Dred I Dread / Press

“Mainstays in the Upper Midwest reggae scene for nearly a decade, Dred I Dread came out of the gate fast with its 1999 album "Listen to the Revolution," produced by Black Uhuru's Tony (Asher) Brisset. The socially conscious and ethnically diverse septet -- led by New Orleans native Peewee Dread with a team of immigrants and local natives -- finally has a new album, "A Piece of Americana." It features six studio tracks and two songs recorded live at Mayslacks, including covers of "I Will Survive" and Black Uhuru's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."”

“Dred I Dread, featured Peewee Dread on vocals, who featured a giant purple hat on his head and a voice that sang with an obvious love for the music. Rawle G, the drummer from Kingston, gave us some fun interludes, talking happily from his nest of drums perched at the back of the stage. Everyone seemed so happy to be playing: the keyboardist, Eric Lilya, was hopping around with his hands somehow managing to stay steady. Floyd, the saxophonist/hand drummer, pulled out the air trombone during a song. He punched the slide out with so much conviction that my ears created the sound. These musicians with so much enthusiasm converged with their gifts in 1998 to form the band. In their first year, they were hailed as the “Best Local Reggae Band” by City Pages. While they sang the line “rumors of war,” it sounded right as Bush’s attention turns to Iran and Lebanon.”

“Incorporating variety of styles including but not limited to reggae Dred I Dread falls into the general category of hybrid on Liston to the Revolution (Rapidfire). What they lack in definition they make up for good old-fashioned youthful energy and remind me a bit of bands that emerged from the fringes of reggae into the pop marketplace a few years back. Fishbone and Busboys.”

“There' s nothing to dread...just a hot rhythm to tread”

“``We have a really rich musical tradition in the band,'' Rawle said. ``It's like being a baby with an old soul,'' PeeWee said. ``When you see us play together you instantly know why we're a band. We really stick together; we're really tight.`` PeeWee said they want to continuously evolve. ``Every time the audience thinks they know who we are, we will be doing something else,'' he said. Rawle said the band's goal is to be internationally recognized, hopefully in five years or so. ``We hope to connect with our audience, and keep up the following. We want to see how it goes, and depending on the response, we'll go from there,'' PeeWee said. As far as breaking down barriers in Minnesota, PeeWee said ``We stuck our foot in the door and dared them to close it.``”