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In the studio... The Mountainous

© Cody McCain

Mississippi natives The Mountainous started tracking their debut album in Studio B with Calvin Lauber engineering. Studio B is home to an SSL 6000. Featured on the session was the Super Reverb, JCM900, AKG414s, and Sennheiser 421s.

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© Cody McCain

© Cody McCain

© Cody McCain

© Cody McCain

© Cody McCain

New Release: Cait Brennan on Omnivore Recordings

Big congrats to Phoenix artist Cait Brennan on her upcoming release on Omnivore Recordings.

Studio A: Jody Stephens, Fernando Perdomo, Adam Hill, and Cait Brennan

The album was tracked in Studio A with engineer Adam Hill. Cait's musical partner in crime Fernando Perdomo co-produced the record with Cait and played many instruments - including Chris Bell's cherry red Gibson ES-330. Also featured are Van Duren and Robert Mache.

Cait Brennan with Chris Bell's guitar

Fernando Perdomo and Van Duren

In the studio... Sons of Mudboy

(Front row) Luther Dickinson, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, Carol Baker, Jimmy Crosthwait, Cody Dickinson (Middle row) Adam Hill, Paul Taylor, Steve Selvidge (Back Row) Ben Baker, Luke White

All photos ©Andrew McNeill

In the studio... Amy Black

Studio B | Amy Black ©AddisonHare

Studio B | Studer Tape Machine ©AddisonHare

Last week Americana soul singer-songwriter Amy Black brought her new album to Studio B to be mixed by Adam Hill and Grammy nominated Scott Bomar. The album titled "Memphis" was tracked at Scott's Electraphonic Recording Studio and features a host of legendary Memphis session players, with Scott engineering and producing. Amy brought the project over to Ardent to be mixed by Adam Hill using our 8 Track Studer Tape Machine.

Memphis will be released June 2nd.

Studio B | Amy Black, Scott Bomar, Adam Hill ©Addison Hare

Studio B | Adam Hill ©AddisonHare

Studio B | Adam Hill ©AddisonHare

Studio B | Amy Black ©AddisonHare

The Weeks announce new album release

This week Jackson, MS natives The Weeks announced their third album Easy that they tracked at Ardent in September 2015.

Currently based in Nashville, the band hooked up with engineer/producer Paul Ebersold who ultimately brought the project to Memphis. It was great having Paul back in the building, as he had been a permanent fixture in the studios for a number of years. They tracked in Studio A with Paul producing and Josh St. Moblo engineering.

Easy will be released April 7, 2017 on Lightning Rod Records. You can pre-order here

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Studio A | Jody Stephens, Cain Barnes, Paul Ebersold, Cyle Barnes, Damian Bone, Sam Williams, and Josh St. Moblo

In the studio... Victor Wainwright

Studio A | Victor Wainwright ©LisaMac

Studio A | Victor Wainwright ©LisaMac

This week Studio A was taken over by Blues Music Awards winner Victor Wainwright!

Victor and his WildRoots band featuring Pat Harrington, Terry Grayson, and Billy Dean tracked with engineer Mike Wilson and producer/engineer Dave Gross.

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Studio A | Dave Gross, Victor Wainwright, Mike Wilson, and Billy Dean ©LisaMac

Studio A | Background vocals: Pat Herrington, Billy Dean, Terry Grayson

Studio A - Mike Wilson (engineer) and Victor Wainwright

Studio A - Mike Wilson (engineer) and Victor Wainwright

Studio A | Billy Dean ©LisaMac

Studio A | Pat Herrington ©LisaMac

Studio A: Pat Harrington, Terry Grayson, Mike Wilson (engineer), Victor Wainwright, Dave Gross (producer/engineer), Billy Dean

Studio A: Pat Harrington, Terry Grayson, Mike Wilson (engineer), Victor Wainwright, Dave Gross (producer/engineer), Billy Dean

In the studio... Julien Baker

Studio A - Julien Baker with engineer Calvin Lauber

Studio A - Julien Baker with engineer Calvin Lauber

This week we had the pleasure of having Julien Baker take up residence in Studio A! The native Memphian recently signed to indie label Matador Records. Featured on the record were musicians Matthew Gilliam, Camille Faulkner, and Cameron Boucher. The tracking session took place in Studio A with Ardent's Calvin Lauber at the board. 

