The Vocalists & Musicians of Appalachia

The Fields of Gettysburg song cycle is interpreted by a stellar collection of vocalists and musicians. Every player and engineer involved in the making of The FOG hails from and/or lives in the Appalachian Region of the eastern United States stretching from Wheeling, West Virginia to the Mid-Ohio Valley (Marietta, Ohio/Parkersburg, West Virginia) to Charleston, West Virginia.

"The FOG" ensemble is privileged to include the luminaries

Larry Groce, Tim O'Brien, Todd Burge, Michael Lipton, & Don Dixon

The musical heritage of Appalachia runs deep in the fabric of America. The blend includes the ethnic styles of the region's original inhabitants, pioneers and settlers as well as the roots of the truly American musical styles of country, blues, bluegrass, and jazz.

Please, read on and meet all of these uniquely talented and earnest musicians - they have much to share, which they have done beautifully and graciously on The Fields of Gettysburg... 

John A. Walsh - "James Longstreet" & Composer

John A. Walsh is The FOG's composer and sings the role of General James Longstreet in the song cycle.  He is also The FOG's primary guitarist and plays mandolin on the album.

Born in North Tonawanda, New York, John was raised from a young age in Marietta, Ohio, where he began playing guitar and writing songs at age 11 in 1974.  He cut his musical teeth on the great Singer/Songwriters of the 1960's & 1970's. From those early days, Walsh continually refined his skills and now has well over 40 years of writing experience under his belt. His special talent for lyrical depth coupled with a oft-times off-the-beaten-path style of chord progression and song structure renders unique, listenable and memorable songs. His songs have been described as "intensely personal," "he sang what I wanted to say..." and, "the lyrics read like a painting..." Over the years, Walsh has written scores of songs and has performed both as a soloist and in a variety of bands all over the United States. John has had the opportunity to play on the same stage with notables such as Jason Isbell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tim O'Brien, Amanda Shires, and Larkin Poe. He has released seven albums (as a soloist and with George's Attic and The Fossils).

Singer/Songwriter John A. Walsh with his beloved Gibson Acoustic

After graduating from Salem College (Salem, WV) in 1986, John became an officer in the U.S. Air Force.  He and his wife, Darlene, married in 1987 and spent the next ten years living west of the Mississippi, mostly while John served in the USAF.  They have lived in California, Wyoming, Texas, Nevada and Iowa.  John also served a short tour in Saudi Arabia during Operation Southern Watch in 1995.  After separating from the USAF in 1996, the Walsh’s ultimately settled back in the Mid-Ohio Valley at Vienna, West Virginia.  John and Darlene have lived in Vienna, West Virginia, since 1996 and have two daughters, Emily and Caroline.

As a master songwriter, history enthusiast, and veteran, it seems only natural that John would forge those elements into something special. The Fields of Gettysburg is that high watermark for John as a composer, musician, American, and storyteller.

John became immediately active in the local music scene after relocating to Vienna.  In addition to playing live regularly, Walsh has recorded his music extensively.  He currently serves as a board member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame; also, John formerly served on the Colony Theater Hippodrome Restoration board (now the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio), he still serves on the Theatre’s finance committee.  Walsh was instrumental in the development and opening of The Adelphia Music Hall, now a premier live music venue in Marietta.

In 2013, John released The Fields of Gettysburg to coincide with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  John’s all original song cycle brought real historical characters to life, enabling the listener to get to know people of the day on a personal level.  The record, co-produced by Parkersburg singer/songwriter, Todd Burge, brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians, including Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce and Michael Lipton, two-time Grammy winner Tim O’Brien, Jessica Baldwin, Colton Pack and Justin Arthur.  Met with wide critical acclaim, The Fields of Gettysburg was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage and is currently available at Tamarack and The Gettysburg National Park’s Museum Gift Store.  For more information on John and his music, please visit www.johnawalsh.com

A great anthology of John's recordings can be found and downloaded here:

        CDBaby  or on   iTunes

Videos:   Your Time Has Come     The Ballad of Johnny Cash(flow)     Mountain Stage

 Contact info: john@johnawalsh.com        Photo by Logan Mace

Todd Burge - "John Buford" & Co-Producer

Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and drawing on a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most prolific singer/songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame,  The Kennedy Center, and of course, literally hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots.  He is a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce. In 2014, Burge wrote 13 songs for a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. The show received great reviews as it was performed at Muskingum Park in Marietta Ohio, produced by Marietta College/The Colony Theatre and directed by Geoff Coward.

