It's been a fabulous year! Here are a couple key albums that were recorded right here at Blue Rock, and released in 2019.
Freedonia, Firefly "The second release in as many years from an ace ensemble of jazz aces plus pop star Christopher Cross was a richly layered 10-song set that highlights the musicians skills but smartly kept the focus on the songs."
Libby Koch, Redemption 10 "Live, she’s a treasure – warm and friendly, slightly sassy and with real red dirt roots – while her song writing is not to be sniffed at."
Indian & The Jones, Texas Debut album, from a talented up and coming folk/bluegrass quartet.
And there are even more releases soon to come with the new year...
The Reverend Shawn Amos blues band is tracking the new record, Blue Sky here in the studio. Listen to the single and learn more it HERE!
The great Ruthie Foster came in to track a cameo vocal. Feels good! Read More
Rare experience with songwriters and inspired leader Jonatha Brooke.
Here are a few responses. Stay tuned for announcement of workshops to come.
"[Such] people of warmth, humor, talent, passion, reflection and honesty. I wish it never ended!" "The Ranch - perfection. [No] better teacher than Jonatha." "...beyond anything I had experienced before." "I am refreshed, inspired, wide open..."Read More
Not sure it's time to make the next step with your songs?
These is no time like the present. Jonatha is an inspired guide to the experience. Kindness abounds. Judgement is suspended. You'll be with folks of ALL levels. You'll love them, and they you. No time like the present to connect with your story, your "voice," your particular way of seeing the world. - Billy & Dodee
Follow the link below to read more in our Special Edition May Newsletter
The Blue Rock crew is a group of the top students at Texas State's Sound Recording program.
These talented folks work hard to constantly improve their skills, so that our Sessions LIVE and Concert Series can look and sound their best.
We love our team!
Photo from this week's tech training event.
Moors and McCumber "Take Me Down" and "Dunes of Barley Cove"
~ Highlights from Blue Rock Sessions LIVE ~
"It's a song-tune combo. The song is called 'Take Me Down' and the tune is called 'Dunes of Barley Cove'. James started writing the tune on his mandolin and we finished it together and decided to combine these so that we can be more Irish than we really are. We keep trying!"
Look who! Feels great to have Dirje A. Childs in the house tracking her exquisite cello with engineer Sarah Randolph. Her intuitive playing makes songs more anchored and airborne, both. Dirje is proceeding gently from a recent cardio event (ironic since her beautiful heart is the model for so many of us). A great day at Blue Rock. Read More
Last week, we welcomed Hattie Webb to Blue Rock to make her beautiful songs into a record.
Hattie and her team of Roscoe Beck, David Grissom, Joel Guzman, and Tom Brechtlein inspireed all of us and we cannot wait to hear the finished product.
Click HERE to see the session photo gallery. Read More
Guitarist and composer Charles Cavanaugh was in recently tracking some fresh original work. It was two days of rare performances and stories behind the compositions. We captured it all and created a short video, highly recommended.
Follow THIS LINK to watch "Shimmering Light" and view our session photo gallery!
The Blue Rock Team: Production consultant Billy Crockett, Engineer Will Clegg, Video Director Sarah Randolph, Camera Tech Jerame Edwards, and Video Assistant, Nicte Sobrevilla. Read More
Special News: Recently we told you the concert schedule would be quiet until September. Well, guess what? Jonatha Brooke is an artist we've hoped to bring to our community since the inception of Blue Rock in '05! It's happening now. Secure your seats right away for the concert as well as the songwriter retreat to follow. These are the kinds of surprises we love.
Learn more in this month's newsletter Read More
We were excited to have songwriter, James Lee Baker, back in the studio this week. He and engineer, Chris Bell, finished up mixes for the first half of his record.
It is sounding great, and we are looking forward to recording the second half. Read More
"I wrote this song at a songwriting workshop. I’d assigned the students a prompt: 'When all this is over' and on the last day of the workshop, another instructor asked me 'So, we instructors have to write a song to that prompt too, right?' I said 'No! No... dammit. Yes. Fair is fair. Yes.' I tried as hard as I could to just phone this one in: 'OK, let’s come up with synonyms for the prompt. Uh... when this bird has flown... when spring has sprung... ' And the the muse shot me through my heart with her golden arrow and I wrote 'when what you used to know like the back of your hand isn’t even on the tip of your tongue...' on so on, to 'Who’s Gonna Love You Now.' And there it is. I accidentally wrote one of the best songs I’ve ever written." - Peter
They came from Alaska, Colorado, and Austin, TX to attend the Peter Mulvey Songwriter Retreat. Peter and BettySoo led these courageous ones to a deeper connection with their own creative lives. They left with new songs, new friends - saying things like this:
"A gift to my own soul"
"Thank you for lighting the fire"
"Love this true-heart tribe"
"Transformative!" Read More
"The song came about after I got caught up in a Facebook argument about whether or not it's appropriate to say hello to people you pass on the street. The argument was much more complicated but I just imagined a world in which nobody said anything to anyone on the streets, and for some reason the famous Austin mural "Hi, How Are You" by Daniel Johnston popped into my head. I took some liberties with my martian however, giving it purple skin and very long arms" - Tom
Daniel Johnston Mural: https://www.hihowareyou.org/aboutus
Here's a happy little tale of modern dread.
A music video from our Blue Rock garrison video shoot with Billy Crockett and Roscoe Beck
The cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland," was made in 1923 by Walt Disney, and stars four-year-old Virginia Davis (90 at her death in 2009). In Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland, the rabbit hole leads to trippy, funny, then scary places. For me, this is how it feels to be living in the days of the Mueller investigation, rogue gene editing, accelerating AI, mounting storms and climate denial. Where goes the rabbit hole? I don't know. Enjoy!
We spent the weekend with Austin locals, Freedonia. (Scott Laningham, James Fenner, John Fremgen, Sean Giddings, Christopher Cross, Russell Haight, Seth Carper, Justin Vasquez, Randy Miller)
Four guys from Michigan visited us this week to escape the cold, enjoy the Texas hill country, and mix two records on our beautiful Rupert Neve console.
User-Friendly Killer Robots proved that Blue Rock can handle the heavy stuff \m/
Excited to see what engineer, Andy VanGuilder brings us next! Read More