New Kingston’s journey formally began in 2006, when three brothers – Tahir (keys/vocals), Courtney Jr. (drums/vocals), and Stephen – debuted as a band, following years of learning to play music together in their family basement. This band of brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., dubbed themselves New Kingston, to appropriately reflect the combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in New York City. The fusion of these two identities, both their cultural roots and their current home, guides their musical and stylistic direction.
A Kingston Story: Come From Far takes the theme of the first single and stretches the concept across an entire record, and the result is the band’s most personal work to date. Since forming, New Kingston have proven to be road warriors as well, playing over 100 dates per year, gaining a reputation for killer live performances. The new record is the band’s first to truly capture some of the stage energy in the studio, which makes the band excited to bring the songs out on to the road. Their upcoming tour dates include two of Europe’s biggest reggae festivals, separate tours in the U.K. with The Skints and with Collie Buddz, as well as co-headlining shows in the U.S. with The Movement.