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From the Desk of: Blackbird Studio

Location: Nashville, TN

Owners: John McBride, Scott Phillips, Studio Manager

API Gear List: Studio D: API Legacy Plus (96 Channel-192 input with 48 212 mic pres)
Studio B: API Legacy Plus (48 channel-92 input).

On the Desk in Studio D:
Hank Williams Jr. tracked and overdubbed songs that were produced by Julian Raymond and engineered by Steve Marcantonio. Delta Rae did some tracking and overdubbing, produced by Jacquire King and engineered by Lowell Reynolds. Also, Anthony Hamilton was at Blackbird for tracking and overdubbing, as well as some writing this month. The tracks were produced by Mark Batson and engineered by Bruce Irvine.

Finally, Keith Urban stopped in at Blackbird for tracking and overdubbing, with songs produced by Dann Huff and engineered by Joe Baldridge. Keith posted a video of this session to his youtube channel, where he explains that he "plugged the bass right into the board, without an amp or anything". He says being able to play the bass and sing at the same time "really helped shape the song."

On the Desk in Studio B:
Pop group The Band Perry and Christian rock band Newsboys were in Studio B recently, each for overdubbing and recording vocals. The Band Perry was produced by Will IDAP and engineered by Seth Morton. Newsboys were produced by Mark Needham, and engineered by Ben O'Neill

API's "From the Desk of" is a semi-monthly feature showcasing activity in studios with API gear. If you'd like to have your studio covered please contact Jen Schiller: jschiller [at] apiaudio [dot] com.