Aston Barrett received Bass Player Magazine's lifetime achievement award in 2012. Jan Salzman
The Wailers will carry on the reggae messages from two entire renowned Bob Marley albums, "Survival" and "Exodus" tonight at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM radio, according to Nick Kraus, the bar's music-booking manager.
The public can witness it and add their applause with a $50 ticket to the 8 p.m. show.
Known for his signature bass patterns, Aston Barrett, "Family Man," was the bass guitarist, arranger, and co-producer on many of Bob Marley's albums including "Survival" the controversial, politically-charged, defiant album from 1979, written with hopes for unity among Africans and all human beings. His band's current tour takes the name Survival 2013.
"Exodus" written and recorded in London after a 1976 attempted assassination, is viewed as Mr. Marley's best work. On the album's title track, he asked his oppressed Jamaican brethren to “Open your eyes and look within, are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
The musician mix expected to perform tonight will include Keith Sterling, a well-known Jamaican keyboardist, Dwayne Danglin, the band's lead vocalist since 2010, Cegee Victory on back-up vocals, Audley "Chizzy" Chisholm on lead guitar, and Drummie Zeb on, obviously, drums. Aston Barrett Jr., who plays many instruments, is on tour with the band, too.
Here's a listen from their current tour.