To Record or not to Record?

Recording music has become an accepted practice since the early 1900’s.  There was once a rather eccentric man in the 1940’s who sought to derail the whole recording industry while it was still in it’s infancy. James Petrillo was a wealthy man who tried using his pool of resources to knock the business of recording music right off it’s tracks. He held the position that music and the pursuits of, would be ruined by a recording industry. I will let the reader form their own opinion as to whether Mr. Petrillo was a lunatic or prescient.

I can however, offer my perspective.  Recording does have a significant influence on who, what, when, where, and why an artist makes music.  So many questions pop up about every little detail of any given song when the record button is hit.  It can be a bit maddening (The post-mixing is the part that really gets to me!).

Nevertheless, I have squeaked out a few recordings over the past few years.  It has taken some real trial and error finding the right fit for each project.  I have to mention here my sincere appreciation to the studio guys who have helped me make my songs into finished product.  I have worked with Chris Bellamy, Cliff Swanhart, Robert Ahrens, Richard Lawton, and most recently Mike Rose, to make my originals into recordings I can be proud of. These guys are some really talented, and patient music-minds.  They not only have to have the technical know-how, but also need to be able to interpret the music in order to record and mix it without losing the “feel”.  I have been fortunate in finding people like this to help bring my songs to new listeners through these recordings. 

There will be a noticeable difference in the overall vibe of each recording and I think that will add flavor to the whole catalog of my original music.  My latest ventures with Mike Rose, at his Audio Farm studio, included a little bonus; he brought in, none other than, Clyde Mattocks, legendary steel guitarist and all around top notch musician from NC.  Clyde was good enough to sprinkle in some tasteful dobro playing and also put on his Producer Hat during mixing.  Always good to have “a little extry” input from a seasoned picker like Mr. Mattocks. 

So now, please sample the downloads available here on my site and enjoy some of my home-grown music! And let’s try not to worry much about Mr. Petrillo’s theory, shall we?

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