Legendary reggae artist Toots and the Maytals celebrate the 50th anniversary of reggae with the release of a brand-new song, “A Song Call Marley.” Available now for download and across all streaming platforms, “A Song Call Marley” is the first piece of new music from the Grammy winner in 6 years. The new track is an ode to the legendary Bob Marley who Toots shared a close friendship with for many years. He recalls, “We used to uplift each other with our words. I had known Bob for a long time and we used to be very close.” He goes on, “He always loved my songs and I’ve always loved his songs…his ideas…he’s a great guy.” To be sure the song turned out right, Toots did everything himself saying “I put the words together. I finished. I furnished this song and I call it Marley. I play the bass. I play the keyboard. I play a whole lot of things, but I fit them in.”
Toots premiered the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this summer and has been playing it across the States on all tour dates including stops at the Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, DC World Reggae Festival, LOCKN’ and Kaya Fest. Toots wraps up his U.S. tour this weekend but has plans to head over to the UK for a handful of tour dates this fall. All shows are listed below.
Toots and the Maytals is one of the true architects of reggae music – so much so that their hit single “Do the Reggay,” which was released in 1968, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash, Amy Winehouse, Sublime, Pitbull, and Jay-Z, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event The Harder They Come, the 1972 film that became an international sensation. Throughout his five decades in music, Toots has collaborated with a who’s who of musicians including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, No Doubt, The Roots, Trey Anastasio, and more. The caliber of these collaborations reveals the impact that he has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who, at the heart of it all, has a voice drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful all these years later.
August 24 – Lockn’ Festival – Arlington, VA
August 25 – Outdoors at the Palladium – Worcester, MA
September 8 – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
October 10 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK
October 11 – O2 ABC Glasgow – Glasgow, UK
October 12 – Boiler Shop – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
October 13 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK
October 14 – Nick Rayns LCR UEA – Norwich, UK
October 17 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, UK
October 18 – Tramshed – Cardiff, UK
October 19 – Manchester Academy – Manchester, UK
October 21 – O2 Academy Bournemouth – Bournemouth, UK