Back in September, we called our friend Eric Johnson in the midst of alarming news of hurricane Harvey. We agreed to immediately put together an evening of music and relief. Our Blue Rock community and team rallied together with Convoy of Hope and Mercy Chefs to raise $20,000 for Harvey relief.
Here is an update about the impact of that night:
Convoy of Hope representative, Nick Menke, met with us to discuss how our community made a difference.
Thanks to our amazing Blue Rock family of concert goers, the money raised provided care and support for 220 families affected by the hurricane for a whole week.
Convoy of Hope's dedication is undying, as they are still in Harvey's destruction path to this day assisting where needed in getting Texans back on track and living their lives again.
Check out this video of the work Convoy of hope has done.
We welcomed luthier Jerame Edwards and Thomas Randolph from 31st Street Vintage, New Braunfels, TX, to give our guitars the treatment - cleaning, neck oil, bridge and nut adjustments, truss rod tweaks, fresh strings and intonation adjustments. See pictures of the progress HERE.
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Now here's a fine thing: video feature of the great Chris Smither tracking the soon to be released (in March) Call Me Lucky here at Blue Rock. The record is a career statement of Chris' songwriting and features a powerful group of collaborators: longtime producer and multi instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway, multi instrumentalist Matt Lorenz, Mike Meadows, and engineer, Keith Gary. These guys came in with a hope to record ten songs. They left with a double record. The first disk features the original treatments of all ten songs, and the second takes those same songs, but reinterprets them. That's right, Chris covered his own tunes. Take a look and listen.
Recently, we presented a rare LIVE recording and broadcast featuring the Paul English Quartet. 40 guests witnessed it in the intimacy of the candle-lit studio Garrison, and more across the nation tuned-in to this beauty online. Paul was joined by vocalist Elisha Jordan, Brennen Nase (guitar/bass), and Tim Solook (drums) in a set of jazz standards and classic songs. Patrick Conway engineered the audio and Sarah Garber directed video. It was pure magic. Read More
Guest engineer and owner of Halohorn Productions, Andy VanGuilder, and his Michigan mates were in for a five-day intensive mix session. Incredibly, they finished 81 songs from projects tracked and prepped before arrival. Projects included The Droogs, Zeal for Days, The KnockAuffs, and solo work from Louis Osborn, Sean Casey, TJ Rankin, Rachel Brooke, and Josh Graham. This is Andy's third visit to Blue Rock. He comes for the signature Neve console, compression, reverbs, and for chef Mimi's home cooking. While here, the team made time for some unforgettable Texas hill country adventures, as well. Read More
A big thank you to all who participated in our event featuring Eric Johnson and band, and special guest Arielle. We are pleased to have raised over $20,000 for Mercy Chefs and Convoy of Hope and their ongoing hurricane relief work in South Texas. Here are some highlights. What beautiful artistry. What a community! See the 2 great VIDEO CLIPS here. (photo: Rodney Bursiel Photography, from Blue Rock pre-show)
We had the privilege to help celebrate and honor famed audio designer, Rupert Neve, with fellow members of The Recording Academy.
Rupert's 91st birthday! ~ a lifetime of innovation and inspiration.
Renowned Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and Alan Parsons gave special presentations. And what a cake ~ it's a 5088 console
(not quite as sweet as the one he made for us!).
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Revered songwriter performer Chris Smither was in the studio for 8 days tracking his new album with producer David "Goody" Goodrich, Billy Conway (drums), Matt Lorenz (violin, et al), and Keith Gary (engineer). Everybody stayed onsite, chef Mimi Conroy cooked - it was ideas and energy in all directions, total immersion in the creative flow. And the songs. Well, we can't wait for you to hear this record! Read More
Egyptian artist Ramy Essam's songs helped spark the Arab Spring and the rise of revolution. They have also led to his arrest and torture. Ramy's song, "Irhal", is referred to as "the anthem of the revolution." He is exiled in Stockholm where he continues to write and publish. Ramy was in the studio recently. An obvious inspiration, he is touring North America this summer. Pictured: Blue Rock's Billy Crockett with Ramy Essam.
Five Grammy winner Christopher Cross was back in the house to mix his upcoming album, Take Me As I Am, of new original songs and featuring renowned musicians from Austin, Nashville and New York. Working with engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Don Henley, U2), was a match made in audio paradise, and the results are breathtaking. Look for the album on ITunes and everywhere in mid May. Read More
Blue Rock Songwriting Retreat, February 2017 Read More
Welcome composer/producer and great Blue Rock friend Kurt Kaiser and pianist Kathy Johnson. They are working with engineer Patrick Conway and are filling the Garrison and control room with inspired performances. Read More
Chestnuts roasting, hot chocolate with marshmallows, a glowing audio console… whatever makes the holidays warm and wonderful, that's what we wish for you!
- Billy, Dodee and team Blue Rock
Welcome Amy Speace, Gordy Quist, and Billy Crockett December 8 & 9, streaming live here. Read More
Andy VanGuilder, engineer for The Accidentals, and Owner of Halohorn Productions in Michigan, joined us last week to finish a new project called Modern Mal. Andy worked with Blue Rock assistant Sarah Garber, bringing this inspired music to a new sonic level. We were proud to send him home to Michigan with a great product that we cannot wait to hear out in the world.
You've been asking us! Now we make it happen—full length concert movies in pristine audio and video, available when you want to see them. Together with our partners, The Roots Channel and No Depression online, we bring you the cream of our Blue Rock LIVE series, with new shows added all the time. WATCH HERE
Announcing the release of Billy Crockett's new album: RABBIT HOLE. After a 7-year recording hiatus, this producer and director of Blue Rock Studio is back with new songs and a TOUR of classic listening rooms. Details HERE. Rabbit Hole includes 11 new original songs with Billy on acoustic guitars and vocals, bassist Roscoe Beck, percussionist Eric Darken, and electric guitarist Daran DeShazo. It was all recorded here at Blue Rock: Billy's home, office, and creative sanctuary.
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Next week, Blue Rock will welcome Ellis, heartland singer and four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion.
There are still seats available for what will be a beautiful night of song and stories. RSVP now!
You can also tune in this Thursday at 7:30 CDT on Concert Window to see our LIVE webcast of the show. Read More