After the announcement of an Aerosmith reunion tour set to start June 2012, I think it’s safe to say that Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer will continue to rock us through the ages. The guys have just about finished their much-anticipated next album, due out sometime this month, and are also juggling side projects to boot. The Village was thrilled to host Joe Perry in Studio B while he was working on the score for the upcoming G.I Joe film, “G.I Joe: Retaliation” in theaters 2013. Scott Smith engineered and Jeff Gartenbaum assisted on the session.
It’s hard to stand out in LA amongst the swarms of singer/songwriters trying to get their big break, but it probably helps if you are a Filipino/Welsh/Dutch from Anchorage, Alaska with killer musical chops. Her name is Kate Earl and she has charmed the masses with her melodic folk/pop, probably inspired from her childhood filled with piano lessons and church choir performances. Her music has been featured on hit TV shows like Private Practice and 90210 and she is currently working in Studio J towards the completion of a new album. Kate is jamming alongside Josh Deutsch from Downtown Records, engineer Vaughn Merrick and assistant Eric Denniston to wow the world with her 3rd record.
When The “X” Factor premiered in the US for the first time last year, Rachel Crow was first in line to audition. Literally… she was the first contestant to audition in front of the judges. It was a good thing she did too because this precocious 13 year old belted her way to the top 5 with challenging hits like “Run To You” by Whitney Houston, “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce and “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James. After an emotional elimination from the show, Rachel attacked her career head on and as a result, signed a recording contract with Columbia, secured a spot touring with Big Time Rush and landed a guest starring role on Disney’s “Fred: The Show”. This month, she was in Studio J working with engineer Jared Nugent on perfecting her 5 song EP due out at the end of June, so do what Rachel would do and be the first one in line to get a copy!
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.
Santi White is a college educated, former A&R rep who left the business side of the industry to make her own music. Since her early days as front woman for punk band “Stiffed” to her debut album in 2008, Santigold has brought her own brand of talent and style to countless collaborations and live shows. The band blew us away in Studio D with their set for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, which appropriately followed the April release of their second album, “Master of My Make-Believe”. Currently on tour, future plans for the group have not been disclosed but after watching Santi and the band in action, we will be paying close attention to where they are headed. Ghian Wright engineered while Alex Williams assisted.