Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brennin on FOX TN Mornings

Here's a great acoustic performance and interview with Brennin on Nashvilles FOX TN Mornings:


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day: Thank You!

I would like to extend my deepest and most heartfelt "Thank You" to all the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. It's your sacrifices that provide us the freedom we enjoy day after day.
Let's all take pride in our fellow brothers and sisters who have answered the call of duty. Take the time to thank them when you have the opportunity. Not just today, but every day.
 
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Monday, November 8, 2010

"Elle Macho, people, ELLE MACHO!"

Ok, listen.  First, bear with me on this post and understand that this is not the giddy rantings of some star-struck groupie.  Please take this as coming from an experienced music industry veteran who has nothing to gain from this. It's important.

I saw Elle Macho last night at Nashville's famous 3rd & Lindsley as they performed a set for WRLT's Nashville Sunday Night.  I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY!  This quite possibly was the best show I've ever experienced.  And, Elle Macho may be the best power pop band, ever!  And I don't say that stuff lightly!  Everything about Elle Macho is... well... perfect.  There songs are intriguing, musical, and well crafted.  They're 3 part vocal arrangements are spot on.  The instrumental parts are perfectly placed and complimenting.  Even their stage banter, including the way they "sold" their merch over the mic was brilliant.  Elle Macho successfully combines musicality, energy, intelligence, fun, excitement, and plain ol' ROCK, all at once.
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I know drummer, Lindsay Jamieson, the least.  He did some time with Ben Folds, and that's good enough for me! His parts were an equal musical component to everything else going on.  Nothing was out of place.  There was no simple meat-head beat keeping, unless meat-head beat keeping was the perfect thing to do at the time. Also, being a strong singer (which is a tall order when you're sharing the stage with vocal powerhouses David Mead and Butterfly Boucher) created huge dimention to the band.

Next is the brilliant and devastatingly talented, Butterfly Boucher. I've been amazed by Butterfly since I wore out her Flutterby solo album in 2003.  Her writing, singing, and playing prowess was well demonstrated on that project since she basically did everything on it, save a few tidbits here and there.  And once again she shines bright with Elle Macho, with her evident writing influence, her intense yet haunting vocals, and her mind boggling, hard-driving bass playing.  Man!  Her ability to soulfully deliver a perfect vocal while rocking a syncopated bass line that would have Sting scratching his head, was truly awe inspiring.

And last, but never least, my friend David Mead, who may be the most talented individuals I know.  I feel David is one of the most underestimated, underappreciated, talents around.  His breadth of vocal abilities are like having 4 other dudes in the band, yet they all blend with Butterfly beautifully.  His guitar playing was spot on with amazing tone.  He rocked without over powering the subtleties and filled the space where needed yet let the music breathe where appropriate.  And, of course, he is one of my favorite songwriters.  His grasp of the language is only rivaled by his perspective.

So, there it is.  I am humbled.  I am inspired.  I am energized.  I am hopeful.

Elle Macho, people, ELLE MACHO!  Learn it.  Live it.  Love it!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arranging And Trumpet Playing

Been a busy week of arranging and trumpet playing for Scotty.  It started last week with a horn arrangment and horn session for the super talented, Melissa Fuller, produced by Grammy Award winner, Chad Carleson. "It was a really fun song," said Scotty. "It's not often, especially in Nashville, that you get to arrange a tune for Clarinet, Trumpet with Cup Mute, and Euphonium!  It was like channeling the Sgt. Pepper sessions."

Then it was back in scoring mode for the 31st childrens animated film for Huff and his Artists4Artists collaborator, Robert Reynolds.  "Yeah, we can't believe it's our 31st film.  This one is called Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and it was written and directed by author and film maker, Mo Willems.  Mo is one of our favorite authors/directors to work with.  He's brilliant," offered Scotty.

Today, on a break from mixing Naked Mole Rat, Scotty popped over to House Of Blue Studios to record some trumpet with Saxophone and arranging guru, Jim Hoke, for a project produced by the famous, David Z.  David has a long history as Prince's producer as well as producing the #1 hit, "She Drives Me Crazy", for The Fine Young Cannibals.  He was also a member of Lipps, Inc... you remember... "Won't you take me to... Funkytown!"

