Studio in the Country

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Studio in the Country

Studio in the Country is a recording studio located at 21443 Hwy 436 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

The studio has been in operation since 1972. It was conceived and originally owned by recording engineer William S. "Bleu" Evans.[1] It sits on a 26-acre pine forest located near New Orleans, LA between Bogalusa, LA and Varnado, LA. The studio is approximately 60 miles north of eastern New Orleans. Construction and design was overseen by Bleu Evans with significant contributions by Tom Hidley of Westlake Audio,[2] George Augspurger, Lee Peterzell, Tom Knight and Ron Balmer. Eugene Foster bought the studio in 1979, and later sold it in 1997 to current owner Debra Farmer. Ben Mumphrey has been the studio's general manager and chief engineer since 2007.

Numerous multi-platinum records were recorded, partially recorded or mixed at Studio in the Country, including classic albums by Kansas such as Leftoverture[3] and Point of Know Return,[4] each of which contained hits – "Carry On Wayward Son" (which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100[5]) on the former and Top 10 single "Dust in the Wind"[6] on the latter. Other platinum albums from Studio in the Country include Save His Soul by Blues Traveler,[7] Smells Like Children by Marilyn Manson,[8] Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads by Jimmy Buffett,[9] Heartbreak Station by Cinderella,[10] and the 11x platinum Dirty Dancing soundtrack.[11]

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Studio Interior (2010)

Additional work done at Studio in the Country includes Stevie Wonder's Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants,[12] The Hungry Years by Willie Nelson,[13] the Jack Nitzsche-produced The Neville Brothers,[14] and Fiyo On The Bayou[15] by The Neville Brothers, Louis Prima Meets Robin Hood by Louis Prima, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's An American Dream, the certified-gold Inspiration by Frankie Beverly and Maze, Thunderhead's self-titled first album (produced by Johnny Winter[16]), Zebra's certified-gold self-titled debut album Zebra,[17] Rock'n'Roll Gumbo by Professor Longhair,[18] Pete Fountain's Alive in New Orleans,[19] The Wild Magnolias and They Call Us Wild by The Wild Magnolias,[20] Peter Yarrow's That's Enough For Me,[21] numerous albums by Louisiana's Le Roux (including the hit single "New Orleans Ladies"),[22] Lonesome Road by Doc Watson,[23] Betty Davis' Is It Love Or Desire,[24] High Life by Frankie Miller, "Spanish Doors" from the Adorata EP by The Gutter Twins, American Patchwork by Anders Osborne,[25] and My Feet Can't Fail Me Now by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.[26]

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Control Room (2010)

Albums including Grammy Award winner I'm Here, Bogalusa Boogie and Frenchin' the Boogie by Clifton Chenier[27] were recorded there and numerous albums by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown,[28] including Blackjack and the Grammy-winning Alright Again[29] were also recorded and mixed at Studio in the Country.

Other artists who have used the studio include Ani DiFranco,[30] Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Greg Dulli, The Twilight Singers, Mandrill,[31] Tony Joe White,[32] Zachary Richard,[33] Wayne Newton, Dash Rip Rock, Melanie, The Scoundrels (UK),[34] C.C. Adcock[35] and Revolution Mother, whose lead singer is professional skateboarder Mike Vallely.[36]

The studio has one of the last functional free-standing echo chambers in the world. It was of the last major all-analog recording facilities until adding Pro Tools HD in recent years, though the Studer two-inch and half-inch tape machines are still in use.[37]

In 2009 New Orleans' Offbeat awarded Studio in the Country "Best Recording Studio in Louisiana" for 2008 as well as awarding Ben Mumphrey "Best Studio Engineer in Louisiana".[38]

In November 2010 the installation of a vintage Neve 8068 recording console was completed. The 32-channel board was most recently in use at Allaire Studios in New York.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ultrasonic Studios Profile-Mix Profiles New Orleans Studio Ultrasonic. Mixonline.com (October 1, 2007). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Billboar. dGoogle Books (December 8, 1973). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Leftoverture: Information from. Answers.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  4. ^ Point of Know Return: Information from. Answers.com (October 11, 1977). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  5. ^ Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas Songfacts. Songfacts.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Dust in the Wind. Kansasband.com (February 18, 1978). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Blues Traveler: Information from. Answers.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.lpb.org/programs/swi/text/02-Feb-07a.txt
  9. ^ Jimmy Buffett Discography. BuffettNews.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  10. ^ Cinderella (3) – Heartbreak Station (CD, Album. )Discogs. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  11. ^ The sound of solitude | New Orleans CityBusiness | Professional Journal archives from. AllBusiness.com (March 4, 2002). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  12. ^ Stevie Wonder – Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (Vinyl, LP, Album.) Discogs. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  13. ^ [1] Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Neville Brothers – CD – The Neville Brothers. Bestbuy.com (September 16, 2008). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  15. ^ Neville Brothers – Fiyo On The Bayou CD Album. Cduniverse.com (August 6, 1991). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  16. ^ Billboar. dGoogle Books (June 15, 1974). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  17. ^ Randy Jackson Interview, Zebra (Band), Music, Video. Fullinbloom.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  18. ^ 悪い店|西川口風俗実録レポート. Professorlonghair.com (March 19, 2011). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  19. ^ Mekalian, David. (2007-03-07) Dixieland Jazz – Pete Fountain Discography: Alive In New Orleans – First American Records. Petefountain.blogspot.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  20. ^ B.B. King :: Suggested Tunes. Suggestune.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  21. ^ Peter Yarrow -That's Enough For Me. Geocities.jp. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  22. ^ Louisiana's LeRoux | Louisiana's LeRoux. Laleroux.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  23. ^ Doc and Merle Watson Discography. Docwatson.de. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  24. ^ Betty Davis. tinyhuman.com (July 20, 2009). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  25. ^ Guitarist Anders Osborne showcases his 'American Patchwork' at the New Orleans Jazz Fest today. NOLA.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  26. ^ "Funk don't fail me now: Dirty Dozen Brass Band | AudioFile". Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  27. ^ Clifton Chenier – I'm Here! CD Album. Cduniverse.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  28. ^ Billboar. dGoogle Books (May 18, 1974). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  29. ^ Clarence Gatemouth Brown : Biography. Vervemusicgroup.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  30. ^ News : Local studio/engineer named tops in state : The Daily News, Bogalusa, LA. Gobogalusa.com (March 30, 2009). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  31. ^ Mandrill – Solid (Vinyl, LP, Album. )Discogs. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  32. ^ Tony Joe White – Studio albums. Martin-doppelbauer.de. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  33. ^ Allons Danser. Zachary Richard. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  34. ^ Scoundrels – Hangman's Lament by charmfactory on SoundCloud – Create, record and share your sounds for free. Soundcloud.com (May 25, 2010). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  35. ^ Louisiana Music. Louisianaentertainment.gov. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  36. ^ Mike Vallely. Mike Vallely. 2015 saw the release of two albums by the band Beach House, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  37. ^ Studio In The Country. Masterdigital.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  38. ^ The Best of the Beat, 2008 :: OffBeat :: New Orleans and Louisiana Music, Food, and Art News. OffBeat (March 1, 2009). Retrieved on October 25, 2011.