Atlantic Beach Music Festival 2017

Well, another AB music festival event in the books. What a great day! According to the AB site, there were over 10,000 in attendance! Thanks to Atlantic Beach and all the sponsors for having us out, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
Atlantic Beach, NC

Atlantic Beach Music Festival 2017, Jim Heidenreich – Drummer, Danny Garner in the distance – Guitarist
Randy Hignite – Keys

The lineup was incredible, the crowd was energetic, the weather was perfect. The Mighty Saints of Soul encountered a few technical problems early into the set (bad DI box, bad cable), but after that, the sound was rich and clear. Thanks to Pete Benson and his crew for providing backline and FOH, and doing an awesome job of keeping us all going.

When I arrived, my drummer said he had a friend playing over in the next town and they were having mixer problems. It was for a private wedding and they went on at 6:30. Well, I was mixing the Saints until 6 pm, so that would be a tight timeline. After our show, I rushed over to Beaufort, NC to take a look, about a 15 minute drive. It seems the mixer may have a circuit problem, but we were able to get enough of the channels working to go on with the show. It was a harrowing few minutes; the wedding party was running late in their activities, so that gave us a few more minutes to sort it out. Bottom line is the show went on, they sounded great and the clients were happy with the outcome.

The Jan Michael Fields Band

I had no idea who I was helping, just a friend of a friend. Later I found out who it was. Gentlemen, I am humbled, and just glad as heck I could help get things going again. Thanks for trusting me with your gear!
The Jan Michael Fields Band


Atlantic Beach Music Festival

This past weekend I had the pleasure of mixing a live show for The Mighty Saints of Soul in a festival setting in Atlantic Beach, NC at the Beach Music Festival. This was by far the largest crowd I have ever mixed for, about 6000 people according to Emcee John Moore. The line up was The Holiday Band, The Band of Oz, The Fantastic Shakers and The Mighty Saints of Soul.

It was truly an awesome event and I hope to be a part of it again next year!

Brandon Penny - The circle today!_2016-05-23_12-13-07

-photo credit Brandon Penny


Pig in the Park

This past weekend I had the pleasure of mixing a live show for The Mighty Saints of Soul and The Downtown Chameleons at the Pig in the Park festival in Goldsboro, NC. It was a benefit to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club.

Man was it cold and windy, but I managed to take one cool pic while I was there. We had a lot of fun and the pigs (24 of them) were great. Thanks to all who came out and supported the fundraiser, local businesses and local music.

Pig in the Park 2016Nothing you can do is cooler than this. Nothing.


Blast from the Past

I was going through some old stuff today and found an old Myspace link to some songs I did while I was in Nicodemus. Bad audio quality, but you can get a sense of what we had going on.

Nicodemus Rocks


Show Some Love

I know its been a few weeks since I posted, but I have been collaborating with my new friend Stephen Butler who is in Adelaide, South Australia. He is a small studio like we are, but he is in a big city. Stephen’s studio can be found at Amber Inc Studios. He specializes in R&B, CCM, Country Music, Jazz and Blues. He thrives with artists that prefer a small, intimate setting, but he also has a mobile rig that can follow you wherever your venue may be.

Stephen is also a musician in his own right. There have been rumors of an EP of his new material that may surface soon, so stay tuned!

Take a moment and visit his site. And if you are ever ‘Down Under’, look him up and let him produce your next big hit!


Real Training Run by Real People

From time to time I comment on posts that my mentors write. If you look in the blog roll section of my site, you will see that I link to a few top professionals in the recording industry, some of whom provide free and paid training. These are people who have directly impacted my work. Graham Cochrane at The Recording Revolution dot com is a fine example. I link to him, not to drive web traffic to his site, but to offer you the same ‘internet finds’ that have helped me so much. Just so you know that I do not link to spurious content, here is a screen shot of a reply to my comment, from Graham himself.

Real replies from real people. This is not some web bot generating sham training and revenue for some country you can’t pronounce, its a real person. So, get on the bandwagon and sign up.




Finding Favour

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the CCM band Finding Favour perform at my old church. They are signed with Toby Mac’s label Gotee Records. What a super nice group of guys. Go see them if they are in your area.

Finding Favour
Finding Favour