Stephanie Slaybaugh was recently introduced to me by Anvil Media Productions, an all-inclusive media resource dedicated to Christian/Gospel artists. Another artist, Epicmic (aka Mike Rowe) was interested in featuring Stephanie on some of his new songs, and being new to the area, Stephanie used Anvil Media Productions to get in contact with me to make it happen.
Being that I was not familiar with her work, I was extremely impressed when taking a first listen. To give you a little bit of background, Stephanie has been singing since she was 5 years old, and began writing when she was 12. With her music now, she aims to bring a fresh and exciting sound to her listeners, incorporating a mixture of hip hop, ballads, praise, and worship. I’m definitely eager to work with Stephanie in the future, and excited to see what we can create when we combine forces.
I once again found myself behind the mixing board for another Nathan Veshecco record. As with his previous album, “Sunset again”, he recorded himself at various locations in the midst of his travels from central PA to Ohio.
Once he finished recording 30+ songs he brought them all to me and we locked ourselves in the studio for a couple of days, for mixing. When we came out he had selected 24 songs that he thought best represented the story he wanted to tell.
These 24 songs resulted in his eighth studio album entitled “Dreaming in Twin.” This double album consists of Part One, “Beautiful Secret” (tracks 1-12) and Part Two, “Weary Soul, Restless Bird” (tracks 13-24).
I have had the privilege of working with Nate Myers & The Aces for the past couple of years. They formed their band in 2001 and since then, have been performing all over the Mid Atlantic US. The band is lead by Nate Myers on vocals and harmonica and accompanied by Pete Netznik on bass and guitar, Mike Noll on drums, and Chris Purcell on guitar. They strive to create a casual atmosphere, but also have a little bit of something to fit every mood. They are just as diverse as their influences, which range from blues to hip hop to country.
They began releasing albums in 2002 and since then have released six full length albums all together. In May of 2008, I was able to work with them on their album “Persist” and again in 2010 when they released “Live On Derry Street”. We have recently been working in the studio on their brand new album “It’s My Music” which was completed and released in August of this year.
They are not only top notch entertainers, but also compassionate individuals who participate in many charities and charity events, including “Harpapalooza” in which they are able to raise thousands of dollars for diabetes research, as well as participating with the PA Vent Camp, raising money for ventilator dependent children.
They are a diverse, unique, and soulful group of guys that are absolutely a band that you should check out. You won’t regret it.
Here’s a little snippet of one of my favorite songs off the new record.
Back Porch Swing
I have recently been working with The Colt Wilbur Band on their upcoming album “The Reckoning.” Colt was raised in the backwoods of South Central Pennsylvania, explaining his draw to Country music. This quickly turned into a passion for Colt, and he is following this passion along with his band; Jason on Drums, Joe on Guitar, and Ryan on Bass. He has preformed at venues all over South Central PA, and has opened for Kix Brooks (of Brooks and Dunn), Love and Theft, Shooter Jennings, and Josh Thompson. He has also been featured on Red 102.3 and Z Country 106.7.
When Colt and I first started working on his album, the original intent was for it to just be him, doing acoustic versions of his songs that he had been playing for so long in clubs. After we got the guitars and the majority of his vocals laid down, he expressed some interest in adding other instruments and percussion into the mix. Before I knew it we had almost a full band on a few of the songs. From there, we chose some additional instruments that we could use to compliment the songs. One part was a pedal steel, played by Henry Cassel, who is one of the few “real classic country” pedal steal players in this area. We also utilized Raczar Lopatic on violin.
As it turned out, we went about tracking this project in a different order than normal, but I feel that a few unexpected twists and turns along the way gave it some extra character in the end. Since then, the band has become a well oiled machine and they have been tearing it up in venues all across central PA. This album captures the moments when The Colt Wilbur Band first met and came together as a band. I know they are hard at work and writing new material all the time. I’m excited and looking forward to what’s next for them.
For more information on The Colt Wilbur Band and to follow their performance schedule, visit their facebook page.
An artist that I have been working with for a while now, LouieJoJo, will be starring in a play entitled “Stories from Home: City Beautiful,” put on by Open Stage Harrisburg. The play received its name from a movement in the 1900’s put in place to beautify and improve the city of Harrisburg. This play aims to pay tribute to a group of visionary Harrisburg citizens at the turn of the 20th Century, which you will be able to see for yourself in various performances June 7th-29th.
We are very excited to announce that “Rise Up-Harrisburg” by LouieJoJo ft. Corianne Silvers, will be featured in “Stories From Home: City Beautiful” as the closing song. LouieJoJo was looking for the perfect fit to make this song a reality, when I suggested bringing in Corianne to sing on this piece, along with him. Corianne is a singer/ songwriter that I have previously produced for and between her and LouieJoJo, we achieved an amazing song, and we are very proud to have it included in “Stories from Home: City Beautiful.”
If you want to check it out, performances will be held between the dates of June 7th to June 29th at the Angino Family Theatre at Open Stage of Harrisburg, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, with Sunday Matinees at 2pm.
I did an interview for WITF radio (the local NPR station) a few months back and you can now check it out online. Go to ThePerfect5th.com and at the top, click “Virtual Tour.” (My Part is a little more than ½ way through it.) I teach audio recording classes and do private tutoring at The Perfect 5th and this was part of an interview that the radio station did with a bunch of the instructors there.