"Nashville never ceases to amaze me.  I have a nice little chat with Alison Krauss in the studio parking lot on my way in to do a session for David Z.  Crazy.  I love this town."

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brennin: Get Your Shades On, This Star Is About To Burn Bright

Brennin's talent was clear to me from the first time I heard him sing and play guitar.  I was introduced to Brennin by a mutual friend, and his manager, Rikk Feulner, several years ago.  We began to write songs together and I knew I was in the presence of a guy with a gift.  His natural groove and melodic ideas were as compelling as those written by musicians twice his age.  His instinct for what makes a song grab the listener is spot on.

I was soon asked to begin working with Brennin in the studio to produce what would eventually become his "Bring Back Tomorrow" album.  It was during this process that I once again learned how amazing this artist is.  Watching him create in the studio, chasing ideas, and delivering stellar performances was so much fun.  It was inspiring to watch him grow over that six month period.

After the album was finished, I performed with Brennin in several of his live shows.  Once again, I was pleasantly surprised with his command of the stage, his playing prowess, and his ability to get the best from his band.

So there I was, last friday night, at The Rutledge in Nashville, attending a Brennin show, and once again I was completely blown away with the unending forward momentum of this young dynamo!  His new songs are great. His guitar playing was tasty and well planned. His stage presence was calm and in-control yet exciting and youthful.  And then, to top it all off, he slides behind the piano like Paul-freakin-McCartney and knocks it out of the park!

What the future holds for Brennin is anyones guess, given the current state of the music industry.  But I promise you, this kid has the potential to be among the legends of music that we all revere. Mark my words!

To learn more about Brennin, visit http://www.brennin.com/.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Robert Plant, Wanda Jackson, and Scotty Huff at the Americana Music Awards

It was a big night at the Ryman Auditorium last night, as it hosted the Americana Music Awards, hosted by Jim Lauderdale. Many stars were participating or being honored including Sam Bush, Jack White, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, and Lucinda Williams. The All-Star band, lead by Buddy Miller, included Sam Bush, Patty Griffin, and Don Was.

Scotty Huff (on trumpet) joined Jim Hoke (sax) and John Hinchey (trombone) in augmenting the house band for Wanda Jackson's rockin' performance of "Shakin' All Over" following receiving her lifetime achievement award. The night culminated in a power set by Robert Plant.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thanks For Voting For Operation: Sound Off!


Well, the August voting period for the Pepsi Refresh campaign has come and gone.  OSO finished 156th out of 1231 projects.  Even though we didn't win, there was never a day where we didn't move up the chart. That can't happen unless people we voting. We want to thank everyone who took the time to vote.  We also want to thank you for putting up with the constant emails, texts, Tweets, and Facebook reminders.

The best thing to come out of the Pepsi opportunity is the outreach we were able to accomplish.  More people know about OSO than ever before and we want you to know that we are not going to slow down.  Pepsi was an opportunity, but we never intended to hinge the future of the project on winning a Pepsi grant.

We still need funding, and we will re-apply for the Pepsi Refresh grant, but we are moving forward regardless.  Please stay in touch with us at www.OperationSoundOff.com and at www.facebook.com/GoOSO. Follow OSO at www.twitter.com/Op_SoundOff and at our Facebook Group, "I Support Operation: Sound Off! Helping Troops Realize Their Musical Dreams!"

Thanks again for your continued support as we help fulfill the dreams of those that fight for ours!

...Scotty

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Only 2 Days Left for Operation: Sound Off! to Win Pepsi Refresh Grant

This months Pepsi Refresh contest is drawing to a close.  Voting ends at midnight, tomorrow night (tuesday Aug 31st). Operation: Sound Off! (http://www.operationsoundoff.com/) is currently 158th out of a possible 1231 projects in it's category.

"It's a long way to the top 2 positions," admits OSO co-founder, Scotty Huff, "but we still have a chance to reach the top 100.  If we do that, then our project rolls into next months voting.  Otherwise, we're out of the running and have to start the application process all over again.

