The Royal Hammer is a six-piece roots reggae group from Portland, Maine. Heavily influenced by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Roots Radics, Royal Hammer takes pride in the authenticity of their sound. Mike Taylor (The Awesome) is backed-up by a heavy rhythm section including Gary Gemetti (Grupo Esperanza, Fogcutters Big Band) on drums, Mike Effenberger (Grupo Esperanza) on keys, and bass player Stu Mahan (Zach Jones band, The Awesome), and with Ryan Zoidis (Rustic Overtones, Soulive) on sax and Dave Noyes (Rustic Overtones, The Plains) on trombone, Royal Hammer’s grooves are deep and infectious. The Royal Hammer has shared the stage with reggae legends Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Barrington Levy and has backed up international reggae artist Marty Dread and are currently working on their debut album.


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