Tuesday, October 5, 2010

mixing in Studio C w/ ORBO
ORBO tracking acoustic guitar
    Prairie Sun Recording is proud to welcome some great artists from abroad... Norwegian rockers ORBO and the Longshots have occupied all of our lodging here with their video crew for their 10 day stop  to record a new album.  This follows closely behind their latest release “LIVE 10”, a live album celebrating 10 years on the road.  Quite a ways from their native Bergen, Norway, ORBO and the Longshots seem to have found a haven for creativity here on the farm.
Erick at the helm
    They have stopped in at Prairie Sun in the midst of their US tour to spend some quality time in Studio C with their engineer/co producer Erick Jaskowiak who is based out of Nashville and has worked with the likes of (the Gibson Brothers, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss).  This will be Erick’s third album with Orbo and the Longshots, including “High Roller” which won the 2009 Spellemann award (Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Blues Album.
Paul laying down some bass
Reidar recording backup vocals
    Generous and funny, this group of rockers are as much of a joy to hang out with as they are to listen to.  Any fan of rock and roll should be sure to keep an ear to the ground for ORBO and the Longshots.  From the bare roots of rock to slow blues the Longshots along with ORBO will be sure to warm any musical palette.

Curtis shreds again
    Blues guitar master Stoney Curtis has gone into the studio for what promises to be another amazing album.  The blues have been shaking the walls of our Studio B for a couple days while tracking the basics for his new release.  This recording session marks the beginning of Stoney’s third album here at Prairie Sun Studios.  When asked, Curtis replied that he has continued to choose Prairie Sun because here he can get “the best sounds, the best equipment and the best staff” at one place, “I just love it up here...it’s so peaceful”.
low end provided by Steve Evan
The Stoney Curtis Band spent two days tracking the basics in Studio B’s live room with Aaron Haggerty on drums (The Al McKay All Stars, Eric Gales) and Steve Evans on bass (Etta James, Bo Diddley, Coco Montoya, Roy Rogers) Stoney will be doing overdubs and mixing in the upcoming weeks, we will keep you posted. 
Aaron Haggerty on drums
Working alongside Stoney, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records gave helpful insight to bring out the absolute best performance from Curtis, Aaron and Steve.  Their sound is huge.  Simple as that, this is really shaping up to be a monstrous sounding record.
The Stoney Curtis Band hard at work