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SOLID “LIKE A ROCK” AS LIVE WYYA TAKES AIM AT THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET WITH A CLASSIC!

Band members (From left): Carl ‘C-Wyya’ Edwards (bass), Kirk Gayle (keyboards), Chadian Munroe (keyboards), Arnaldo Bolt (drummer), Michael ‘Colegate’ Downer (guitar), Jerome ‘J-Wyya’ Smickle (vocals).—-

Like a Rock, a song written by Bob Seger and recorded by him and the Silver Bullet Band in 1986, was used in Chevrolet truck commercials from 1991 to 2004 for the company’s Like A Rock campaign.

Now, in 2016, St Ann-based reggae band Live Wyya has released a reggae cover of the song and has been getting very positive reviews.

“The initial reaction has been tremendous. Everyone gives it straight As,” says band leader and bass player Carl ‘C-Wyya’ Edwards.

Live Wyya recorded the song at Bob Marley’s famed Tuff Gong studios in Kingston after the band’s management – Canadian-based Dazzle Entertainment – recommended they do a reggae cover of the song.

Edwards said that he had heard the song before but never paid it any mind. After paying keen attention to the song and agreeing to do it, the band did one rehearsal and hit the studio.

Bob Seger

Bob Seger

“We went into the lab and turned it into what it is now.”

What it is, is a really good reggae cover of a legendary rock song, with Michael Downer’s guitar solo and the smooth vocal harmony standing out.

The song has garnered favorable response and airplay. But according to Edwards, the song has done a lot for the band, especially drummer Arnaldo Bolt, who lost both of his parents in December. Bolt’s dad, Bishop Lawford Bolt, was admitted to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital for an operation in December. After one of her visits to the hospital, his wife (Arnaldo’s mom), Pastor Phyllis Bolt, was driving back home when she was killed in a car crash.

Live Wyaa Band in action

Live Wyaa Band in action

When the drummer’s dad was eventually informed of the tragedy, his condition began deteriorating until he finally passed. Edwards says the song helped to soothe not just the drummer, but the entire band as they grieved with him.

“This song is the song that kept him strong like a rock, so the song means a lot to us,” Edwards pointed out. “In that time of sorrow, the song was our strength. In the studio, we put our best, our all, into it, and here it is.”

Edwards says that the band expects positive things from the song.

“We expect great things from the song because, you know, Jamaica is our rock. As the song says, working for peanuts, 20 years have gone, and look who we are now. The song can relate to everybody.”

Broadcast Journalist Clinton Lindsay

Broadcast Journalist Clinton Lindsay

Like A Rock is a favorite on Clinton Lindsay’s Foundation Radio Network. According to the veteran broadcaster “from the night it was sent to me I fell in love with it, I’m blown away by the arrangement, the harmony and that solo guitar riff is very unusual for a Reggae track…I took it to our listeners the next day and it was immediately added to heavy rotation.”

The song should help to further cement Live Wyya as a show band as they try to shed the backing band label. Edwards thanks saxophonist Dean Fraser for his input and singer Lukie D for helping with the harmony.

Live Wyya heads to Ontario, Canada, today for the inaugural Dazzle Music Fest, which will also feature Lukie D and Da’Ville, among others. Ron Muschette is billed as MC.

The band hopes to release more singles later in the year as it builds its repertoire.

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