On the back of being announced as one of 50 acts to have an album on the 2013 edition of The Grammys' provisional list for Best Reggae Album, Toots Hibbert is getting rave reviews for a 20-city United States tour.
The tour is in support of the Unplugged on Strawberry Hill/Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots & the Maytals documentary release. The artiste and a four-piece version of Toots & The Maytals has been performing his hits acoustically for the first time ever, and it has been going well.
Toots, the famed lead singer of The Maytals, is accompanied by his son Hopeton on bass, Maytals' drummer Paul Douglas on percussion, with Chantelle Ernandez and Elenore Walters on backing vocals.
Two shows cancelled
The tour was forced to cancel two shows at the beginning of the run due to Hurricane Sandy, but is back on track with unforgettably intimate sold-out performances on the east coast, which included a stop in New York before heading west.
The three-week tour was scheduled to make stops in Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, with several shows in California, before ending on November 21 in San Juan Capistrano.
The 90-plus-minute acoustic set includes stories from Toots about the classics being performed and exchanges of true love between the artiste and his fans.
Handclapping, foot stomping fans dance and sing along with the artiste who put the soul in reggae on classic hits such as Sweet and Dandy, Pressure Drop, Do the Reggae, Country Roads, Louie Louie, 54-46, Monkey Man, Celia and Dreams to Remember.
The Unplugged on Strawberry Hill/Reggae Got Soul CD/DVD combo pack includes a star-studded documentary on Toots & The Maytals and an acoustic set recorded on Strawberry Hill during the making of the documentary. Available on iTunes and other leading online stores, the release has been getting a buzz.