L: Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell, photo by Charles Nardi. R: Matt Ross-Spang, photo by Austin Miller
Congratulations to Memphis producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang for a big week. Jason Isbell’s The Nashville Sound, which was engineered by Matt and produced by Dave Cobb, is the #1 Rock, #1 Country, and #4 overall record the week of July 8, according to Billboard. Matt also worked on the new Blind Boys of Alabama album, Almost Home, which is featured over at NPR’s All Songs Considered. In addition to doing some remodeling of the Studio B tracking room at Sam Phillips Recording Service, Matt recently took time sit down with Tape Op Magazine for their podcast. Congratulations, Matt!
It’s been another big month for Memphis producer/engineer Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell. North Mississippi All-Stars‘ Prayer For Peace was produced by Mitchell at Royal Studios and hit on #1 on the Billboard Blues Album chart the week of June 24. The album is Mitchell’s first #1 as a producer. It supplanted yet another Royal release at #1 on the Blues Album chart, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm. These albums make the second and third releases from Royal Studios hit #1 in the last 6 months (the first was Melissa Etheridge’s Memphis Rock And Soul). Last but not least in Royal news, congratulations to Charles Hodges, Leroy Hodges, and Howard Grimes (as well as the late Teenie Hodges and Al Jackson, Jr.) for Hi Rhythm’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association.