Buddha Council


I’ve always leaned into darker music….gritty, over-driven guitars, moody harmonies and deep rhythms. Those are the tracks I end up playing over and over and over again. Those are the songs that get my knees bending at a concert, my face scrunching up while my ears tune in. It’s a sound that appeals to my more instinctual tastes.

On December 4, Buddha Council will release their second studio album, Consider This, featuring the single “Sheep” which grips me in exactly that way.

From Virginia Beach, Buddha Council is in the trenches of today’s American reggae scene, grinding it out on the road and in the studio, as part of the groundswell we can all feel underfoot, right here and now.

And indeed their ethos is very similar to Rootfire’s:

Buddha Council seek to make music not only as a band, but more precisely as a  musicians’ collective….to contribute to the music community at large by enhancing and encouraging the musical collaborative experience.

It’s about creating communities and sharing the art that touches us along the way.

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Tour dates and more info at buddhacouncilband.com


* “Sheep” is an exclusive Rootfire World Premiere.

Eastern Surf Magazine

      The Mid-Atlantic is currently the heartland of Americanized reggae.  But Virginia Beach collective Buddha Council, comprised of Jon Quan, Travis Mansell, Rhett Walton, Thayer Davis, and Jon Tru, reach much farther back than most punk- and rock-influenced outfits to fit classic Jamaican influences into a modern-day framework.  The galloping strut of "Insufficient Funds," the first song off the new album Consider This, puts that statement front and center, sounding like it's coming straight from the islands.  Ditto for slow jams "Wolves of Babylon" and "Babylon," which hearken back to the playful early 60's recordings of The Wailers.  Easygoing horns make a welcome appearance on "Ruthless," and "Stumblin" might be the biggest nod to positive vibrations, with its call to keep one foot in front of another.

     Although elements of modern reggae's hybridized form trickle into songs like "Sheep," for the most part, everything Buddha Council does feels decidedly old-school and traditionalist. You might think "Top Ramen" would be an ode to college-aged thrift, but vocalist Jon Quan sounds more like a wizened Jamaican elder than anything.  In fact, it's that song and the two that follow it to close out the album--the gentle peace entreaty "Guns & Bombs" and the sample-heavy, electronic "The Gift" -- that might be the most impressive.  Given the straight-up roots rock that came before, they certainly demonstrate the impressive depth of Consider This.



Buddha Council (Re)Consider This

New Album: Buddha Council (Re)Consider This


American reggae band Buddha Council released their first dub album (Re)Consider This on November 18 2016. The album features mixes of the band’s last album Consider This by seasoned engineers like Dub Fader, Jay Nugent aka “Crazy Baldhead” of The Slackers, Brett Tubin, John Terrell, Ted Ganung, Jahboo & Rhett Walton.
(Re)Consider this is Buddha Council’s third album after their debut self titled album (2014) and Consider This (2015).


Put your headphones on and feel the bass of these fascinating tracks.