Be Thankful

by The Blackstones

Be Thankful 04:13
Deliver Me 02:54


The Blackstones were formed by Leon Leiffer in 1974. Since the initial group formation, there have been several line up changes, currently the group consists of: Leon Leiffer, Tony Mahoney, Jr. Bailey, and they have recently been joined by A.J. Franklin (Chosen Few, Federals).

On tours they have supported Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Rufus Thomas, Dennis Brown, Owen Grey, Heptones and many more Soul / Reggae greats. In 2013 the Blackstones were voted the No 1 vocal group in the Reggae section of the BBC Radio London awards. Also, their 'Mellow Mood' album recorded for Stingray in 2018, was a main contender for the Reggae Grammy Awards for that year.

Over the years they have worked with many notable Jamaican producers, Count Shelly, Fatman, Phill Pratt, Lloyd Charmers, Lindel Lewis, Tony “Ruff Cut” Phillips, Winston Curtis, Jah Larry, Tony Owens, and the late great Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the legendary, Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, at Studio One in JA.

This release features two sides of their consistent repertoire. A contemporary Reggae re-work of William DeVaughn’s US 70’s Soul Classic, “Be Thankful” and also a re-work of the Yabby You 70’s Roots Reggae track “Deliver Me”. The vocal tracks are replete with Instrumental Versions from Alvin Davis (Hornz) / Steven “Marley” Wright (Guitar) and Dub Versions from Alien Dread. Also, many thanks to Asha B for his percussive input.

A limited edition CD is also out there in the wilds, check your vendor for stock availability!


released March 26, 2021

Production: Alien Dread
Co-producer: Top Beat
Vocals: The Blackstones
Horns: Alvin Davis
Percussion: Asha B
Guitar: Steve "Marley" Wright

Online promotion: Gadd59 Music
Artwork & composition: Cold Clarity Imaging


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Alien Dread Crediton, UK

AD Studio (UK) produces Roots Reggae and Dub music. The studio was established in 1999 and overtime has worked with a variety of artists, including: Martin Campbell, Kendrick Andy, Derrick Morgan, DannyG, Alvin Davis, Asha B, Raphie Arenas, Monkey Jhayam, Frank Luz, Shelly Lightnin & others. ... more

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