Pictured back row, L-R: John Mahon, Guy Babylon, Adrian Collee (John’s production manager), Matt Still, Bernie Taupin, guitar tech Rick Salazar, Elton John, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone, studio manager Nina Baldridge, drum tech Chris Sobchick, Bob Birch and John Holmes. Front row, from left: interns Jonah Merrell and Travis Daniels, and Paul Diaz, Tree Sound owner
Elton John was at Tree Sound Studios (Norcross, Ga.) self-producing for the first time his full-length album, Peachtree Road, which is scheduled for release in early November. Lyricist Bernie Taupin was also in residence throughout the project as he, John and the band (Davey Johnstone, guitar; Nigel Olsson, drums; Guy Babylon, keys; John Mahon, percussion; and Bob Birch, bass) created magic in Studio A. The sessions were engineered by Grammy Award — winning engineer Matt Still, who was assisted by Tree Sound's John Holmes.
John returned to Studio A shortly afterward to track a duet with RCA Australian artist Catherine Britt. The song, produced by Keith Stegall, is slated to be featured on her upcoming release due out later this year. Engineer John Kelton was at the desk with assistant Zack Odom of Tree Sound.
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