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SOJA, Paul Cauthen headed to GLA in October

Reggae band SOJA will take the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater stage in October. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — Two more shows have been announced for Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this fall.

SOJA, two-time Grammy Award-nominated reggae band from Virginia, will take the stage Oct. 15 and Texas Americana rocker Paul Cauthen is slated to perform Oct. 21.

For more than two decades, SOJA — standing for Soldiers of Jah Army — has performed globally with their “fresh yet timeless” take on roots reggae. Its first new album in four years, “On Beauty in the Silence,” collaborates with artists from across the reggae world, including UB40, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, and Rebelution.

Jacob Hemphill (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Lee (bass, vocals), Ryan Berty (drums), Kenny Bongos (percussion), Patrick O’Shea (keyboard), Hellman Escorcia (saxophone), Rafael Rodriguez (trumpet), and Trevor Young (lead guitar, vocals) comprise the Arlington, Virginia-based band formed in 1997.

“My hero’s always been Bob Marley, and that’s mainly because he had this way of letting people find their purpose in the music,” says Hemphill. “It didn’t matter if you were white or Black or a girl or a boy or rich or poor, you felt like he was talking directly to you. So that’s what we were trying to do with this record: make it as real as possible and tell the whole story of our experience, not just the shiny parts.”

The band’s 2014 “Amid the Noise and Haste” was nominated for Best Reggae album.

SOJA will perform Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m., with special guests Hirie and Mihali. Tickets are on sale now.

Born in Dallas, Paul Cauthen got his indie folk start as a rock duo called Sons of Fathers before turning solo. He’s released three individual albums and an EP, the most recent being “Country Coming Down” in April 2022.

Cauthen comes from generations of musical talent, taught to sing harmonies by his grandfather and raised in a church where his dad sang a cappella.

“My Gospel,” Cauthen’s first solo record released in 2016, was listed as number 23 of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 40 country records of the year.

Nicknamed Big Velvet for his distinctive baritone voice, Cauthen often plays with and has collaborated with Cody Jinks, Orville Peck, Margo Price and others.

Tickets go on sale for the Oct. 21 7 p.m. show on July 28 at 10 a.m.

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