Aston “Family Man” Barrett probably has deeper reggae roots than any other living musician. “Fams,” as he’s known to those in his inner circle, and his younger brother, drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, began their professional careers as the studio rhythm section dubbed Lee Perry’s The Upsetters. In the early 1970s the brothers joined Bob Marley and The Wailers and accompanied Marley on nearly every recording for the rest of his life. Besides playing bass, Family Man led the Wailers Band and helped Marley arrange songs.
But that’s just the best-known part of Barrett’s story. Continue reading