New album HUSTLING CULTURE out now on Easy Star Records!
The Expanders have come to be known for their vintage style of reggae, played in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like The Ethiopians, Culture, and The Mighty Diamonds. Their music emphasizes three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting. In addition to performing their own original material and rare Jamaican scorchers, since 2006 The Expanders have been the chosen backing band for legendary Jamaican singers when they come to California to perform. The group has backed classic artists Alton Ellis, The Maytones, The Ethiopians, The Wailing Souls, and many more. For two years in a row they were featured at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Mendocino County where their performances were praised by The Beat magazine as having recreated “the old classic Kingston rocksteady sound to a T.” They have been frequent guests on SoCal radio shows such as Reggae Central with Chuck Foster (KPFK 90.7 fm) and The Reggae Show with Junor Francis (KXLU 88.9 fm).