Classic Tracks: Randy Travis "Forever and Ever, Amen"

Mar 26, 2012, By Alison Richter

Before signing with Warner Bros. Records Nashville, Randy Travis spent a decade looking for a recording contract, and being rejected by everyone. In 1985, when engineer/producer Kyle Lehning first heard the artist then using the stage name “Randy Ray,” Travis was working as the catfish cook at the Nashville Palace; he would perform short sets when he could take a break from his shift in the kitchen. ...

Hargo's Radical Sounds

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

Hargo’s eclectic new disc Out of Mankind is alt-rock with a gamut of found sounds, “ethnic” instruments and horns. But as engineer/producer Joel Hamilton points out, “It’s not an ‘experimental’ record by any means,” as strong original songs take the front seat. ...

Julia Nunes: Heavenly Voice and a Rockin' Uke

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

Engineer/producer Zach McNees recorded most of the 18 tracks on singer/songwriter Julia Nunes’ beautiful and sometimes whimsical album, Settle Down, at The Buddy Project in Astoria, N.Y....

Theresa Andersson's 'Street Parade'

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

The YouTube video for Theresa Andersson’s song, “Na, Na, Na,” has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. It shows the Swedish-born artist—who’s now based in New Orleans—in her kitchen, creating and layering loops of vocals, drums, guitars, to build her original, melodious, rhythmic song....

Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris'

Mar 1, 2012, By Mel Lambert

Oscar-nominated composer and musician Danny Elfman is best known for his complex scores to nearly every film by director and longtime friend Tim Burton; titles have included Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow and Batman. The one-time leader of the new-wave band Oingo Boingo has also written scores for many other disparate films, such as Spider-Man, Milk, The Wolfman, Terminator Salvation and the upcoming Men in Black III, and is responsible for the themes of TV shows ranging from The Simpsons to Desperate Housewives....

Carolina Chocolate Drops 'Leaving Eden'

Mar 1, 2012, By Barbara Schultz

Twenty-first-century string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops—Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson—first connected through a Yahoo! group called Black Banjo: Then and Now (BBTN). Their shared love for old-time music spurred them to seek out living legacies like Joe Thompson, who was in his 80s when he and the trio became acquainted....

Jazz Artists Put Their Spin on Disney

Mar 1, 2012, By Blair Jackson

Musicians have been interpreting songs from Disney films forever, but the recent Everybody Wants to Be A Cat: Disney Jazz Volume 1 is the hippest to come out in a while, blending old and newer songs, young and veteran players. ...

Drake 'Take Care'

Jan 1, 2012, By Sarah Benzuly

Drake may be the hardest-working artist in the hip-hop and R&B world. Three weeks after his 2010 Thank Me Later release, the artist and his longtime producer, Noah “40” Shebib, began production for what would become the 2011 album Take Care, released late November and debuting at Number 1 on the Billboard 200. In between tour dates, appearances at the MTV Awards, BET Weekend and other promotional jaunts, Drake would lay down tracks on the bus and in hotel rooms to the producer’s Mbox-based mobile rig. ...

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