Wackies recording artist Milton Henry made his solo debut in 1985 with the soulful ‘Who Do You Think I Am,’ produced by Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes. Any Wackies devoteé will tell you it is by far one of the best albums to come from the NYC Wackies crew.
Henry is now back with a new album on the Iroko label titled ‘Branches and Leaves Showcase,’ which is produced by reigning reggae roots producer extraordinaire Roberto Sanchez and engineered by Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes. I am currently writing a review of the album which will feature an interview with Sanchez, and maybe a few words from Milton himself. I can tell you this though: it is the best reggae album I’ve heard in at least 5 years. Trust me on this…
Who can forget this gem from his Wackies solo debut?[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115010366″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
5 things you did not know about Milton Henry:
1. The very first song he ever recorded was recorded for a young, fresh-faced producer named Joe Gibbs, who was also making his session debut.
2. The result of that very first recording session was “Hope Some Day,” a song Henry recorded along with Prince Allah under the name The Leaders.
3. Henry replaced the legendary Max Romeo in a vocal trio named The Emotions. The other two members? Lloyd and Robbie Shakespeare.
4. While still with The Emotions, Henry recorded several successful singles for Lee “Scratch” Perry using the name ‘King Medius.’[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/96865875″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
5. Henry is not only an accomplished singer, but also a successful businessman who co-founded the Freedom Sounds label in Jamaica. In fact, his first association with Bullwackie in NYC was as a business associate and record store manager.
Here is a vocal and dub from his new album, which you should PURCHASE NOW before they run out.
“HOLD MY HANDS”