Posts Tagged ‘jah roots’

Album Review: Things Change, by Josh Heinrichs

June 4, 2009

Things Change album coverGiven the events of recent months, calling Josh Heinrichs‘ album Things Change seems like wrapping six songs around an understatement. First there was the split with his band, the local reggae powerhouse Jah Roots, and the surprising cutting of his signature dreadlocks soon after. Whether planned or coincidental in their timing, breaks with the past seemed to be all around. The inevitable question surfaced: How would it affect the music?


Josh Heinrichs update

May 1, 2009

heinrichsWe just got a raft of new information regarding the recent goings-on of former Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs. First, his new album: Recording has gone on for a few months now, but the latest word from Heinrichs is that a finished album will see the light of day at the end of this month. The six-song EP, to be titled Things Change, will be an acoustic record with some backing instrumentation from members of SeedLove and 77 Jefferson. With a new CD, of course, comes a new tour, which will begin this summer and travel throughout the country–but not before a return performance with Cas Haley at The Outland Ballroom on June 6. Follow all that with an appearance at Schwagstock in September and you have a pretty busy schedule. When it comes to Heinrichs, though, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

Josh Heinrichs coming to your telly-vision!

April 23, 2009

heinrichsImagine rolling out of bed tomorrow morning at, say, 7 a.m. (just follow us on this one) and groggily flipping on your TV. What would you expect to find? Matt Lauer’s thinly veiled jerkitude? PBS cooking shows? Nay, there are options on that TV dial/remote control, and one of them has local music on it. Yes, Ozarks Fox in the Morning is bringing you more local talent as a side for your pre-work breakfast, this week in the form of former Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs. Heinrichs will perform two songs on the show, helping to build anticipation for his upcoming solo EP, which is due out next month. Get the pot of coffee ready and support local talent!

Once more, for Grant

April 22, 2009

grantGrant Maledy, saxophonist for Greene Coast and The Springfield Jazz Collective as well as being one of the scene’s longest-running and most prolific collaborators, is moving to Kansas City in early summer to prepare for new full-time job in teaching. However, the bands and friends he’s collaborated with apparently aren’t letting him slip away quietly.


What’s in a name? Jah Roots 2.0, aka “FomerJahRoots,” now on MySpace

April 22, 2009
From left: Berger, some guy with a torch, Hulsey, Nail and Tico

From left: Vocalist Aaron "I-Ron" Berger, some guy with a torch, guitarist Mike Hulsey, percussionist Josh Nail and drummer Eric "Tico" Groves

Let’s be clear first: The reggae band we’ve long known as Jah Roots does not have a name. The group has decided not to carry on under its old moniker after parting company with singer Josh Heinrichs, but while the band lets the dust settle and prepares new material it’s already prepared a way to keep in touch with its waiting fans. The group launched a new MySpace page (the address is, but we linked to it, too), which is an unusual step for a band still working out its identity but sensible for one not wanting to lose its momentum or its fanbase. Watch for more news from the guys soon; in the meantime, you have a way of messaging them again.

Nail: Jah Roots 2.0 will use a different name

April 17, 2009

The best news we’ve heard all week is that Jah Roots is, in fact, not split up. The band is moving on without singer Josh Heinrichs, and according to percussionist Josh Nail the group will have a different name when it returns, although Nail says the band has not settled on what it will be yet. The group also will not be adding any new members; Nail tells us the plan is to continue with the current lineup and have Aaron “I-Ron” Berger front the group. As fans of I-Ron’s rhyme interjections, we’re already intrigued. Watch for more news on this as it develops.

A Jah Roots update

April 15, 2009

jah-in-tulsaThere’s a new wrinkle in the Jah Roots “indefinite hiatus” saga, and it comes to us from Josh Nail, the group’s now-former percussionist.┬áNail tells us the other members of Jah Roots–percussionist Nail, bassist Steve Washburn, drummer Eric Groves, guitarist Mike Hulsey and rapper Aaron “I-Ron” Berger–are still doing music together separately from singer Josh Heinrichs. The group is reportedly putting new songs and sets together and hopes to debut them by late summer. No word yet on whether or not the band will retain the name Jah Roots in its new configuration, but it’s good news to hear that, one way or another, a band that’s brought so many good times to its audience is carrying on.

Substitute Roots? Jah singer to perform with Speakeasy as backing band

April 13, 2009

heinrichsOne of the interesting details regarding the Jah Roots “indefinite hiatus” announcement was that singer Josh Heinrichs would carry out the band’s scheduled shows by performing solo. Good news… made even better by the message Heinrichs sent us. Get ready for an uncommonly good reggae show. More after the break.


