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Powerhouse octet John Brown's Body drops in for show with Hollingsworth

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. - With John Brown's Body, Craig "Dub Fader" Welsch mixes the albums and drummer Tommy Benedetti mixes metaphors.

"It's a continuation of the same thread," Benedetti said about the Boston-Brooklyn band's new EP, "JBB in Dub." "It's a different branch off the same tree."

The dub mixes on the new record and the previous "Re-Amplify" are more representative of the band's resonating live shows than its other albums.

"I've always felt it would be cool for our band to venture into the sonic territories, especially the dub because dub music is what really got me into playing roots reggae music many, many years ago and I just live the vibe of it."

As a West Coast region, Tahoe is frequented by Sublime-influenced California reggae bands, a ska-punk-hip-hop hybrid, and John Brown's Body does not fall into that category. A powerful octet with a three-piece horn section, the band's last Crystal Bay performance was part of a twinbill with New Orleans dynamo Galactic. Seismologists were worried about the impact of the show but Lake Tahoe did not sustain a tsunami.

Saturday's appearance is a doubleheader with the jam and jazz influenced Kyle Hollingsworth Band.

"I also love you can go out and play with a band that is different and play to new people," Benedetti said.

After about a weeklong tour with Hollingsworth, JBB will play some Northwest dates with Sonoma County band Groundation.

Benedetti revels in the many aspects of reggae, calling it a "true world music."

John Brown's Body collaborated with Austrailan band Blue King Brown on recordings and during a 2009 South Shore show the night of the infamous April Fool's Day layoff of Lake Tahoe Action Figure Dan Thomas (We miss you, man!). It also toured with New Zealand's the Black Seeds.

Benedetti listed other influential reggae bands from across the globe: "Gentleman out of Germany, Alborosie out of Italy, Midnite from St. Croix, the Marleys out of Jamaica."

John Brown's Body appeared at summertime festivals, but it has been busy in the studio. It will follow up the EP with a full-length record this winter.

"We do have a full length that's going to be out sometime around the beginning of the year," he said. "It's already done, so we have 13 full vocal tunes ready to drop on people as well. We've had a great period of recording the last eight months, 10 months."

Tim Parsons, tparsons@tahoedailytribune.com


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