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Drummer Mike Snyder at Big Red Studio

Drummer Mike Snyder at Big Red Studio

Mike Snyder was at Big Red this week, adding incredible drums to James Meyers latest project with producer James Wisner. Mike always brings a few (nine, to be exact!) snare drums to a session, matching tones for each song.

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.

Wayward Vessel Recording

Wayward Vessel Recording

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!

Lauren Sheehan: "Rose City Ramble" CD

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

“Thank you for your patience, great ears & hard work! Look forward to the next time.”


Enion Pelta photo

Enion Pelta

Violinist, TAARKA

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:13:34+00:00

Enion Pelta

Violinist, TAARKA

Enion Pelta photo

“It is always a good time, capturing sound in a place that is so Amazing.”


Linda Vigil photo

Linda Vigil

Experimental musician, DJ, VJ

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:23:08+00:00

Linda Vigil

Experimental musician, DJ, VJ

Linda Vigil photo

“Hey! Awesome sounds, great feeling recording at your wonderful facility!”


Graham Lear photo

Graham Lear

Drummer for Santana and many more

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:07:42+00:00

Graham Lear

Drummer for Santana and many more

Graham Lear photo

“This place is a temple for music. Thank you.”


Belinda (Beliss) Underwood photo

Belinda (Beliss) Underwood

Multi-instrumentalist and dancer

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:25:34+00:00

Belinda (Beliss) Underwood

Multi-instrumentalist and dancer

Belinda (Beliss) Underwood photo

“Thank you for your sensitivity and good sound. Great studio!”


Airto Moreira

Legendary Brazilian percussionist (Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Jobim, Flora Purim, more)

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:29:49+00:00

Airto Moreira

Legendary Brazilian percussionist (Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Jobim, Flora Purim, more)

“We are all smiling!! Amazing work, you are a genius.”


Pam Boulding photo

Pam Boulding

Magical Strings

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:29:09+00:00

Pam Boulding

Magical Strings

Pam Boulding photo

“Billy Oskay you are truly one of the finest producers of acoustic music there is.”


John Doan | Celtic Cottage photo

John Doan

21-stringed harp guitarist

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:26:24+00:00

John Doan

21-stringed harp guitarist

John Doan | Celtic Cottage photo

“Unf***ing believable microphones! Thanks for the vibe, the sound, the great room & your ears”


Tom Bergeron photo

Tom Bergeron

Saxophonist, composer, band leader and recording artist

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:24:19+00:00

Tom Bergeron

Saxophonist, composer, band leader and recording artist

Tom Bergeron photo

“Billy, you are a fine master of your art and it is a pleasure working with you.”


James Whiton photo

James Whiton

String Bassist

Big Red Studio
2018-07-05T23:28:21+00:00

James Whiton

String Bassist

James Whiton photo