WILLNER PRODUCES WILLIAMS
Lucinda Williams with engineer Eric Liljestrand (center) and assistant Jason Wormer
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams recorded much of her gorgeous new album, West, during the course of several months in Studio D at The Village (West L.A.) with co-producer Hal Willner and one of Willner's longtime favorite engineers, Eric Liljestrand. Second engineers Vanessa Parr and Jason Wormer assisted on sessions that included guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Jim Keltner and Williams' guitarist, Doug Petibone. For a review of West, go to www.mixonline.com.
Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Eric Schilling broke in his new Digidesign ICON console recording acts such as Latin artist Olga Tanon and rock band Alter Bridge (formed by members of Creed) at his Norfolk Music (Orlando) studio…Young Buck was in Doppler Studios (Atlanta) finishing a single with producer Polow Da Don, engineer Dru Castro and assistant Trent Privet. Polow Da Don also produced a number of songs for Rich Boy, working with engineer Aaron Holton and assistant Alex Lafer. Additional Rich Boy tracks were recorded by Alec Newell and assistant Rick de Varona…Npall Audio (Nashville) hosted sessions for O'Reilly Auto Parts and the National Hod Rod Association's new TV campaigns. Engineer Nick Palladino worked on both projects; Phil Gazell and Brian Straka worked on the O'Reilly sessions…At Studio B Mastering (Charlotte, NC), recent projects include John Vanderslice's Pixel Revolt Remixes, Marc Lee Shannon's Any Ordinary Man, Snagglepuss' Sound Report and Charles Johnson's
Will You Be Among the Missing. Engineer Dave Harris mastered all of the releases.
Remote Recording's (NYC) Polar Express truck was on hand to provide location recording for the 40th annual Country Music Association Awards, broadcast live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville). Elliot Scheiner served as audio producer for the event…Big Mo Recording (College Park, MD) provided location recording for film producer Bob Mugge on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise throughout the Caribbean. Engineers Greg Hartman, Dean West and Mark Williams captured concerts featuring artists such as the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Buckwheat Zydeco…At audio post facility Mixopolix (NYC), mixer/sound designer James Twomey completed work on a spot for Prudential Insurance. Also, mixer/sound designer Mitch Raboy worked with Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel to record excerpts from Wiesel's book, Night, to be included in a segment on Oprah in which Oprah Winfrey and Wiesel travel to Auschwitz…Counting Crows were in Avatar (NYC) Studio A tracking songs for an upcoming album. Gil Norton produced; engineer James Brown was assisted by Justin Gerrish. Also in Studio A, Manuel Valera was working on a self-produced album with engineer Joe Ferla and assistant Bryan Pugh; and producer Delfeayo Marsalis worked on music for a film about Buddy Bolden with his brother, Wynton Marsalis, engineer Ed Cherney and assistant Pugh.
The Burst Collective (Milwaukee, WI) hosted sessions for a Farewell Circuit EP produced by Daniel Holter and Kristian Riley. Also in: Eric Benet tracking vocals and drums with producer Demonte Posey…Chicago rock band Chevelle recorded and mixed bonus tracks at Clean Cut Recording Studio (Palatine, IL). Jef Moll engineered and Tony Doppke assisted.
At Maximedia Studios (Dallas), producers Play-N-Skillz mixed a variety of projects with chief engineer Hal Fitzgerald. Epic Records artist Cheyenne Kimball was also in, rehearsing for an upcoming tour on Maximedia's soundstage.
The staff of Sunset Sound (Hollywood) want to extend congratulations to the Dixie Chicks, who spent 65 days at the facility recording basic rhythm tracks and some instrumental overdubs for their Grammy-winning smash Taking the Long Way. Sunset staffer Kevin Dean assisted engineers Jim Scott and Chris Testa, and Producer of the Year Rick Rubin. As previously reported, vocals were overdubbed at The Village (L.A.), where Sunset provided the U67 mic used for Natalie Maines' lead vocal.
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