Vance Powell

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Vance Powell is an American-four time Grammy Award winning record producer, engineer and mixer.[1][2] His credits include Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, The Revivalists, Tinariwen, JEFF the Brotherhood, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and Martina McBride, among many others.[3][4][5]

Life and career[edit]

Powell made his start in live sound, touring with local Missouri bands as a front-of-house engineer. In 1986, he conducted his first professional studio recording session as an engineer at Rick Massey's 'Massey Studio', stepping in for the main engineer who was sick at the time. That same year he became the studio's engineer.[1] In 1990-'93 he took a position at Lou Whitney's Column One Studio in Springfield, MO. as second engineer, recording scores of regional bands and artists. Shortly after, Powell moved to Nashville, TN, accepting a position as a monitor engineer for Tammy Wynette. The position turned into Production Manager/Front of House (FOH) Engineer, which he did until 1997, when he joined global sound reinforcement company, Clair Brother's Audio.[6][7]

In 1998 he started a long relationship with Jars of Clay taking a FOH position that continued through 2002. During that time several recording projects with them emerged, including their full length 2002 release (and 2003 Grammy Award winner) "The Eleventh Hour".[6]

In early 2002 John McBride asked him to help build and run Blackbird Studio, a single room semi-private facility for his wife, country music superstar Martina McBride.[8] The single room semi-private facility soon became an eight room world class facility hosting projects such as Neil Young's “Heart of Gold” motion picture soundtrack and The Dixie Chicks' six time Grammy Award winning “Taking the Long Way”.[6][9] Powell remained the Chief Engineer at Blackbird for seven years.[2]

Projects outside of Blackbird soon beckoned, and Powell began working extensively with Jack White's groups including The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, and The Dead Weather, as well as many of White's production jobs such as Wanda Jackson's "The Party Ain't Over", as well as Jack White and Alicia Keys' production of "Another Way to Die" from the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.[10][5][11]

Powell is the co-owner of Sputnik Sound, a recording and mixing facility he set up in 2006 together with producer/engineer Mitch Dane. Powell met White for the first time in 2006, when he worked on Danger Mouse and Daniel Luppi's Rome album, on which White guested.[10] Recent Sputnik Sound projects include Tinariwin, Seasick Steve, Leagues, Bobby Bare, Jr., Red Fang, De Staat, Diarrhea Planet, A Thousand Horses, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Wolfmother, Arctic Monkeys and Chris Stapleton. Powell is managed by Global Positioning Services management in Santa Monica, CA.[5]

Awards[edit]

Powell has won four Grammy Awards for his work on the albums listed below.[3][5][1][10][12]

In 2015, Chris Stapleton's album "Traveller" won three Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) including "Album of The Year" and "New Artist of The Year". The album also received Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Country Song, Best Country Album (win), Best Country Solo Performance (win). The album was engineered and mixed by Powell.[13][14][15][12]

Selected discography[edit]

The production, engineering and mixing discography for Vance Powell is as follows.[16] [17] [18]

Year Artist Album Label Producer Engineer Mixer
2015 Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown The Wayside Vervatos/Republic
YesY
YesY
YesY
The Revivalists Men Amongst Mountains Wind-Up
YesY
Chris Stapleton Traveller Mercury
YesY
YesY
JEFF the Brotherhood Wasted on the Dream Infinity Cat
YesY
Elle King "America's Sweetheart" from Love Stuff RCA
YesY
Seasick Steve Sonic Soul Surfer BMG
YesY
YesY
The Whistles & The Bells The Whistles & The Bells +180
YesY
YesY
2014 Tinariwen Emmaar ANTI-
YesY
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes Kid Tiger Deer Head
YesY
YesY
Black Prairie Fortune Sugar Hill
YesY
YesY
YesY
The Dirty Guv'nahs Hearts on Fire Summertown
YesY
Peter Bradley Adams The Mighty Storm I Me Mine
YesY
Bobby Bare, Jr. Undefeated Bloodshot
YesY
YesY
Dirk Powell Walking Through Clay Bloodshot
YesY
YesY
2013 The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones Tooth & Nail
YesY
Insane Clown Posse Forgotten Freshness, Vol. 5 Psycopathic
YesY
YesY
Sturgill Simpson High Top Mountain High Top Mountain
YesY
YesY
De Staat I_Con Cool Green Records YesY
Seasick Steve Hubcap Music Third Man
YesY
YesY
Moon Taxi Mountains Beaches Cities BMG
YesY
LeAnn Rimes Spitfire Curb
YesY
Kings of Leon Live At The O2 (DVD) RCA
YesY
Various Artists The Great Gatsby O.S.T. Interscope
YesY
YesY
Caitlin Rose The Stand-In ATO
YesY
Red Fang Whales and Leeches Relapse
YesY
North Mississippi Allstars World Boogie Is Coming Songs of the South
YesY
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Wild Child Carved
YesY
Leagues You Belong Here Bufalatone
YesY
YesY
2012 Jack White Blunderbuss Third Man
YesY
YesY
The Whigs Enjoy the Company New West
YesY
Keb' Mo' Keb Mo/Keep It Simple Sony
YesY
Andrew Osenga Leonard, the Lonely Astrnoaut 1010 Distribution
YesY
Andrew Peterson Light for the Lost Boy Centricity
YesY
Buddy Guy Live at Legends RCA
YesY
The Kicks Tonight Changes Everything The Kicks
YesY
YesY
Pujol United States of Being Saddle Creek
YesY
2011 Red Fang Murder the Mountains Relapse
YesY
Danger Mouse & Danielle Luppi Rome Rome
YesY
Chris Thile Sleep with One Eye Open Nonesuch
YesY
YesY
Wanda Jackson The Party Ain't Over
YesY
YesY
Bobby Bare, Jr. A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head Thirty Tigers
YesY
Johnny Gimble Celebrating with Friends CMH
YesY
The Kicks Sputnik Sessions The Kicks
YesY
YesY
2010 The Whigs In the Dark ATO/Red
YesY
YesY
Buddy Guy Living Proof Jive
YesY
The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards Warner Bros.
YesY
YesY
John Cowan The Massenburg Sessions Koch
YesY
Karen Elson The Ghost Who Walks XL
YesY
YesY
Andrew Belle The Ladder 101 Distribution
YesY
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights Warner Bros.
YesY
Hillsong Yahweh EMI
YesY
2009 The Dead Weather Horehound Independent
YesY
YesY
Seasick Steve Man from Another Time Rykodisc
YesY
John Rich Son of a Preacher Man Warner Bros.
YesY
Jars of Clay The Long Fall Back to Earth Provident
YesY
The Kicks The Rise of King Richie Independent
YesY
Willie Nelson Willie and the Wheel Bismeaux
YesY
2008 Jessica Simpson Do You Know Epic
YesY
Jewel Perfectly Clear Valory
YesY
Jack White & Alicia Keys "Another Way to Die" from Quantum of Solace O.S.T. Capitol
YesY
YesY
2007 Jars of Clay Christmas Songs Nettwerk
YesY
YesY
The White Stripes Conquest Warner Bros.
YesY
Caedmon's Call Overdressed Ino/Columbia
YesY
2006 Poor Rich Folk Love Is A Bullet Independent
YesY
YesY
Matt Dusk Back in Town Decca
YesY
2005 Big & Rich Comin' to Your City Warner/Reprise
YesY

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