Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jimbo Mathus has re-opened his Delta Recording Service in Como, Miss. The studio was previously located in Clarksdale, Miss., and produced more than 70 projects in a little more than a year, including Grammy and Handy Award-winners and nominees Elvis Costello, Big George Brock and Duwayne Burnside. The facility brings together top-tier producers, engineers, songwriters and session musicians from Mississippi and Memphis, Tenn., and enables artists to create high-quality and fully realized recordings at affordable rates.
“It’s a one-stop studio for clients,” Mathus says, noting that the facility can supply musicians from genres as varied as “south Memphis rappers to North Mississippi fife-and-drums to old-school rhythm sections.” Mathus adds that Delta’s staff specializes in roots music of all kinds and brings insight and skill to projects. “When clients walk through the door and need it, we’ve got it. And they have a ball working with the staff here, too!”
Established in conjunction with Olga Wilhelmine and 219 Records, Delta Recording Service also offers a full spectrum of services for do-it-yourself artists, including CD art, manufacturing and national distribution via 219 Records.
The facility also houses a new exhibition in the lobby area, sponsored by the JMH Foundation, which features an archive of photographs, recordings and memorabilia honoring traditional families of musicians from Northern Mississippi: Hemphills, McDowells, Burnsides, Kimbroughs, Stricklands, Pratchers, Youngs and Turners. The collection also includes face-casts of local musical legend Jessie Mae Hemphill (after whom the JMH Foundation is named), Othar Turner, RL Burnside and T Model Ford.
Delta also sells CDs by local artists, with proceeds going to the JMH Foundation for the preservation and archiving of the music of North Mississippi.