Mix Regional Sessions: Nashville



Acoustic/vocal trio Applewood Road was in the studio with producer Darrel Sheinman and engineer Chris Mara…Southern rockers The Vegabonds were with producer/engineer Tom Tapley (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Sugarland)…Alt band The Casual Pleasures were with producer Mathew Fulper-Smith and engineers Mara and Cameron Henry…Vinyl mastering of The Black Keys’ “Rubber Soul” reissue took place at the studio, with engineer Henry…Vinyl mastering of Weezer’s “Everybody Needs Salvation” took place with engineer Henry…The studio also added the following new equipment: Focal SM9 monitors, RCA 44 and RCA 74 mics, and API mic pre’s are being added to the vintage MCI JH428 console (retaining original mic pre’s, allowing engineers to toggle between API and MCI mic pre’s with a flick of a switch).


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Country music duo Big & Rich worked on “Look At You” (from the album Gravity) with engineers Sean Giovanni and Nick Brophy (Big & Rich also produced)…Country artist Rick Monroe worked on his single “Fires Out,” with Giovanni producing and engineering, and Taylor Pollert also engineering…Country duo Striking Matches worked on a live recording and video, with Giovanni producing, John Constable engineering and Make It Pop Creations on video production…Country music artist Brandon Chase worked on his single “Hope You Get Lonely,” with Giovanni producing and engineering, and Pollert and Brophy also engineering…Music beds for the Kix Brooks American Country Countdown were produced by Brooks, Giovanni, Charlie Pennachio, and DJ Sinister, and engineered by Giovanni and Adam Engelhardt…The Country Fried Mix Syndicated Radio Show was produced by Pennachio and DJ Sinister, and engineered by Giovanni…The Balcony TV Nashville Music Showcase was produced by Giovanni and engineered by Constable…Pensados Place Nashville Gear Expo Videos were produced by Giovanni and engineered by Constable, with video production by Hy Def Imaging.


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Country songwriter/vocalist Karyn Rochelle worked on her self-titled album with producer/engineer Daniel Dennis (Rochelle also produced)…Singer-songwriter Daniel Crane worked on Sure Is Sweet with producer/engineer Dennis (Crane also produced)… Award-winning Native American artist Michael Jacobs worked on Resisting Shadows with producer/engineer Dennis (Jacobs also produced)…Singer-songwriter Beth Crowley worked on her debut album Porcelain Heart with producer/engineer Dennis (Crowley also produced)…Country/folk duo Paper Trails worked on Beautiful Faces with producer/engineer Dennis (Paper Trails also produced)…Skylar Laine (finished in fifth place on season 11 of American Idol) is working with Dennis on her debut album, set for an early summer release.


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Hilltop’s Studio A tracking room has been upgraded with an SSL 9000J analog console, and the smaller Studio B overdub/mix room now has an Avid C|24 control surface…Grammy-nominated country artist Tim Menzies recorded in B room with Ben Isaacs producing and Mark Capps engineering…Ronny Reno produced overdubs and final mixes on a new album by bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman and country legend Merle Haggard in Studio B with Steve Chandler engineering…Grammy Award-winners Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren finished their album in Studio A with mastering by chief engineer/manager John Nicholson…Nicholson produced a pair of new albums by Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush featuring a couple of the original “Memphis Boys,” as well as albums by Bill Reid, Chris Cox, Brittany Jean and country rocker Angelo Tristan Band from the UK.


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Nashville-based band Twiggs was with studio owner Lij Shaw, who produced, recorded and mixed the new material (Twiggs also produced)…Swedish artist Anders Elfström was with producer Lex Price and engineer Shaw…Indie band The Autumn Defense (includes members of Wilco) worked on the Spirit of Akasha soundtrack, with Shaw engineering and the band producing…The David Mayfield Parade worked with engineer Chase Colley…Country group Jared Daniels Band worked on the track “All I Need,” with Shaw producing and engineering…Folk-rock artist Jennifer Knapp worked on the album Set Me Free, recorded by Shaw, produced by Jacob Lawson and mixed by Joe Costa…Indie-rock band bree worked on Happier Place, with Michael Gigante and Tyler Tuohy producing and Shaw recording.


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All of the following projects were done in Studio A on the Neve 8078 console and in Pro Tools 10 HDX: Lionel Richie was with producer Mark Wright, engineer Greg Droman and assistant engineer Josh Ditty…Willie Nelson was with producer Fred Foster, engineer Pat McMakin and assistant engineer Ditty…Blake Shelton was with producer Scott Hendricks, engineer Justin Niebank and assistant engineer Drew Bollman…5 Seconds of Summer was with producer John Feldmann, engineer Zakk Cervini and assistant engineer Jasper LeMaster…Composers John Debney and Bruce Broughton, engineer Nick Spezia, and assistant engineer LeMaster worked on scoring for the History Channel’s miniseries Texas Rising.


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Singer-songwriter John Paul White worked on tracks with producer Dave Cobb and engineer Eddie Spear in Studio A…Indie prog-rock band Moon Taxi worked on tracks and overdubs with producer Jacquire King and engineer Lowell Reynolds in studios D and E…Don Henley worked on mixing with producer Stan Lynch and engineer Jeff Balding in Studio F. Henley also produced…City and Colour worked on tracks and overdubs in Studio D and B, with Dallas Green producing and Karl Bareham engineering…Country artist Jake Owen worked on tracks in Studio D with producer Ross Copperman and engineer F. Reid Shippen.


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Christian-rock band MercyMe tracked a new album with producers Brown Bannister and Ben Shive…Rock band RED wrote and tracked the new album Of Beauty and Rage with producer Rob Graves…Charly tracked and mixed a new album with producer Chris Rodriguez and engineer Dave Hagen…Jared Anderson tracked his new album with producer Seth Mosley and engineer Mike X O’Connor…Christian-pop duo For King & Country worked on Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. with producers Mosley and Matt Hales, engineer O’Connor, and vocal editor Hagen…Engineer Pete Karam mixed the movie soundtrack Jersey Boys: Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical.