Reggae Cowboys

The roundup began in late 1993 when Bird 'Stone Ranger' Bellony and Aljernon Delano 'Click Masta Sync' Rabess (childhood acquaintances from Dominica, British West Indies) joined forces in Toronto, Canada. They rounded out their posse with Keith 'Marshall JP' Evanson on bass, originally from Trinidad, and Derick 'Cherokee' Lindo on drums, originally from Stephney, Great Britain.

History

Heading up the band is songwriter, vocalist, lead guitarist, and producer Bird Bellony. An accomplished drummer and keyboard player, Bird started playing drums professionally on recording sessions and tours throughout the Caribbean at the precocious age of twelve. Nick named "Little Bird", he moved to Paris as a teenager to play rock, zouk and jazz, and scored a #1 hit throughout France and the Caribbean with 'Coce Dominique'. In Toronto, Bird played with such noted Canadian artists as Salomey Bey, Denon jazz artist Jane Bunnett, South African rock band A League of Nations and Brazillian jazz artist Raphael Lima. His winning smile and musicianship have also landed him in music videos with Corey Hart, One Lazo and film productions, including Danielle Steel's 'A Perfect Stranger'.

Lead vocals are shared with rhythm guitarist / songwriter / poet "Click Masta Sync" whose work embodies folk and contemporary influence of three generations of Caribbean and Western music: zouk, calypso, rock n' roll. This talented musician has also been involved in popular theater and participated in calypso competitions. He toured the French Caribbean as lead singer with the group Mantra.

Derick Lindo, aka Cherokee Lindo, was introduced to the drum kit at the age of 13 thanks to the late great keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, Derick's first music mentor. Born in Stephney, Great Britain, he is now a Canadian citizen.

Derick has played with Traces of Sound featuring Deborah Cox, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, and drums with local Toronto talent both live and in the studio. He can also be seen in the role of jazz drummer in the movie Sweet Sixteen in the club sequence featuring Boys 2 Men. His unique melodic playing technique lends itself to a great variety of styles including reggae, funk, R&B, country & western, new country and rock 'n roll.

Nicknamed "Cherokee" by Stone Ranger, Derick has been with the Reggae Cowboys since 1999.

Born in Trinidad, Keith Evanson, aka Marshall JP, took part in his family's daily accapella singing sessions from the time he could speak. His musical mother also sang songs by the Great Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald imprinting jazz in his soul.

At the age of six he played the harmonica and at nine, got together with some local youths in his neighborhood to play steel pans. During a visit to the United States, he fell in love with the electric bass and started to play professionally at 17. Since then he's traveled extensively in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mliddle East and the West Indies and from these cultures gleaned a range of styles include jazz, funk, rock, country, latin, calypso, blues and reggae. "I've had the best teachers in the world." he said.

His musical influences include Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington, Bob James , David Sanborn and Joe Sample.

The Marshall has played with a variety of Toronto musicians including Liberty Silver, Demo Kates, Muhtadi, and Carlton Vaughan. The latter he credits as teaching him extensively about the fundamentals of Jazz. He is also quite an accomplished vocalist, song writer, and producer. He joined the Reggae Cowboys in 2000.

Albums

  • Tell the Truth (1996), Tumbleweed
  • Rock Steady Rodeo (1999), Tumbleweed
  • Stone Ranger (2003), Fifty Fifty Music

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