Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings


Socially conscious Roots Rock Reggae music for freedom fighters everywhere in the traditional 3 part harmony style. And yet -- there is a jam element that keeps the performances fresh. Upful vibes for the positive new day.


Rastadamus Records recording artists Cool Runnings' approach to reggae is a little different than most American reggae bands - they start with the vocal harmony; the vocals drive the songs. As a result their style is a roots reggae reminiscent of the golden age of Jamaican reggae - Bob Marley, Culture, Aswad, The Gladiators, the Itals, the Meditations. Veterns of numerous regional and national reggae acts, the players resurrected their band after a 14 year haitus. Cool Runnings officially started in Colorado Springs in 1991, on the very day of the start of the First Gulf War. Observant readers will note this was before the Disney movie of the same name debuted. As Gulf wars repeat themselves, so does music, apparently, whereas the warmongers don't learn from the past at least the muscians do. Give thanks and praises.

Some notes about the audio samples:

Pace Yourself: Music by Cool Runnings, lyrics by Keith McClease. The music was improvised by the band at a single session, and Keith went home and wrote lyrics the next day. And yes, they are semi-autobiographical...

Thrill: Immediately recognizable (as soon as the vocals begin) blues tune with a reggae twist. Both Keith and Lisa killed the vocal so both had to be included on the final mix.

Conscious Science: Improvised dub, originally 12 minutes, cut down to 5 for upload purposes. Man we had fun with this one! Some of the best parts are left off but are on the EP. When Keith came in with the "Conscious Man" rap we all fell off our chairs! Mystery percussion - free EPs if you can guess what instrument that is...


EP 'Conscious Science' on Rastadamus Records

Set List

Our sets are a mix of reggae standards, not so standards and originals.