When asked how things are going on his tour, Mystic Bowie doesn't give the usual, "Good." He takes a deep breath and says in his soft spoken Jamaican accent, "I love life. What can I say? I'm the luckiest man alive."

The reggae/rock artist has been touring since the age of 13 when the Jamaican Tourist Board sent him abroad to represent Jamaican music. He says he turned 50 in February, and there's no end in sight for the energetic performer.

"Most people pay a lot of money to travel the world," he says. "I get paid to travel the world and entertain people. And I love it."

His touring schedule keeps him so busy, he can't exactly recall if he's performed in Savannah before, but he says he knows he's been through the city and he's ready to come back.

Mystic Bowie will perform with this band Talking Dreads on July 28 Barrelhouse South. The show is free and kicks off at 9 p.m. with Masseuse.

Talking Dreads will also perform the next night, July 29, in Hilton Head at Poseidon's Rooftop Bar.

And if the name Talking Dreads brings to mind the band Talking Heads then you're right on track. Bowie performed with the '80s new wave band Tom Tom Club for 25 years. Tom Tom Club is a band founded in 1981 by husband and wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, former members of the band Talking Heads. And Bowie says, like most fans of Talking Heads, he's always been in awe of their music.

"David Byrne (founding member of Talking Heads) is a musical genius. I put him and Bob Marley as the two top poets in my book," Bowie says.

And he adds that being a member of Tom Tom Club and being able to have that close connection to members of Talking Heads was life changing.

"I had been in Tom Tom Club singing for many years - most of my adult life," Bowie explains. "I had seen a lot of offers on the table for Talking Heads to get back together. When I realize it's not going to happen, I decided for my passion for the lyrics and the story and poetry of David Byrne and the music from Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison, to continue the music. I refused to let that music die or go to sleep. That's my passion."

He says he sat on the idea to create a reggae version of Talking Heads before letting anyone know. Then one day, he mentioned the idea to Chris and Tina and asked for their thoughts on the idea.

"They said, my god, Mystic, that's a great idea, and you should do it," he says. "All the members of Talking Heads encouraged me to do it. When I was recording in Jamaica, I would send some music back to them to get feedback.

"I'm really blessed. The original members of this amazing band have given me their blessing to make this music."

As for his first audience? "They absolutely loved it."

He says his first performance with Talking Dreads was on the beach in Jamaica for a music festival.

"⦠They were head over heels. It was amazing to be in that big of crowd, 3,000 and hear the response."

IF YOU GO

What: Talking Dreads

When: 9 p.m. July 28

Where: Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St.

Cost: Free

Info: talkingdreads.com