Breezes Grand Negril Resort & Spa teamed up with VP Records and Warner Music Nashville to host an album release party on August 30th for Reggae’s Gone Country, a compilation of classic country hits covered by Jamaica’s top musicians. The exclusive concert, which was open only to guests at the Super-Inclusive Negril, Jamaica resort, featured live music stylings of Larry Gatlin, Romain Virgo, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Dean Fraser and others from the groundbreaking album.
Two years ago, country music devotee Cristy Barber, vice president of marketing and promotions at VP Records, a leading reggae label, envisioned this project and teamed up with John Rich of the multi-platinum-selling country music duo Big & Rich, and Dean Fraser, the acclaimed Jamaican saxophonist and top reggae producer, on lead production. For Reggae’s Gone Country, Barber handpicked 14 classic country songs to be covered by noted Jamaican acts and backed by a “dream team reggae band.” Kingston’s finest instrumental talents on the album include legendary drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, veteran bassist Glen Browne, and guitar virtuoso Dwight Pinkney. Vocals and backing tracks were laid down at Kingston’s Grafton and Tuff Gong Studios, and mixed by Errol Brown and his son Shane. The elder Brown, who engineered/mixed much of Bob Marley’s music for Island Records, said Reggae’s Gone Country is “one of the best albums” he has ever worked on. For a preview of the album, visit Reggae’s Gone Country’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ReggaesGoneCountry.
Set on a two-mile crescent of white sand beach and 22 acres of elegantly manicured grounds, the all-suites Breezes Grand Negril resort offers superb accommodations and personalized service for couples, singles, and adult families 16 years and older. Guests can enjoy 20 percent savings with rates starting at $184 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept offers the best vacation value. A single payment covers accommodations, all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine, unlimited premium brand drinks, myriad land and water sports including equipment and instruction, entertainment, weddings, recreational activities, and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.
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