Rastafied Pride plays the Sandbar today | VailDaily.com

Rastafied Pride plays the Sandbar today

Daily Staff Writer

The band, led by singer and guitarist Carlton Pride – son of influential African-American country figure Charley Pride – often tours in Colorado, a place that’s become a home away from home for the Texas-based band.Zion’s music is good old-fashioned laid-back roots reggae. He wasn’t raised in the tradition, though. His father was the only African-American in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and growing up in that lifestyle took its toll on the young Pride. He didn’t begin indulging his affection for reggae until his mid 30s, and took his direction from the music of stars like Bob Marley. He decided to create his own band, and after a few line-up changes, Zion settled in to a new life as touring musicians.The group’s also had some opportunities that have been pretty unique to a reggae band, playing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry and on what used to be known as The Nashville Network with Pride’s dad.Reggae, monZionToday, 10 p.m.Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail

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