"The upside," Huff continued, "is that this Pepsi opportunity has given us a platform to get the word out about Operation: Sound Off!  This project will live on beyond this competition. Our service men and woman have earned it."

To cast your vote, visit www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff daily.  You can also text 101861 to 73774 (PEPSI) from your mobile phone.










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Monday, August 23, 2010

Operation: Sound Off! Enters Last Week of Pepsi Refresh Voting

This is the last full week for voting for Operation: Sound Off!'s Pepsi Refresh Grant opportunity. They began the process at the beginning of the month at 408th out of over 1200 projects in their voting category. As of this writing, they've climbed to the 185th position. However, since only the top 2 projects will win the grant, they still have a long way to go.

Here's what Army veteran, Brent Ellis, has to say about OSO, his service, and his music:


Please vote EVERY DAY at www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Operation: Sound Off! Is Climbing Up The Pepsi Refresh Charts!!!


Operation: Sound Off! has pulled out all the stops in their effort to drive votes for their chance at a $250K Pepsi Refresh Grant. They're beginning to show a quicker climb towards the top of their category, but still have a long way to go.


"We broke the 200 mark this morning," shared OSO co-founder, Scotty Huff. "We've had a wonderful response from people. Many of whom are voting everyday.  We hate to pester people by emailing, texting, and Tweeting everyday.  Actually, nobody seems to mind.  Once they realize how valuable this project is and how far reaching the opportunities can be, they don't seem to mind lending a vote."

Please continue your support by voting daily at www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff and by texting 101861 to PEPSI (73774)!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scotty Huff Promotes Operation: Sound Off! On Maine's Q106.5


Music producer and co-founder of Operation: Sound Off! (OSO), Scotty Huff, was invited to chat on-air with morning show host and Q106 program director, JR Mitchell, this morning.

"It was so great of JR to have me on to talk about OSO and encourage his listeners to go to www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff and vote for us to recieve a Pesi Refresh grant," shared Huff. "The only thing really holding us back right now is funding.  This Pepsi grant would allow us to help so many more military musicians record their music and share their stories with the world."

To learn more, got to www.OperationSoundOff.com!

Q106.5 is known throughout Maine as a leader in the community and for their support of our armed forces. Become a friend of Q106.5 on Facebook and of course, listen to them for great country music!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Operation: Sound Off! Is Getting There, But Needs A Boost

OSO founders, Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds are very pleased with the response so far to their need for Pepsi Refresh votes.  However, they fear their slow rise towards the #1 position is a bit too slow if they wish to reach the top by the end of the month.  

Huff elaborated in a recent interview:

"We appreciate everyone who has been voting, especially those voting daily, for this wonderful project. We simply need to reach more people and encourage them to vote.  We hope everyone understands how beneficial this project will be, not only to the military musicians we work with, but to everyone who experiences their music and their stories.  There are many wonderful military causes that all deserve support, but very few of them are this far reaching.  Just one song from a fellow Marine can be the inspiration for a wounded warrior to 'keep on' through their physical therapy.  One song from a fellow soldier can be all that a victim of PTSD needs to hear to know he's not alone.  The concert tours and the television production we're developing bring these stories and this music to the world, which will encourage more support of our brave men and women in uniform.  And at the very least, it'll give these talented heroes a boost into a music career or simply a chance to leave the stress of their duties behind for a while and live a dream.  I think they've earned that.  But, like everything else, it takes money to do all this.  This Pepsi Refresh Grant will be a real good start."

Visit www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff or text 101861 to 73774 to vote.  To learn more about Operation: Sound Off! visit http://www.operationsoundoff.com/.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Operation: Sound Off! Hits The Press To Help Win Pepsi Refresh Grant

As the month of August rolls along, the founders of Operation: Sound Off! (OSO) are stepping up their campaign to encourage people to vote for OSO at www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff in order to win a $250K Pepsi Refresh Grant.  Their application was approved by Pepsi on August 1st, and is now up for votes until the end of the month.  Only the Top 2 contestants in the $250K category will be awarded the grant. OSO entered the competition with the ranking of 408th out of 1,231 projects in their category. As of this writing, they have moved up to 264th.

