It’s been a big year for Roots of Creation and their front-man Brett Wilson. Earlier this year RoC dropped their chart-topping triple-album Livin Free, and now the lead singer and guitarist has released his own live acoustic album, Get Ready! Live In Columbus.
Get Ready! Live In Columbus was recorded during Brett Wilson’s opening performance for Slightly Stoopid in front of a sold out crowd at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The set includes a number of original tracks, as well as an eclectic mix of covers and medleys. Brett Wilson handles everything from “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix).” The live album was recorded and mastered by Slightly Stoopid’s monitor engineer Joshua Driscoll, with additional mastering completed by Jay Frigoletto.
Discussing the acoustic cuts on RoC’s last album and his motivation to put out Get Ready! Live In Columbus, Brett Wilson said, “After seeing the incredible reaction to my solo acoustic performance from the crowd in Columbus, I knew that we had to include an acoustic version of those songs on Livin Free.” He continued, adding, “I also knew that my fans, and those that I made that night, would want a recording of the amazing energy in the room. That’s why I decided to release, Get Ready!–it really is an album for the fans.”
Brett Wilson is a seriously skilled guitarist that has no problem ripping solos on electric or breaking it down with the acoustic. Based out of New Hampshire, Wilson’s band Roots of Creation is a festival favorite, beloved by reggae and jam fans alike. Their live shows are a spectacle, featuring everything from classic roots reggae to dubstep and hard rock. On April 22nd, 2016 RoC released Livin Free, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae chart and No.1 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio chart.
“A little over 4 years ago when my daughter was born I started playing little solo acoustic shows to help pay the bills, test out new material, and bust out cover songs RoC doesn’t play live. Fans started catching on, and I eventually was getting invited to perform as a support act with a lot of my friends like Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley and Rusted Root. It has helped RoC’s fan base grow and allowed me to have a fun, creative outlet.”
You can purchase a digital version of Get Ready! Live In Columbus on iTunes by clicking HERE!, or you can head to the Roots of Creation website to grab a physical copy. And if you don’t already know Roots of Creation, be sure to check out their latest CD Livin Free as well.
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Article By: Brian Winters
Photo By: Josh Coffman
Watch: Brett Wilson (of Roots of Creation) – “Acoustic Medley” 8/30/14 Live in Columbus, OH
Listen: Brett Wilson (of Roots of Creation) – Sugaree (Grateful Dead)