Dr. Roots


Growing up in New Jersey I listened to lots of rock ‘n roll. In the mid 70s my best friend in dental school was from Jamaica. Neville turned me on to the music of Bob Marley and the great reggae musicians of that time. I found reggae rhythms to be the heartbeat and the lyrics real life tribulations. The music coming from… Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Toots, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Itals, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, Culture, Mighty Diamonds, and Gregory Isaacs… is what kept my vibe alive. After a hard day of work I’d head to The Reggae Lounge in NYC or any live reggae concert I could find. By the 90s dancehall style reggae became popular, but I found the uplifting sweet sounds of Luciano, UB40, Chaka Demus, the Wailers and Marley kids, and Morgan Heritage still made me feel the best. I could understand the message in the music and the riddims moved my dancing feet. While being a mild-mannered dentist by day in Boulder, my patients would see me at all the reggae events and coined my name Dr-Roots. I’m delighted to be able to spread the music I love on KDNK. It always makes me feel better and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

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