Brewed in New Orleans from an inspired mash-up of influences, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club plays radio hits from the 1970s and ’80s re-imagined as roots reggae.
Call it pop rock steady. Or just plain fun. It’s feel-good music with a nod and a wink.
“A group that could only happen in New Orleans.” – Jay Mazza, thevinyldistrict.com
Laid back island rhythms, soulful harmonies and playful arrangements all turn classic tunes into joyous sing-alongs.
Since emerging on the scene in October 2016 with a triumphant debut at the legendary Tipitina’s (opening for another New Wave-meets-reggae band, Talking Dreads), JMBC has steadily built a following with performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival, the Gretna Heritage Festival, the T-Bois Blues Festival and clubs including Chickie Wah Wah, One Eyed Jacks, the Howlin’ Wolf, Vaughn’s Lounge and others.
A year after that first show, JMBC dropped its first album, “Pop Rock Steady,” showcasing its signature take on early ’80s New Wave hits.
For its latest recordings, JMBC turns the clock back to the AM radio heyday of the 1970s, taking on chestnuts of that decade from the realms of pop, soft rock and R&B.
The first single from the new album, “Too Late,” dropped on Dec. 20, 2019. It features guest appearances by the Grammy-winner Jon Cleary on multiple keyboards, drummer Eric Heigle of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, bassist Pat Casey and the three powerhouse voices of the Chapel Hart Band on backup vocals. The single also marks the debut with the band of its new lead singer, Anthony Green.
“Too Late” is actually a mash up of three songs: two by the Cornelius Brothers (“Too Late To Turn Back Now” and “Treat Her Like A Lady”), and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic “Walk On By.”
Several more singles, also featuring special guests, will come out in advance of the full album’s release in summer 2020.
So kick off your flip-flops, crack open a Red Stripe and groove to the pleasantly familiar but charmingly different sounds of Jamaican Me Breakfast Club.