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2011 Projects at Big Red Studio

Another Big Year at Big Red Studio!

•In April of 2011 Dan Crary recorded with his band ‘Thunderation’ and in June released “Perfect Storm” on Blue Night Records. A great review of the CD just appeared in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine which can be read by scrolling halfway down the page Here!

•Tyler Burn’s meticulously compiled synth-pop album “Solo Cinema” is a fantastic blend of old and new. Getting the best of analog synthesizers in the modern recording environment. Straight from classic keys such as a prophet 8 recorded to two inch at 30ips on the audiophile ATR analog tape and mixed to half inch analogue- you can’t get a bigger or better sound.

•Jazz guitarist Jonathan Smith was in the studio in June recording his album “En Route”. Check him out here.

•Yascha Noonberg recorded steel drums with the band Calynco. What kind of music do they play? – It can only be described as “calypso, funk, island, Latin, jazz.”

•Kory Quinn was in several times throughout the year. His first session was recording several songs for “Waitin for a Train.” In March he came back in with his band “The Comrades” to track four songs for “Waitin’” which was released in March. He’s been back since to work on his upcoming project. You can check him out on Facebook.

•Prolific political singer songwriter David Rovics has created several projects at Big Red in 2011. His February cd, Big Red Sessions, is available for free or by donation at his website. David also recorded two other projects; one of them being a children’s album.

•In September and October James Meyer recorded the album “A Life Uncomplicated” which features a unique fusion of blues and jazz. Be sure to check that out here.

•In July, Tim Murphy tracked lead vocals on his “Sleepwalk Kid” release.

•Bob Soper and the band Stringed Migration was here in March.

Brownsmead Flats, a quintet from Astoria recorded their third album, Astoria at Big Red. Its compositions delve into the history and culture of the Columbia-Pacific region.

•Jimmy Free, featuring his 7 string violin, released his album “Where Saints & Angels Tread” in December, 2010. He came back in again in October of last year to work on another album. You can read more in an earlier posting.

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Lyrical Strings Duo: From Mendelssohn to Satie

Lyrical Strings Duo have just completed recording their upcoming album “Evening Songs,” full of original arrangements of classical pieces. From Mendelssohn to Satie.

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Wayward Vessel Recording

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Some great vibes came together in February at Big Red Studio . The progressive bluegrass band Wayward Vessel worked to get just the right blend of bluegrass and folk with an edge with co-producer Billy Oskay. It’s fantastic to hear the band gather round Billy in the control room and jam out to get into the mood. (Written by Intern James M.)

Be on the lookout for their upcoming release “Before the Grey” on Dram Records!

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One Bed One Bath?




Yup, “One Bed One Bath” is their band name and they recently recorded a killer demo at Big Red.

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Lauren Sheehan: “Rose City Ramble” CD


Lauren Sheehan is fast becoming a legend in country blues circles. She is a trove of countless songs, all respecting tradition yet richly infused with her personal style.
Lauren’s new CD, “Rose City Ramble,” recorded in 2010, takes another step forward and is a wonderful collection of blues, ballads, country and new folk. It also features a compelling live track from her concert at the 2009 The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.
Lauren’s strong voice and guitar playing are joined, on different tracks, by some of her favorite Portland musicians: Terry Robb, Johnnie Ward, Dean Meuller, Greg Clarke, Laura Quigley, Betsy Branch, Elizabeth Nicholson, Michael Ballash and Zoe Carpenter. Release parties will be in April, 2011 followed by touring.

Her website is: LaurenSheehanMusic.com

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David Rovics with Big Red Rhythm

Click here for D. Rovics: “Tunisia” MP3

Nick Angelo, Arcellus Sykes, Demitrius Keller and David Rovics


Political singer-songwriter David Rovics spent most of February recording his new CD titled “Big Red Sessions.”
You can download the project and read liner notes at Big Red Sessions Liner Notes

We brought in Big Red Rhythm as well as Nick Angelo and Tim Murphy on electric guitars.

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How to Be Famous! Part 1

Want to be Famous? It’s easy—to be famous, USE only ONE NAME!

It has worked well for Sting, Bono, and those below.

