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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Hollie Cook

If you are hanging on to the last bit of summer, then let me suggest an album to send off summer with good music.

Vessel of Love by Hollie Cook feels very tropical – a vacation packed into an hour of playtime. It’s reggae/dubstep. Cook describes her music as “Tropical Pop.” Her description is pretty accurate.


 Cook’s hometown is London. She is a former member of a punk/reggae band called The Slits. Her father is Paul Cook, drummer for the Sex Pistols. Her mother, Jeni, was a backup singer for Culture Club. FYI: Boy George is her godfather. How fabulous is that?

I have not been to the Caribbean yet. However, I imagine that Vessel of Love would be suitable to listen to on a trip to the Caribbean Islands. Until I can get away to Jamaica or Barbados, I could drink Pina Coladas and listen to this album in my backyard. My mom has a fake palm tree that she might let me borrow – sounds like the start of a party to me.

Interview with . . . Passafire


This interview with Passafire has been in my pocket for awhile. It’s time to share it with you guys before the summer is over.  Bassist Will Kubley of Passafire took some time out of his busy schedule weeks ago to answer a few questions. Without further ado, here is the long-awaited interview with Passafire. ( Probably only waited for by Will and myself….) Anyway, enjoy!




Do you get back home to Georgia very often?

We lived and formed the band there but didn’t grow up in Georgia. It is a second home to us though! Now we’re really only back when we play shows. I miss Savannah sometimes.

Do you have any favorite cities or sites? Is there something that you check out in every town, like breweries, record stores, etc.?

Coffee shops! I always make a point on tour to explore and walk around near the venue and I’m usually guided towards the local coffee spot. Besides my obsession with coffee, they always seem to be interesting indicators of art and culture in any given city.

Where was your first show?

I think my first show was Jacksonville FL at Jackrabbits opening for Authority Zero and OPM in 2006? We’ve done at least 100 shows a year since then so it gets a little hazy. The band was playing locally for a few years before I joined.

Is it difficult to place your music in one genre?

I would say so, yeah. Labeling and genres has always been a tricky thing for us. The touring scene we’re a part of is definitely “reggae rock” and while we frequently use reggae and all it’s influences as a centerpiece, sometimes we don’t at all. The four of us all have very different musical tastes and even that is changing all the time. We’re used to not really fitting in to one genre. We don’t focus on it, we make music that feels right to the four of us.

Was making this album a lot different than making your first album?

Of course! Every album has a different process. I’d like to think each album chronicles our path of becoming better players and songwriters, and also how to use the studio as another tool to shape our sound. Each one gets better than the last in my opinion.


Passafire on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Marina P & the Radiators


Honestly, did you know that there are at least three bands called The Radiators? I found Marina P & The Radiators accidentally while looking for a mysterious fourth band called The Radiators.

Marina & The Radiators released a self-titled EP in 2017. I guess their music could be described as reggae with a hint of dubstep. It won’t put you into a trance but you’ll still have a good time listening to this album.

The song “Too Many Boys” could have been my anthem when I was in my 20s. It’s still an awesome song. I will still dance to it alone in my living room.

Marina & The Radiators EP on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Nattali Rize



Sugarshack Sessions recently posted a video with Nattali Rize. I was so excited that they had another female. While I don’t have the exact numbers of female musicians on Sugarshack Sessions, I know that I haven’t seen very many.

Nattali Rize released her most recent album, Rebel Frequency, in the Spring of 2017. If you’re into music with a message, then you should listen to Rebel Frequency. You could play it on your way to protest social injustices or while writing letters to your government officials. Rize uses her music for the good of people everywhere.



What is great about this album:

  • Rize is known for her social activism. Her activism is also present in the lyrics. She’s got spirit.The band is on point. All of the time.
  • There are several other artists who collaborate on the album – Julian Marley, Kabaka Pyramid, Notis, Dre Island, Jah9 and Raging Fyah.





Nattali Rize website

Nattali Rize on Twitter

Rebel Frequency on Spotify

Nattali Rize on Sugarshack Sessions. YouTube

Sleep Deprived Music Review: New Kingston


New Kingston released A Kingston Story: Come From Far in 2017. Their appearance on Sugarshack Sessions made it onto the recommended YouTube videos. While researching the band, I discovered that they have been on the Sugarshack Sessions several times. My cat, Manny Pacquimeow definitely loves New Kingston. He blocks the computer screen just about every time their video is in on YouTube. If you have a chance, check out their YouTube channel.

New Kingston is an extremely talented band, which includes Courtney Panton Sr., Stephen Suckarie, Tahir Panton and Courtney Panton Jr. Courtney Sr. is the father of the other three members of the band. It would be pretty cool to play in a band with your kids.

