In The Studio: May 2015

Jon Butcher jammed.  Lisa Manning performed poetry.  Telamor channeled Kanye. The Instinct mixed it up.  Mike Francis and Wren Sound created songs from thin air.  Hot Lemon squeezed out a mix. Pulp Free OJ squeezed out a senior project.  Don(na) Freylue started a track on acoustic.  Sonic Euphoria cut another collection.

Tony taught a Music Production and Engineering class through the excellent auspices of Sound Harbor.  Thanks to everyone who attended! Look out for more classes in June.

Also coming up in June:

Mosse is growing songs.  Jon Butcher is making magic, Spanish Castle style.  Sarah Kilborne is creating an audio calling card for The Lavender Blues.

In The Studio: April 2015. Upcoming: May 2015.

Here’s what went down at Bang-A-Song in April: The Heavy Denims rocked their roll.  Telamor recorded more. Don(na) Freyleue mixed the hits.  Satch Kerans mixed one of his.
Colin Rosso gave himself a beat and broke it down on the mic. The Instinct took LP 2 to the next level.  Geoff Small channeled Chris Bell (yes!).  Matt and the Lower Standards cut two soon-to-be standards. Lisa Manning cut 17 tracks for her fourth LP.  Soul Rebel Mike Francis and Wren Sound wrote some top lines. Jon Butcher showed us how it’s done.

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Monday, May 18thThe Goddesses help host Monday Night Open Jam at the Rhumb Line with an opening set at 9:30 and a closing set at midnight.  It’ll shake, it’ll rattle, it will likely roll.

Friday, May 22nd – Tony will be telling a story at the Gloucester Writers Center’s Rock & Roll Fish Tales event at Short and Main starting at 7:30pm.  Rock & Roll details will be divulged.

Saturday, May 30th – Tony will be hosting one of Sound Harbor‘s Spring Workshops at Bang A Song Studios. “In-Studio Production and Recording” will be a three hour workshop (1pm-4pm) for anyone who ever wanted a chance to learn record production by doing it: using microphones, mixing boards, effects and computer based digital audio workstations to make a recording. Reservations are $30, and you can sign up at

In The Studio: March 2015

The Instinct trusted theirs and ours on the way to their 2nd Bang-A-Song recorded LP.  Donald Freyleue finished up a long awaited 2-song single.  Jon Butcher continued to drive his 2 Roads East.  Nate Weaver and Brittany Betts got their Bang-A-Saturday session in.  Telamor recorded some more.  Heavy Denims laid down the glam. Lisa Manning committed more musical poetry to tape.  PRAY for MOJO had their prayers answered.  Daniel Dye left the Miller Road Band back home in Ohio to record some solo songs.  Geoff Small made music for his Electric EarsThe A Train Orchestra swung back in.  The Absolute Gentleman mixed an absolute smash.  Willie Loco Alexander sequenced his big 10″.  Hot Lemon squeezed out all the juice from a long weekend session.  wrensoundChelsea Berry cut one and done in a fortnight. The Rockport Middle School Chamber Music ensembles brought the clarinets and cellos to record their original songs.

Finally, Bang-A-Song‘s own Warren Babson released a new record: Wren Sound. We might be biased but WE LOVE IT! Pick it up via iTunes here.

In The Studio: Feb/Mar/Apr 2014

Dear Y’all,

With all the snowfall I didn’t even realize I hadn’t let you know what’s been going on at Bang-A-Song the past few months so here goes:

Willie “Loco” Alexander and the Raztones have finished tracking and begin mixing their new record this Friday!  Renee & Joe mixed another great song “Steal You Flowers” which was made available for Valentine’s Day.  Mike Francis from Soul Rebel Project and Mile 21 laid down vocals and guitars for many upcoming projects.  The Instinct laid down enough tracks to start their first full length.  Jon Butcher is cutting tracks for his latest (first?) theater production.  Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band came in again from Ohio to start their next LP at Bang-A-Song.  Anna Rae used Bang-A-Song to film a Q&A with the engineers/mixers involved with her upcoming release.  Tom Hauck finished his new album “Valentine to the Future”, released it under the new band name TELAMOR and is now reworking his previous solo tracks with his new group.  Satch Kerans had a great session with Timo Shanko on bass and Leo Ciaramitaro on drums.  Pocket Tanya is this close to finishing the new EP.  Lisa Manning sequenced and mastered her new LP.  Tony and Warren cut tracks on spec for future use in Polish laundry detergent ads. Mara Bettencourt finished mastering and released her new album “Eclectic Soul”.  Alien Psychology achieved the rare feat of shredding their vocal chords with melody for their latest two tracks.  Sonic Euphoria came in from the cold after a many month lay off.  Watts held court at Bang-A-Song for the David Robinson 65th birthday surprise party afterparty.