Jah Roots on “indefinite hiatus”

April 6, 2009

jahtouringTalk has been mounting in recent weeks about trouble within Jah Roots, with numerous credible sources saying the band is splitting up. Not wanting to go public with such information without first approaching the band, we approached singer Josh Heinrichs for answers and we got them. His statement follows after the break.


Reggae Sensation Cas Haley TONIGHT with Josh Heinrichs of Jah Roots (plus mini tour)

March 4, 2009

You’d better believe it ya’ll. Cas Haley and Josh Heinrichs of Jah Roots are going on a two-man tour. Lucky us because the tour kicks of TONIGHT in Springfield, MO. You may remember Cas from Woodbelly (regular Jah Roots tour buddies) a while back, or from a little show by the name of America’s Got Talent with that drunk hunk Hasselhoff where he jammed The Police’s “Walking on the Moon” better than most had EVER heard. Let me tell ya something, its like that on every song with these guys. If you’re a reggae fan, or need a pick-me-up good vibe to carry you through the rest of the week, get downtown and support some AMAZING musicians. More after the break.


Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs preparing solo record

February 18, 2009

heinrichs-studioOkay, nobody panic; Jah Roots is on hiatus, but it’s not splitting up. The group maintains it’s on hiatus until April–even though it already played the Bob Marley Birthday Bash a couple of weeks ago and is playing the Sertoma Chili Cookoff Saturday–and singer Josh Heinrichs, aka Ras Josh, is seizing the opportunity to do some work on his own. Find out more after the break.


Rock Talk 2/1, with The Cropdusters, Jah Roots, Bottlefish & Super Bowl hangovers

February 2, 2009

kzrqrocktalklogo1…Ow. We’re still kind of paying for yesterday’s festivities, and we’re pretty sure we’re not alone. In fact, we know we’re not; some of our guests last night on Rock Talk on Z 106.7 were, and are, right there with us. The Big Game ended just in time for us to talk about The Cropdusters’ big CD release show to reopen Lindberg’s this Friday, have Jah Roots play two excellent songs in-studio in anticipation of the Bob Marley Birthday Bash (also Friday night) and for Bottlefish to discuss how it brought Yankton Sothern out of musical retirement and what really drives its songwriting. Headaches were nursed, minds were taken off the TV and, as usual, good local music remained (mostly) the focal point. Click on the links after the break and enjoy the show if you missed it last night. We understand why you might have, and we forgive you.


Another “hiatus” ends: Jah Roots announces show dates

January 16, 2009
Dude, bitchin' mountains and all, but let's go home. Seriously. Anyone see the van?

Hell yeah, we took a break! We did... you know... stuff. Get the bongos! It's showtime!

Winter is nowhere near over–for God’s sake, have you looked outside?–but local bands are already coming out of hibernation. Consider: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returns from its two-month break in a little more than a week with a show at Patton Alley Pub. Now comes word that Jah Roots, after already calling timeout on its hiatus for Bob Marley’s Birthday Bash at Remmingtons Downtown February 6, is ready with a fresh batch of shows in the spring. Color us not surprised.


Birthday Gift For Bob: EgoMagnet to release album Feb. 6

January 13, 2009

recordingBob Marley’s birthday is still a heavily celebrated occasion in some circles, none moreso than among the reggae and jam bands he helped inspire to make music. So it’s fitting that the February 6 concert for his birthday produces some special surprises. The momentary return of Jah Roots from hiatus is already documented, but there’s another present on the way: a completed recording from EgoMagnet.


At last, they reunite: Josh Heinrichs of Jah Roots and Cas Haley of Woodbelly to tour with combined solo sets

December 23, 2008

joshcasdoneThere was a time when this show would have cost you two dollars to see at The Bar Next Door, but times have changed. In the case of Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs and Woodbelly (from Arlington, Texas) vocalist Cas Haley, those changes have been for the better. Heinrichs and the rest of the Jah Roots crew have gained enormous exposure performing at events such as Schwagstock, South by Southwest and Wakarusa; Haley rolled the dice on an appearance on America’s Got Talent that sent him to the show’s final round and led to his band now being known as Cas Haley and Woodbelly. Now the old touring buddies are getting together for a fresh set of dates, currently set for March 4–8.

According to Heinrichs’s MySpace page, two venues are confirmed so far: March 6 at Murphy’s Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska and the Broadway Oyster Bar in St. Louis, Missouri on March 8. We’re holding out hope that there’s a Springfield date in the works, as well. Click the link for a couple of reasons why.