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by The Players Band

Ska / Reggae / Rock
Genre: Rock: Ska
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1. Runnin' Away
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2. Smooth Sailing
4:31 $0.99
3. Diesel Girl
3:27 $0.99
4. Joe's Song
4:23 $0.99
5. Free Up
4:21 $0.99
6. Bootney Lee
3:15 $0.99
7. She's Got it Going On
5:49 $0.99
8. Wasted
4:19 $0.99
9. Push Comes to Shove
5:22 $0.99
10. Master Plan
4:06 $0.99
11. Sh**faced
4:11 $0.99
12. 5446 Was My Number
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13. Buttah
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Album Notes
The Players Band
Halftime (Self-released)
Can a reggae/ska band rock? On its third CD, The Players Band proves that it definitely can. An eight-piece, the group makes the most of a muscular horn section (featuring Nick Reider on trumpet, David Blackstone on trombone, and Michael Gorman on saxophone) that, like the Skatalites, punctuates its rock steady tunes with shots of bouncing, upbeat brass. Funky songs such as “Joe’s Song” show it can also cut deep grooves out of Joe Ross’s nimble bass playing, Andy Schneider’s drumming, and Dan Schneider’s chicken-scratch guitar. In fact, Halftime exhibits a near-encyclopedic knowledge of classic soul that mixes nicely with its rocking take on reggae and ska.

John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine. January 2006

--“Your band freakin’ rocks!” Joe Strummer.
--"A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, the Players can hit all the styles and are a must-see live!" - AP Magazine (Alternative Press).
--"The Players do the ska thing, and they do it well, with horn-heavy choruses and chicken-scratch guitar on exuberant tunes - Ain’t no hatin’ these Players.” - Baltimore Magazine.

Approaching their 500th show since their founding in 1999, The Players Band continues to deliver sweet Jamaican ska, rock, and reggae sounds to festival, club, and private audiences across the Mid-Atlantic. The band has opened for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s The Isley Brothers and Joe Strummer, Grammy Award Winners Toots & the Maytals and Rebirth Brass Band, as well as The B-52s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The English Beat, Matisyahu, Citizen Cope, Fishbone, The Skatalites and many others. The Players Band has headlined Baltimore’s Inner Harbor New Year’s Eve Spectacular, First Night Annapolis, and welcomed Olympian Michael Phelps headlining “Maryland's Olympic Tribute Celebration at Fort McHenry”. Venues played include 9:30 Club, Verizon Center, Pier 6, Knitting Factory, Trocadero Theatre, Chance Theater, Bottle & Cork, Rams Head Live!, 8x10, Ottobar, and many others. Music Monthly strongly recommends music listeners to, "Go out and check The Players Band live, for such bands like this do not come into being very often and what they can do with music is phenomenal." The Baltimore Sun, described The Players Band as, "pioneers of an innovative style, focused on fanning the soul flame that ignited ska.” AP Magazine describe The Players Band as, "A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, The Players Band can hit all the styles and are a must-see live."



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john Eddowes

cool upbeat and classy when i play this cd its like welcoming home an old friend