There is no greater icon in western music than the late reggae legend Bob Marley. Some 29 years after his death, both his image and his music remain ubiquitous. This has created an entire industry of Marley's progeny (Ziggy, Damien and Steven) and ex-bandmates who continue to spread his music around the globe.
The latest act to do this "The Original Wailers" are led by two of Marley's lead guitarists, Al Anderson and Junior Marvin. Both guitarists toured and recorded extensively with Marley in the 1970s as "Bob Marley & The Wailers" and contributed signature licks to such classics as: "Jammin," "Exodus" and "No Woman No Cry." While calling themselves "Original" may be a sticking point to some, as the name "Wailers" was appropriated by Marley from the singing group he started with fellow reggae legends Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer - the fact remains that both Anderson and Marvin played with the post-Marley version of the Wailers for 27 years before splitting with them in 2008. Thus they have played Bob Marley's music longer than Marley did.
All that practice has paid off, as evidenced by their live show - which is going down tonight at Revolution. Here's a little taste:
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