Blue Rock News
Sep 5, 2019 - These Shirts Plant Trees!

For every 100% cotton Blue Rock Green shirt you buy, we'll plant 5 trees via Eden Reforestation Projects. Want to help celebrate and support renewables at Blue Rock? Visit our web store now.  


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Aug 1, 2019 - Fall Concerts Announced!

These are big hot days! We have cool things planned for fall. Here's what's on. Reserve a couple of seats, book a session, tune in, and we'll see you soon.
Learn more in our August Newsletter. Read More

Jun 17, 2019 - Powerful Weekend with Jonatha

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..."

Gallery Here 

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May 24, 2019 - Special Edition: May Newsletter

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

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May 15, 2019 - Thank you Tech Team!

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.

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May 8, 2019 - NEW Sessions LIVE Highlight

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!" 
- Kort


Apr 29, 2019 - Cello with Dirje Childs

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

Apr 17, 2019 - In The Studio: Hattie Webb

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.

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Apr 16, 2019 - Charles Cavanaugh

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

Apr 10, 2019 - Special News

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.  
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Mar 28, 2019 - James Lee Baker back in the studio

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

Mar 8, 2019 - Peter Mulvey

"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
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Feb 25, 2019 - Songwriting Retreat with Peter Mulvey

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

Feb 19, 2019 - Tom Meny

"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:

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Feb 13, 2019 - A happy little tale of modern dread.

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!

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Jan 31, 2019 - An Energetic session with Freedonia

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)

They tracked 10 great new songs, so be on the look out!
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Jan 18, 2019 - Blue Rock is visited by User-Friendly Killer Robots

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

Dec 28, 2018 - Looking back at 2018

It's a great cast of humans and projects!  CLICK to see our 2018 highlight images. Read More

Nov 27, 2018 - From the Studio ~ Joy

Reclaiming a simple word this season at Blue Rock -- Wishing you the radical act of JOY.

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Nov 16, 2018 - Kurt Kaiser

Renowned composer and dear friend, Kurt Kaiser, died Monday at 83. His music not only echoes around the studio, but the world over. Kurt, you are a continuing source of love and inspiration.
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Nov 15, 2018 - David Ramirez Highlight

We were moved by last week's captivating concert with David Ramirez, and even more so with this powerful song, "Harder to Lie".

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Oct 25, 2018 - October Session Photo Gallery

What a month it's been here at Blue Rock!
We have had the pleasure to work with many wonderful artists: Erin Ivey, Caryl Parker, Tom Plasschaert, and many more.
Enjoy this photo gallery and check out what we have been up to back in the studio.

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Oct 23, 2018 - Indie Workshop with Ari Herstand

"All the rules have changed."  New music business guru Ari Herstand, renowned for his hard hitting blog, Ari's Take, spent the day with artists and teams unpacking modern (digital) career develpment.  It was an idea explosion for all of us.  Read More

"Thanks for bringing Ari. What a GREAT workshop! ...It’s given me a deeper look into social media marketing far beyond anything I imagined." - RJ
Stay tuned for more workshops on the way. 

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Oct 19, 2018 - The SHOW and WORKSHOP are ON!

Let's do this!  It's raining but Blue Rock is high and dry.  Tonight's show with Ari Herstand and Dawn & Hawkes, and Ari's Workshop tomorrow are on!  If you have reservations, grab an umbrella and get here!  It's sunny inside, and we can't wait to see you.  
ps - Drivers, you'll want to avoid low water crossings near Driftwood.  Thanks, Billy and Dodee Read More

Oct 3, 2018 - Hail Hail Freedonia

Our audience in the studio and online recently witnessed the stellar new Austin band: Freedonia
Here's a clip of rare goodness! Read More


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