Jimmy Cliff is coming to Cairns on the 19th and 20th March, a big treat for his many fans in Far North Queensland. Gilmore Johnson from Black Star spoke to Jimmy at home in Jamaica as he prepared for the trip and a Jimmy Cliff special will feature on Black Star stations in February, leading up to the concert in Cairns.
In the meantime, listen here for a sneak peek:
Jimmy arrives in Australia in March and will be at the big festival venues in Australia beginning at Womadelaide in Adelaide. Then it is up to Cairns in Northern Australia for 2 concerts on the 19th and 20 of March. Tickets sold out for the first concert in Cairns and Jimmy not wanting to disappoint his many fans scheduled another concert.
While here Jimmy has taken up the offer from Black Star to visit communities around Cairns, so we look forward to showing him around.
Here’s some more info about Jimmy’s latest release.
“I got one more shot at the goal/Straight from my soul/I’m in control,” sings reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on “One More,” the lead track from REBIRTH, the new Universal Music Enterprises album from the Grammy-winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, produced by punk icon Tim Armstrong, of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame.
The release, his first studio album in seven years, is the next step in their collaboration on last year’s Sacred Fire EP, an effort Rolling Stone called Cliff’s “best music in decades… [his] tenor still soars.” With the groundbreaking 1972 film The Harder They Come celebrating its 40th anniversary, Cliff—who starred in the movie and contributed the title cut, “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Sitting in Limbo” to the soundtrack—is still going strong in a career that has spanned almost 50 years and includes his native Jamaica’s highest honor, the Order of Merit.
In REBIRTH’s autobiographical “Reggae Music,” Cliff recounts going to see famed Jamaican producer Leslie Kong in 1962 to convince him to work with him, releasing Cliff’s first hit, “Hurricane Hattie,” when he was just 14. “Jimmy is one of my musical heroes and I’ve been responding to his music my entire life,” said Armstrong, who had never met Cliff before, but was once recommended to him by mutual friend Joe Strummer of The Clash. Gathering Armstrong’s studio band, the Engine Room (bassist/percussionist J Bonner, drum/percussionist Scott Abels, organ/percussionist Dan Boer and piano/lead guitarist Kevin Bivona), the first song they tackled was a cover of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho,” a ska-tinged number from the band’s 1995 album …And Out Came the Wolves about a musician having to tell his lover he’s headed for the road.
“I had no idea it was one of Tim’s songs, but I liked it and could identify with the sentiments,” said Cliff. “I never really had the opportunity to hear his music, but it was a great thing how we hit if off in the studio.”