Josey Wales Rides West to Unload his Vault of Classic Dancehall Hits.

At one point he stopped the music and got personal by encouraging the men in the crowd to always show the ladies respect. Wales then commanded the selector back to the riddims, and busted out “Baby Come Home”

Andrew Wright, Judah Eskender Tafari , Tippa Lee and Josey Wales at the Dub Club

Andrew Wright, Judah Eskender Tafari , Tippa Lee and Josey Wales at the Dub Club

Joseph Winston Sterling, known to the dancehall fraternity as “Josey Wales,” made his debut performance at the world famous Dub Club at the Echo Plex on Wednesday, July 16th. Dancehall artist Tippa Lee warmed up the crowd. Selectors Tom Chasteen and Boss Harmony kept the riddims in motion all night.
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Just before he touched the stage, CaribPress caught up with Wales (aka, “Colonel”) for a little chat.

The Colonel commented on the present state of dancehall music, saying he didn’t want the genre to be “watered down” in the way that some popular artists such as Beenie Man have been criticized of doing.

Wales hung out backstage in a warm, narrow, noisy room filled with smoke.
A few Dub Club regulars came by to hail the artist before he hit the stage.

The veteran dancehall artist wore a tailor made 1980s two-piece rude boy style outfit. Decked in Clark shoes, the star stayed true to the genre’s roots.

His appearance at the Echoplex reunited him with Dub Club’s pioneer- producer and selector Tom Chasteen who produced the 2013 album “Foundation Come Again” along with Tippa Lee.

The Dub Club was the perfect venue for Wales to showcase his talents, stirring up massive energy from the crowd of faithful reggae music lovers. They knew they were witnessing a living legend of dancehall, even if this was their first time hearing of him.

Recognized in Jamaica as “the Outlaw”, he schooled the Dub Club attendees with his versatility and lyrical prowess, banging out hits like “Under Cover Lover,” “Whole Heap a Corn” and “Let Go Mi Hand.” The dancehall icon kept the audience engaged for more than an hour and a half.

Josey Wales signing autograph for fan

Josey Wales signing autograph for fan

At one point he stopped the music and got personal by encouraging the men in the crowd to always show the ladies respect. Wales then commanded the selector back to the riddims, and busted out “Baby Come Home”

At the end of the show, Wales took time to greet fans backstage. A fortunate few went away with their Josey Wales vinyl signed by the legendary dancehall star himself.
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Reggae fans can mark their calendars for Wednesday, August 6th to see veterans “Isreal Vibration” take over the Dub Club stage. And don’t miss the master, Lee Scratch Perry performing on Wednesday, August 27th. Click on link to get more info

Josey Wales video of his performance at the Dub Club.

Josey Wales video of his performance at the Dub Club.

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