Todd Burge with Taylor Guitar

 

Todd - in addition to co-producing The FOG - sings the role of General John Buford and plays the harmonica on the album. Todd's vast performance experience and musical skill-set bring a special kind of shine to The FOG. He has generously provided wise counsel to Walsh and a productively honest viewpoint - all facilitating the best possible listening experience to FOG fans.

Burge, who may be best known for his method of writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, bugs and animals (listen to Building Characters produced by Don Dixon) has recently released an album of very personal songs entitled Imitation Life (2015). The recording was produced by long term collaborator, Tim O’Brien. O’Brien is an inductee of the WV Music Hall of Fame and Grammy winner. The album includes a song called Change (For Clean Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals.  Todd Burge resides in Parkersburg WV with his wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia. 

For more info on Todd & his music, visit www.toddburge.com.

Check Todd out here at the Nelsonville Music Festival Gladden House Sessions

 

Larry Groce - The Narrator

The Fields of Gettysburg's Narrator, Larry Groce, is a singer, songwriter and one of the founders of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage, distributed nationally by NPR. He’s been host and artistic director of that show since its beginning in 1983. He was also one of the founders and Executive Director of FestivALL Charleston, a ten day multi-arts festival, from 2005 until 2015.

Larry has recorded twenty-four albums and the top ten hit single “Junk Food Junkie”. The albums include many releases for Walt Disney records, one of which was nominated for a “Children’s Record of the Year” Grammy.

The New York Times, People Magazine and other national publications have profiled him and he’s performed on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, The Rich Little Show, Nashville Now, The Disney Channel, Doctor Demento (Junk Food Junkie was Demento’s “Song of the Year” in ‘76) and A Prairie Home Companion.

Larry Groce, NPR's Mountain Stage

Larry was born in Dallas and lived in New York and Los Angeles before moving to West Virginia in 1972 as part of a National Endowment for the Arts Musician-in-Residence program.  While living here, he also did musician residencies in twenty-two other states. Along with his music and production work over the years, he owned the Morgantown School of Ballet, co-owned the alternative news and humor magazine Graffiti, and acted in the feature film, Paradise Park.

In 2008 Larry was awarded the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, in 2010 he was inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was named Outstanding West Virginian by the West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2013 he was an honoree at the Charleston Community Music Association’s Arts Awards and he has received honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from the University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

He and his wife Sandra recently recorded and released an album called “Live Forever” produced by Don Dixon.

NPR's Mountain Stage

Photo by Josh Saul

Tim O'Brien - Fiddle

Two-Time Grammy Award winning Americana master Tim O’Brien is the Fiddler on The FOG!

In Tim O’Brien’s music, things come together. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene – and well beyond it. O’Brien’s presence – be it as a bandleader, songwriter, mentor, instrumentalist, or vocalist – has been strongly felt not only in his own rich music, but in the many recordings of his songs by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, the New Grass Revival, and the Seldom Scene, and in his recorded collaborations with Steve Martin, the Chieftains, and innumerable others. Most recently, O’Brien has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler, who described O’Brien as “a master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music – it doesn't matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.” Tim O'Brien

O’Brien listens to bluegrass and hears the music’s roots in modal Irish ballads and vintage swing. He insightfully re-examines and reconstructs those styles, and many others, in his own music, throwing off new sparks by reawakening the tension and interplay of the colliding components at the heart of American music. “Over the years,” he explains, “my music has become a certain thing. Each time I go into the studio to make a new album, I could make an Irish record, or a bluegrass record, or a country record…but it seems artificial to sift anything out. I feel like I’d be leaving out something important. In the end, I just try to make it round…”

Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, O’Brien was surrounded by classic country and bluegrass music first, subsequently augmented by the revolutionary folk music the era, including Bob Dylan, whom O’Brien paid tribute to on the acclaimed 1996 release Red On Blonde. While his sister (and occasional collaborator) Mollie took piano lessons, O’Brien pursued guitar and banjo on his own, eventually adding mandolin and fiddle to his arsenal by the time he left for college. Dropping out of a northeastern liberal arts college after a year, O’Brien headed west, eventually settling in Boulder, Colorado, where a burgeoning, eccentric roots music scene was forming. Following a stint in the endearingly ramshackle Ophelia Swing Band, O’Brien co-founded the bluegrass band Hot Rize in 1978, with guitarist Charles Sawtelle, bassist Nick Forster, and banjo player Peter Wernick. Combining a healthy reverence for bluegrass tradition with a playfully postmodern sensibility, Hot Rize became a fan and festival favorite, recording a series of acclaimed albums for the Flying Fish and Sugar Hill labels until dissolving in 1990 – at which point O’Brien had already begun to establish himself as a solo artist.

