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Grammy™-winning Russ Titelman (Paul Simon, Eric Clapton) produced the Columbia Records debut of Kentucky-based band Robinella at Bearsville Studios (Bearsville, NY)…Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) completed his first solo CD of Italian guitar ballads, Ungrateful Heart, at Hot Sound Studios(NYC); the effort was produced by Nick Addeo and engineered by Rob D'Aquino; V.P. Record's reggae/soca singer P.J. Browne has been working toward a new release; sessions were engineered by Jeff Phillips and assisted by Theresa Stopak…Sound on Sound (NYC) welcomed soul/R&B songstressErykah Badu, who was on-site mixing with producers James Poyer, Rashad Smith and engineer Brian Stanley…The Cutting Room's (NYC) Studio A saw some action, hosting Dave Dar while he mixed projects for Soulive and Jean Grae on the SSL 9000J; he was assisted by Steve Rakidzioski. Engineer Rich Travail mixed the single for John Oszajca's upcoming release; and Fat Joe worked with DJ Green Lantern on a mix-tape project. De La Soul were in Studio B with engineer Joe Nardone to track their upcoming release, as was Geffen Record's artist Matt White.


Music Masters (St. Louis) was in good company with blues pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson, who just finished recording, mixing and mastering a double-CD project with engineer Greg Trampe; the project also features performances by Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian and Johnny Rivers…Producer Bill Thomas completed the third release from Denver rock group Rubber Planet in Raven Studios' (Lafayette, CO) analog room. Also on his roster: producing tracks for new artists the Gann Matthews Band and country group Koriena and The Bottom Dwellers.


Nettleingham Audio's (Vancouver, WA) engineer Kevin Nettleingham mastered releases for Paul Lesinkski's band,Isor Wallobee, jazz singer Mary-Jo Casasanta, the Bassoon Brothers and Susie Blue; Deep Elm Records artistsDesert City Soundtrack and engineer Robert Bartleson were in to master a new CD, Funeral Car. Headless Human Clones guitarist, David K. Hopkins, mastered his solo effort, Noble Gases, while the Duffy Bishop band came in with producer Terry Robb to master their new CD, Ooh Wee! Tim Current continues to track The Martindales…Drumming legend Alan White (Yes, John Lennon, George Harrison) and Ted Stockwell (Treason) have been working in both Treason Studios and Colorsound Studios (Seattle) recording White's first full album since his 1973 Atlantic release, Ramshackled. White's new band, Merkaba, has yet to title their upcoming release.Steve Boyce and Ted Stockwell co-produced the effort; Zack Reining is scheduled to mix the album at the end of the year.


Masterfonics (Nashville) mastering engineer Benny Quinn mastered the audio for Tim McGraw's music video and upcoming radio single “Real Good Man/The Ride,” which was produced by Byron Gallimore…Dave Harris of Studio B Mastering (Charlotte, NC) worked with Trailer Bride on mastering their new Bloodshot Records release. The album was recorded at Kudzu Ranch and produced by Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids.Disasterpiece Theatre — comprising Soni Sonefeld, Mark Bryan and Dean Felber of Hootie & The Blowfish — were in the studio to cut a CD of instrumentals; Harris mastered the effort…At Zone Studios (Norcross, GA), TVT Records' Ying Yang Twins recorded and mixed their new album, Me and My Brother; DJ Smurf produced, Devin Johnson engineered and Billy Hume mixed and backed on guitar. David Banner stopped by to remix his single “Like a Pimp,” featuring guest spots from Busta Rhymes and Twista.


Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood) hosted producer/engineer Michael Stokes and Smokey Robinson, who went in the studio to track Robinson's latest album, Food for the Spirit…Violin stylist David Wilson mixed his new album, Elegancia, at Cups ‘N Strings Studios (Santa Monica). Wilson used a $3 million Stradivarius, and recorded several tracks in 5.1. The sessions were engineered by Bruce Maddocks at Firehouse Studios (L.A.)…Nancy Matter from Moonlight Mastering (Burbank) was at the helm to master the remains of two big tours from 2003, including Peter Gabriel's Up (19 double-CD sets) and Duran Duran's world tour (eight double-disc sets)…Mary J. Blige was in with producer Def Jef tweaking the remix of “Could It Be Love at First Sight” at Skip Saylor (Los Angeles); Chris Puram mixed, with Bill Bennett assisting; Nappy Roots were in with producer Mike Carin to track and mix for an upcoming release…Winston Reed recorded tracks for his new CD at Sunset Sound (Los Angeles); the project was produced and engineered by Grammy Award-winner Steve Pouliot…In at Threshhold Sound(West L.A.) was blues guitarist Keb' Mo' and engineer Stephen Marsh, working to master a bonus track for his forthcoming Best Of collection.


Dick Clark Productions called on the Reelsound (Buda, TX) mobile audio truck for the 2003 American County Music Awards Show to broadcast the Dixie Chicks from their Austin concert. The crew assisting was Malcolm Harper, Gene Krieger, Gerard Bustos, Gordon Garrison, Bob Corneilus and Carl Harper…Houston punk bandMark Needs a Chick finished their second CD at SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston); the new release was mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Sound (Nashville), produced by Dan Workman and engineered by Steve Christensen…Wire Recording (Austin, TX) hosted Pushmonkey to mix tracks for their new release. Studio owner and mix engineer Stuart Sullivan, vocalist Tony Park, producer Paul Leary (Sublime, U2, Meat Puppets) and guitarist and co-engineer Will Hoffman were on hand to capture the moment.

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