Music Hall at House of Blues
SOJA returns to House of Blues at Showboat for an Atlantic City concert on March 27, 2014.
SOJA lead singer and guitarist Jacob Hemphill has a different perspective on folk music, a genre usually associated with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, and others. “To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley – they’re all folk artists,” he says. “There’s no difference between Raekwon saying, ‘I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no jive,’ to Bob Marley saying, ‘Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, too,’ to Johnny Cash saying, ‘I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free, but those people keep on moving (around) and that’s what tortures me.’ Folk is all about storytelling and passing on a legacy. It’s timeless, it’s limitless and it crosses all boundaries. That’s what this band is striving for. It’s a tall order,” he laughs, “but we’re making our way.”
The reggae band has raised the bar with their fourth album, Strength to Survive, an intoxicating mix of hot-rod reggae grooves and urgent, zeitgeist-capturing themes. Produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, O.A.R.), Strength to Survive is the band’s first album for ATO, the label co-founded by Dave Matthews.
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