2017 marks the 8th year since Yamadeo first emerged onto the music scene, finding their sound and sharpening their skills, in the small college town of Valdosta, GA. What began as a fun way to score ladies and free booze, soon evolved into one of the most well-known and exciting touring acts to see in all of the Southeastern United States, grinding out over 150+ shows per year. With a momentum that has constantly grown since the bands inception, Yamadeo never fails to deliver. Their most recent release “Follow the Sun” (2016) peaked at #4 on the worldwide iTunes Reggae Albums Chart, followed by an emphatically received video release for the album’s first feel-good single “Cigarillos”. The band has been provided the opportunity to share the stage, at several sold out shows, with some of the biggest names in music (The Wailers, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, etc.), while also headlining their own successful tours. They have has seen an explosion of bookings all over the Southeast, and beyond, and have grown into a favorite at many of the region’s premier music festivals, venues, beach bars, and frat houses. Yamadeo is currently booking festivals and venues across the country, and continues to extend their reach to a wider audience. With the passion and drive that Yamadeo possesses, they will soon reach their goal of transitioning from a local bar band, to a superior regional act, to eventual national superstars.
Here’s how it all began…
While attending Valdosta State University (2009), in the deep south of Georgia, brothers Ben and Brannen Goldman were looking to evolve their acoustic act into a full band. The initial goal was to become good enough to play at the “cool” bars that were occupied by the southern rock/jam band staples of Valdosta’s humble, yet talented music scene. While the first several months of house parties and small gigs may have been raw and unpolished, the brothers’ knack for reggae, ska, and hip hop remixes always seemed to have a different impact on the crowds than the Southern flavor of the bands they were used to seeing. The brothers soon realized they were on to something with great potential and decided to take the band in a more professional direction.
At this point in 2010, the brothers had met VSU Jazz Ensemble member Tk Edmondson in a music business class and asked him to come over for a jam session. After declining a few times, he reluctantly agreed. In need of a replacement drummer, Ben gave Bobby Boyd a call, with whom he had played with in a previous band. Bobby agreed to “fill in” for a few shows, but had no intention of joining the band full-time. After the four were all finally in the same room, the chemistry was undeniable and the band’s line-up was set. Within months they were already in the studio to record their first release “People Get Crazy EP”, which has sold over 1000 copies to date. The band also gave away another 1000 copies at 311’s Pow Wow Festival that year. By this time, the local buzz was buzzing and Yamadeo was a common fixture in the local music scene they had sought to be a part of, however, they couldn’t deny the desire for more.
Upon graduating college in 2011, the band decided to relocate to Tallahassee, FL. The move was based mainly on the proximity to their native areas and the improved music scene, venues, and major universities that the town had to offer. The band spent much of that year getting used to the transition while also venturing into new markets; gaining knowledge on the robust reggae/rock scene that Florida had to offer. By late 2012, the band was back working with engineer Lee Dyess (Mayday Parade, From First to Last) at Earthsound Studios to record their first full-length album “Doin’ It”. The album was an instant success for the band and yielded many fan favorites such as ‘My Life’, ‘Legalize the Herb’, ‘Party Song’, ‘Sticky Situation’, and ‘People Get Crazy’. The band describes this as the most exciting time of their young careers, up to that point, as many doors were opened with the regional success of “Doin’ It”. Soon, songs from the album were getting commercial placements and college/regional/nation radio airplay and the band was starting to work with an array of booking agents. The band was asked to be direct support for the Dirty Heads to a sold out Tallahassee crowd of more than 1500 people and with the exceptional response has gone on to support major acts across the Southeast. (The Wailers, Dirty Heads, Iration, Stick Figure, The Expendables, Afroman, Gorilla Zoe, Pato Banton, The Green, Passafire, Ballyhoo!, The Toasters, Badfish, The Supervillains, Cas Haley, Rehab, the Movement, Natural Vibrations, Pacific Dub, Hirie, and many more.)
The band’s third release “After-Party EP” was recorded in Orlando, FL, in mid-2014, by Brett Hessla (Creed) at BHP Studios. The three-song EP yielded “Young Forever”, which was the band’s first song to chart on the iTunes Top Reggae Songs chart. Even bigger opportunities began to present themselves as Yamadeo was asked to Co-headline Vanderfest 2014 (Full Devil Jacket, Surrender the Fall) and also performed at Blackwater Music Festival with many of the genre’s heavyweights. (Slightly Stoopid, Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley) In late 2014, the band played their 300th show to a packed house at Bullwinkle’s in Tallahassee, FL
By 2015, the band had begun writing and recording what would become their sophomore album “Follow The Sun” all while constantly touring the East coast, playing across several states and 30+ new markets. 2015 saw the band’s largest leap in notoriety as they became a common fixture in the East coast reggae/rock scene. A few big highlights to the year was playing Connection Fest in Jacksonville, Fl with major influences 311 and Matisyahu, being joined onstage for a song at Chili Vibrations Fest in Panama City Beach, FL by billboard chart-topping Rebelution’s front man Eric Rachmany, and also playing another sold out Tallahassee show as direct support for legendary reggae pioneer Bob Marley’s band The Wailers.
Havana Reggae Fest - (Havana FL.) 2017
Spring Break Unity Fest - (Jacksonville, FL.) 2017
Pass the Good 5 - (Ponce de Leon, FL) 2016
Irie Vibes Music Festival - (Longcreek, SC) 2016
420 Twelve Fest - (Tallahassee, FL.) 2016
JBG Rockfest – (St. George Island, FL) 2016
Chili Vibrations – (Panama City Beach, FL) 2015
Pass the good 4 – (Pensacola, FL) 2015
Connection Fest – (Jacksonville, FL) 2015
America loves bacon fest – (Tampa, FL) 2015
Gov-fest – (Lakeland, FL) 2015
Blackwater Music Festival – (Live Oak, FL) 2014
Unitus Music and Arts Festival – (Lafayette, GA) 2014
Vanderfest – (Thomasville, GA) 2014
Irie Vibes Music Festival – (Chattanooga, TN) 2013
Wakulla Music Festival – (Wakulla, FL) 2013
St. Patrick’s day Music Festival – (Tallahassee, FL) 2013
Skye Fest – (Cairo, GA) 2012
Briar Patch Music Festival – (Damascus, GA) 2011
Clean Water, Good Vibes Music Festival – (Panama City Beach, FL) 2010
Ben Goldman – Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Brannen Goldman – Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Bobby Boyd – Drums
TK Edmondson – Saxophone, Keys