Grande Prairie, Alberta may not be the first place you expect to discover a reggae band. But it was there that Caleb Hart & Al Peterson first climbed an open mic stage together and improvised three songs. The crowd’s response could not be ignored, and while people gathered around them to ask where their music could be found, Caleb quickly made a Facebook page with the name Tasman Jude and directed people there.
Three months later they found themselves with a committed fanbase and an EP charting on iTunes. As they began to tour (now with a full band including Derek Wilder & Bethanie Earle) and word about their energetic live show spread, they released a second single “Family” which quickly began to find a home on radio stations around the world and pick up multiple songwriting awards.
Constantly touring across Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean their songs about love and community continue to find an audience wherever they go. However, it’s not just the danceable music and passionate show that drives people out to the concerts. “The band has a unique relationship with our fam” explains Hart “we don’t have fans; we have family. They give us so much more than we can possibly give them simply through music.”
In October of 2014, Tasman Jude released their first full length album ‘Green’ which debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts and found new pockets of fans across the world, the lead single “Every Breath” continued to impress both at radio and online, but most notably at live shows. Green also acted as the first album to be released as a trilogy (Green, Gold, Red), that is designed to highlight three sides of reggae and island music.
The band continues to tour constantly and is currently writing and working on pre-production for ‘Gold’ which is slated for a fall 2015 release.