On August 28th, Easy Star All-Stars will release their latest tribute album with Michael Jackson’s THRILLAH. As a treat, ESAS has agreed to give away their latest rendition of MJ’s “Human Nature” featuring Easy Star Records very own, Cas Haley! FREE This week only!
With Human Nature, we reached out to the band to get their take on how that track came together. It’s interesting to hear a reggae tribute rendition of a song made popular by Michael Jackson, featuring someone as talented as Cas Haley!
Here’s what producer Michael G. had to say about how the song came together:
“Cas was on our mind as a vocalist as soon as we started the Thrillah project. I knew that he shared my love of Michael Jackson’s music, and his vocal dexterity made him an obvious choice for inclusion on the album. Plus, he is part of the Easy Star family. We thought that ‘Human Nature’ would be a great fit for him because he could handle the twists and turns of the melody and make the song his own.”
-Michael Goldwasser, Easy Star All-Stars
Easy Star All-Stars Bio/Background:
Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003.
Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006), and Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), the remix album Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), as well as original releases Until That Day EP (2008) and First Light (2011), the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family.
The Easy Star All-Stars have again reverted back to their monumental tribute fashion with a new release set for August 28th 2012 via Easy Star Records. The ever-revolving cast of musicians has announced the release of their fourth tribute album honoring one of many famed musical icons.
The Easy Star All-Stars fourth tribute album will honor: Michael Jackson with their August release of Thrillah a long with a Billy Jean EP that was digitally released on July 12th. The Thrillah album will feature guest appearances by The Green, Mojo Morgan, Steel Pulse, Cas Haley, and many more.
Easy Star All-Stars Fall Tour:
Easy Star All-Stars will be promoting their THRILLAH album this Fall, starting September 7th. The first leg of the tour, includes 14 dates with Passafire, and a stop at the Shangri-La Music Festival. Also at this Minnesota music fest. will be Cas Haley.
Ted Bowne of Passafire told The Pier, “Easy Star is a legendary band and we are super stoked to be going out with them in September to promote their release of their new album ‘Thrillah’which I am personally VERY excited to hear”
Finally, in November, The Easy Star All-Stars cross the pond for a tour of the UK. The band has booked 16 dates, 10 of which, are with England’s own Laid Blak.
The Easy Star All-Stars Tour Dates:
September 07 @ The High Noon Saloon. Madison, WI (w/ Passafire)
September 08 @ Shangri-La Music Festival. Clarks Grove, MN
September 09 @ Wooly’s. Des Moines, IA (w/ Passafire)
September 10 @ Granada Theater. Lawrence, KS (w/ Passafire)
September 12 @ Aggie Theatre. Fort Collins, CO (w/ Passafire)
September 13 @ Fox Theatre. Boulder, CO (w/ Passafire)
September 14 @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Denver, CO (w/ Passafire)
September 15 @ Belly Up Aspen. Aspen, CO (w/ Passafire)
September 16 @ Urban Lounge. Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Passafire)
September 18 @ Soho. Santa Barbara, CA (w/ Passafire)
September 19 @ Belly Up Tavern. Solana Beach, CA (w/ Passafire)
September 20 @ El Rey Theatre. Los Angeles, CA (w/ Passafire)
September 21 @ Slim’s. San Francisco, CA (w/ Passafire)
September 22 @ The Catalyst. Santa Cruz, CA (w/ Passafire)
October 04 @ Irving Plaza. New York, NY (w/The Aggrolites & Passafire)
October 06 @ Cat’s Cradle. Carrboro, NC
October 07 @ Howard Theatre. Washington, DC (w/The Aggrolites)
October 09 @ Blind Pig. Ann Arbor, MI (w/The Aggrolites)
October 11 @ Reggies. Chicago, IL (w/The Aggrolites)
October 13 @ Lee’s Palace. Toronto, Canada (w/The Aggrolites)
October 14 @ Westcott Theater. Syracuse, NY(w/The Aggrolites)
October 16 @ Paradise. Boston, MA (w/The Aggrolites)
October 17 @ Rusty Nail. Stowe, VT (w/The Aggrolites)
October 19 @ Jefferson Theater. Charlottesville, VA (w/The Aggrolites)
October 20 @ The Blockley.+ Philadelphia, PA (w/The Aggrolites)
November 01 @ Sub89. Reading, United Kingdom
November 02 @ Band On The Wall. Manchester, United Kingdom
November 03 @ Brewery Arts Centre. Kendal, United Kingdom
November 04 @ Floral Pavilion. New Brighton, United Kingdom
November 06 @ Rescue Rooms. Nottingham, United Kingdom
November 07 @ The Duchess. York, United Kingdom
November 08 @ The Robin 2. Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 09 @ Princess Pavilion. Falmouth, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 10 @ Phoenix. Exeter, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 11 @ The Brook. Southampton, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 13 @ Fleece. Bristol, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 14 @ Leeds University. Leeds, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 15 @ Garage. London, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 16 @ Concorde 2. Brighton, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 17 @ Quarterhouse. Folkestone, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
November 18 @ Waterfront. Norwich, United Kingdom (w/Laid Blak)
Easy Star All-Stars Links:
The Easy Star All-Stars Show Locator
Easy Star All-Stars Website
Easy Star All-Stars Facebook
Enjoy the FREE track on the Home Page!
Article By: Mike Patti
Watch a new album promo video for THRILLAH
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