American Reggae Pioneer Kevin Kinsella Releases New Album ‘At Imperial Sound, Volume 1’ via Regime Music Group

Article Contributed by Kerosene Media | Published on Sunday, February 26, 2023

Reggae trailblazer Kevin Kinsella has released his new record ‘At Imperial Sound, Volume 1’ via Regime Music Group. The album arrives on the heels of singles “GET IT”, "TAKE A LOOK'', "NOT TOO LATE”, and “Dub” versions “TAKE A DUB” and “NOT TOO LATE TO DUB”.  Listeners can find the record on all music platforms.

Listen & Shop At Imperial Sound, Vol. 1 HERE.

Kinsella’s version of “All Time” - a John Brown’s Body classic that he penned long ago - is one of the standouts on the record.

“This song is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is the title track of John Brown’s Body first release, which has gone on to be a historic contribution to the U.S. Reggae movement. Written in response to my father’s death, it speaks to ideas of eternity and multi-universes where new life is constantly brought forth,” explains Kevin.

Kevin Kinsella has been recognized as a true disciple of roots reggae music, and both a pioneer and veteran of the Reggae movement in the United States. With a distinctive and powerful voice, a unique and recognizable writing style, and spirit-filled presence & performance energy, Kevin Kinsella continues to be an important contributor to Reggae music, not only in the United States, but to the world.

On making the record, Kevin describes the album as the fruit of a 20-year friendship spanning coast to coast.  “Sonny Romero, singer and drummer for RAIZ MUZIK, was at the first John Brown’s Body concert in San Diego. The next time the band returned, Sonny promoted the show, and thus began the journey where friends become family. Through the years, Sonny and his brother Sergio have backed me up on numerous dates in Southern California. This time we decided to record it, and I’m glad we did.”

First hearing the Bob Marley song “One Love” in Ireland as a 12 year old boy, Kevin Kinsella received his calling to play Reggae music. Founding his first band The Tribulations when he was fifteen, he soon found himself opening up for Toots and the Maytals who gave him strong encouragement to continue his vocation. The Tribulations recorded their first full album “The Gate” in 1992 and went on to win the Yamaha Soundcheck competition which took them to both Japan and Jamaica.

In 1995 Kevin founded and named his second group – John Brown’s Body and led them in being signed to Shanachie Records, with whom they recorded several albums which were acclaimed by both critics and fans as classics of American Reggae. Prior to that, Kevin had founded his own imprint label, I Town Records.  It was during his tenure as lead singer and primary writer of John Brown’s Body that he started and gave name to the group 10 FT Ganja Plant, who have recorded 10 albums to date.