Review – Tasman Jude

By: Kiah Kaltiainen

Album: Green
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Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genre: Reggae

Reggae group Tasman Jude from Grande Prairie, Alberta, are all set to release their debut full length album “Green” today, which is the first album out of a series of 3 that the band plans on releasing. “Green” will showcase the rootsy, earthy side of reggae, while the 2nd album “Gold” will have more of an island pop vibe, and the 3rd album “Red” will encompass more ska/aggressive. Together, these albums are meant to encompass the diversity of reggae music, going back to the very roots of this genre which teaches of God, peace, love, joy, truth, freedom, justice, unity, and serenity. With Al Peterson (guitar), Caleb Hart (vocals), Adam Paananen (djembe drums), and Derek Wilder (bass) making up the band, you’re in for a wonderful journey.

The first track off of “Green” is appropriately titled “Intro.” Although it isn’t particularly long (2:12), this instrumental song does a great job at getting you excited about the rest of the album and everything you’re about to hear. The beginning of the second song, “Green (Zion)” makes you feel like you’re in a rainforest at first, then Caleb’s vocals take over along with the music and you can’t help but get lost in it all.

“Follow your heart, let your spirit free. Anything is possibly if you believe. You can be who you want to be, so work hard, work hard.” These are the opening lyrics to track number six “Follow Your Dreams”, which quickly became a favourite of mine. Uplifting and encouraging, these lyrics will quickly have you feeling inspired as though there’s nothing you can’t do in this world. And really, it’s so true! So play this song when you’re feeling down to help give you a boost, and get out there and make your dreams a reality.

“All We Need (One Love)” is the last song off of “Green.” For me this song really reminded me of some of Bob Marley’s stuff, which I loved. A great reminder that we all need love and should express that emotion more, this song is a wonderful choice as a closer to bring the 9 song album to an end.

If you’re interested in checking out Tasman Jude live, check out their upcoming tour dates below.

October 7 – Kenora, ON – Bijou
October 10 – Toronto, ON – 3030 Club
October 16 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Lop Lop’s
October 17 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
October 18 – Winnipeg, MB – TBA
October 24 – Lloydminster, SK – The Root
October 25 – Edmonton, AB – Studio Music Foundation
October 29 – Breton, AB – Breton Faith Covenant
October 30 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood
October 31 – Vernon, BC – The Paddle Wheel
November 1 – Saanich, BC – Mcrea’s Bistro
November 2 – Qualicum Beach, BC – CFC Church
November 4 – Victoria, BC – Copper Owl
November 6 – Duncan, BC – The New Duncan Showroom
November 8 – Revelstoke, AB – The Last Drop
November 12 – Lethbridge, AB – The Acoustic Owl
November 13 – Jasper, AB – De’d Dog
November 14 – Red Deer, AB – Fratter’s
November 15 – Olds, AB – Traxx

Rating: 4/5

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