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Studio News May 2012

I’m back

David Chamberlin
Wow, I can’t believe it’s May already and I haven’t blogged!! Well, here goes nothing.
I’ve finished a few nice projects this year so far. The latest one was a nice 4 song EP by long time client, David Wheeler, aka “The Wheel” (inside joke). Dave started working with me probably about 14-15 years ago. We’ve done tons of songwriter demos together and have worked with many great musicians. Smash cut to 2012 and Dave is making his debut as an actual artist! I feel very fortunate to be involved in his long career and wish him much success with his new endeavor. The music is acoustic based and has kind of a timeless, “organic” vibe. I’m playing guitar, bass, keyboards and adding backing vocals but Dave has also enlisted the services of some other great LA session pros. On latin percussion is Ronnie Gutierrez, supplying some great grooves using congas, bongs and a cajon (box drum). On female backing vocals is the fabulous Rachael Lynn. David Wheeler should do very well with this project so keep your ears and eyes open for him!

It’s all about the clients
Golana and his flute
Golana, aka Scott Cunningham, is finishing up his 9th CD of native american flute music with me!!! I think we started working together back in 98” or so. He’s signed to Spring Hill Records and can be heard internationally and on Sirus Satellite radio. I imagine the new CD with be out before the end of year so look for it everywhere!
Dolores Marantz
Earlier in the year I finished a huge country music project with veteran songwriter, Dolores Marantz. Dolores enlisted the vocal talents of Randy Crenshaw and Teresa James on some great country songs with your’s truly suppling all the backing tracks. I even played my new square neck dobro and lap steel which was a blast!

(Below: Randy Crenshaw and Teresa James)
Randy CrenshawTeresa James

Cal Curtis

Cal Curtis
Veteran songwriter, Cal Curtis, came in to lay down tracks for a new country song he wrote. Cal wrote the mega hit song “Second Chance” that was recorded by 38 Special. This song has been played over 1 million times on the radio! I did my thing and played guitar, bass, keys and drums while Cal handled the vocals.




Rob Golisch
The award for the client that has to have been with me the longest goes to……Cindy Lora….OK, well, this isn’t Cindy, but, Rob Golisch started with me right after I opened my doors to my last studio. So, that deserves some recognition. I’m going to guess it’s been about 15 years or so. Anyway, Rob came in recently and brought in his very talented granddaughter, Vanessa. Vanessa has a great voice, kind of in the vein of Taylor Swift. She sang a Bob Dylan remake that Miley Cyrus covered. I covered the cover by recreating it. Confused yet? I hope to see Vanessa and Rob back in here in the not too distant future. Check out the little slide show below.


Charles Meeks
A big welcome goes out to new client, Charles Meeks! Charles is a bassist, vocalist and a songwriter who is best known for his work with legend, Chuck Mangione. Charles played bass and toured with Chuck. In fact, it’s very likely you’ve heard him on the mega hit, “Feels so Good”. I’ll be playing guitar on this project and look forward to working with Charles and his family so stay tuned.


Charvel Wildcard 5
I have some new “babies” here at the studio. One is a very cool new Charvel “Wildcard” guitar complete with Floyd Rose and tiger stripped maple finish. I’m having a lot of fun playing that guy. I’ve also been studying square neck dobro and am playing a very nice Goldtone. That in turn has made me play more lap steel guitar. I love learning new things, especially when I can use them on my productions.



Yes, I’m insaneAnd finally, here’s a song I wrote for the Adam Carolla podcast. I took an old rant Adam did back from a 2005 Love Line broadcast, chopped it up and made it into a song. Instead of Autotune I’m using Melodyne software to make him sound like he’s hitting certain pitches. I’m playing all the instruments and singing backing vocals. Enjoy!











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Studio News September 3

Things have been busy over the summer at DBW Productions recording studio Los Angeles! I’ve just finished recording, mixing AND mastering Charlie Brown’s new CD. Charlie is guitar veteran from the New York studio scene and has played with “everybody” from James Brown to Barbara Streisand! I helped him produce his new CD and added drums, keyboards and backing vocals. It was a lot of fun. The CD is on the bluesy side and features 12 songs from various songwriters. I’ll be helping him finish the product by doing graphics and getting the CD replicated.

