Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos' sophomore effort Rockstone is more than
just a love letter to the roots of Jamaican music. It's an actual love
letter. Tom McDowall aka Jr. Thomas explains, "I could write a musical
love letter to all things I loved: my wife, my family, my friends, my band
mates. I could write a song to tell me to Chin Up when times got
tough. I could give gratitude to the Jamaican artists that paved the
way for the beautiful music we now call reggae. I could write a song
about what it's like to lose someone important to you. Or write a song
to invigorate me spiritually. Music is healing and that's the best
therapy there is for me."
Rockstone isn't just another throwback record to an era gone by. It's a
record that takes risks within the genre, but more importantly it's a
genuinely honest record.
"I called the album Rockstone because true love cannot be defeated. It
lives forever. We write tributes on our tombstones because they live on
beyond our lives as a remembrance of something special and
important to us."