Banjo player Béla Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer hang out between sessions at Gateway Mastering & DVD (Portland, Maine). Pictured from left: Meyer, Fleck, Adam Ayan (mastering) and tour manager Richard Battaglia
To the delight of The Darkness' Philadelphia fans, Indre Studios (Philadelphia) brought in the Brit group for a sold-out show. The group covered songs from their debut album, Permission to Land. The session was recorded by Michael Comstock and assisted by Pete Girgenti, who were also behind the desk for a remote recording session with R&B artist Joe, as he performed tracks from his Jive Records release, And Then…Hardcore rap artists MOP were the reason for a lockout of Studios A and B at The Cutting Room (NYC); Joe Nardone and Steve Schopp engineered, while Rock Logic and producer Will Fulton were on hand for the mixing session……Gizmo Audio/Video (NYC) authored Carly Simon's
Live at Martha's Vineyard DVD release, featuring 5.1 and enhanced 2.0 mixes.
Nanci Griffith and Jimmy Buffett were in to record a duet for Griffith's upcoming release — due in the fall — at The Parlor Studio (Nashville). The song, “I Love This Town,” was engineered by John Hurley and produced by Griffith and drummer Pat McInerney…Atlanta's ZAC Recording found Grammy™-winning producer/engineer Dave Fortman in its Stonehenge room to mix artist 12 Stones' upcoming release. Meanwhile, Upstairs Studios had Dropsonic in to track; the session was engineered by Dave Barbe, assisted by James Salter and Vic Stafford.
Oarfin Records (Minneapolis) hosted will.i.am and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas for their contribution to Sting's single, “Whenever I Say Your Name”; the session was produced by will.i.am and engineered by Todd Fitzgerald…At The Pop Machine (Indianapolis) was '80s pop icon Tiffany, who worked on her new album with Eric Klee Johnson, Joey Fingers and producer Marc Johnson.
Palo Alto, CA-based producer/engineer/mixer Adam Rossi worked with singer/songwriter Monica Marquis, completing her debut, This Is Me; the project was mastered at The Plant (Sausalito, CA) by John Cuniberti; Rossi picked up co-producing, recording and engineering credits…Seattle's Elliott Bay Recording Company was host to rockabilly band The Dusty 45s, who were in recording a follow-up to their debut, Shackin' Up. Scott Ross engineered and co-produced.
WexTrax Mastering Labs (McKinney, TX) had singer Josh Kelly (Hollywood Records) in to record vocals for an upcoming Disney release…Making time to track a new song during their nationwide tour, The Mosquitos, a New York City-based bossa nova/pop trio were in at SugarHill Studios (Houston). Sugar Hill staffer Tim Wehrle and The Mosquitos' Jon Marshall Smith shared engineering duties on this effort.
Up-and-coming pop and R&B artist De'Sha was in tracking vocals for his album, For U; engineer David Henszey manned the board at Cups 'N Strings Studios (Santa Monica)…Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were in at Westlake Audio (L.A.) covering the Aladdin song “A Whole New World” to mark the tenth anniversary of the film's release. The session was produced by Walter A, engineered by Humberto Gatica and mixed in 5.1. Meanwhile, Sting was in Studio C remixing “Stolen Car,” a track from the 2003 Sacred Song. The session was produced by Doc, and assisted by Aaron Fessel…Bad Religion was in at Sound City (Van Nuys) tracking and overdubbing their second release in 2004, The Empire Strikes First (Epitaph). Brett Gurewitz produced, while Joe Barresi engineered with assistance from Pete Martinez. The newly reunited Pixies were in Studio B working on their contribution for the Shrek 2 soundtrack; the session was produced by Charles Thompson, engineered by Ben Mumphrey and assisted by Miles Wilson.
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