General Roots are a group of close friends who all have a passion for reggae music.
The band line up consists of six musicians. The McKone brothers; James & Ben on drums & bass. Field Marshal Fred on lead vocals alongside the vibes controller, The Minister. On guitar is Joe Price and on keyboards, Sam Ross.
General Roots have built up a strong and loyal fan base over the last five years, putting on trademark high energy live shows that have proved to get anyone and everyone up on their feet moving and grooving.
From Glastonbury to Germany, GR have been showcasing their homegrown approach to Dub, Lover's Rock & Roots Reggae all over the world. The band has played pubs, clubs, theatres, arenas & festivals of all shapes and sizes in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Slovenia & Switzerland.
Working alongside legendary UK Reggae producer, composer & musician Dennis Bovell thorough 2014 they recorded two singles. Enlisting the help of producer Prince Fatty 'Sufferer' & 'Special' proved to be the best sounding material they had recorded yet, incorporating the vintage sound of analogue effects heard on so many classic Jamaican recordings of the past, whilst remaining original, fresh & catchy.
Through sheer hard graft, the band has become even more accomplished along the way, earning support slots with artists such as Ziggy Marley, The Specials, Madness, Gentleman's Dub Club, Hollie Cook, The Skints & Protoje to name a few.
In June 2016, General Roots released their debut album 'Walk Tall' through Evergreen Recordings. The album was stylishly and independently produced by their very own Ben McKone, featuring some extra special guest appearances from some of the UK's finest Reggae artists such as Dennis Bovell, Top Cat & the legendary Horseman. The deep bass driven roots sound to sweet Lovers Rock, the bouncing dancehall to heavy dub, this debut album has already been championed by BBC Radio DJ's Toddla T & David Rodigan as some of the hottest new reggae coming out of the UK right now.