Blue Rock News
Apr 30, 2018 - Concert for Harvey Update

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.

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Apr 13, 2018 - Welcoming back Moors & McCumber

This last week, we had the pleasure to have the one of a kind duo, Moors & McCumber, back to track for their upcoming album with engineer, Patrick Conway.

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Mar 2, 2018 - Guitar Restoration

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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Feb 26, 2018 - Darrell Scott Highlight

What a show we had this month!
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Jan 15, 2018 - Chris Smither

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.  

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Dec 8, 2017 - Let it Snow

We woke up to this rare Hill Country scene.  Don't let 'em kid ya.  Magic happens.  

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Nov 17, 2017 - An Evening with Paul English

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

Oct 20, 2017 - In the Studio: Andy VanGuilder

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

Sep 12, 2017 - Eric Johnson - Hurricane Harvey Relief

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)

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Aug 2, 2017 - Happy Birthday Rupert Neve!

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!).

Thank you, Rupert!

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Jul 5, 2017 - In the Studio: Chris Smither

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

May 23, 2017 - Morning with Ramy Essam

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.  
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May 4, 2017 - Studio News May 2017

New events, celebrating Jimmy LaFave, new writers workshop, in the studio.

Click HERE to view our May Newsletter!

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Apr 21, 2017 - Christopher Cross MIX

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

Mar 24, 2017 - 11th Birthday Celebration

During SXSW, Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio celebrated its 11th birthday with 19 artists on 2 stages!  Read more... Read More

Feb 16, 2017 - Three Women and the Truth Songwriting Retreat

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Feb 8, 2017 - February News

Upcoming Shows, Webcasts, & Workshops. Videos On Demand.  Highlight clips.  Who's in the Studio.  More HERE.

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Jan 27, 2017 - Welcome Kurt Kaiser and Kathy Johnson

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

Jan 10, 2017 - Welcome 2017!

Here's the January newsletter,
We hope the year brings all you desire and the chance for us to connect. What a community! Read More

Dec 2, 2016 - Blue Rock, Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

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

Nov 18, 2016 - Guest Engineer, Andy VanGuilder mixes Modern Mal

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.  

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Nov 2, 2016 - Concert Videos On Demand

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

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Oct 16, 2016 - TOSCA STRINGS on new Kit Holmes album

Austin's Tosca String Quartet was in the studio with Patrick Conway tracking for artist-arranger Kit Holmes.  

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Sep 30, 2016 - Rabbit Hole Release!

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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Sep 28, 2016 - Here comes Ellis!

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


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