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Horace Andy: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Bob Boilen | November 18, 2022
Today, right here, we get to peek into the decked-out living room of producer Adrian Sherwood's home and watch masters of reggae playfully chill. We hear Horace Andy's gruff tenor tell stories with 55 years of experience, rasp and wear.

"You've got to live, live, live for today, for tomorrow might never come your way," he pleads as he sings "Today Is Right Here," a track on his 2022 album Midnight Rocker. And then the lines I love best, "My mama told me when I was a child, said all the best things take a little while. But mama was wrong, wrong, wrong, the best things in life come and they go in the blink of an eye." All the while, a single snare drum and hi-hat keep the beat, and the band of bass, guitar, keyboard, sax, trumpet and cello warmly support the emotions pouring from Horace Andy.

Sitting on the right side of the screen is Adrian Sherwood, the hugely influential dub producer, banging out stuttered rhythms and textures. Adrian Sherwood produced Midnight Rocker, and six months later its younger, dubbed-out sibling, Midnight Scorchers. Seeing all these pioneers pouring out these chill vibes for this Tiny Desk (home) concert is a total thrill.

"Today Is Right Here"
"Safe From Harm"
"This Must Be Hell"

Horace Andy: vocals
Adrian Sherwood: live FX
Charlie "Eskimo" Fox: drums
Crucial Tony: guitar
Doug Wimbish: bass
Cyrus Richards: keyboards
Ivan ''Celloman'' Hussey: cello
Dave Fullwood: trumpet
Richard Doswell: saxophone
Skip McDonald: guitar

Video: Joshua Thompson, Dave Meyer
Audio: Matthew Smyth

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Editor: Sofia Seidel
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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