Wilburnews Spring 2009
Wow. What a winter and spring! So much fun stuff going on!
My friend Melissa Wrolstad sent me a bunch of new songs to mix that she composed and recorded at home. She wrote really cool pieces and recorded them well, and mixing them was a blast! This is a good example of how lost of folks are making recordings these days. Record at home, have me mix. Works great!
A Cappella angels (well, not really angels lol…) The Chiclettes from Elmira College continue to work in a great collections of songs for an upcoming release. Totally a blast having them in the studio!
Local sonwriter Tom Mank has been working with his partner cellist Sera Smolen and Woodstock producer Julie Last on a 3 song CD to take with them on a tour of the Netherlands. Tom came to Wilburland to record tracks with Mac Benford on banjo and Dave Unland on tuba!
Cornell director of Jazz Ensembles and trumpeter Paul Merrill came in for a day to record a raucous New Orleans/street beat tune for a movie. Drums and three horns! Very cool!
Ron Kristy, best know as a composer of music and film was in with a singer songwriter recording a few songs for an upcoming release. I really enjoyed meeting and working with Ron and look forward to future projects with him.
Local band Jimkata are currently exploring the intersection between jam band and electronica and have wisely chosen to work with engineer/producer Matthew Saccuccimorano. They did their tracking here and Matt is currently in the middle of mixing this very cool sounding CD. Look for this one late spring.
A Cappella is a timeless musical form and Jim Blake and the Offbeat 5 deliver classic songs with fun and great spirit. 5 folks singing in a circle. Pure and simple.
A very cool acoustic duo named The Rusty Doves came all the way from Utica to record with me and I’m sure glad they did! Catchy vintage sounding tunes, both traditional and original, mandolin, acoustic bass and 2 voices. You totally need to hear this, especially the haunting Oubliette. CD out this spring!
Matthew Saccuccimorano was also in to mix an upcoming release from his alt-country band Hubcap. Should be out soon!
New Yorker George Mann seems to be making Wilburland his second home and that’s fine with me! Following on the heels of Fairwell To The Thief, George is now working on a collection of his own songs and they are wonderful!
Acoustic duo Littlewheel keep plugging along on their CD of sweet simple songs.
Trad jazz came to Wilburland with the Miles Brown trio. Miles came in to Wilburland with his dad, jazz guitarist Steve Brown and drummer Rich Thompson and recorded a bunch of tunes live and then we mixed them down. Old skool method with classic results. One thing for sure. These cats can play!
My friend, award winning songwriter Joe Crookston came into demo a bunch new songs that he is considering for his next CD. If these songs are an indication of what Joe’s up to the next CD will be awesome!
IY/New Neighbors singer guitarist Chris Frank recorded a bunch of new songs in his apartment and sent them to me to master. I love hearing one person from a band on their own and hearing more clearly what they contribute to the whole of the band sound. These songs were really solid and Chris did a great job with the recording and mixing.
Lute duo Mignarda continue to craft their songs for an upcoming cd and boy does it sound gorgeous!
Mother and daughter contra dance duo Confluence were at Wilburland recording 7 tracks of piano and flute…and feet! This will be lovely when it’s done!
Rocker Kris Hadlock was in doing new vocal tracks for an upcoming release. He’s taking his time but the results are worth it.
It always a good day when fiddler Laurie Hart comes to Wilburland, this time to record Swedish fiddle tunes with Stefhan Ohlström.
Um, WOW! Amazing stuff played with awesome skill and heart.
Summer is hear and it’s music festival season! The Horse Flies have a bunch of gigs this summer and you really need to get out to see them.
For those of you who are recording at home, don’t forget I’m here to help! I can assist you in making excellent home recording and I’m only a phone call away. Let me know how I can help!