My next class will start on April 23rd and goes for 4 weeks – one hour on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. It’s called Audio Recording Basics and covers software, microphones, acoustics, signal flow, etc. Read more about it on the website class page.
Better yet, stop in for the Open House this Saturday and talk to me about it then. Some of the other teachers that I’ve worked with will be performing, including Jeremy Hummel (x-Breaking Benjamin). He’ll be demonstrating during the second half of the Open House. I also just heard that during the first half, Rod Goelz (Groove Jones) will be performing with beatboxer Tony Carreira.
So check it out – free music, coffee and snacks – what else do you need?! The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center is here in Mechanicsburg at 6240 Carlisle Pike. Contact Terry Selders for more info. He does all the marketing for The Perfect 5th, and also teaches music business and has done some private consulting with some of my clients, including Sixty. He’s my former manager (when I was in Grantham Road) and he managed The Badlees through all of their early independent and major label releases. You can reach him at 717-691-9100 or mail to: Terry@ThePerfect5th.com
LouieJoJo (Louis Bianco) just released his first video and is making some waves in the Harrisburg area. He recently had a blog write up feature on Today’s The Day Harrisburg website and is busy booking shows.
The two of us immediately hit it off when he came in to discuss his ideas of a song about Harrisburg’s 2nd street and we are currently working on his follow up song.
Check out this fun song and video!!!!
Available on itunes now.
Local band Crobot from Pottsville PA released their first full length record titled “The Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer”. These guys have a sound that they describe as “dirty, groove oriented rock” I did the mastering for them on the album and was very happy with the way it turned out. Here is their first video.
Songwriter Nathan Veshecco’s latest release, Sunset Again, marks a solitary new chapter in music making. After a decade of writing and producing group efforts (with the occasional solo acoustic tune) at outside recording facilities, Veshecco went inward – in every sense – for his latest effort. Spending much of 2012 on the road visiting family and friends, he penned a batch of tunes that examine the state of his life and relationships as he approaches 30.
Nathan and I first started talking about this album about two months before he started recording it. He had expressed to me that it would be a very stripped down, raw, and real album and most likely just him and an acoustic guitar. While recording this he would be traveling on the road staying at various family member’s houses along the way… So he wanted to know what kind of a mobile recording set up and few pieces of gear he would need. I got him set up with a Pro Tools rig and some good mics. After he got the gear in hand, we proceeded to talk on the phone regularly so I could walk him through some recording tips and techniques. He explained to me what kind of tone and vibe he wanted for the album, and I did the best mic placement and engineering possible, for being a whole state away.
Nathan would send me Pro Tools sessions so I could listen to them and give feedback on what he should do differently or what I really liked about the sounds he was achieving. Slowly, but steadily I received what would become the final sessions, which I used to mix from.
The original plan was to be in the same room to mix when the time came, but, schedules didn’t allow that to happen. We both decided since we have spent so much time talking about this project and discussing ideas together that we were on the same exact page. I conveyed to him I knew exactly what type of mixing needed to be done to this album to finish it, and he cut me loose to mix it by myself. I sat down at 9am on a nice autumn morning in October and by the end of that day I had mixed the entire album, and felt completely satisfied that it had the right sound and was done.
I got a text later on that evening from Nathan after he downloaded the mixes that I sent him saying everything sounded amazing and there was probably only 1 or 2 tweaks he wanted to make before mastering.
Two days after that Nathan was able to come into town to be in the same room to master the album, and we got to hang out and catch up with each other for the day.
I think Nathan has done some amazing songwriting for this project and is starting a new chapter in his career. I am grateful to be a part of yet another album from him and his musical journey.
This process also reinforced how important it is for engineer/producers and artist’s to have very tight relationships with each other. It’s going to help the music grow even more naturally when everybody involved can see the big picture and the vision of the artist.
For more info and updates with Nathan Veshecco check out his website.
Check out this snippet of the album title track and the video below of “Soaked To The Bone”
“Soaked To The Bone”
1. a rural village in County Mayo, Ireland.
KILMAINE SAINTS (noun)
1. Musical group that is equal parts Irish Swagger, Scottish Pride and whiskey. This explosive, high-energy Celtic rock band from Central PA will lift your hearts, your spirits, and your pint when you’re not looking.
I am proud to announce the release of “Drunken Redemption”. This is the second studio release from Harrisburg, PA Celtic rockers Kilmaine Saints. Awhiskey-soaked, bagpipe & fiddle driven juggernaut, this CD proves that they’re not a band to be taken lightly. With a hard-hitting, modern sound more reminiscent of today’s Celtic powerhouses, these five lads & lass have quickly established themselves as a force in the Celtic rock scene. Original songs such as Battle Cry, When We Come To Town and Black & Blue Jig will have you pumping your fists, dancing furiously & singing along at the top of your lungs, while songs such as All For One, Whiskey’s Calling & 57 will make you remember what it means to be Irish – the struggle, the brotherhood, and the pride. They also give a nod to their roots with a few Traditional Irish tunes, stamped with the Saint’s own brand of blood & fire, that even the most traditional die-hard Irish rebel will know by heart. This follow up to their first CD, 2010’s “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”, takes the myth of the Sophomore Jinx & tosses it right out the window. With hundreds of shows all over the Eastern US since 2009, playing blistering, high energy sets at venues & Irish festivals from Michigan to Maine, the Saints don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. So raise a pint & give a cheer, this one’s for friends both far & near!