"We're very happy with our progress so far," say Scotty Huff, co-founder of OSO, "but we have a long way to go.  We're trying everything to keep the momentum up and increase awareness without annoying people."

Operation: Sound Off! was created by Grammy Award winner, Robert Reynolds, and music producer/arranger, Scotty Huff, in an effort to give back to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  The project provides recording and performing opportunities to those active and veteran troops with musical aspirations they put on hold in order to serve their country.  This effort will include recording, concert tours and other performance opportunities, distribution of digital downloads and "best of" CD's, as well as an episode television production.

"We've started production, but our biggest hurdle is funding.  This Pepsi Refresh Grant would be just the shot in the arm the project needs," added Huff. "We encourage everyone to vote daily to help fulfill the dreams of those who fight for ours."

Look for a press release to all major media outlets today, upcomming interviews with the OSO artists and founders, and new updates as they happen.  Visit http://www.operationsoundoff.com/ to learn more about the project and keep up to date.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Help Operation: Sound Off! Win a Pepsi Refresh Grant


Grammy Award winner Robert Reynolds and Producer/Arranger Scotty Huff are seeking your support by voting for their Pepsi Refresh Grant entry for their Operation: Sound Off! (OSO) project at www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff.

In an effort to give back to the men and women serving our country in the armed forces, and to help them with physical trauma and issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OSO was created to give our troops the opportunity to record their music, tell their stories, and achieve any musical dreams they set aside to protect our very freedom to dream.

With the team in place, led by Huff and Reynolds, the only thing holding the project back now is funding.  The Pepsi Refresh project will be the very thing to jump start this nobel effort.  Please visit the link above and vote daily.  Competition is tough, so please tell your friends, or use the available widgets and links to Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word.

OSO will change lives. Please help Fulfill The Dreams Of Those Who Fight For Ours.

Thank you!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sal Gonzalez Performs To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project


Wounded warrior and Marine, Sal Gonzalez, performed as the featured artist at the 2nd Annual Apple Jam at the Mount Sunnapee Resort in Newbury, NH this evening.  Sal has been a long supporter of the WWP since being wounded himself while serving in Iraq. Sal was supported by producer and guitar player, Scotty Huff. "To meet these brave souls who have paid such a dear price is truly humbling," said Huff. "It's an honor to perform for them, especially since it's their sacrifices that have provided me so many opportunities to perform and follow my dreams."

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CMA Music Fest - Toby Keith Sessions - Frankie Ballard


Hey everyone,

 

It's been a while since I posted.  I've been very busy for the last couple months.  I thought I'd take a minute to give you a few highlights.

 

On the session front, I've been having a bunch of fun.  I had a great time singing some harmonies and playing a little banjo for my friend John Lancaster's firs demo session as a songwriter for Wide Open Music.  Of course, singing with his wife and hit songwriter Rachel Proctor is always a treat.  And a few weeks earlier, I joined my horn player compadres Jim Hoke and Bill Huber in cutting a track for the new Toby Keith album.  But the highlight came when I got to record with the honorable Bobby Keys. You know Bobby's saxophone work from Elvis' "Return To Sender" and of couse a long run (since the early 70's) with The Rolling Stones.

 

Nashville just settled down from it's infamous CMA Music Fest (formerly known as Fan Fair).  I was quite busy with events for www.DigitalRodeo.com as well as a ton of performing.  The performance highlight was with Warner Bros. recording artist Frankie Ballard. If you haven't checked Frankie out yet, you should!

 

Last Thursday I had the honor of performing with Sal Gonzalez at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville at an event to benefit the Families of Ft. Campbell and www.OperationTroopAid.org The other featured performers were Dustin Wilkes and John Carter.  All three of these artists are veterans having served in Iraq.  It's nice to see that three Marines are willing to support the Army.  We are all on the same team after all! 