(and please submit edits ,corrections or additions to this list by Posting a comment below). Thanks :)

Name Notoriety *Real Name
Gaga (Lady) Singer-Fashionista Stefani Joanne Germanotta
Fabio drum and bass DJ Fitzroy Heslop
Byork Islandic Singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Plato Philosopher *
Gabriel Gatekeeper Angel Gabriel
Nero Fiddler Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus
AKA Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Socrates History Teacher *
Paul, Mark, Et Al Saint, Disciple *
Madonna Singer Madonna Ciccone
Cher Singer/Actress Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre
Enya Singer Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin
Sting Singer Gordon Sumner
Bono Singer/U2 Paul Hewson
Morris Advertising Morris Cat
Tut King Of Egypt Tutankhamen
T (Mr.) Wrestler, Actor Laurence Tureaud
Dumbo Elephant *
Zeus, Apollo, Athena, et al Greek Gods Pallas Athena
Jesus Son Of God *
Shankar Musician/Violin Lakshminorayana
George (Boy) Culture Club George Alan O’dowd
Yanni Musician Yiannis Chrysomallis
Slash Guitar/Guns’n Roses Saul Hudson
Donovan Singer Philips Leitch
Gallagher Comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher
Tonto Sidekick/Lone Ranger *
Thuycides * No One Can Remember
Superman, Spiderman, Mighty-Mouse, Et Al Super Heroes Clark Kent
Lulu Singer Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie
Liberace Flaming Pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace
Hammer Rapper Mc Hammer
Vangelis Musician Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou
Barney Reincarnations Of *
Lucifer Satan *
Dracula Count Transylvania *
Goofy Goofiness *
Casper Being Friendly The Ghost
Piggy, Kermit, et al Sesame Street *
Prince Singer Prince Rogers Nelson
Popeye Spinach Advocate *
Bozo Clown *
Dante Author Dante Aligheri
Babe That’ll Do *
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How to be Famous: Part 2

Do you REALLY want to be Famous? It’s easy: — USE TWO (or more) FIRST NAMES!
It has worked well for those below.

(and please submit edits ,corrections or additions to this list by Posting a comment below). Thanks :)

Name Notoriety *Real Name?
Steve Allen Tv Personality *
Woody Allen Director, Writer, Actor Allan Stewart Konigsberg
Tori Amos Singer/Songwriter Myra Ellen Amos
Eddie Arnold Actor *
Rosanne Arnold Tv *
Tom Arnold Tv *
Benidict Arnold Traitor *
Mohammed Ali Boxer *
William Blake Writer *
Jack Bruce Musician (Cream) *
Lenny Bruce Comedian, Satirist Leonard Alfred Schneider
John Candy Actor *
Juius & All Caesars Roman Caesars *
Sean Cassidy Canadian Illustrator *
Sean Cassidy Male Stripper *
Shaun Cassidy Writer/Actor/Producer *
Ray Charles Musician Ray Charles Robinson
Dick Clark First Dj *
Montgomery Clift Stage/Film Actor *
Jamie Lee Curtis Actress *
Tony Curtis Actor *
James Dean Actor *
Michael/Kirk Douglas Actors *
Bob Dylan Singer/Songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman
Blake Edwards Producer *
Percy Faith Orchestra Leader *
Whitaker Forest Actor *
Anne Frank Diary *
Ben Franklin Statesman, Patriot *
Peter Gabriel Singer/Musician *
Carey Grant Actor *
Hugh Grant Actor *
Ulysses S. Grant 18Th Us President *
Paul Harvey Radio Commentator *
Peewee Herman Adventures *
Woody Herman Big Band Leader *
Buddy Holly 50’S Rocker *
Bob Hope Comedian *
Washington Irving Author *
Michael Jackson Pop Star *
Harry James Trumpeter, Band Leader *
Jessie James Outlaw *
Henry James 19Th Cent. Author *
Et Al James * *
Jerome Jerome English Author *
Billy Joel Pop Singer *
Elton John Pop Singer *
James Joyce Irish Author *
David Kelley Tv Writer/Producer *
All The Kennedys Politicians *
Clark Kent Superman *
Vacslav Klaus President Czech Rep. *
Bruce Lee Kung Fu Actor *
Peggy Lee Singer Norma Deloris Egstrom
Robert E. Lee General *
Other Lees * *
Huey Lewis Rock Musician Hugh Anthony Cregg II
Jerry Lewis Comic Actor Joseph Levitch
Juliet Lewis Tv Producer *
Juliette Lewis Rock Singer *
Richard Lewis (1) Politician *
Richard Lewis (2) Bishop *
Richard Lewis (3) Comedian *
Richard Lewis (4) Baseball Player *
Richard Lewis (5) Tenor *
Richard Lewis (6) Musician “Cass” *
Richard Lewis (7) Welsh Martyr *
Richard Lewis (8) Literary Critic *
Sherri Lewis “Lamb Chop” Ventriloq. *
Et Al Lewis * *
Richard Little Comedian *
Little Richard Wild Man Rock N’ Roll Richard Wayne Penniman
Christopher Lloyd Character Actor *
Harold Lloyd Silent Film Star
Martin Luther Early Protestor *
Marky Mark Musician/Actor Mark Wahlberg
Dean Martin Crooner Dino Paul Crocetti
Mary Martin Actress *
Steve Martin Actor *
Et Al Martins * *
James Mason English Actor *
Perry Mason Lawyer *
James Maxwell (1) Scottish Math/Physics *
James Maxwell (2) Tv Actor *
George Michael Pop Singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
George Mitchell (1-12) See En.Wikipedia.Org *
Elizabeth Montgomery Actress *
Philip Morris Smoker *
Sam Neil Actor *
Peter Parker Spiderman *
Jason Patric Actor *
Sandi Patty Christian Singer *
Simon Peter Apostle, Fisherman *
Sally Jesse Rafael Tv Talk Show *
James Earl Ray King Assassin *
Man Ray Photographer *
Pat Riley Basketball Coach *
Lionel Richie R&B Singer *
Christopher Robin Winnie The Pooh *
Axl Rose Bassist, Guns N’ Roses William Bruce Rose Jr.
Diana Ross Singer
Bertrand Russel Writer, Philosopher
Babe Ruth Baseball Player
Walter Scott (1) Novelist, Poet
Walter Scott (2) Singer
Molly Shannon Snl
Carly Simon Singer
Paul Simon Singer/Songwriter
Sirhan Sirhan Kennedy Assassin
Elizabeth Taylor Actress
James Taylor Singer
Mick Taylor Guitarist, R. Stones
Zachary Taylor 12Th Us President
Tiny Tim (1) Character Fr. Dickens
Tiny Tim (2) Musician Herbert Khaury
Clarence Thomas Supreme Ct. Justice
Dylan Thomas Poet
Sophie Tucker Singer, Comedian Sophia Kalish
Tanya Tucker C/W Singer
George Washington 1St Us President *
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Jimmy Free and his 7-string violin


