Author: Jeevan A. Robinson (MNI Alive Media) | Date: 17 April 2017
2017 will see St Thomas Carnival celebrating 65 years. Of these 65 years, one of the most consistent and high performing bands on the scene, has been the Awesome Jam Band making their annual contribution to the culture and the music. Of these 65 years, the Jam Band has won the much coveted Road March title a massive 21 Times; a feat yet unmatched and very far from being topped in the V.I.
This year, the Jam Band returns with two melodic tracks for the 65th Anniversary of St Thomas Carnival.
Before we feature the tracks, it is important to point out here that the Awesome Jam Band has never stopped featuring as a band; even after the death of the Legendary Nick "Daddy" Friday. There has been numerous attempts by many to take over the band, however the Awesome Jam Band remains focused, and has produced an album with great sounding music consistently each and every year.
The first of the 2017 tracks is featured below, titled; "V.I Sweet". This track is a Tribute to the V.I by the Awesome Jam Band; very much in keeping with their anthem "We From The V.I" that is still considered an iconic marketing tune for the USVI. The track below is uniquely Jam Band with melody and horns leading the way;
Listen below to V.I Sweet:
The next track tagged "Carry On" is a more uptempo offering that is in the flavour of a jam style track. This tune tells a story, as is synonymous of many Jam Band songs, where the lyrics are portraying that despite the bad economy, and many of the problems that are impacting people's lives presently, things will still "Carry On" and the party will go!
The biggest feature of this tune, besides the lyrical content, is the ever present Jam Band horns section once again! Both Boots on 1st and 2nd Trumpet and Urbane Chinery on Trombone put this tune to blast with their horns section piping! Listeners should also pay attention towards the end of the track where both Boots and Urbane are featured blowing horns in harmony; a feature that is uniquely Jam Band style.
Listen below to Carry On:
One thing that can be said, is that despite the trend of many other bands to go towards a more Trinidad flavoured styling of their music - especially those bands that seek to imitate the Jam Bands accomplishments - the Awesome Jam Band has diversified but has never lost their musical soul in the sound of their style.
The Jam Band says thanks to all the loyal fans who have stuck with the Band, and have given their unending love and support.
The Jam Band is still here! Still making great music!
To book the Jam Band for your event contact Jam Band Marketing & Promotions & Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com, for more information.
We will Carry on!