Greetings Music Soldiers!
Hope this finds you all well and creative. Here's a peek into what's been happening around here:
Winter began with a super cool project from my old high school friend, Brian Gilmore. Brian, who now resides in Bellingham, WA, is working on a spoken word/poetry piece with the mission of shedding light on the topic of eating disorders. Recently, Brian found a notebook full of poetry written by his late mother. The poems are a detailed journey through her struggles with anorexia/bulimia. With the help of author Rachel Steil and poet Rachel Gleason, Brian gathered together 12 unique voices including poet-lauriate Marcel Price (Fable) and WGVU's Shelley Irwin to perform each of the poems for the recorded piece of the project. Many of the readers are people who have lived with similar afflictions lending an enormous amount of authenticity to the recordings. A very beautiful and emotional day it was. Kudos to Brian for bringing his Mom's honest words to life and sharing her powerful story. And special thanks to all of the readers who had the courage to participate. You can find out more about this project at https://www.facebook.com/reelperspectives/
In December, we finished work on the debut EP from Bellweather, a very well-written piece of thinker pop. We traveled to West Michigan Piano to record one of their 9' concert Steinway pianos with our mobile setup which we then added back into our session here in the studio. Turned out great! Bellweather has since relocated to Nashville to continue to build his brand. You can learn more here: https://www.bellweathermusic.com/about
Also in December, we began working with a new young country band called "Conestoga". Great songwriters, great singer, great groove! Watch for a bunch of cool stuff coming from these guys this year.
Singer-songwriter Steven Trosin has been in and out the studio all winter working on his second release due out sometime in 2019. His current release "Course Correction" is a very nice collection of heartfelt indy folk-rock tunes that are sure to make you feel better! Check it out here: https://steventrosin.com/home
In January, we hosted the VIP launch party for the new AAA radio station in West Michigan - 94.5 The Q. A fun evening filled with live music from Edison Kitt, Ed Dupas, Hannah Rose Graves, Troll for Trout and others. Thanks to Bruce Law and the staff at The Q!
Also over the last month, we also finished final mixing for Country/Americana artist Ed Dupas for his 3rd full length release entitled "The Lonesome Side of Town". The past two weeks, we've been working with Grammy-winning mastering engineer, Pete Lyman who has put the finishing touches on it. Pete has mastered many records that we admire (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Tom Waits and lots of others), so we were excited that he agreed to work with us. The result is stunning. Now we are in the release planning stage. Stay tuned for more on that. In the meantime, click here to keep up with Ed!
Lots of other cool projects happening over the cold months and into Spring with a video shoot with Edison Kitt (Grand Rapids), singer/songwriter Samantha Goodell(Brighton, MI), country band Backroad Brotherhood(Grand Rapids), The Rockford ACES(Rockford, MI) and Glen Ray(Grand Rapids)
Hip-Hop/R&B producer extrordinaire James Grey continues to stay busy in Studio B. James was recently a guest speaker at Ferris State University for their Music and Entertainment Business students. And fresh from sessions in Miami, he's now back at it here in GR at his home at Mackinaw Harvest.
Additionally, our commercial wing of the studio, The Creative Cabin has also been busy writing and producing jingles for Camping World (feat. Conestoga - more exciting stuff on that soon!), Avalon Building Concepts, The Detroit Tigers Radio Network among others. If you have a business and would like help getting your product or service embedded in people's minds, give us a call!
And finally, we had a fun time throughout our Winter run of The Mackinaw Harvest Recording School. They class collectively produced a cool song from singer/songwriter Lexi Adams which turned out great! Our Spring class will begin soon in mid to late April and we are also forming our Summer class over the next month to begin in July. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about studio recording, check out our page here and give us a shout! *NOTE: We still have a few spaces available in our Spring class and are offering a $50 discount to the next 3 who sign up to join us! Call 616.901.5982 to find out how to sign up.
OK, well, that's quite enough for one installment! Let us know how we can help you reach your music goals.
PS: Again, I just want to clarify that we are still open, alive and well here on National & Bridge in downtown GR! There has been some talk flying around that I moved north and closed the studio. NO WAY!! While I did get married and am spending more time at our home in Traverse City these days, I'm still working here every week at Mackinaw Harvest in GR, along with Lane and James and the studio is open full time as it's always been for the past 12 years. So if you're looking to do a project here in GR, please do not hesitate to give us a shout!
The Q - 94.5FM team at their station launch VIP Party - Jan. 2019
KOANS poetry project
Brian Gilmore, WGVU's Shelley Irwin, Michael Crittenden
Ed Dupas arrives at the studio and greets Samantha Goodell
Bellweather recording on-location at
W. Michigan Piano
Winter 2019 at Mackinaw Harvest
Glen Ray - Winter 2019 at Mackinaw Harvest
Colonel & Steven Trosin
Rockford ACES - March 25, 2019
Paris Smith in one of her favorite spots.
Ed Dupas with his sweet 1965 Gibson J-50 "Hank"
Jed Scott and Lane DenBoer working with
The Rockford ACES - March 25, 2019
Shooting video with Edison Kitt for his tune "Got So Far To Go" - March 2019
Getting through a chilly winter evening with Colonel, Brian Morrill, Quinn Mathews, Craig Griffith, John Connors and Hayes Griffin
Lexi Adams with Michael Crittenden in studio