Big Roots is the pride of Rochester, New York and one of America's premier all-White reggae bands. The band formed in 1992 but include some die hard members who have been around for more than two decades coming from groups like Bahama Mama and the Majestics. The eight-piece band consists of Ron Stackman (keyboards & lead vocals), Lou LaVilla (drums & lead vocals), Jim Schwarz (bass & vocals), Ken Curry (sax), Charles Freida (sax), Dave Gibson (trombone), Trevor Neumann (trumpet), and Vinnie Ruggiero (guitar). They play what rock/reggae fusion but always stay focused on tradition, having shared stages with the biggest names in reggae, including Big Youth, Black Uhuru, the Wailers, Yellowman, and a long list of others. Their most extensive tour has been with Burning Spear and Peter Tosh, and they even recorded an album with Lee "Scratch" Perry. You get everything and then some with Big Roots, the size of the group allows for full-blown arrangements featuring horns to complement the traditional rhythm instruments. Big Roots release Live & Direct in 1998, it features a good rendition of "I Shot The Sheriff," as well as many originals. A standing gig at Milestones in Rochester keeps them on their toes, and worldwide acclaim is right around the corner.
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