Sounds Around Town, July 2017

Welcome to Sounds Around Town, a semi-regular column about who is recording what and where in Memphis. Pictured, L-R: Ken Coomer, Jeff Powell, Susan Marshall, Richard Alan Ford, McKenna Bray, Dave Smith, Wesley Graham, and David Cousar, at Sam Phillips Recording Service. Photo by Mary Brand.

  • Plenty of activity over at Ardent Studios this month. Boston, MA band The Push Stars recently tracked a new album in Studio A with Adam Hill. The Reputations from Austin, TX recorded a 10 song LP produced by non other than legendary Big Star drummer Jody Stephens. And Los Angeles-based recording artist Fernando Perdomo tracked his latest, The Golden Hour, with Adam Hill in two days. Here’s a great video Fernando made where he talks about the sessions. As he says, Ardent is “one of the Abbey Roads of America.”
  • Over at Sam Phillips Recording Service, producer Susan Marshall has been working with Memphis singer/songwriter McKenna Bray on her full-length debut for Madjack Records. The sessions were engineered by Susan’s husband, Jeff Powell and feature former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer.
  • Speaking of Jeff Powell, he’s been busy cutting lacquers in his vinyl mastering room at Phillips, Take Out Vinyl. In addition to a box set of Al Green’s complete 7″ singles, Jeff has cut lacquers recently for Margo Price, Lukas Nelson, Wage War, Marshall Crenshaw, and two 12″ LP projects for yours truly: my band Motel Mirrors‘ full-length debut, In the Meantime, and my 4th solo LP, Heart Shaped Shadow, both for Little Rock’s Last Chance Records. Jeff also engineered some overdub sessions at Phillips for the forthcoming Titus Andronicus record.
  • Scott Bomar at Electraphonic Recording has been mixing the new record from Memphis singer/songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart.
  • The High/Low Recording crew has been busy at their new digs, the former American East studio (aka Easley/McCain), finishing up the Marcella and Her Lovers full-length debut, and recording Memphis-native Jake Vest (brother of High/Low honcho Toby Vest).
  • Memphis producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang has been in Nashville engineering the new John Prine record with Dave Cobb producing.

John Paul Keith

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