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On 2nd September, 2013, UB40 released their new album
‘Getting Over The Storm’, the reggae stars’ 20th studio album, and their first
since 2010’s ‘Labour of Love IV’.
Like many of UB40’s previous albums, the group’s original
material is complimented by a smattering of cover versions and interpretations.
Interestingly, amongst the five original UB40 songs, the covers recorded for
‘Getting Over The Storm’ were originally written and/or recorded by country
Knowing that country music is loved by Caribbean audiences,
UB40’s sax player Brian Travers said, “We’ve all spent a lot of time in
Jamaica, and country music is very much part of the fabric. It’s an honest
music, just like reggae. The two genres really sit together well.”
“In the Caribbean, there are very few
households that do not own a Jim Reeves album. I certainly had them in my
house, as did all my West Indian friends when I was growing-up. When you’d go
their houses you’d always see Jim Reeves staring back at you from the Blue Spot
Gramophone! Country music and Jamaica are so finely entwined.”