Austin reggae band plays free show at Vail’s Sandbar Sunday |

Austin reggae band plays free show at Vail’s Sandbar Sunday

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Austin reggae band Carlton Pride and the Mighty Zion will perform a free show at the Sandbar in West Vail Sunday.

Carlton Pride is the son of country music legend Charley Pride. He started in the music industry as a recording engineer and sound tech for his father and various other artists. In 1995 Pride left from Dallas, Texas for San Marcos to start his first reggae project, called One. In 1996 the band changed their name to Zion and started playing the local circuit and headlined the Bob Marley Festival nationwide from 1996 to 2003 and continued to tour the U.S. In 2000, the band traveled to Jamaica to record the “What You Need” album with Ruff Stuff records at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston. The album was produced by Clive Hunt (Alpha Blondy, Peter Tosh, Culture) and featured Marley’s horn section, along with appearances from the bands of Bunny Wailer, Culture, Burning Spear and Alpha Blondy. Among the most impressive guest appearance was Pride’s father doing a father/son reggae duet of his hit single “Kiss An Angel Good Morning.” Pride has four studio releases: “Zion Reggae Music” (1995), “What You Need” (2000), “Dub Rockers” (2001), and “California Tracks” (recorded in 2002 and awaiting release from major record label).

“California Tracks” was previously unreleased. EFM Records will release the entire CD in 2011. The first single “Tell Me” will be released at the beginning of 2011 to radio audiences in Los Angeles and then distributed by Universal Music.

The band’s show is an upbeat form of reggae with a dash of funk, soul, jam-band, and rock and roll that keeps a crowd on their feet and dancing from beginning to end. The spirit-filled lyrics leave concert goers uplifted, energized, enlightened, and inspired.

Pride has shared the stage with The Wailers, Black Uhuru, Yellowman, Culture, String Cheese Incident, and was the first reggae act to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

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