'Country Goes Reggae' is set for release on July 22
A group of Jamaican musicians and sound engineers – dubbed Positive Vibrations – are putting a reggae twist on some of country music’s biggest hits.
The 11-track album, Country Goes Reggae, which is set for release on July 22, features the vocal talents of Jimmie Allen, Randy Houser, Alexandra Kay, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Landon Parker, Chase Rice, Uncle Kracker, Lainey Wilson, Alabama and Dolly Parton.
The upcoming project reimagines Parton’s Two Doors Down, Alabama’s Pass It On Down, Rascal Flatts’ I Like The Sound of That, Keith's Red Solo Cup, Uncle Kracker’s Smile, Houser’s Boots On, Allen’s Make Me Want To and more.
Country Goes Reggae is the latest creative mashup from producers Christian and Frank Berman (The Berman Brothers) and partner Ron Oehl. Embodying the musical elements of reggae such as the thumping bass and drums blended with staccato horn arrangements, the album’s rock and soul upbeat aesthetic flows throughout the record.
The idea came on trip to Negril, Jamaica in 2019, when the brothers were sitting at a sunset, beach bar listening to Reggae classics as a car passed by blasting U.S. country songs. The blend of different styles and cultures, they knew the two worlds would blend perfectly together.
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In 2006, the Berman Brothers created Rhythms Del Mundo – Cuba, which featured Coldplay, Sting and U2 and was #1 on iTunes and Amazon charts in more than 20 countries with Platinum and Gold sales in countries like Germany, Italy, Mexico and more. Then in 2013, they merged iconic American artists like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers with the unique Bossa Nova and Samba sounds of Brazil, which also went #1 on multiple iTunes and Amazon charts.
1. "Eyes on You (feat. Chase Rice)"
2. "Make Me Want To (feat. Jimmie Allen)"
3. "Red Solo Cup (feat. Toby Keith)"
4. "I Like the Sound of That (feat. Rascal Flatts)"
5. "Two Doors Down (feat. Dolly Parton)"
6. "Smile (feat. Uncle Kracker)"
7. "Things a Man Oughta Know (feat. Lainey Wilson)"
8. "Boots On (feat. Randy Houser)"
9. "Pass It On Down (feat. Alabama)"
10. "Ready to Run (feat. Alexandra Kay)"
11. "Save It For A Rainy Day (feat. Landon Parker)"