Anyone remember the legendary performance by the Blue Riddim Band from Kansas, Missouri? The first American reggae band, who performed at the legendary Reggae Sunsplash in 1982 and brought Jarrett Park in Montego Bay to a boil with a sensational performance in the early hours of the morning in front of around 14.000 spectators. The almost 36-minute LP "Alive in Jamaica' (Flying Fish) in 1986 documented this spectacular gig that would be voted the best performance of the four-day festival by Rockers Magazine and four years later would be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album of the Year.
Yes, but what do the Rougher All Stars have to do with the Blue Riddim Band? A whole lot. Both bands hail from Kansas and are basically one, like the 2013 album "Blue Riddim Band Meets Rougher All Stars: Enter The Riddim(Rougher Records) shows. Some of the musicians involved, like multi-instrumentalists Todd "Bebop" Burd aka "The Little General" and Emily "Goldie/Goldilocks" Madison, played in both bands. The two were also responsible for the co-production and mixing of the above-mentioned album, on which the song "Do Me Like That" is found, which in turn was the inspiration for the title of the new album that we are talking about here.
Another ten years later, “Rougher All Stars: Dub Me Like That(Rougher Records) and the Rougher All Stars have since shrunk to a duo. The eight carefully crafted Dubs and instrumentals were produced, written and arranged by Todd "Bebop" Burd and Emily "Goldie/Goldilocks" Madison. "Dub Me Like That" reflects the music of the pioneers of this genre. With due respect to the musical heritage, this album embodies the spirit of the greats of classic reggae. Todd Burd and Emily Madison's commitment to authenticity can be heard in every note on the album. From throbbing bass lines to intricate horn arrangements, each track was recorded in real-time with guest musicians. The DubEffects have been used sparingly but purposefully, and the tracks on offer range from faster ska-like numbers to classic ones Dub-Takes. In short, the result undeniably reflects the true essence of timeless reggaeDub-Sounds reflected. Burd explains in the interview: "We wanted to make an album that would commemorate the golden era of the Dub Pays tribute, but in our own way. While staying true to our roots, the subtle jazz nuances add a unique twist to the sound, which I think makes for an immersive experience.” Emily Madison adds, “We wanted to create an album that would stand the test of time. That's why we hope that people will be hearing these tracks for many years to come.” The Rougher All Stars would definitely like that.