Having a loyal nationwide fan base, and repeatedly voted Denver's best ska/reggae act, Judge Roughneck has gained both commercial success and critical acclaim. Due to the band's widespread appeal, they have been asked to perform once again at this year's Reggae on the Rocks Festival at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater.
JR routinely draws hundreds of fans to its shows across Colorado, including back-to-back-to-back sellout shows at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, capacity 500. The band has also been played on numerous Denver area commercial radio stations including KBCO, KTCL, KBPI and Alice 106.
Judge Roughneck's unique brand of pop-reggae pays tribute to both the early '80's British 2-Tone movement and the original jazzlaced ska of Jamaica, while infusing a generous dose of soul and R&B. The result is a unique, high-energy dance sound that entertains a wide audience.
Due to the band's appealing sound and professionalism, Judge Roughneck has been asked to perform with such international greats as UB40, Burning Spear, General Public, The Skatalites, The Specials, The Wailers, and Fishbone, and has aired on over 200 radio stations nationwide. Judge Roughneck also landed a promotional deal with Corona Beer, which is aired the song "Hot!" on U.S. radio from 1999-2001.
In 2001, Judge Roughneck was one of four bands to reach the finals of the Ernie Ball/Warped Tour Battle of the Bands. Over 4000 band from North America entered the contest, which flew the regional winners to Dallas, TX to compete in the semi-finals, and then to Los Angeles, where the finals were held at the downtown Bonaventure Hotel during the NAMM Convention.
The band features an all-star line-up of Denver musicians including Byron Shaw on lead vocals, bongos and melodica, Brian Handlos on bass, Chris Reidy on guitar, Zach Pietlock on drums, Jon Hegel on saxophone and Rolf Reitzig on trumpet.
On March 9, 2002, Judge Roughneck released its 3rd release, titled, "True". The 13 track CD guides the listener on a musical journey through dub-reggae, old-school 60's ska, 2-Tone-influenced pop-reggae and hip-hop. The CD was produced by Kyle Jones and Chris Reidy and was mastered by Grammy Award Winning engineer, David Glasser at Airshow mastering in Boulder, CO.