Accolades for Tim and his amazing musical journey include:

> Won 2015 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album with The Earls of Leicester
> In 2005, O'Brien won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for Fiddler's Green.
> In 1993 and 2006, O'Brien was honored with the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA)'s Male Vocalist of the Year award.
> His band Hot Rize was the IBMA's first Entertainer of the Year in 1990.
> He scored a Top 10 US Country Hit in 1990 with “The Battle Hymn of Love,” a duet with Kathy Mattea

Tim’s Website:  http://timobrien.net/

A couple of “must see” Tim videos:

"Brother Wind" - http://youtu.be/iPkDz4T2eVE

"Hey Joe" - http://youtu.be/62db5rMc2ns

Jessica Baldwin - "Mary Wade"

Jessica Kirsten Baldwin is the voice of Mary Wade on The Fields of Gettysburg.  Her spine-tingling interpretation of "Bread Alone" is an absolute show-stopper.   

Jessica Baldwin, Mary Wade, The Fields of Gettysburg

Jessica’s voice has been described as “world class,” “effortless,” and “pure beauty.” From a young age, she has loved singing, playing, and listening to very different styles of music. Since she couldn't pick just one style to study, she earned classical singing degrees from Alderson-Broaddus University and Meredith College and then studied at the CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute in CCM genres like soul, R&B, blues, jazz, funk, country, and musical theatre.

She continues to sing, play, and teach in as many different styles and groups as possible, and enjoys fusing styles in her arrangements and compositions. 

For more on Jessica Baldwin and her music, visit www.jessbaldwin.com

Justin Arthur - "Wesley Culp"

Justin Arthur sings the role of Wesley Culp on The FOG.  Blessed with an earthy and soulful voice, Justin's performance will put you in the shoes of Wesley Culp - you will see Gettysburg from Culp's point of view.  Justin is an avid student of Civil War history as well; this allows him to deliver Wesley Culp in a very real and informed way.

Justin Arthur Marietta Born & Bred

Justin Arthur is a 32-year-old singer/songwriter hailing from Marietta, Ohio. Growing up on country and Motown, and later discovering punk on his own, Justin creates a unique blend of these diverse influences in his music. Not learning to play guitar until the age of 19, Justin has made up for his late musical start by playing countless shows. Being a member of bands Sacra Via, Radio 1, and The Hopewell, in addition to playing solo, has allowed Justin to play shows throughout the Midwest.

Never wanting his music to be limited by “labels”, Justin plays a variety of music from different genres. His musical diversity has afforded him the opportunity to open for a wide range of musicians including Black Stone Cherry, Smile Empty Soul, Hawthorne Heights, Royal Bliss, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Atom Smash, Joe Diffie, Jake Owen, Bucky Covington, and Keith Burns of Trick Pony.

www.reverbnation.com/justinarthur

 

Colton Pack - "Jack Skelly"

Colton Pack, singing The FOG’s Jack Skelly, is an up and coming country music singer from Danese, West Virginia.

He now resides in Nashville pursuing his passion to be a country music artist. During 2014 he was selected as an Up and Coming Artist for the CMA Fest in Nashville, TN. He burst onto the national scene after appearing on season 3 of X Factor USA. Colton was the lead singer of the country trio, Restless Road, formed by music mastermind, Simon Cowell. The group went on to finish 4th on the show. Shortly after the competition Colton announced a return to his solo career.

Colton Pack, Nashville Up & Comer

Colton was first discovered and mentored at the age of 15 by prominent songwriter/producer, Jeff Stevens.  As a result Colton and a host of other distinguished Nashville songwriters have collaborated to write numerous songs. Colton maintains a busy performance schedule including opening for the likes of Dustin Lynch and Kellie Pickler.

Whether captivating audiences with soulful acoustic performances or rocking the house with his band, the result is the same: great country music! Colton’s musical instincts and unique vocal tones have continued to amaze those whom he has been fortunate enough to work with or perform for.

Learn more about Colton Pack at these links:

D.J. Archer - "Jennie Wade"

Singing the role of Jennie Wade, Darlene Jane "DJ" Archer is a gifted young vocalist. Her wistful performance of "A Daydream Away" is captivating.  

DJ Archer as Jennie Wade

No doubt her real life experience as a military spouse gives her a special insight into Jennie's longing for the return of her fiancee from the war.

DJ began singing in choirs at just three years old, eventually becoming a key voice in the Parkersburg High School (Parkersburg, West Virginia) A Cappella & Chamber Choirs.

