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Rebelution remains true to reggae with Count Me In
Reggae is the musical equivalent of soccer— consistently crazy-popular in various parts of the world, but not so much in the United States when compared with its American-bred competition.
But just like soccer’s fan base, the reggae movement has also grown across the U.S. in recent years, and Rebelution singer-guitarist Eric Rachmany is proud to be part of it.
His California-bred band’s two previous albums, 2009’s Bright Side of Life and 2012’s Peace of Mind, mingled with the mainstream, each one hitting the upper fifth of the Billboard 200 pop-albums chart. Rebelution has expanded its palette a bit with Count Me In. Released on June 10, the 11-song collection is the fourth full-length effort on the group’s 87 Music label and the first partnering with the longtime reggae-centric indie Easy Star Records.
Rachmany checked in this week to discuss reggae’s appeal, the mix of music on Count Me In and more.