On The Road With Hylton B

On The Road With Hylton B

Hylton B“The time it takes to sit and wait, you can take the time to do something…” —Life Can Be Sweet, Hylton Beckford

With that lyric in mind, Hylton Beckford took a trip from the warmth of Florida to the frigid environs of the Bronx, New Jersey, Long Island, Newburgh and the Adirondack Mountains in the middle of a cold and snowy winter to finish up production on his long-awaited solo album to be released on the SunStorm label this spring. A final mix and mastering on Trenchtown History were competed on the superb board at Showcase Studios in New Jersey where the likes of Keith Richard, Eric Clapton, Leslie West, Kim Simmonds, Hubert Sumlin and so many others recorded. Mike Ernst added a classic keyboard track and mix at his Long Island studio to Hylton’s version of the Jamaican pocomania church classic Jonah, which he learned from his mother, who preached up and down the East Coast of the island for years. We travelled with Hylton to the Newburgh Actors Studio to set up a special gig for late May and to Fordham University in the Bronx where Professor Mark Naison, Chairman of the Bronx African American History Project invited “Prof. Beckford” to address his class during Black History Month. Hylton entertained them with his new version of “Do You Remember” a history in song written by his old bandmate and friend, Ras Abraham about Marcus Garvey. Prior to that, Hylton was a guest on Bronxnet Televisions’ 

“Open” show hosted by the very entertaining Bob Lee, which can be found on bronxnet. org (be sure to catch both parts). We then hit the road for the high peaks, spent some time at the new Plattsburgh NY Airstream showroom enthralled with the idea of taking one of their campers with the professional twelve burner stove on the road for reggae shows served with Hylton’s own style of special Jamaican cooking.

The most fun for me was watching the great movie Rockers with Hylton B giving a blow by blow description of each scene, as he knew all the players. He is a treasure trove of musical knowledge and his new recording is sure to please his millions of fans from his days as lead singer of The Slickers who are known world-wide for their hit Johnny Too Bad from The Harder They Come soundtrack. —VBF  ©SunStorm Arts Publishing Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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