Jimmy Free creates dynamic spontaneous compositions with live looping of a custom-made 7 string violin.
He recorded his fourth CD, “Where Saints and Angels Tread” at Big Red in December. Compelling stuff.
Cary Ray took This Video of Jimmy Free playing and singing the lead-off track.
Jimmy Free on YouTube
The March, 2011 release will include a DVD of Jimmy playing in nature.
His website: Jimmy Free

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2010 Projects at Big Red Studio

It was a busy year 2010 at Big Red!

• Eclectic folk-fusion ensemble Kendálin recorded their debut CD “Opening” Great original instrumentals!   Kendalin

Caleb Klauder’s new CD “Western Country,” CalebKlauder was recorded live in Spring, 2010 (with no separation, overdubs or headphones!) is presently #5 and climbing on the Roots Music Report.

•Amazing Irish Fiddler Brongaene Griffin just released “Three Colours Ginger” , Brongaene Griffin
features fiddling and poetry readings by Kevin Burke, guitar wizardry by Gerry O’Beirne, and contributions from several others.

•The modern bluegrass trio Wayward Vessel Wayward Vessel recorded their self titled CD at Big Red and are gigging regularly.

•Gypsy balladeer Spruce Baugher recorded and released his solo CD: “Ruby.”

•New Orleans Singer-Songwriter Jessey Lee Young, with Demy Andre, created a wonderful EP: “Sapphire Sky.”
He made an i phone video looking out the studio windows while recording. You can see it and hear the tracks under The “Sapphire Sky Sessions” at: Jesse Lee Young-The Duo

•Flatpicking legend Dan Crary was in for a few sessions working on two projects for 2011 releases.

Mistral, a multi-instrumental Portland-based trio plays and sings music from Breton, France featuring octave mandolin, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, accordian, fiddle, & more! Their just released CD: “Promontory” has the COOLEST, elegant graphics you’ll ever see, and as you open it up you’ll find that it is packaged in a brown paper lunch bag! Genius.
Check them out at: Mistral website

•Singer-songwriters Rodolfo Lopez and Stella Garcia recorded their epic CD: “Brille Tu Luz” with full orchestral arrangements. We had a great time recording 10-piece string sections, 12-voice choirs, brass, guitars, vihuelas, and even concert harp. Some of the songs ran into 40+ tracks so the mixing was really fun.

•Jazz piano great Gordon Lee recorded his unique and original “This Path” CD on OA2 Records  with an all-star cast including two different rhythm sections: One with Dave Captein on bass & Carlton Jackson on drums, and the other with Kevin Deitz on bass, and Ron Steen on drums. It also has a duo cut with Cuban cajon master Miguel Bernal.

Tortune, a very talented Dad/daughter Duo won a day of recording at Big Red Studio by rising above the competition at the Thirsty Lion singer-songwriter showcase. And recorded some memorable tracks. Thirsty Lion Singer-Songwriter showcase

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