Record Store Day 2021 Release
Prairie Sun Recording - Cotati, Ca
Mixing Engineer : Mark "Mooka" Rennick
Assistant Mixing Engineer : Maximilien Hein
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 20, 2021): A recently recorded 12” remix of Bob Dylan’s “Jokerman” is available for the next two weeks only on vinyl through Sony. As part of a special release by legendary Reggae producer Doctor Dread, this project received a significant level of attention at Sonoma County’s own Prairie Sun Recording. Mark “Mooka” Rennick acted as the Studio Engineer and his Assistant Engineer Max Hein lent his hand and ear to the effort.
“Doctor Dread was a breath of fresh air”, states Rennick, ”between his beret and wry grin he’s full of stories, with a dub style that is fully spontaneous - and has echo everywhere. We did multiple takes in different styles to focus in on what the track needed. It turned out we have mutual friends through John Prine and I felt very blessed to work on this project. With COVID making travel impossible, my friend Jimmy The Fox, who worked with Dr. Dread on the ‘I and I’ track originally, recommended Prairie Sun. On our initial call I told Dread ‘I haven’t done any Dub’, then he replied, ‘Mooka don’t worry, when I’m done, you will.’”
The original versions of both tracks appeared on Dylan’s ‘Infidels’ album with Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on ‘Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan’ (2003) while the ‘Jokerman’ remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy Mcgregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.
Mark “Mooka” Rennick is the owner and founder of Prairie Sun Recording as well as the Grammy Award-winning Eugene Productions. He has recorded, mixed and mastered the likes of Tom Waits, Rick Derringer, Eric Gales, Larry Coryell, Shuggie Otis and many many more. As a session bassist he has played with Billy C Farlow among others. He plays in a politically charged spoken-word ensemble, The Abolitionists (bandcamp link), and plays bass in various local bands. He is currently accepting mixes and production.
Maximilien Hein is an audio engineer and composer from Austin, Texas who joined Prairie Sun amidst the pandemic after graduating from Texas State University’s Sound Recording Technology program. “I was particularly enamored by the opportunity to listen to Mark Knopfler’s isolated guitar tracks and appreciate on the most intimate level his taste and musicality. And hearing the live floor take of Bob Dylan’s vocal was truly a spiritual experience, as it was delivered with a rawness and conviction that surpasses the official final vocal from Infidels."
Now in its third decade of operation, Prairie Sun Recording is known as a residential recording facility with a technical bent toward vintage analog-recording equipment as well as state-of-the-art digital technology. Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Greg Allman, Kate Wolf, Mickey Hart, Primus, Faith No More, the Melvins, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot, and Dick Dale all have recorded at Prairie Sun or used its post-production facilities.