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When The Devil Came Down
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I arrived in Nashville planning
on recording only a three-song demo. Based upon the sound quality
of the recordings, which I feel is easily comparable to that of any major studio, and on the creativity
and professionalism of the Wild Oats production team, I soon decided to record an entire CD.
The cost of recording was very reasonable, and I
would be surprised if one could find a better deal
with the same final outcome.
Typically, the first
reaction that I receive from listeners to my album focuses on how
the recordings are, and I am in total agreement.
Steve Haggard presented a great number of
ideas for each of the tracks; many of which
original thoughts for the material, and the rest I would never have dreamt of. Though a very talented
and experienced producer, Steve constantly reminded me that I had the final say in each and every
instance, and that I was not obligated to follow any of his suggestions. Never once do I recall having
to exercise this right.
Steve oftentimes went beyond the role of producer to
draw the best performance from me and I definitely
came away with the impression that my satisfaction with the recordings was truly his main concern.
Eric Pittarelli was a constant professional as engineer, and offered many
of his own during the recording sessions... and, being a talented keyboard player in his own right, made a
few wonderful additions to some of the tracks. He created atmosphere of professionalism and, equally
important, festivity in his studio... both of which lent to the success and enjoyment of the recording process.
The session players that Steve had assembled for the project, I soon learned,
were some of Nashville’s finest.
I was extremely impressed with their dedication and their enthusiasm towards my project, constantly wanting
to redo a certain lick or riff to capture their very best performance.
In all honesty, I cannot imagine recording
elsewhere. When the time comes to record another
album, I am
certain to contact the Wild Oats production family... for that is truly what it felt like, a family.
Their love of music,
and desire to assist singers and songwriters in the development of their
the business shadow that is oftentimes all too prevalent with other production companies. The two weeks that
I spent in Nashville with the Wild Oats Records family still linger in my mind as one of my most memorable
and enjoyable experiences and I always look forward to returning, whether to record or just to visit.
- Jeff Callahan
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