She has also performed in several musicals including "Annie" and "Honk." DJ's singing skills enabled her to win the Parkersburg Homecoming Talent Show competition.

Ms. Archer and her young family make their home in Vienna, West Virginia.
 

Bill White - Piano & Keyboard

Bill White is a graduate of Marietta College with a degree in economics. His interest in music was vested in piano lessons starting at age five, which ultimately led him to the Marietta High School Band where he won the John Philip Sousa Award in 1965. After enrolling at Ohio University he left college to join the United States Marine Corps. Attached to a helicopter squadron in New River, North Carolina, he spent his free time with a Hammond B3 in a rock band playing the beaches of the Carolina coast, from chicken-wire stages in oyster bars to a summer gig as an opening act for touring groups booked into the famed Pavilion at Myrtle Beach.Bill White Keyboard Piano

In 1970 with the First Marine Division in Vietnam, Bill connected with a detachment of the famed Marine Corps Band deployed to Quang Nam province for ceremonial events associated with the South Vietnamese military. When not on duty or perimeter guard these musicians worked out charts by ear for emerging rock bands taking the USA by storm including Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chase and Ten Wheel Drive. Known as The Mash Shiners, heavy on brass, reeds and percussion but still without a keyboard player, these conservatory-trained musicians-turned-riflemen requested Bill for temporary duty as a keyboard player. Bill was able to leverage his keyboard skills into a counterpoint experience to helicopter gunships and endless supply missions to firebases throughout the country.

More a lyricist than a performer, Bill writes contemporary and pastoral music. His original Bless the Ring is often performed at the exchange of rings in the nuptial mass. Bill continues to play keys whenever he can, including piano bars and acoustic gigs with John Walsh, and classic rock with The Fossils. Bill is a strong advocate for music education in public schools and serves as Vice President, Ohio Foundation for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association.

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1157929?song_id=14123203

Ted Harrison - Bass Guitar

Ted Harrison graduated from West Virginia State College with a degree in music education as a tuba player in 1978. He played in the Ringling Bros Circus band when it visited his hometown in 1976. In his junior year of college, he picked up the electric bass ironically as a secondary instrument and immediately fell in love with it. 

Ted Harrison, Bass Man

He has been playing in the group The Carpenter Ants with Michael Lipton since 1987.  As a member of that group, he has been fortunate to perform with, thanks to Lipton’s two decade-long association with the internationally syndicated radio show Mountain Stage, a long, varied list of players that have sat in at after-show jams for sets that ping-pong from rock ’n’ roll and blues to country and gospel. That list includes Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Don Dixon, Mollie O’Brien, Tony Furtado, Hayes Carll, Duke Robillard, Greg Martin, Terry Reid, Ben Sollee, Dwight Twilley, Bill Danoff, The Sweetback Sisters, The Alternate Routes, Robyn Hitchcock, the late Luther Allison, English rock legend Kevin Coyne, Bill Kirchen, Curtis Stigers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Howard Levy, ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap, Marshall Crenshaw, Jason Isbell, John Mooney and Chip “Wild Thing” Taylor. 

Harrison has recorded with Don Dixon, Bill Kirchen, Tim O'Brien, original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson, Hammond B-3 master Winston Walls, Todd Burge and legendary dobro player Jerry Douglas.

http://www.carpenterants.wvmusichalloffame.com/index.html

Ammed Solomon - Drums & Percussion

Ammed Solomonhas been a fixture in WV Music since the 1980's. He is in his 27th season as the House Drummer for NPR's nationally syndicated Mountain Stage and can be heard playing behind such notable artists as Dr. John, The Indigo Girls, Warren Zevon, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Daniel Lanois, among countless others. Ammed has been the rhythmic backbone for past regional favorites such as Putnam County Pickers, Stark Raven, The Fabulous Twister Sisters, Julie Adams and The Rhino Boys, The Souol Doctors and Big Planet Soul. He can currently be heard with the VooDoo Katz, Shayar and Krooshal Force, and occasionally with the band he co-founded, The Bark-O-Loungers. Ammed Solomon, Mountain Stage Drummer

Ammed currently offers professional-level private lessons to WV's Youth in addition to providing educationally-backed and curriculum-based percussion/rhythm workshops to public and private schools and organizations throughout the region.

