Misty in Roots brought the music of Africa to the UK - with a little help from John Peel, of course. The band was formed by three brothers, Delbert, Wolford and Duxie Tyson, as a backing band for the Jamaican-born vocalist Nicky Thomas. After Duxie's tragic death in a swimming accident, the band left Nicky Thomas in 1978 and released a debut album, 'Live at the Counter Eurovision'. The band spent time in Zambia and West Africa and their music became increasingly African, rather than Jamaican, in its influence. Throughout it all John Peel supported the band, giving them heavy airplay on his show. On their website Misty in Roots paid homage to Peel, celebrating '25 years of memories and support. Throughout the Misty in Roots story, John Peel was our champion. To him and his family, we give thanks, praises, and ONE BIG LOVE.'