writes: (Updated March 2006)
been five years and 3 CDs since I recorded the songs that
go on my first EP, "All Tricked Out", and it feels like
traveled many miles as a singer, songwriter and recording
my experiences have only underscored my feelings
attitudes both towards Steve Haggard (who is an
and indeed, masterful producer) and the Oat
as one of the best around.
has that rare ability to bring it all together on many levels.
does a lot of preparation
beforehand, and he has the gift of
able to envison just how the songs need to come together
all different levels. That is, in part, why project after project is
running, well organized, with successful results,
just for me, but for all the artists he's worked with.
a songwriter as well as a vocalist, I want to comment on
exceptional ability at making the vocal stand
out as the
of a musical arrangement. Whether it means sitting
the singer and going over singing technique/phrasing, etc.,
to recording, or picking players who complement a singer's
style, Steve always goes the extra mile.
has a great instinct for arranging songs so the listener's ear
drawn to the
meaning of the words being sung. I've noticed
particular aspect of Steve's producing skills, not only with
own songs, but by comparing the "before" demos with the
products" of other singers and songwriters with whom
engineer Randall Merryman: Randall is an incredibly
and creative engineer. With Randall, there
ways to resolve any challenge that comes along. He is warm
fun-loving and nutty, which always makes you feel at ease
and contributes to the relaxed experience.
time I step into the studio at Oat Central, I never fail to
the smooth-running and professional atmosphere.
I'm just stoppin' in to catch one of the many artists
with Steve and Randall, or to record another song, I always
people having fun, cracking jokes, digging the vibe, and
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