 

Finally, I've done a small update to the www.OperationSoundOff.com website.  We are still seeking sponsorships and/or investors to support this worthy cause.  You can listen to Sal Gonzalez's tremendous song, "Heroes" on the home page.  Check it out!

 

Well, that should catch us up.  Hope you're enjoying your summer!


...Scotty

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Monday, April 26, 2010

"Math Curse" wins Gold at Worldfest Houston

Chalk up three more awards for a films scored by Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds of Artists4Artists Productions (A4A).  "Math Curse" received a Gold Remi Award, and both "Knuffle Bunny Too" and "Gym Teacher From The Black Lagoon" took home Bronze Remi's.


Scotty and Robert have been composing and producing film scores since 1998.  They recently completed their 30th film score with Weston Woods Studios.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nashville's Fav Rock Supergroup 'Elle Macho' Suffers Stolen Recordings

One of the most inspiring indie groups making music right now is Nashville's own, Elle Macho.  The trio, featuring critically acclaimed artist Butterfly Boucher, songsmith David Mead, and the talented Lindsay Jamieson, is bringing a truly fresh sound to Music City. 
Recently, they had a set back.  The recording studio they've been working in was robbed.  Among the contents stolen were the hard drives (including back up drives) which included six new, nearly finished Elle Macho tracks! Visit http://www.ellemacho.com/ to learn more about Elle Macho, watch the videos (they're hilarious), and get your copy of their EP "iEs Potencial!"


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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Scotty Huff To Produce SongDoor.com Contest Winner Robert Gillies

Singer/Songwriter Robert Gillies of Massachusetts is the latest winner of the SongDoor.com Songwriting Contest.  As part of his contest spoils, he has won a a free demo production of his winning song "Dating With A Checklist" at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville, TN, as well as an all expense paid trip to Music City for the recording.  Scotty has been brought in to produce the track.

This is what Scotty had to say about the project, "Tony Zotta from SongDoor.com has been a long supporter of 16 Ton Studios and of those of us that work here.  Tony has created one of the best, most honorable songwriting contests out there and I'm happy to be a part of the production for the winner.  This years winner, Robert Gillies, is a real talent.  He's written a really nice song and he performs it beautifully.  I'm excited for tomorrow's session."
 
For more information about the SongDoor competition, visit them at www.SongDoor.com.
 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Scotty Huff In The Recording Studio With Sarah McClurg

Scotty will once again be singing some harmonies for Canadian singer/songwriter, Sarah McClurg. This will be the final round of sessions for her upcoming album project, produced by Danny White at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville.

"I'm flattered to be asked back again," said Scotty. "Sarah's great. I can't wait for the final album!"


To learn more about Sarah, visit her at www.SarahMcClurg.com.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Scotty Huff In The Recording Studio For A Jon Roniger Horn Tracking Session

Scotty will be in the recording studio today with fellow horn players Jim Hoke (sax) and Bill Huber (trombone) cutting horn tracks for Jon Roniger's upcoming new album. The two songs they will record are "My Favorite Bridge" and "Man And Guitar", which Scotty also did the arranging for.

"Jon writes great songs and has a great spirit, especially in the recording studio," commented Scotty.  "He allows the musicians he works with to be themselves and let's them truly contribute to the tracks.  Of course, that's how his producer, Jim Reilley, works as well. It's always a pleasure."

Visit http://www.jonroniger.com/ to keep up with the new project and get his previously release music as well!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Johnny Henry on Clear Channel Radio This Weekend

The Clear Channel syndicated show, "New! Discover & Uncover" hosted by Lance Houston from 94.9 in Atlanta, will air Johnny Henry's new single, "Old Fashioned Girl" this weekend!  This is the first single from Johnny's upcomming EP release, "Now", produced by music producer and arranger Scotty Huff.

