The Wailers and Rusted Root jam at the Social at Revel in Atlantic City on May 24th, 2014
The first major rock artist to come out of a Third World country, Bob Marley did more than anyone else to popularize reggae around the globe. He was a gifted songwriter who could mix protest music and pop as skillfully as Bob Dylan, and his songs of determination, rebellion, and faith became important parts of the rock and pop canon. Thirty years after Marley's death, hits like "No Woman No Cry" and "Is This Love" sound as vibrant as ever. In the U.S., only "Roots, Rock, Reggae" made the pop chart, while "Could You Be Loved" placed on the soul charts, but the group attracted a larger audience when Rastaman Vibration went to #8 pop and Exodus hit #20.
In Jamaica the Wailers reached unprecedented levels of popularity and influence, and Marley's pronouncements on public issues were accorded the attention usually reserved for political or religious leaders. Today the Wailers continue to tour and spread the same messages of love and peace that they have since the inception of the group while writing new material and simultaneously paying tribute to one of music's greatest legends, Bob Marley.