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The Simpkin Project is a Southern California band that plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae, blues, rock, and Americana, steeped in soulful harmonies in a sound has been described as ?uncompromising…blending authentic roots reggae rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style.? Phil Simpkin and Shawn Taylor, co-lead vocalists, have been with the band since its inception, indulging their love of reggae and their skill in mixing it blues, rock and the roots of American music. The result is joyful, danceable and a whole lot of fun. They are releasing a new album Beam of Light September 30 and we will preview it this Friday. Andy B.AND (aka Andy Bernstein) has been the primary singer-songwriter for roots rockers The VooDUDES since 1990. Inspired by Americana and retro soul music, Andy began a solo recording project with Blues Leaf Records producer John ?JP? Pittas to co-produce his latest project, My Roots are Showing. Andy B is now bringing the project to life at events with regional and local artists under the Andy B.AND SoulFolk moniker. He has performed at the Bourbon Street Blues Festival; the Light Of Day Festivals and, the Hub City Music Festival in his hometown of New Brunswick, NJ. His songs range around American roots to the DAP Records-style soul to AM radio rockers and rockabilly gospel. Whether it is a guitar, a washboard or just his gravel-lined voice, Andy knows how to bring the songs of American together and make them sing. He joins us with new songs .
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