Streaming Interview: Wednesday, March 27 @ 3:00 PM PST – Ben “Down” Lowe of HIGHEST INTENTION with his new album “UNIVERSAL LIGHT” on Blog Talk Radio with Simon Barrett



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HIGHEST INTENTION is a vintage Roots Reggae Revival band that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their sound is locally grounded and globally appealing, bringing to mind artists like Sublime, 311, and even Bob Marley. Their highly anticipated debut album UNIVERSAL LIGHT will release March 22, 2019 worldwide in stores and online. This stunning debut is a solid release that honors the tradition of Jamaican Roots music while also forging its own brand of progressive Reggae for the new millennium.


UNIVERSAL LIGHT features guest producer Ces-One (J-Boog) and guest musicians Raleigh Neal (Michael Franti), Paul Wolstencroft (Slightly Stoopid), Toho Saunders (President Brown), and many more. Lead singer Karim Israel (Arise Roots) features on the song “Morning Light,” and KBong (Stick Figure) laid down piano on a tune! Describing the first single and title track of the album, Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae says, “Blending traditional reggae sounds with jazzy elements, “Universal Light” is so much more than a song – it’s a social statement.” Additional singles “Sky” and “Fat One” will be releasing to radio ahead of the album’s release.


Formed in 2012 by guitar player and singer Ben “Down” Lowe, HIGHEST INTENTION has performed alongside countless Reggae greats and established themselves as a local favorite, conveying a message of love and unity with a clean and fundamentally modern Roots Reggae sound. HIGHEST INTENTION plays to wildly enthusiastic audiences in clubs, concert halls, and festivals up and down the West Coast, including the world-famous Mavericks Challenge surf competition, the Bay Area Vibez Festival, and has performed with artists including Damian Marley, Fishbone, and Native Elements, to name a few.


Ben Lowe has had many of his own songs broadcast nationally on ABC Television and on shows such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and has produced Reggae music for numerous TV networks including Bravo, ABC, and MTV. As a singer and guitar player, he credits the Stepping Razor, Peter Tosh, Culture, and Burning Spear as musical influences, and has backed some of Jamaica’s best-known artists – including Cornell Campbell and Andrew Tosh. Ben Lowe originally founded the hit underground Reggae band Free Energy while attending UC Santa Cruz, and during his tenure with the band he shared the stage with the likes of Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, the Marley Brothers, and Culture, to name just a few.


Highest Intention is on the rise with a loyal and steadily-growing fan base, elevating how people feel, spreading positivity, and bringing good vibes with their music. They will be touring their debut full-length album in 2019.


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Various Artists: IAC Artists Sampler 2018
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-03-26 04:33:53
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IAC Records (Independent Artists Collective) is a newly formed record label with the focus on musicians in central and northern California. The label was formed in early 2018 by engineer/producer Don Setaro and musician/producer Eric Westphal.

On this sampler there are a total of seven artists all with new music in 2018. For an example of what you will find here the first couple of tracks are taken from Dirk Hamilton’s album Live at the Palms. Hamilton has been around since the early ‘70s but for some reason never really caught on and that is a shame as these two tracks, “Heart Of Soul” and “Alias I” are nice acoustic led numbers influenced by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger and perhaps Bob Dylan. It’s quite folky with a bit of country and Hamilton’s voice has a pleasing earthy tone. On “Alias I” the supporting electric guitar is laid down with expert care. Next are two tracks taken from Eric Westphal’s Alice Street Sessions; “Footsteps” and “Stop And Smell The Roses”. The former is a catchy slice of Americana style rock with excellent guitar while the latter is a melodic mid-tempo number with hints of Steely Dan and includes sublime female backing vocals. On a different note, Nappa Valley Duo add a completely different flavour with just piano and cello. “Hotel” is a very slow moving and somber track followed by “See Me Feel Me/I Will Fight And Never Slack”, and yes, the first half is classic Who with the cello replacing the vocals quite effectively. The tempo shifts into higher gear with the jaunty “I Will Fight And Never Slack” before returning to the Who. Willie Hines is another artist that has that ‘California sound’ particularly with the catchy AOR track “Let’s Not Waste Time” followed by the equally melodic “On Fire”.

Although this is more mainstream than what I am used to I have to admit I had no problems listening to this easy flowing disc. For fans of radio friendly rock music in the singer/songwriter style.


Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

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Aussie-American acoustically driven rock ‘n’ roll quintet THE WALK-A-BOUT hail from the artistic East End of Long Island, New York. THE WALK-A-BOUT released their sophomore album ‘THINGS ARE LOOKING UP’, produced by Andrew Michael Bertrand and mastered by Roger Lian, in stores and online worldwide on June 15, 2018, and it’s also available on limited edition 180-Gram Red Splatter Vinyl exclusively on their website.

Since the album’s release, THE WALK-A-BOUT has achieved massive radio success, consistently landing in Top 20 charts alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Jeff Tweedy, Mumford & Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, Sharon Van Etten, and Jackie Greene. ‘THINGS ARE LOOKING UP’ is currently at #12 on Roots Music Radio’s Alternative Rock Chart. The singles ‘Consequences’ and ‘By My Side’ each broke the Top 10 RMR Alternative Rock Chart, and the single ‘That’s Just The Way It Goes’ reached #13. The video for that song had play on over 75 broadcast outlets throughout the summer and early fall of 2018.


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Universal Light by Highest Intention

Nice review for Independent Distribution Collective​ band Highest Intention​ on the new Universal Light album out 3/22/19. Check it out!

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Universal Light is the debut album by Highest Intention, a vintage Roots Reggae Revival band that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area to be released March 22, 2019.  This great album brings me back to the days of listening to such reggae greats as Bob Marley, Sublime and much more.  This stunning debut is a solid release that honors the tradition of Jamaican Roots music while also forging its own brand of progressive Reggae for the new millennium with such great tracks as Morning Light, Fat One, Sky, the title track Universal Light, and much more.  This great album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  If you can’t make a trip to Jamaica, grab a rum drink, put on this album, close your eyes and imagine being there.  You can pick up your copy of this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads…

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HIGHEST INTENTION “UNIVERSAL LIGHT” Single “SKY” Premiers on BBC 1xtra by David Rodigan

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Congratulations to Ben Lowe and HIGHEST INTENTION for the debut of their first single “SKY” from the album UNIVERSAL LIGHT on BBC 1xtra by David Rodigan!


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