Todd "Bebop Rougher" Burd, a.k.a. "The Little General", a highly respected figure in the reggae scene, boasts an impressive career spanning 45 years as a musician, producer, writer, arranger, and performer.
Burd's reggae odyssey began at age 14 when he saw Bob Marley and the Wailers live in concert. This transformative experience ignited a deep passion for reggae within, setting him on a lifelong path of musical exploration and growth.
With an unwavering commitment to his craft, Burd immersed himself in the world of reggae learning from the masters and refining his skills along the way. His formative years were spent with the influential Blue Riddim Band where he honed his musical abilities and developed a keen understanding of collaborations within a band setting.
Notably, Burd showcased his talent as a producer, writer, arranger, and performer by working on Beenie Mans second album, "Innocence" at Jimmy Cliff's Sun Power Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. This endeavor allowed him to demonstrate his expertise in the studio, bringing out the best in the artist and contributing to the album's success.
Throughout the 80s and 90s, Burd embarked on relentless tours, including, Big Youth, Junior Ried, and Ernie Smith.
Burd's musical journey is a testament to his dedication and love for reggae. With a career spanning decades, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge, solidifying his status as a seasoned veteran of the genre.
As a promoter, performer, writer, and producer, Emily "Goldilocks" Madison has been working many facets of the industry to bring quality music to the people for over 30 years.
Madison's journey in music began at the tender age of five when she took her first piano lesson from her mother. Her musicality and determination paved the way for her to become a versatile multi-instrumentalist, mastering various instruments and embracing a wide range of musical styles.
In her teens, Madison ventured into music production, honing her skills and expanding her creative horizons. This newfound passion allowed her to explore the intricacies of crafting soundscapes.
Madison's passion for reggae led her to form the band, RC Dub, playing everything from traditional ska to classic dub sounds and well crafted originals, embarking on tours that allowed her to share her musical talent with audiences nationwide.
As a promoter, Madison was the driving force behind the "Prairie Vibrations Reggae Fest'', providing a platform for artists to showcase their work. She was responsible for organizing, marketing and managing the annual event, which featured regional, and international talent.
After joining forces with Burd, the two produced numerous albums and singles for Rougher Records including releases for RC Dub, Blue Riddim Band, Rougher All Stars and in 2011, "Voice of the People" by Jamaican super star Big Youth.
Their newest album, "Dub Me Like That" is out now on Rougher Records and available everywhere digitally.