Pictured (l-r): Caleb Franz, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals; Savannah Franz; Audra Mohnker, upright bass, backing vocals; Emmet Franz, dobro, backing vocals; Colin Elmore lead singersongwriter, acoustic guitar, piano; David Fiser, photographer; Mike Wilson, assistant engineer; Olivia Jahnke, fiddle, piano, backing vocals; Wes Leyshon, engineer/producer; and Adam Jahnke.
Memphis, TN (February 28, 2012)—Memphis recording engineer and producer Wes Leyshon and indie artist Colin Elmore teamed up at Ardent Studios recently.
The project, Elmore’s forthcoming This Side of the Sun album, used the SSL hybrid analog/digital Duality console while tracking to analog tape in Ardent Studios’ newly rebuilt Studio C.
Leyshon previously worked with Elmore and his band Berch for 2010’s Before and After the Fall. For his new album, Elmore says he was looking for the “warm and slightly dirty” sound.
Leyshon tracked with Ardent assistant engineer Mike Wilson to record Elmore and his band, consisting of Emmet Franz and his family playing acoustic instruments, including guitars, dobro, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and banjo. Additional instrumentation called for Hammond organ, cello, French horn, flugelhorn, trumpet, piano and accordion.
Leyshon remarked, “Mike Wilson was everything I could’ve hoped for in an assistant. I love the new SSL board in C and the great assortment of compressors and outboard gear I had to mix with. The mic choice I had was a dream. The live room is amazing and we made good use of it. All of the Ardent staff seemed excited and encouraging about the whole project. I really hope to be back here in the near future.”