Bootsy Collins kept himself busy at The Village (Los Angeles) recently. He worked with George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic laying down overdubs for a Nike TV spot. He was also busy putting the finishing touches on his new album with the help of Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim and Outkast…The band SR71 spent the spring at Ocean Studio (Burbank) with engineer/producer Neal Avron and Pro Tools engineer Howard Karp, tracking and doing overdubs for their new RCA release. Ocean's Dean Nelson was the assistant engineer. Also at Ocean, Boy Sets Fire spent all of April finishing overdubs for their new Wind-Up Records release. Jay Baumgartner was the executive producer, Dave Fortman produced and engineered, Jeremy Parker manned the Pro Tools rig, and staff engineers Nelson and Jason Cupp were in to assist.
In Studio C at Sound on Sound (NYC), Whitney Houston was mixing some new material with the production and engineering team of Rob Fusari and Earl Cohen. Gza was recording vocal overdubs with producer Arabian Knight and engineer Chach for a forthcoming MCA release…The Goo Goo Dolls were in at Indre Studios (Philidelphia) for another Y100 Radio Broadcast recording. The band is touring behind their new album Gutterflower. The session was engineered by T. ”Quake” Mark and Indre's Mike Richelle…At Dubway Studios (NYC), Jeff Alexander recorded vocals for his album Blues To Go in the main room. Vocalist Genie “Pepper” Swison (Boz Scaggs, Wilson Pickett) and LaRita Gaskins (Jocelyn Brown) sang backup. Al Houghton engineered the session.
Last May, Vince Gill was at Seventeen Grand Recording (Nashville) working on his upcoming self-produced album on MCA. Steve Bishir engineered and Hank Nirider was the assistant. Travis Tritt and his producer, Billy Joe Walker, also spent some time at Seventeen. Joining them were engineer Ed Seay and assistant engineer Rob Clark. Randy Travis was busy tracking for an upcoming project with his longtime producer Kyle Lehning. Steve Tillisch engineered with the assistance of Casey Wood…Producer/engineer Jeff Powell recently teamed up with Chad Cromwell to co-produce two new tracks for Madjack Records artist Cory Branan at Ardent Studios (Memphis, TN).
Bay Area natives Train recently began production for their next album at Studio D Recording (Sausalito, CA) with producer Brendan O'Brien. Joel Jaffe has been picked up to engineer with assistant Stephen Pierson…At Super Natural Sound (Oregon City, OR), Robert Bartleson produced and engineered a new LP for Gruesome Galore…At Haywire Recording (Portland, OR), Robert Bartleson recorded a demo for The Out Crowd, started pre-production for the new Andi Camp record and finished an LP for jazz guitarist Bob Joyce.
Andy Bradley, chief engineer at Sugar Hill Recording Studios (Houston), recorded this season's series of OrchestraX concerts. OrchestraX, one of the largest professional orchestas in the state, is in its fifth year. The last concert of the season was American Horizons: A New Music Festival at the Aerial Theater.
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