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Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part Four)

Continued from Part Three… Good Takes Take Time Coming in to a studio session with unrealistic expectations is a recipe for dissatisfaction. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew,” says Harrington. “Be realistic about how many songs you can record within the time you have booked, and always think about quality over quantity.” Bruce

Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Even though there’s an impressively high standard of facilities, engineering staff and gear at the recording studios in western North Carolina, some studios are better suited for specific types of music. Robert George says that at Sound Temple, he tends to “record and mix music that is either acoustic or rootsy.”

Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Recording in Western N.C. The industry has a long (if relatively modest and not widely-known) history in the region. In the earliest days of audio recording, a little-known recording device was transported all across the country—including Western North Carolina—and used to make scores of field recordings of folk and roots artists.

Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part One)

An edited version of this feature was published previously as the cover story in the November 2018 issue of Capital at Play. “Music discovery and delivery have changed drastically in the past ten years, and they’ll keep changing,” says Jeff Collins of Crossroads Recording Studios in Arden. “It’s hard for an artist to keep up

Album Review: Eleanor Underhill — Navigate the Madness

Underhill Rose enjoys well-deserved popularity and success for its music. Since coming together on the campus of Warren Wilson College nearly a decade ago, Eleanor Underhill (vocals, banjo) and Molly Rose (guitar, vocals) have won critical and commercial success. The duo’s three studio releases and their 2016 live collection (partly recorded at the much-missed Altamont

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Studio Serendipity “Even in college, I was hopeful that I would be able to make a living in music,” Ragland says. “I’ve always had aspirations of trying to make a living as a creative person. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m doing what I’m doing now. What’s more

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… A New Song At the same time, parts of his past were calling him. “Having grown up in Winston-Salem, Boston was far away from home,” Ragland says. His family did have roots a bit closer, with a small family farm in rural West Virginia near the New River Gorge. “It’s been

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part One)

Gar Ragland is deeply immersed in multiple endeavors that skillfully combine commerce and creativity. The ripple effects of his efforts are often far-reaching, providing tangible encouragement and assistance to rising musical talents. Some of his projects are high-profile, while others are understated, even under wraps. And though his career path has had its share of

Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam at 30: Supporting the Habit(at)

Near the end of the 1980s, local Asheville guitarist Warren Haynes organized an informal musical get-together. Conceived as an opportunity for touring and journeyman musicians to congregate during the holidays – the one time each year when many of them would return home – the Christmas Jam would eventually evolve into something much grander. An

Oxford American Celebrates N.C. Music

North Carolina has a rich musical history and a thriving current-day music scene. Both are being recognized in the Winter 2018 issue of Oxford American. The esteemed literary and arts magazine devotes the entirety the issue to the state’s music and poetry. And in conjunction with the issue, Oxford American hosted a series of events