Welcome to 2011. Hope ya’ll had a Happy New Year and a Happy Valentines Day. Things have been great so far this year in my world. 2011 has started up with some great projects !! It’s gonna be a good year ……
Ever get the urge to put on a kilt, hoist a pint of ale, and dance the night away? Well after working on The Old Blind Dogs “Wherever Yet May Be” project I found myself searching out corned beef and cabbage. This Celtic band has been producing critically acclaimed Scottish folk music for over 20 years. The playing and musical textures on this project is just amazing.
“Step back in time with me” , said Tedd with the group Hamburger James, when he booked me for the mastering on their new release “Watch That Cadillac Burn”. This disc will make you feel like slickin’ back your hair, putting on your penny loafers, and hitting the nearest sock hop !! Great throw back music to the 50’s & 60’s.
Once again my friend and producer Randy Kohrs sent me an amazing project to master. Scott Holstein’s“Cold Coal Town” highlights Holstein’s fantastic vocal performances and killer song writing.The musicianship is stellar and Scott’s singing is off the hook.The Americana and Bluegrass communities are gonna eat this one up!
Every once in a while you get to be involved in a project that you know is going to be huge. Well so is the case with The Blind Boys Of Alabama’s “Take The High Road”. The Blind Boys have won countless Grammys, performed for heads of state all over the world, and set the standard for black gospel music over their illustrious careers. This project features performances with Vince Gill, LeeAnn Womack, Hank Williams Jr., The Oak Ridge Boys, and Jamey Johnson. All I can say is thank you for including me in the production of this very special project.
Just about everyone remembers the band “Men At Work” and their countless hits in the 80’s. Front man and song writer, Colin Hay, has been recording solo discs since the band split. His new disc, “Gathering Mercury” is phenomenal. The songwriting and production are only second to Colin’s singing. Like a fine wine, I swear he’s singing better now than twenty years ago when he was fronting Men At Work. I really enjoyed this project. I find myself going back and listening to it over and over again. Colin is coming through the D.C. area in April and I’m definitely going out to hear him perform.
I hope your year is off to the start mine is. If not, drop the needle on the old victrola,morph to your favorite couch, and turn it up ! A good tune and the right mood will help you head down the right path. ‘Til next time….. Randy