I’m proud to announce the completion and availability of Chris Blake’s new EP, “Girl”, which is out now at itunes. This is Chris’s 3rd project here at DBW Productions music recording studio Los Angeles!! Chris is singing and playing acoustic guitar and I’m playing guitars, bass, keys, drums sax and backing vocals. I think Chris has the coolest voice and has some fantastic ideas. Check it out NOW!

Golana’s new CD, “Hymns”, is done and in my hot little hands. This is our 7th CD together!!! Golana is signed to Springhill Records and plays the Native flute along with some traditional flutes. The CD features other musicians such as Cameron Stone on cello and grammy winning violinist, Charlie Bisharat. I’m doing the arranging and am playing piano and keyboards and guitar. I imagine the CD should be available soon via Springhill’s web site and Golan’s site.

Richard Burr has a new CD waiting in the wings that is now mastered and should be out soon for public consumption. This will be our 3rd CD together and features Richard on vocals and drums. He’s even playing guitar on one track! I’m playing guitars, keyboards, backing vocals and am doing my producing thing. Teresa James is also doing some great backing vocal work. The CD is in the alternative country vein and has some very cool stuff on it!

And finally, I just got done doing another demo for Minnesota songwriter, Ott Lukk. This is my 4th demo for Ott and is done long distance. I had the talented Patty Mattson on vocals again for this one. It’s always fun working with Patty as she does a great job and takes direction very well. Ott was pleased with the result and I look forward to doing many more songs for him in the future!

I’d like to welcome a very talented new (and young) singer to DBW by the name of Caprice Seta. We did one track this week and are scheduled to start working on an original project soon. Caprice has a great voice in the vein of Alicia Keys. Great stuff.


New gear keeps coming in even though I swear that I don’t “need” anything ;-) I just got 2 new big lcd monitors to help with my recording experience. These babie’s are 27 inches and will take the place of my aging dual 19 inch monitors. I know, who cares (besides me). In the process of installing them I weeded out a ton of unused cables and made my studio a little nicer. I also just upgraded my huge sound library with yet more sounds. I have the latest version of Native Instruments Komplete 7 which has well over 30 gigs of new sounds and improvements. I can’t wait to use them. I’m also now offering harmonica on tracks as I’ve been studying the harp for a few months now and feel fairly confident in adding it into my productions! I even have a cool sounding/looking harp mic that I use to play through one of my many guitar amps with. My final gear/geek note is that I’ve been running Logic 9.1.1 in 64 bit mode successfully now for many months and it’s working fantastically!!! In english please Dave.....OK, that means that I can run a ton of virtual instruments within Logic now and make even cooler productions than ever before!

Not exactly studio news but I thought worth mentioning. My long time client of around 13 years, Dave Newquist, tied the knot last month. He married his long time girlfriend, Tricia, out in Canyon Country at a private secluded (and beautiful) location. I was lucky to be there for the event. In preparation for the wedding Dave recorded 3 songs with me that were used during the ceremony. I felt “instrumental” in the wedding so to speak. Congrats Dave and Tricia and may you have a long and happy life together!

That’s it. I hope everyone is rocking out and making good music. I’d love to meet you and work on your next project. Don’t forget that I’m offering a 20% discount on your first session at DBW. See ya soon.
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Welcome Glen Guldbeck

Glen Guldbeck is awesome!

Yesterday was a great day. I started working with a great new client, Glen Guldbeck, on an original project. Glen actually was only planning on doing a short cover song CD for the purposes of getting gigs, but, after recording his first song (which was an original) and hearing me “do my thing” he was inspired to lay 2 other originals down. I’m now going to do a little production work on these gems. Glen is a great guitar player and has an amazing voice. I an truly honored to work with him. Watch the video to see Glen in action.
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New CDs!

I’m proud to announce 2 new CDs out this month. The first is Laura Browne Sorenson’s debut CD. Laura is a member of “the Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh” (that I’ve also produced), and is a very very talented singer/songwriter. She got a song placed on the show “Army Wives” last year. In fact, it was the very first song we recorded together. Now you can get that song plus many other’s on “Marilyn Drive”, available on Amazon.com.

The 2nd CD is jazz group, “The Paul Weitz Trio” with Paul Weitz (guitar), Matt Duffy(drums) and Matt Van Benschoten(upright electric bass). Paul has been playing around for ages but this is his first “real” CD! He’s also currently working on a new CD due out by Christmas of 2010 with vocalist Rachel Sorsa Khoury. You can get Paul’s CD at CD Baby now.
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