“The Original Wailers” Score a Best Reggae Album Grammy “Miracle” Nomination
It’s a “Miracle” Grammy nomination for Reggae’s “The Original Wailers” at the 55th Grammy Awards. Led by Al Anderson, The Original Wailers’ EP has struck a chord with fans and aficionados of all musical genres; rock, pop, hip hop R&B, country and reggae music, alike.
In 1974, Bob Marley went solo. On the brink of international stardom, soft spoken, American-born Al Anderson was selected as lead guitarist. Anderson’s phenomenal lead work on such classics as No Woman, No Cry, Dem Belly Full and Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block) brought rock fans to the Wailers’ music. Well over $1 billion worth of Marley’s music featuring Al Anderson’s guitar work has been sold worldwide. During the course of his illustrious career, Al also played with the legendary Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper.
MRG Recordings President Dino Malito said, “I am pleased to announce that MRG Recordings has received the company’s first-ever Grammy nomination for the 55th Grammy Awards. Only a few years after launching the MRG imprint with a unique business model developed specifically to reflect the challenges of the digital music world, we are thrilled to receive these accolades for The Original Wailers’ EP, “Miracle.”
The sole original member of the Wailer’s classic line-up is guitarist Al Anderson. He notes, “As a musician that has been nominated once before, I feel more than twice the gratitude and excitement this second time. This is an album that pays tribute to all those that built this music, not the least of which, the late, great Wailer Carlton Barrett. It’s an honor to accept this nomination and for the album to be recognized amongst its peers.”
The current personnel in the band who are responsible for this award-winning EP include:
• Al Anderson: Lead guitar, background vocals, percussion
• Desi Hyson: Lead vocals, organ, piano, synthesizer
• Steve Samuels: Bass guitar
• ‘Paapa’ Nyarkoh: Drums, percussion
• Erica Newell: Background vocals and lead vocals on “Our Day Will Come”
• Special guest: Martin Bastista – Keyboards
• Produced by Al Anderson and Karl Pitterson
• Recorded and engineered by Karl Pitterson at Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, New York
• Mixed by Karl Pitterson, Jason Corsaro, and Al Anderson
• Mastered by Tom Ryan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine