Waylon Jennings, Mountain Heart, Brazilians, World Cup… OH MY!
Hello all 3 of you that are following this blog. The last few weeks have been very busy.
I have been working at Blackbird Studios, Ocean Way Nashville, and First Avenue Sound on many exciting projects. I am presently at Blackbird mixing the New Mountain Heart record with Jim VanCleve producing. We were at First Ave. Sound earlier last week putting the final touches on it and we had a special guest pop in to sing background vocals, The incomparable, John Cowen. What a treat to see him effortlessly hit the high tenor parts on a few of the Mountain Heart songs. I used a Kel microphone on his voice. I have been mixing the last of these 4 songs over here at Blackbird with next Tuesday as a “tweak” day.
I then got a call from Scott Phillips, studio manager at Blackbird, to come and do a 3 hour guitar overdub on a Waylon Jennings tribute record that will be coming out later this year on scattertunes. The producer is Witt Stewart and he is a EVERYTHING that you want from a producer and label owner. If he wants it done, he just does it. No bull, no middleman. This record has everyone from Vince Gill to Joe Ely to Linda Davis and a new artist named Josh Thompson. The 3 hour overdub turned into 4 days of tracking and mixing. We did a last minute tracking date at Ocean Way Nashville on the Josh Thompson song, “Love of the Common People”. The overdub that I was originally called for was to put the legendary “Reggie Young” on a song and have Linda Davis sing the lead vocal and duet with Jessi Colter on “Storms Never Last”
I just talked to Jamey and Joe Booher, they are with a band called New Found Road. A band that I did a record for a few years ago. I went out on the road with them and laughed and complained all across the US doing the bluegrass circuit. If you haven’t seen them, make a point to go to their website and check out their tour schedule. They are an amazing blend of traditional bluegrass and old sad SAD country songs. Be careful out there on your way to Michigan, I wish that I was with you so that I could jack the bass through the roof.
Finally, I produced 2 songs for a Brazilian group called “Welcome 2 The Family”. The band consist of 2 brothers, Breno and Braulio. If all goes well, I will be producing the rest of the record later this summer. Many Thanks to my manager, Sarah Stout. I would not be able to do what I do without her guidance and wisdom. I also want to give a shout out to Jon Brooks of the MGroupemusic. He connected the band with me and I believe that we have a strong record in the making.
Goodbye for now, give me ideas on what you would like me to talk about and I will hit them next time