Chris Murray (Los Angeles, CA)
Chris Murray is a unique force on today’s music scene. Born in Toronto, he earned a strong reputation as a dynamic performer and gifted songwriter as leader of influential Canadian ska group King Apparatus. Upon the band’s breakup, he relocated to Los Angeles, emerging as a solo artist with The 4-Track Adventures Of Venice Shoreline Chris, recorded in various locations on a portable 4-track cassette recorder.
Entering LA’s ultra-purist rock steady scene armed only with an acoustic guitar, Chris has become a leading figure in the world’s foremost authentic Jamaican music community. As host of Bluebeat Lounge (2003-2009), a popular weekly concert series focusing on reggae and ska, Chris promoted more than 350 shows over seven years at Hollywood’s Knitting Factory.
Life has led Chris down a musical path to the very roots of reggae music. From trading songs on acoustic guitar with boogie-ska pioneer Laurel Aitken and singing with famed bandleader Carlos Malcom, to jamming with The Specials in a basement club and recording with Jamaica’s original rhythm section, Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett, Chris has served his apprenticeship with the finest musicians associated with the genre. He has also performed with backing groups for such legendary Jamaican artists as Rico Rodriguez, Leonard Dillon (The Ethiopians), Eric Morris and Prince Buster.
Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans
A mix of Americana, ska, reggae, country, folk, jazz, swamp, roots and world music type stuff. We’ve had this band together playing officially since The first 3 floors of ska in Los Angeles, California in November of 2006. I couldn’t do this without my closest and dearest friends, my band mates. We’ve been together around 5 + years now and good things keep happening every day. We’ve already been lucky enough to share the stage with tons of great acts such as: The Skatalites, Toots and the Maytals, The Aggrolites, Chris Murray, The Slackers, Fish Bone, King Django, Hub City Stompers, Westbound Train, Green Room Rockers, Jimmy Buffet (believe it or not), Cake, Billy Bob Thorton and many more to come. We released our first album on Megalith Records in August of 2007. We are also on a Megalith Euro-sampler, a Texas Ska compilation based in San Antonio and a Version City compilation that are all slated to be out in the near future. Our first full length record has been released in Europe as well as Japan. In late 2009 my organ and a lot of our other musical equipment was stolen which in turn brought about a natural evolution to the band. I am now and have since been playing guitar, harmonica and kazoo instead of organ. We also have had a rotating line-up, with the core of the band staying the same and additional instruments such as : guitar, banjo, lap steel, accordion, fiddle, etc…..being added. I feel that this is a natural progression to the evolution of our music as it has become much more roots or singer song writer like, much more in the pocket with an overtone of the southern heritage here in Houston. As of late, we’ve recently released our second (Move to the Country) and third (Folk Devils) albums, both digitally and physically ourselves. If you listen to the three records in succession you will hear the reverse evolution of the sound. We grow from our leaves to our roots…
Dillon Trimm (Houston, TX)
Dillon Trimm is an Artist out of Houston Texas, with a style of Rocknroll all his own.