Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy recently visited Indre Studios (Philadelphia) for a “Live at the World Café” taping for WXPN radio. Guy performed songs from his new album, Sweet Tea, as well as favorites like “Damn Right I Got the Blues.” The session was engineered by Indre owner Michael Comstock with Brian Naab and Mike Armstrong in to assist… Artist Joe Huntly has been working with engineer Roger Sherman this week on some live recordings at Bristol Studios (Boston). In-house producer and engineer Viktor Kray is currently working with Boston College a capella group The BC Dynamics, remastering their debut album, Cabin Fever. Bristol recording artist Kevin Foster is also currently teaming up with Sherman; they're tracking one of Foster's songs called “Make It Right”… Out at Sound on Sound Recording (NYC), Ginuwine was busy mixing a new 5.1 project for Epic Records. Producer Cory Rooney oversaw the project with engineer Jimmy Douglass and assistant Richard Furch… LoHo Studios (NYC) recently hosted Thelonius Monk Jr., who stopped in to record with engineers Vance Garcia and Joe Hogan. Artist/producer Evan Lurie is currently working with engineers Tom Lazarus and Hogan. Also at LoHo, artist Natalie Gamzu just wrapped up a session with producer Steve Santoro and engineer Bob St. John.
Blink-182 were hanging out at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood) with producer Jerry “Caesar” Finn and mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner, putting the final touches on the band's latest MCA release Take off Your Pant and Jacket. Also at Bernie's, jazz outfit The Bill Cunliffe Trio cut their new LP Live at Bernies' direct-to-disk. The group simply set up in the studio lounge and let it rip. Grundman himself was on hand to engineer along with producer Joe Harley, recording engineer Michael C. Ross and assistant Mike Aarvold… At Sunburst Recording (Culver City, CA), multi-Grammy-winning producer John Runnette was in recording music for George Carlin's upcoming CD Napalm and Silly Putty. Also tickling the funny bone this summer is The Firesign Theatre working on their new Rhino Records CD The Bride of Firesign. Due out in September, this album will also be mixed in 5.1 for release on DVD-A and DVD-V Studio Atlantis (Hollywood) recently hosted Universal/Dreamworks recording artist Chris Tart in Studio A. Tart was working on his final mixes for his upcoming release with producer John King of the Dust Brothers… A busy spring at Rumbo Recorders (Canoga Park): Former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was in Studio A recording for a new album. Stradlin produced the sessions with Shawn Berman engineering. Posie Muliadi assisted. Producer Matt Serletic was recently in Studio B with Melisma recording artists The Exies. Noel Golden engineered the effort with Sam Storey assisting. Serletic was also in Studio A with Island/Def Jam artist Willie Nelson. David Thoener and Golden handled the engineering duties with Storey in to assist. Ultimatum recording artists Sugar Cult were in Studios B and C with producer Matt Wallace. Mike Landolt engineered the sessions with Muliadi assisting. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) was in Studio A with producer/engineer Barry Goldberg; Storey assisted the sessions. Road Runner recording artists Coal Chamber was in Studio B with producer/engineer Ross Hogarth. Jeremy Blair assisted the sessions… Brian Setzer and his new band '68 Comeback Special were in at The Village (Los Angeles) with producer John Holbrook to work on their debut effort Ignition.
Trisha Yearwood cruised into Ocean Way (Nashville) to work on her new album with producer Mark Wright and engineer Greg Dollman. Arista recording artist Lennon Murphy also spent some time at Ocean Way. Locking out Studio B, Murphy worked on overdubs with producers Jeff Pringle, Scotty Smith and Spider. Warren Riker was in to engineer the project with assistant Leslie Richter… Dreamworks recording artists Lifehouse stopped by APC Studios (Atlanta, GA) recently to promote their album No Name Face. The band sat down in front of a few lucky contest winners for an acoustic set sponsored by local radio station WNNX. A few days later saw RCA recording artist David Gray, who took a break from his tour to do the same… Epic artists Fuel treated some lucky radio-contest winners at Tree Sound Studios (Norcrass, GA). The event was hosted by 96 Rock, and the band's set was recorded by house engineer Robert Hannon with Mark Rains and Brad Todd in to assist. The live sound chores were handled by Tree Sound's Matt Carrier.
On the “other side” of the Bay Bridge at Studio 880 (Oakland, CA), film producer Ismail Merchant tracked and mixed his film score for the movie The Mystic Masseur. A full orchestra was brought in, and major contributors to the score included tabla player Zakir Hussain and percussionist Karl Perazzo (who has worked with Santana). Reto Peter engineered the project with Marco Martin assisting; Michael Denten handled the 5.1 mix… Switchblade Symphony have been busy putting together a new remix CD for Cleopatra Records… Bandmember Susan Wallace stopped in at Planet 3 Productions (San Francisco) to work with studio owner/engineer Walt Szalva on a remix for the track “Wicked.” The completed CD should be out later this year.
Narcissus completed their second release for Take Hold Records at Immortal Productions Studios (Canal Fulton, OH), with producer Cal Moore. May also brought in the team of longtime producer Marty Mooney and manager Chip Killinger (Glass Harp, Warner Bros., etc.) with their latest discovery, Colorwheel. The popular jam band finished up their first studio album with Moore co-producing and engineering.
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