Modern reggae’s elite quartet New Kingston are supporting Pepper and Hours Eastly on the Hawaiian Punch Tour this February.
New Kingston wrapped up a fiery 2015 with a video release for “Honorable” on Yahoo Music last December. The euphoric video, is a glimpse of the group’s Billboard chart-topping album, Kingston City (Easy Star Records).
“‘Honorable’ is a statement, a righteous refusal of stereotypes. The feel of the video is a mission—an enlightening mission, focusing on the lyrics and the unity displayed in the video,” says New Kingston drummer/vocalist Courtney Panton Jr.
Rootfire enthuses: “New Kingston’s fresh new single turns everything you know about the band upside down. That’s what New Kingston’s song ‘Honorable’ does for progressive reggae in the U.S. We’ve got this amazing moment happening and we need a new voice asking a new kind of question. With ‘Honorable,’ three Jamaican-American brothers from Brooklyn, schooled from a young age by their father, deliver a patient and poignant song for the struggle. The question they’re asking is, ‘Where’s the future of black reggae in the U.S.?’ And the answer is right here.”
New Kingston’s Kingston City debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart. Kingston City (released January 27, 2015) is the band’s third studio album and their first release to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae chart. The album is also their first release on the leading US reggae label Easy Star Records. The family group, which features three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir) and their father, create what Top Shelf Reggae calls, “…a genuine body of work that displays an incredible vocal range, candid lyrics and impressive instrumentals. It gives the listener the sort of meaningful connection and escape that every piece of music should provide.” The new record includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.
— HAWAIIAN PUNCH WINTER TOUR w/Pepper & Hours Eastly
2/14 Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater
2/16 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
2/19 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
2/20 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
2/21 Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
2/24 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
2/25 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
2/26 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
2/27 Billings, MT – Babcook Theatre
2/28 Bozeman, MT – Emerson Cultural Center
3/2 Laramie, WY – Gryphon Theatre
3/3 Aspen, CO – Belly Up
3/4 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium