While you’re groovin’ to the tunes, there’s far more than the rhythm in the message of most Reggae based music. Gueren White (Gman) says, “People are just one facet in an intricate web of life and we depend on this web of life for survival.” This understanding is what drives Woven Roots and the core of their purpose in their music. We are entertained; we are entranced; we are moved by the vibrations of the music but at an even deeper level the impact of the songs’ meaning is what often drives our love for most types of Reggae.
Woven Roots will perform at the 2014 One Love One Heart Reggae Festival that takes place in Sacramento, California on Aug. 29-31. Their body of work will bring a new aspect to the annual festival in its sixth year. Rastafarian philosophy has been referenced in the lyrics and Jah, Weed, the Word have been heard in some of the vocals soaring over the river’s edge to enchant the attendees who are growing in number each year. However, Woven Roots has a slightly different slant in their approach than many of those on the billing. Different doesn’t mean not as good nor better nor conflicting. It means they are unique in their spirit and uniqueness is what makes a festival special when dozens of performing artists will be appearing hour after hour for a two or three day period.
Harmonizing roots reggae and dub styles, the band speaks to the human heart to recognize their dependence on the Earth’s resources that can not forever endure the abuse of “exploitative and destructive technologies of advanced industrial economies.” The Humboldt County roots of the band run deep in their appreciation of all forms of life so that an abundance of their songs focus on “respect and reciprocity for the natural systems on Earth.” Woven Roots says that perhaps “the best way to respect and love your fellow human beings is to preach love and respect for all life and for all things.” This ideology is best summed up in the title track off their latest album "Respect All Things."
Woven Roots music is about communicating positive “change to achieve environmentally sound methods for providing our basic human needs of food, energy, and shelter.” That is a mouth full but the message fuels their desire to create music that reaches out to the listener. Their work draws the ear, the body, the heart and soul to hear what will encourage respect for life. When listeners share in the true vibe, they can’t help but feel good about the Earth and appreciating your home is what makes you care for it, nurture it, and protect it.