Coming off an already busy year that saw the release of the album/stage production Sumach Roots, along with the publication of his seminal history of Canadian reggae King Alpha’s Song In A Strange Land, Jason Wilson will be reissuing selections from his musical back catalogue for the remainder of 2020 via Wheel Records/Proper Music Distribution.
Next up on Sept. 25 is 2000’s JONAH, recorded with his band Tabarruk and nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Reggae Recording. Featuring collaborations with longtime UB40 keyboardist Mickey Virtue, the 12-track collection is based loosely on the biblical story of Jonah and the whale, and its moral lesson to examine the consequences of our life choices and take appropriate action where necessary.
That message comes through clearly on one of JONAH’s key songs, “Forgiveness,” the focus track again for the album’s reissue, with its bright, melodic pop sensibilities sounding as fresh today as they did 20 years ago.
The reissue of JONAH follows previous installments in the series: 2009’s JUNO-nominated The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur and 2004’s dREaD & BLUE: A Canadiana Suite. The final installment will come in October with1998’s Dark Corners. In total, these four records brilliantly demonstrate Wilson’s unique ability to blend history with an eclectic range of musical styles, grounded in his overriding passion for reggae culture.