Amy Ray's 'Holler' is Here!

Amy Ray's 'Holler' is Here!

Amy Ray and her band were in the church early this year recording her new record, ‘Holler’. ‘Holler’ was recorded to 2” 24-track tape here at Echo Mountain, and it really sounds incredible. Featuring guest appearances from Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, The Wood Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Phil Cook, Justin Vernon, and Rutha Mae Harris.

The band and I recorded Holler live to analog tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, over a 10-day period in January 2018. The album is inspired by traditional country, southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass. It fits in the Americana genre. The songs are all my own compositions and tell stories of late nights, love, addiction, immigration, despair, honkytonks, growing up in the south, touring for decades, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance in the life of a left-wing Southerner who loves Jesus, my homeland and its peoples. There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, Harlan County. With songs inspired by, the film Winters Bone; and the Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece; as well as the great writer, Toni Cade Bambara. Following my first 2014 country record, which was my 5th solo studio release, this record is a natural progression from the stillness of a Goodnight Tender to the friction, freedom and restlessness of a Holler, with the addition of strings and horns to bring the swagger.

—Amy Ray
August 2018

Give ‘Holler’ a listen and then order your copy on vinyl! Also, check out some beautiful footage taken during the sessions below.

Monster Truck's New Record, "True Rockers" is Out Now!

Monster Truck's New Record, "True Rockers" is Out Now!

Monster Truck’s new LP, “True Rockers” is here! These guys have made their way down from Canada to make records at Echo Mountain three times now. We always love having them here. Stream “True Rockers” below and pick up your copy at Mascot Records’ store.

Also, check out their music video for their latest single, “Evolution”.

…and some behind-the-scenes photos from Monster Truck’s time here at Echo.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Releases "PILLAR"

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Releases "PILLAR"

The new album from steel pan drum virtuoso, Jonathan Scales is now available through Ropeadope Records. Along with the rest of the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (bassist E’Lon Jordan-Dunlap and drummer Maison Guidry), special guest appearances are made by Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Otell Burbridge, MonoNeon, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Shaun Martin, and Weedie Braimah. “PILLAR” was engineered here in our API room by River Whyless bassist, Daniel Shearin.

Jonathan is a very talented and motivated musician who is forging new trails for the steel pans...It was my pleasure to play with him on this very challenging and musical piece
— Béla Fleck

Stream the album and check out some behind-the-scenes photos and video below. Make sure to order your copy from their Bandcamp store!

Neve 8068 Recap

Neve 8068 Recap

We did it! The Neve 8068 in The Church has been successfully recapped. All of the modules have also been through a sonic bath; a process using chemicals and vibrations to gently break old dirt and grime away from the components. Check out some of these pictures and videos from the process.

Hannah Kaminer "Heavy Magnolias"

Hannah Kaminer "Heavy Magnolias"

Asheville local, Hannah Kaminer recently released her new LP, "Heavy Magnolias". It was fantastic having her and her team of musicians here at Echo Mountain. We couldn't be happier with how this record turned out. Make sure to have a listen (or a few). You can download the full LP on her website.

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Have you seen our new mural?

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If you’ve driven west down Patton Ave recently, you’ve probably noticed our new mural. This tribute to the late, great Chris Cornell was painted by local mural artists, Brushcan. You may recognize the image from the cover of Soundgarden’s 1989 album, “Louder Than Love”.

 

Check out more of Brushcan’s work at http://www.brushcan.com/

Tina and Her Pony Release "Champion"

Tina and Her Pony Release "Champion"

Local Asheville folk duo, Tina and Her Pony, have released their new LP, "Champion" and it sounds fantastic.  Check it out below!

Manchester Orchestra Releases "A Black Mile To The Surface"

Manchester Orchestra Releases "A Black Mile To The Surface"

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Manchester Orchestra have released their newest LP, "A Black Mile to the Surface" which they recorded right here in Asheville at Echo Mountain Recording. It was a pleasure having these guys and producer/engineer, Catherine Marks in the studio. They all worked tirelessly on this record (including our very own Clay Miller), but the long hours paid off. Pitchfork calls "A Black Mile to the Surface" Manchester Orchestra's "most confounding and thrilling work yet". Find out for yourself. Listen below and pickup your copy here.

Jon Stickley Trio's "Maybe Believe"

Jon Stickley Trio's "Maybe Believe"

Jon Stickley Trio recently released their new LP, "Maybe Believe". This album was a blast to record, with Echo Mountain's own Julian Dryer engineering and The Bad Plus' Dave King holding the reins. Check it out below!

The latest record from the Jon Stickley Trio flexes new and strong muscles, utilizing more progressive structures and deeper pockets than ever before. All the while, the group retains its place as a modern-thinking acoustic ensemble with one foot in tradition and the other in a bluegrass-honoring future that allows for the avant garde, punk, and be-bop to mix in freely and tastefully.
— Dave King (Producer/The Bad Plus)