To find a participating station in your area, or to listen online, go to Clear Channel's "New Discover & Uncover" and check it out!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jon Roniger

Nashville singer/songwriter and recording artist, Jon Roniger, is once again in the studio working on a new project.  If you're not aware of Jon, check out his cool music at http://www.jonroniger.com/.  Scotty is currently working on some horn section arrangements for this new project. 
Scotty worked on Jon's first Nashville album, A Charmed Life, with his arranging and trumpet playing chops for Jon's song "Believe". "This new project is yet another great bunch of songs by Jon.  I really love his stuff and I'm happy to be a part of it", Scotty says.
Jon is working on this project with long-time friend and producer, Jim Reilley.  Stay tuned for this album.  We're sure you'll love it!

Monday, March 15, 2010

16 Ton Studios Website

16 Ton Studio's has updated it's website.  Visit http://www.16ton.com/ to learn about this amazing recording facility, it's gear, it's people, and some of the wonderful projects that have been recorded there.  Return often to keep up with who's been using 16 Ton, like Phil Vassar and Randy Houser.  It's truly one of the top studios in Nashville.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

30th Children's Film Score

Wow!
It's hard for me to even imagine.  My friend/collaborator, Robert Reynolds, and I are in the studio over the next couple of days finishing up the production of our 29th and 30th film scores for Weston Woods Studios (a division of Scholastic). The films this week include "Splat The Cat", by Rob Scotton, and "The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog", by one of our favorite authors/illustrators, Mo Willems.

Our relationship with Weston Woods Studios (WWS) started back in 1998 while on tour with The Mavericks.  WWS director of production, Paul Gagne, has long been a Mav's fan.  After meeting him at a show, he explained how WWS animates children's books into short films and asked us if we'd be interested in composing the musical score to a film.  Of course we jumped at the opportunity.  What we thought was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to score a film turned into collaboration that has lasted 12 years and is going strong.
We've had the pleasure of creating the music to some wonderful films, including: "Miss Nelson Has A Field Day", "Antarctic Antics", "Swamp Angel", and "So You Want To Be President".  It's an extra bonus that we've been able to work on these projects with some celebrities like Cindy Lauper ("There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly"), Randy Travis ("Click Clack Moo", "Giggle Giggle Quack", & "Duck For President"), and James Earl Jones ("John, Paul, George, & Ben"), to name only a few.

WWS and Paul Gagne have a long history of producing award winning children's films.  I'm proud to say that six of our films have won the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal  from the American Library Association.  Our Carnegie Medal winners are: "Miss Nelson Has A Field Day", "Antarctic Antics", "So You Want To Be President", "Giggle Giggle Quack", "Knuffle Bunny", and "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus". The last two were also written and illustrated by Mo Willems.
These films prove to be some of the most fun, creative, challenging, and rewarding projects that I do.  I'm honored to work with all the talented musicians that have joined us on these projects.  And I'm especially honored to work with my long-time friend and co-producer, Robert Reynolds.  These last 12 years have seemingly flown by.  And I'm ready to let the next 12 whizz by with more films with Paul and the gang at Weston Woods Studios!!!

...Scotty

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dr. Boyle, I Presume?

I'm so excited for and proud of my best pal, Rob Boyle, for earning his PhD today (can't remember in what though... duh!).  Rob is the Manager of Service Leadership at the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University.
 
Rob and I grew up together in Millinocket, Maine.  I met Rob when we were in the 4th grade, and were pretty much best buds since senior year in high school.  We attended the University of Southern Maine (USM) together and performed music in several groups, including our acoustic trio, Chronicle, with the talented Scott Furrow.  After USM, Rob went on to higher learning which moved him around the Midwest where he landed in St. Louis. (And I happened to land in Nashville, 5 hours away... weird)  He has a lovely wife and two beautiful twin daughters.
 
Anyway, he's worked very hard and deserves all the accolades!  Congratulations, bro!
 
Oh yeah, Rob is a hell of a singer/songwriter.  Check out his stuff at www.myspace.com/robboyle.

...Scotty

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CRS 2010

Once again, this years Grand Finale show capping of this years week of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville was a huge success.  The show, organized by DigitalRodeo.com and The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB), featured 20 artists at all levels of their career.  Music industry pro's were entertained by veteran acts like Bryan White and Sammy Kershaw, current favorites like Emily West and Julie Roberts, and "up and commers" like the Lo Cash Cowboys and Mallary Hope. 
 