Studio A - Julien Baker

Studio A - Julien Baker

Studio A: Robby Morris (Matador A&R), Calvin Lauber (engineer), Jody Stephens, Julien Baker, Sean Rhorer (manager, Brixton Agency) and Ryan Wiley (Ardent's General Manager)

Studio A: Robby Morris (Matador A&R), Calvin Lauber (engineer), Jody Stephens, Julien Baker, Sean Rhorer (manager, Brixton Agency) and Ryan Wiley (Ardent's General Manager)

In the studio... Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie - Larry Sconton, Adam Weiner, Lucas Rinz, James Everhart, and Will Donnelly. © George Murphy

Low Cut Connie is back in Studio C finishing up the mix on their next album! Adam Hill has been working on engineering the next LCC record with frontman Adam Weiner and producer Dave Chale. For this leg of mixing, supreme vocalists Reba Russell and Vicki Loveland stopped by to add background vocals to a track.

LCC spent time last Summer tracking the album in Studio C. Take a look at those session photos below. The new album from LCC will be released in May. Look for their first single in February!

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Studio C | Will Donnelley, Adam Weiner, Adam Hill (engineer), Dave Chale (producer)

Studio C | Adam Weiner, Reba Russell, Vicki Loveland, Adam Hill, Dave Chale, and Will Donnelly

Studio C | Adam Weiner, Reba Russell, Vicki Loveland, Adam Hill, Dave Chale, and Will Donnelly

© George Murphy

© George Murphy

© George Murphy

© George Murphy

© George Murphy

© George Murphy

In the studio... Switchfoot

Studio A | Switchfoot ©ChrisTownsend

Recently after a concert at Minglewood Hall, the guys in Switchfoot headed down to Ardent after hours for a session. The tracking took place in Studio A with engineer Mike Wilson. It was great to have Drew Shirley back in the building after his days with All Together Separate! ATS recorded 3 albums at Ardent, so it was a bit of a homecoming for Drew.

Enjoy these images from the session taken by Switchfoot's tour photographer Chris Townsend.

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Studio A - Jon Foreman of Switchfoot @ChrisTownsend

Studio A | Switchfoot ©ChrisTownsend

Studio A | Jerome Fontamillas using the mellotron from Big Star records ©ChrisTownsend

Studio A | Drew Shirley ©ChrisTownsend

Studio A | L-R: Jerome Fontamillas, Drew Shirley, Andrew McNeill (assistant), Mike Wilson (engineer), Chad Butler, Tim Foreman, Ryan Wiley (General manager), and Jon Foreman ©ChrisTownsend

In the studio... Freeworld

Studio C | Freeworld with engineer Adam Hill

Studio C | Richard Cushing ©DannyDay

Studio C | Richard Cushing, Chris Stephenson ©DannyDay

Studio C | Chris Stephenson, Andy Tate ©DannyDay

Studio C | Peter Climie ©DannyDay

Studio C | Andy Tate ©DannyDay

Studio C | Greg Lundy ©DannyDay

Studio C | ©DannyDay

Studio C | Jody Stephens guest drumming on a track ©DannyDay

In the studio... Deer Tick

Studio C | Deer Tick with photographer Laura Partain

Alt rockers DEER TICK camped out in Studio A for a week in August to start tracking on their next album. They'll be returning again later this month and move to Studio C. Engineering the session is Adam Hill with Adam Landry producing. Adam Hill will also be mixing once all tracking is complete.

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Studio A | Deer Tick

Studio A | Ian O'Neil

Studio A | Ian O'Neil and Zeke Hutchins (manager)

Studio A | John McCauley (seated) with Ian O'Neil