Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? For all its strengths as an international city, Houston has been suffering through a real dearth of quality homegrown roots-reggae acts for years. And one of its very few talented female artists in the genre hardly ever plays out around town.
Photos courtesy of Tony Noons
That would be Kyra Noons, also known as Neutral Sister. About a decade ago, Kyra and her baby sister Bianca were known as the Neutral Sisters, and were tapped by some to cross over into the pop marketplace. Eighteen months apart in age, they were featured in an August 2003 Houston Press cover story, around the time their album Live N Direct was released.
Aiding the Sisters on the album (produced by John "Pops" Dowling) were Sly N Robbie, the famed Jamaican bass-and-drums duo who have backed artists from Beenie Man and Grace Jones to No Doubt, Michael Franti and Sting. Live N Direct is still available on iTunes, and well worth seeking out; both the sisters' strong vocal interplay and the rubbery grooves hold up exceptionally well.More »