In country music, Hank Williams Jr. had to do it.
In folk music, Arlo Guthrie had to do it.
In rock ‘n’ roll music, Julian Lennon tried to do it.
And in reggae music, Ziggy Marley is doing it.
All of the above-mentioned musicians have one thing in common: following in the footsteps of their famous fathers, each had to try to make a name for themselves with their own music — with varying degrees of success.
No one could really expect them to reach the level of success of their deceased dads. Hank Sr., Woody Guthrie, John Lennon and Bob Marley each attained the highest level in their respective musical genres, earning legendary status.
It can’t be easy following in those kinds of king-sized foot-steps. But Ziggy Marley is doing an admirable job of living up to the Marley name.
Of course, he’s had some help. For two decades, Ziggy served as the front-man for the Melody Makers, a band made up predominately of his siblings. But now, Ziggy Marley is on tour as a solo act, in anticipation of the first recording to bear his name alone. The album, “Dragonfly,” is due for release in October.
Marley performed Sunday at the Journal Pavilion as part of the Jeep World Outside Fest, still backed up by several family members. The studio work, however, will feature Flea and John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chris Kilmore and Michael Einzinger from Incubus.
The oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, the 33-year-old looks and sounds very much like his legendary father, especially during the few Bob Marley covers he performed on Sunday.
Ziggy can’t help but acknowledge his roots and carry on the message for race and religious harmony his father pioneered through reggae music. With a Rastafarian flag serving as a backdrop, Marley and his band beat their way through a 50-minute set of music that concluded with the title track from his upcoming album.
He looks like his father, and he sounds like his father. But, now on his own as a solo artist, Ziggy Marley did his best to convey music that shares the same themes that are the spirit of reggae music. And he did it in a way that was distinctly his own.