by Beat Magazine "...smooth Steel pulse-ified sound..."got DJs attention from first listen. The type of song you want to hear over again, commanding listening attention from #1 R&B station WGCI 107.5 in Chicago and #1 Classic Rock Station WXRX 104.9 FM, Rockford, Illinois. Other Stations followed one by one. "Roots Romance" entered the "Top 25 Singles Chart" in September moving up to #16 for December and January. More than 100 stations in the U.S. responded as well as stations in Ireland, Holland, Spain, Haiti, Jamaica, France, and Guam. This led to a review in internationally distributed Tower Records, "Pulse Magazine", that gave the release three stars and a guest spot on WBEZ radio with African superstar Tabuley Rochereau on the Moira Tapp show in Chicago.

Officials at the Philadelphia Music Confrence in 1995, enjoyed "Roots Romance" so much that RRS was chosen to be on CD ROM Digital Magazine sponsored by Ticketmaster, BMI and Spin Magazine. Because of RRS's commitment to working with children in schools they were approved for funding by the Indiana Arts Commission to conduct edutainment/artist in residence workshops throughout the state of Indiana.

With the current underground success of RRS, it was time to expose Chicago's best kept secret to its hometown fans. WLS-TV and WLUP Radio invited RRS to perform Christmas songs in African, Caribbean style during the 1995 season. The success of the previous release "Bass Mint Session" and the attention from "Again" RRS was selected "Best Band" and "Best Gospel Entertainer" by Chicago Reggae and World Music Awards. They also received a record six (6) nominations for 1995. What a year!

RRS will be celebrating their 10th year together in December, 1996. And in celebration of theis milestone, a 10-year anniversary release is scheduled for this year. After 10 years, RRS is on their way to a promising career reaching out to a variety of audiences through television, radio,
newspapers, magazines, concerts, workshops and reader/listening parties at bookstores hosted by media personalities.

RRS is a member of African Music Society, Los Angeles, Chicago African Caribbean Music Society and Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide.

RRS is establishing an international data base and all inquiries: names, addresses, e-mail, etc. are encouraged for band updates.

Please contact
Starstuck Productions
P.O. Box 10713
Chicago, Illinois

Posted: Thu - February 13, 2003 at 04:20 PM