The theme this year was "Guilty Pleasures", you know those songs you love but don't want anyone to know about it. ;-)  There were a few songs that didn't really fit the category, but in my oppinion, the winner in terms of song selection was Burns & Poe who performed "Down Under" by Men At Work.
 
I had the pleasure, once again, of being the music director for the show.  The band I put together was stellar! (and they're a great bunch of guys, too!)  We had Grammy Award winning drummer Paul Deakin (The Mavericks), the impecable Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yokam) on bass, Rob McNelley on guitar (whom you've heard all over Lady Antebellum's recordings including all the sweet slide guitar stuff on their "Need You Now" single), top call keyboard player Steve King (Keith Urban), and the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke on sax, flute, steel guitar, harmonica, and jaw harp (you've heard Jim's harmonica on Jamie O'Neal's "There Is No Arizona").  And once again, Matt and Brad from the great trio, Due West, provided our harmony vocals.
 
Last year, the CRB voted our show The Favorite Show of CRS. We feel this year will have an even better review.  For more information and highlights from the show, log in at www.digitalrodeo.com.  The highlights should be posted soon! :-)

...Scotty

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DR Top Unsigned Artist

Hey all,
 
I just found out that Johnny Henry has just become the Top Unsigned Artist at DigitalRodeo.com (www.digitalrodeo.com/johnnyhenry)!  He uploaded the new tracks from the new "Now EP" (that we just finished working on) on Friday and he's already had close to 700 plays!
 
Congrats, Johnny!

...Scotty

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Johnny Henry

I just finished up an EP project with Johnny Henry.  Johnny is a talented buddy of mine from St. Louis and I think you're gonna love his voice and these songs.  I'm sitting at Independent Mastering as I type this while Eric is mastering these tracks.  They really sound great! The EP (as of now) will be titled "Now". The first single is a song called "Old Fashioned Girl".  This song is a fun modern country tune with a bit of a "down home" flavor. The title track, "Now", is a straight up pop-country smash! "So Much" is a super soulful love song "for all the ladies out there...!" The fun and bouncy track, "The Way It Is", is a plea to get back to the heart of our relationships.  And finally, "Waiting On The Rain" is a lush reminder to enjoy life amid all the stress of the world.
 
We recorded five songs over the past couple weeks at 16 Ton Studios here in Nashville.  Patrick Miller was lead engineer with Mike Esser assisting.  Of course 16 Ton intern Ryan Waniata was a huge help to us.  You'll find some usual suspects performing on the tracks like, Tim Horsley (drums), Steve King (keys & accordion), and Mike Daly (steel guitar & dobro). You'll also enjoy some newer names (well not new, but new to my productions) like Robbie Emerson (bass), JD Simo (guitar), Jimmy Herman (fiddle),  and Jaime Hanna (harmony vox). I'm also happy to have Carol Rabinowitz (cello), Conni Ellisor (violin), Catherine Umstead (violin), and Betsy Lamb (viola) grace this project from the Nashville Symphony.  And last, but not least, the amazing talents of Rachel Proctor (vocals) and Jason Mowery (fiddle & mandolin) gave us just the right magic fairy dust to perfect everything! :-)
 
Like I mentioned before, the EP is getting mastered as I type, so it may be a few days before they are available for download.  Stay tuned to Johnny's Digital Rodeo site (www.digitalrodeo.com/johnnyhenry) and his MySpace site (www.myspace.com/johnnyhenrymusic) for more information and best of all... THE MUSIC!!!
 
Hope you all enjoy it!

...Scotty

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Key West Anyone?

Hey folks,
 
I'll be down in Key West again starting this coming Monday, January 11th through Sunday, January 17th.  I'll be playing the late show at the Hogs Breath Saloon with "The Van Winkles" (Paul Deakin of The Mavericks and David Mead of Elle Macho).  Of course we'd love for you all to c'mon down to the Key's to party with us, but if you can't be there, log on to the "Hog Cam" at http://www.hogsbreath.com/hogcam/stagecam.cfm. Enjoy!

...Scotty

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