Echo Mountain Recording Studio
|Steep Canyon Rangers|
It was nice to have our hometown friends of Steep Canyon set up in the API studio for a bit of time. The past year has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers to new heights. In March 2011, the band released its first collaborative record with Steve Martin, ”Rare Bird Alert” (also recorded here at our studio) which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2010, the latest solo record from Steep Canyon Rangers, ”Deep In The Shade”, remained in the Bluegrass Top 10 on Billboard for 18 weeks. While headlining festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin for part each year, the Rangers continue to perform alone as a quintet on stages such as Telluride, RockyGrass, and ”A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Recent television appearances by Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers include ”Late Night With David Letterman”, ”The Colbert Report” & ”Austin City Limits.”
Simon & Schuster
We recently had the opportunity to work on something we've never done, an audiobook. It was just any audiobook, it was Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, the long awaited sequel to The Shining. The characters were brought to life by the amazing and talented actor Will Patton. Will was fantastic to work with and we hope he'll record more audiobooks with us in the future.
Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as “one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days” by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as “perfectly unadorned” and “recklessly beautiful”. Her song, “Little Bird,” won second place in the general category of the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2011 as well as taking home the grand prize in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest that same year. Dane Smith of Asheville NC’s Mountain Xpress writes “Her songs make you sad…in a good way!” In both her simple composition and honest delivery it’s easy to hear the influence of country legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, or Loretta Lynn, and with this Miss Platt credits growing up listening to her father’s extensive record collection every Saturday morning. Despite her love for classic country, she cites Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as major influences and her songwriting carries a wit and an edge that plants her firmly in her generation.
The Lonesome Trio
Our friend and client Gary Pacsoza has once again brought us another great band to work with. Ed Helms, Ian Riggs, and Jacob Tilove, met i college in Ohio and were "drawn together by a mutual love of fine whiskey and bluegrass." Together they are The Lonesome Trio. We'll keep you posted on the release of the record.