Austin-based record label, Music For Life releases a new instrumental reggae single: RUDIE’S DREAM by Mark Wilson. This is another single from the forthcoming Music For Life release, Perfect Friends coming in July 2022.
DJs can download a promo copy here: Rudie’s Dream (Zipfile on Google Drive with WAV & MP3)
DJ RJ has been a huge fan of instrumentals all his life and especially Dean Fraser’s many recordings over the years over many different versions and dubs. RJ’s idea for the track when he first spoke to Mark was something cool and smooth to enjoy while one might be out by the water relaxing.
What is it about a song that can create magic while not using words? We know in reggae music that “vibes” has a lot to do with whether a song will be received well by the listener. We hope you enjoy the vibes in Rudie’s Dream.
Mark had this to say about Rudie’s Dream:
When RJ and I started putting a melody on this rhythm track, we started with tenor saxophone and added flute, baritone saxophone and finished with Daniel “Tiger” Anaya on trumpet and Christoper “Zumbi” Richards on trombone—giving this song a 5-piece horn section.
My daughter, Jas Wilson did the artwork, a gifted young artist who recently graduated from college. Her art really captures the positive vibe of this track.
RJ and I started playing music together in the late 80s and have shared many adventures together on the road playing reggae shows and recording with Tribal Nation, Irie Jane, Urban Roots, Vida Deluxe, and 5 Ton Chicken.This is our second collaboration together.
ABOUT MARK WILSON
Since 1985, Mark Wilson has been performing in Austin with a lot of success. Some of the reggae bands he’s played with are The Killer Bees, Tribal Nation, and Contra Coup. He also recorded and toured internationally with Burning Spear for 6 years. Mark can be heard on the following Burning Spear albums: Jah Kingdom, The World Should Know, Love And Peace, Rasta Business.
Currently, he is a member of the Mau Mau Chaplains who have been playing their Wednesday residency at Austin’s reggae home, Flamingo Cantina for over 13 years. Mark is also a member of Shinyribs with The Tijuana Trainwreck Horns. In 2018, Shinyribs won Best Austin Band AND Album Of The Year from the Austin Chronicle; they also had the privilege of performing on PBS’ program Austin City Limits.
ABOUT MUSIC FOR LIFE
Music For Life is run by engineer/producer and Austin radio disc jockey, @DJRJ. His bi-weekly radio program, Reggae Evolution, has been on the air on KAZI 88.7 FM since 1989 and he has been performing in Austin’s reggae scene since 1987.
Mark Wilson: baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Daniel “Tiger” Anaya: trumpet
Christoper “Zumbi” Richards: trombone
R.J. Johnson: keyboards and drum programming, recording/mixing engineer
Gordon Mulrain: bass guitar
Marc Schaefgen: electric guitar
Michael Franklin: electric guitar
Mario Vela: percussion
Jas Wilson: art
Fumi Sugawara: graphic design
Chris Fischer: mastering
Zojak Worldwide: digital distribution