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Third World's Stephen "Cat" Coore - Part Two - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence - January 2022

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Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence concludes two days with reggae legends Third World, and their founder, guitarist and cellist, Stephen “Cat” Coore. Cat was our guest many times on the show, including playing his cello for us in our HPR Atherton Performing Arts Studio in 2018 during a candid storytelling session, and appearing previously on Off The Road. He and the band have been our guests since 2011, including the late, great Bunny Rugs Clarke.

We’re blessed as Cat brought along Third World keyboardist Norris “Noriega” Webb to help out on some exclusive musical performances.

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Third World's Stephen "Cat" Coore and Norris "Noriega" Webb at Driftwood Boat Bar, Sunset Beach, St Marteen, West Indies

We caught up with them as they rehearsed in Florida.

In part one of our feature, Cat shared what he’s been up to since last on with us in the fall of 2020, telling us about recent concerts they’ve been doing, going back on the road, and hangs with fellow reggae legends, and former bandmates Inner Circle, as well as doing a special performance for Bankie Banx, all so far as Third World have returned to working during the pandemic. He also explained his long connection to our recent guest, reggae icons Black Uhuru and their founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Finally, he explained how he and Norris have a special gig in the Caribbean and the two of them shared an exclusive musical performance, a taste of a song they plan to play there. We’re the first to hear them play a jazz instrumental version of the classic “Satta Massagana”!

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Cat and Norris perform for us!

Today, Cat shares remembrances and stories about two recent losses in the reggae world: Bunny Wailer and Lee “Scratch” Perry. He explains how his days in Inner Circle brought him into close proximity with The Wailers. His story of having Lee "Scratch" Perry serve the band cheese and crackers on stage in Italy is a fun one for sure! Last, but not least, Cat and Norris also offer another exclusive musical performance of a huge reggae anthem! We’ll also post the complete interview.

MORE:

Hear the complete new interview:

Hear the complete 2020 interview for Off the Road:

Watch Cat in the studio at HPR in 2018:

Hear a 2018 phone interview featuring Cat and Dave.

See Dave with the late, great Bunny Rugs Clarke in 2012 - part one:

See Dave with the late, great Bunny Rugs Clarke in 2012 - part two:

Hear Dave's first interview with Cat in this 2011 phone interview.

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Dave with AJ and Cat of Third World at HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio, August 2018

AJ shows off his incredible opera skills at the Blue Note Hawaii, 2018:

Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the recent artists we’ve welcomed include Deep Purple’s Don Airey, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, Pat Metheny, Black Uhuru’s Derrick “Duckie Simpson”, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, George Benson, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joe Satriani, The Doors’ John Densmore, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down's Serj Tankian.

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Dave Lawrence has been on the radio since 1990.
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