Jersey City’s reggae rock 5-piece CC Roots recently released their debut EP, Quality Time. The 6-track EP was released independently by CC Roots on January 20th, 2017. Quality Time exhibits the group’s evolving sound, which craftily merges together reggae, rock, and jam.
CC Roots emerged out of the New Jersey rock trio Cecilia Celeste, ultimately developing a roots reggae driven sound that contains blues and classic rock influences. The band is led by Kieran Sullivan (vocals/guitar), and features Steve Bonacio (bass), Dave Previ (percussion), Ben Cockerham (keys), and Frank Vigilate (harmonica/trumpet/percussion). Nick Afflitto (guitar/vocals) and Evaldo Soares (drums) also join the band on stage for live performances.
Quality Time was recorded at Mercury Recording Studio in Rahway, NJ and Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, NJ, and was self-produced by Sullivan and Afflitto. CC Roots also has over a dozen original, unreleased tracks that they plan to record in the near future.
“Our sound has evolved into a roots rock reggae jam band. When Marley said, ‘its a funky reggae party,’ that’s what we hope to provide our fans with every time we play,” says Sullivan. “We are not afraid to jam, go out of the box, ditch our set list and stretch some of these songs out into another universe.”
Sullivan adds, “I am truly grateful to play this ‘good vibes music’ with these guys. I am constantly humbled by their talent, and am blessed with their solid friendships.”
In late January, CC Roots headlined Manhattan music venue American Beauty for their album release party. They also performed in support of Through The Roots and Sun-Dried Vibes on the same stage late last year. CC Roots has a residency this winter through the spring at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. A summer tour in support of the new EP is in the works, so be sure to check the CC Roots site for updates on tour dates as they finalize plans.
Quality Time is available to stream on Spotify, and an iTunes purchase link is posted below.
CC Roots – Quality Time Track Listing:
1.) Quailty Time
2.) Turn Around
4.) Coming to Getcha
6.) Waters High
Listen To: “Driving” – CC Roots
Listen To: “Anchor” – CC Roots
Listen To: “Turn Around”