If you don’t know the music of Robben Ford, do yourself a favor and listen to his work

Robben Ford. If you don’t know the music of Robben Ford, do yourself a favor and listen to his work. Since the late 60’s, Robben has honed the skills that make him the multi-talented musician that he is; Ford plays Saxophone, Guitar and sings. Over the years, Robben has played with Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Michael McDonald and Bonnie Raitt, just to name a few. He has been nominated for a Grammy four times, released 19 solo albums and was named “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musicians Magazine. Not only is Robben currently signed with Concord Records who has a complex here at The Village, but he spent some time working in Studio D as well with famed producer/engineer Ed Cherney and assistant Vanessa Parr. We cannot wait to hear what Robben Ford comes up with next.


50 Cent for the Fifth

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50 cent

Some say that persistence is the key to success and no one knows that better than Curtis James Jackson, better known as 50 Cent. After a rough childhood resulted in 50 living with his grandparents, the young rapper started boxing and even made it to the Junior Olympics. From there, 50 discovered his natural talent on the mic and was mentored by several heavy hitters in the industry, most notably, Jam Master Jay. He has had a lot of set backs in his life, but in 2002 when Eminem got a hold of his work, 50 Cent’s career truly began. 50 was working on new material in Studio B with engineer Eric Denniston, and keep an eye out for his fifth album, set to drop this July.

Image from Wikimedia commons: 50 Cent at the 2009 American Music Awards Red Carpet. Photo by Burning Karma

Lee DeWyze and The Village’s Idol Fever

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Lee DeWyze

Since it’s inception in 2002, American Idol has dominated the airwaves and whipped viewers into a frenzy in hopes of discovering the perfect pop star. Thanks to Idol we have artists like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, and Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze. Originally from Illinois, DeWyze struggled to be a musician, working at a paint store by day and gigging with his band at night. He became an early audience favorite while on the show, and his large fan base helped him beat out fellow contestant Crystal Bowersox and take the title. Lee joined assistant Jared Nugent in Studio J this month to write for what we can imagine will be a fantastic upcoming album. The Village had Idol fever this April also playing host to the American Idol/ Ford Music video challenge. The Wojahn Brothers were hard at work in Studio D musically producing this collaboration between amazing session players, the Idol finalists and Ford cars resulting in short music videos aired each week. Francis Buckley engineered with Vanessa Parr assisting.

Image from Wikimedia commons: Lee DeWyze performs at the 2010 Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark, on Friday, June 4, 2010.