In The Studio: January 2014

Jon Butcher is overdubbing on tracks he cut with our friends at Q Division.  Tom Hauck is rounding the corner on his third solo record.  Pocket Tanya is keeping it kray.  Willie Loco and the Razdans cut/are dubbing an 11 hour session of upright, sax and traps.  Brian King is demoing “Spy”.  Transona 5 transferred DAT’s.  Satch Kerans is mixing.  The Electric Ears are capturing lightning in a vaporizer.  Lisa Manning is wrapping her third  Bang-A-Song record.  Mara Bettencourt is mastering.

In The Studio / New Releases: November 2013

In The Studio:

Lisa Manning continues to sing her poems to tape. Tom Hauck‘s record #3 is sounding more like record #1. Morgan Jackson is recording his French Horn audition for a plethora of university admission applications. Litehouse are polishing of three more sound captures. Rob Garfield is layering his latest. The Instinct are coming in for a one and done session. Clock Strikes 10 are running the sets in Studio B. BAS is going remote to record a Meg Griffin interview with Bonnie Raitt for SiriusXM. Willie Loco Alexander is going to cut live with the A Train Orchestra.

New Releases:

Mexican Ape-Lord is starting to drop jams on Youtube, and KBMG has released a long brewing EP.

In The Studio: September/October 2013

The Electric Ears should use earplugs they are jamming so loud!  The Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band record is getting mixed in the box.  Sister Kathy’s 20-song-80-minute opus got the kids vocal treatment and has moved on to mix.  Paul Catania continues to record Pocket TanyaTom Hauck is laying down rekkid #3.  Meg Griffin brought Willie Nile in for another Sirius/XM session.  Anna Rae is mixing her new record on the board.  Dan King just did some analog processing on his KBMG mixes.  Lisa Manning is laying down more song poems.  Rob Garfield continues to mine his profession for music.  The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society and Marina Evans used Studio B for fine tuning.

In The Studio: January/February 2013

Jon Butcher is wailing guitar and vocals for the long awaited third Jon Butcher Axis album.  Meg Griffin is bringing in Henley Douglas (HDR&B) for another Sirius/XM “Having Words with Meg”.  Kim Jennings is mixing her next full length folk rock masterpiece.  Joe and Renee cut their final basics for LP#1.  Time to mix!  Mexican Ape Lord are cutting slamming vocals to slamming tracks.  Geoff Small and his band of Night Trippers are recording basics featuring a Gibson pedal steel guitar from 1955.   Tom Hauck contines to refine one-man-band-dom.  Sonic Euphoria are continuing to carve their tunes in rock.  KBMG mixed a few longtime fan favorites that had never made it to tape.  Godchild began a luv affair with recording by cutting a rendition of “Wagon Wheel”.   Lisa Manning finished her latest album in record time.   Rob Garfield came up from Philadelphia to cut tracks to accompany his latest book release.

In The Studio: November 2012

The Leblanc Brothers are gonna enjoy overdubbing for the first time.  The Bandit Kings are in to mix their third studio LP….but this time it’s acoustic.  Eric Salt is tracking drums for his 1,287,352nd children’s session.  Lisa Manning is recording with her top-hat on.  Tom Hauck will continue recording no matter how the election turns out.  Renee and Joe are getting their debut LP quite a bit closer to you.

In The Studio: October 2012

Tom Hauck continues to crusade against Romneysia for immediate release.  Lisa Manning again pairs poetry with music for her second Bang-A-Song recorded LP.  Daniel Dye is coming in from Ohio for a third and final session for Miller Road’s next Long Player.  The Leblanc Brothers will lay down their first song in a long career of playing but not recording.  Geoff Small is gonna pedal hop like Dinosaur.  Bukshyesh are attempting to break Bang-A-Song’s SPL meters.  Kim Jennings got the piano tuned for her upcoming Eric Salt produced session.  The Mystix are coming in for a taping of “Having Words with Meg” on Sirius/XM.