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THE Dubber / Press

“THE Dubber sneaks “Behind Enemy Lines” using clattery rapid-fire notes to hide his passage, stretches notes to ask ‘what the future holds’ in “South Cackalaki”, and opens Cleaning Up the Dirty South with jazz textures and acoustic rambling on “Porch Pickin'”. While songs are the traditional manner of delivering music to ears, THE Dubber changes that model up as much as he re-configures the way we hear acoustic music on Cleaning Up the Dirty South. Since 2005, The Washington, DC-Columbia, South Carolina based artist has taken his guitar, original sounds, beats and message of Oneness to cities across the United States. The attention on field Blues has shown how original acoustics helped create music as we know it in 2015. THE Dubber taps into the same intentions, modernizing field Blues for a digitized world. He carries a mighty message, filling out the sparseness of a one-man band with unique sounds and ways of approaching a song.”

“Acoustic strumming singer/songwriters are so dollar-store that the Dubber is like crystal amongst cheap plastic. His distinctively slinky, percussive style affects a jazzy, dub-inflected funk-hop swagger that combines smirking island charm, surprisingly intricate playing, and a casual, speak-sing manner reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron. THE Dubber, a.k.a. Wendell Culbreath, got his start in Washington, D.C. as a guitarist in several funk/metal outfits during the Eighties and Nineties, and later he was part of a reggae group. Culbreath took some time in the early 2000s to regroup before recommitting to music as a singer/songwriter (despite never having sung before). He recently followed his 2010 debut Global Warning with his second full-length Cleaning Up the Dirty South. It showcases Culbreath’s crisp writing, wit, and infectiously laid-back saunter. Among the many highlights are the spacious reflective folk number “Black Male Americana.”

“THE Dubber ditches Hard Rock for World Music !!! Wendell Culbreath is proof that even old dogs can master a new trick. For two decades Culbreath, a.k.a. THE Dubber, played lead guitar in a series of bands. He didn't so much as sing in the shower. But thanks to a fortuitous event, The Dubber ended up embarking on a career as a singer-songwriter. Except Culbreath sounds like no singer-songwriter you know. His smooth, sonorous speak-sung vocal style evokes Gil Scott-Heron, and his stylistic smorgasbord piles everything onto one plate — R&B, reggae, jazz-funk, hip-hop, and roots. Meanwhile, his subtly intricate guitar-playing recalls Bad Brain's Dr. Know at his jazziest.”

“THE Dubber, a one-man band, is unique because he understands how to play reggae-inflected music: It requires spirit, something that isn’t derived from an accent, no matter how impassioned. Respect, Boss.”

Patrick Wall - Freetimes ~ Columbia SC

“The Dubber — Musicians’ personas can closely resemble those of athletes. Sure, there are players that can be flashy (i.e. LeBron James), but then there are players with quiet resilience who get extraordinary things done (see: Tim Duncan). Local musician The Dubber is of the latter, as he has successfully (and humbly) released two of the most unique and well-produced projects from the Columbia area. His latest full-length effort, Global Warming, is a project that effectively combines acoustic rhythms with hip-hop and reggae sensibilities. The man can play, and his songwriting deserves praise.”

Preach Jacobs - Freetimes ~ Columbia SC

“THE Dubber is a Washington,D.C., musician with roots in funk and hip-hop from his years in Los Angeles. His more recent work is anchored in the worldview and sounds of reggae, taking the socio-political side of Bob Marley melding it with the contemporary spin of The Roots. He calls his music "urban folk," and there's more than a little Gil-Scott Heron or Richie Havens in what he does with an acoustic guitar.”

Kevin Oliver - Freetimes ~ Columbia SC

“The Dubber -- If this event was still a contest, there's no doubt in my mind that the D.C. resident would have walked away as the winner. Within moments of starting his performance, the crowd closed in and conversations ended. His reggae-folk style combined with a fantastic stage presence as The Dubber sang and hit occasional notes of percussion with a pinky ring or his mouth a la beatboxing. A few in attendance displayed disappointment about missing his recent Evening Muse show. Hopefully, he'll be back around the area soon.”

Jeff Hahne - Creative Loafing ~ Charlotte NC

“The Dubber — The original Mississippi musicians we now regard as blues players were always more than that, playing the kind of roadhouse gigs where one had to know many different songs and styles to avoid getting a knife in the side from a disgruntled patron. The Dubber has always struck me as having much in common with those precursors to today’s popular music (save perhaps the knife threats), given the all-encompassing nature of his compositions. From jazz to worldbeat, blues, rock, reggae, soul and hip-hop, The Dubber reworks it all into his own version of survival through entertaining others.”

Kevin Oliver - Columbia Freetimes ~ May 17-23

“Acoustic, neo-soulful vibes and an incredibly soulful and mellow voice, The Dubber got my attention when I heard the lead single “With A Feeling” off of his forthcoming album “Global Warming”. This is one of those tracks you just can’t get tired of hearing. The Dubber mixes a soulful, RnB, Indie, Acoustic mix of sounds into one track and with so many different genres and styles you would think that the track would sound a bit miss-matched and not exactly ear-friendly. The tracks takes on a rather sombre tone and the track is slow with regards to tempo but it is a relaxed track and combined with the soulful voice make the track very interesting listen. All in all the track is very solid and is a teaser, that shows that if the album can begin with such a strong track then the album as a whole will follow the same pattern. This is a track not to be missed so catch it on YouTube and be sure to get the album. THE Dubber and Global Warming, not an album or artist to be ”

“The Dubber originates a musical mélange of reggae, folk, blues and spoken word that’s often riveting in its repetitive, primal droning style, with the occasionally familiar song such as the Church’s “Under the Milky Way” thrown into the mix.”

“THE Dubber cue from poet Robert Frost and takes the road less traveled to desend upon Columbia, offering an alternative-yet delectable dish of musical euphoria in a pot filled with acoustic reggae seasoning. Same great taste, but without the over-processed fluff and filler of current pop radio.”

Columbia Freetimes - J. Cooper

“ It's amazing !!! I had THE Dubber album in a pile of things to listen to, but didn't do so for a while. When I did, I was pleasantly surprised because THE Dubber had something different. He have a nice reggae feel crossed with the blues. And his guitar sounds...amazing.”

Dermot Hussey - Program Director 101 The Joint - xmradio