What is great about this album

  • Everyone except Courtney Sr. sings. Their voices are all awesome, yet distinctive.
  • The songs do not sound the same.
  • There aren’t any bad songs. It’s a solid album from beginning to end.
  • Two of my favorite songs are Honorable and the Beast and Agape.

New Kingston could be your new favorite reggae band. Check out their music and let me know what you think.

New Kingston website

A Kingston Story: Come From Far

Honorable and the Beast. YouTube.

New Kingston YouTube channel

Interview with . . . Fortunate Youth




Thanks to Leilani Wolfgramm and YouTube, a few of Fortunate Youth’s videos have been on an almost constant rotation at my house.

No one is complaining. I suspect that my cat, Manny Pacquimeow, loves them. Manny is not a cuddly cat. However, he’s been trying to get closer to the speakers when their music is playing. Who can blame him? Fortunate Youth’s music will elevate the spirits of even the moodiest cat.

Greg Gelb, guitarist/bassist for Fortunate Youth, took one for the team by responding to all of the questions I had. It’s almost everything that you and Manny Pacquimeow have ever wanted to know about Fortunate Youth.



Do you still have a rotating lineup?

Yes, we enjoy mixing it up!


What led to doing a rotating lineup?

In the beginning, songs would usually start on an acoustic and we would work through the parts, one person would play the rhythm, another the bassline etc. As it progressed it became a fun aspect of the show for us as musicians, as well as the fans and also relates to who may have written core elements to the song. We like to say that everyone wants to play the bass, “why?” because it’s fun!

Do you still have a Thanksgiving show in your hometown?

It is important for us to be home around the holidays with family and friends, so this has been a nice tradition that we have done over the years. A few years in a row we played at St. Rocke on the day before Thanksgiving, and this last year we played The Observatory (North Park San Diego and Orange County) as well as The NOVO at LA LIVE.

California just passed a law to legalize marijuana.Do you think marijuana will ever be totally legal in the U.S?

There has been tremendous growth in support of Cannabis and legalization over the last decade. As each state acclimates to the growth, it seems very possible that more states will follow and is definitely possible that over time, a majority of states will be on the legalization train.

What do you like about reggae – either performing or as a fan?

Reggae is a worldwide music that promotes Peace, Love, and Unity, which we stand for. We love the positive and supportive community that connects all of us music lovers across the globe.

Where was your first show?

First show was at Brixton in Redondo Beach CA. We opened for the legendary Abyssinians.

Tell me a little bit about your experience in Guam. What was the most positive thing about being there?

Guam is an amazing place with a beautiful culture. Everyone there is extremely welcoming and Reggae is appreciated all over the island. There are so many positive thing about Guam, but was definitely cool to walk in to any restaurant etc. and hear Reggae on the Radio.

How many Sugarshack Sessions have you done? When I think I’ve seen them all – a new one pops up in my YouTube feed.

We had a blast recording our first Sugarshack Session and are looking forward to what’s in store for the future!

What keeps you staying positive?

Music has always been a positive influence and now having the connection to a lot of amazing positive people through music makes it all circular.

What do you want people to know about Fortunate Youth?

We do our best to leave a positive impact on the world around us and want to work alongside others helping communities cooperate to build a better future.

Are you so rebel?

Yes I think we are. For us that song “phrase” is about anyone out there striving to do their best and keep pushing through the negative to achieve the positive.

Fortunate Youth “So Rebel” video. Sugarshack Sessions

Fortunate Youth website

Fortunate Youth on Twitter

Fortunate Youth on Instagram

Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: Leilani Wolfgramm


In my spare time, I’ve been searching for Leilani Wolfgramm. Her style is a mix of Reggae and R&B. Her music is new to me. Her video found its way into the mix while watching the Dirty Heads and Bob Marley Videos. Sometimes YouTube is brilliant.

She has an album, Live Wire, coming out on February 23. Two of the songs have been released but I can’t find very much information about the rest of the album. There was one recent interview with Leilani Wolfgramm on Earmilk.

Her website doesn’t have any information about her at all. It’s like someone bought the domain but didn’t actually customize it. It’s kind of weird. Most musicians have a main website with an abundance of information and links to videos and social media.

So if you’re curious about Leilani Wolfgramm, I’ve included some links that are real and will lead you somewhere.

P.S. I finally found the whole album! I should be a music detective. If only that were a real thing.

P.P.S. Leilani – I know you’re busy. But you deserve a website that your fans can visit. Maybe you could hire someone to fix it?

Leilani Wolfgramm on Facebook

Leilani Wolfgramm on Twitter

Leilani Wolfgramm on Spotify

Leilani Wolfgramm on Sugarshack Sessions

Leilani Wolfgramm and Loved Ones video