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The Wailers at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center show preview

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The Wailers, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., csfineartscenter.org
  • The Wailers, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., csfineartscenter.org
Aston “Family Man” Barrett earned his nickname the hard way. The legendary Wailers co-founder has, by his count, fathered 52 children, and would have earned enough money to leave a few million to each of them if he’d won a 2006 royalties lawsuit. But bassists, it seems, get little respect — even those who pioneered a genre in which their instrument remains the most prominent — which means Barrett’s loss is reggae fans’ gain. His touring Wailers band obviously doesn’t include the original vocal trio: Bob Marley and Peter Tosh left us long ago for that great pot plantation in the sky, while Bunny Wailer, now 70, was never particularly fond of touring Babylon America in the first place. Nevertheless, Barrett’s current outfit has an impeccable pedigree that includes long-time Wailers guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey. Oddly enough, the Black Sheep will later this month be hosting a different reggae act that’s calling itself The Original Wailers, even though it appears none of the original Wailers are actually in that band. All of which means this Fine Arts Center show may well be the closest contemporary audiences will likely get to hearing Bob Marley & The Wailers’ music the way it was meant to be played. 

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