 

 

Michael Lipton - Electric Guitar

Born in Ossining, NY, and raised in Miami, FL, Michael Lipton moved to a farm in rural Calhoun County in 1973, when he was 19. While there, he formed the band Big Money, which played around the mid-Atlantic for a decade. He also started the county’s first organized trash collection service, King Pin Trash Service. He began freelancing for The Charleston Gazette in the mid-‘80s and, after his house was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, moved to Charleston.  He continued writing regular features, columns and reviews for the Gazette as well as becoming co-publisher and editor of the alternative newspaper Graffiti – which he edited until it was sold in 2005.

His writing has appeared in magazines including “The Village Voice,” “Spin,” “LA Weekly,” “Hustler” and “The New York Times.”

Michael Lipton with Telecaster

Photo by Josh Saul

In the late ‘80s, he began playing in the “Mountain Stage” house band and formed The Carpenter Ants, an R&B group which has now been together for 25 years. The band has toured Moscow twice, appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” and “Whad’Ya Know?” and toured with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Along the way he has toured with various bands, produced numerous CDs, scored three feature films, documentaries and shorts.

Recently, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his work on Trey Kay’s radio documentary “The Great Textbook War.” After selling Graffiti in 2005, Lipton founded the WV Music Hall of Fame and continues to be the organization’s director.

www.wvmusichalloffame.com

 

Julie Zickefoose - Penny Whistle

Julie Zickefoose contributes her penny whistling skills to The FOG.  In addition to playing and singing in her band, The Rain Crows, Julie is a widely published natural history writer and artist.  

 Julie Zickefoose, Bird Watcher's Digest, Artist, Painter, The Blue Bird Effect

Julie Zickefoose started off as an illustrator of natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. A six-year stint as a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy's Connecticut Chapter proved a strong motivator both to learn more about ecosystems and to go back to drawing. Along the way, she began to write her own essays, studded with observations of birds and animals, and writing slowly crept into the forefront of her interests. Marietta, Ohio based Bird Watcher’s Digest has been the major print venue for her writing since 1986, and she’s painted 21 covers for the magazine. She had a five-year run as a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, telling about bird-eating bullfrogs and hummingbirds who came home to their foster mother, among other subjects.

Julie’s first book of illustrated essays, Letters from Eden, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006. She contributed natural history commentaries to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered from 2005-2010. Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot entertains around 28,000 unique visits per month. Her current book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, was Oprah’s Book of the Week in April 2012. It’s an amalgam of memoir, natural history and beautiful watercolor paintings and life sketches.

Julie and her family (Bill Thompson III, Phoebe, Liam and Boston terrier Chet Baker) live in a ranch house topped by a 42 foot tall birdwatching tower. 186 species of birds and 78 butterfly species have graced the 80-acre sanctuary to date. With a dozen species of breeding warblers and more gardens than any one person should probably try to take care of, Indigo Hill has everything Julie needs to keep writing and drawing for a very long time.

 

www.juliezickefoose.com 

Cynthia Puls - Cello

Cynthia Puls began cello studies in Evansville, Indiana. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana and a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.  Cynthia formally taught as adjunct professor at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN - Marietta College, Marietta, OH - and Marshall University, Huntington, WV. 

Cynthia performed with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Baton Rouge Opera Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, Southeastern Ohio Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony.  Cynthia soloed with a touring contemporary group in Louisiana including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, LA. Cynthia Puls Trillium Piano Trio

She developed a course entitled, "Exploring Composers" (designed to introduce composers, their styles, and form to elementary students), is founder and director of The Cello Company in Parkersburg, West Virginia (a group of young cellists ages 3 to adult), is an Artsbridge Catalog Artist in Parkersburg, West Virginia, performs in a variety of chamber groups, performed as soloist with The Evergreen String Orchestra located in Marietta, Ohio, and is a founding member of The Trillium Piano Trio. 

As a member of The Trillium Piano Trio, currently entering their 11th season, she performs in the Kanawha Forum Series, Sundays @ Two in Tamarack, Glenville University, Saint Cecilia’s Concert Series, Lyceum Series, and the Arts Link Series.

 

www.trilliumpianotrio.com

David S. George - Engineer

Creating and recording music has been my passion for decades,actually since high school. I have had the pleasure of working with many talented musicians all my life and I have produced many CD releases over the past two decades. I typically help write the music, engineer the recording and produce the project.

My current studio, River Rat Studio, BMI, in Marietta, OH, utilizes digital recording; but I still hold on to the warm sound obtained with analog equipment like tube pre-amps for mics and analog guitar amps, effects pedals, etc. I think there is a balance in recording regarding high quality sound reproduction (e.g., recording at 24bit, 48K) and capturing a warm natural sound (e.g., good mics with tube pre-amps and digital plug-ins based on analog sound shaping). River Rat Studio David George

The FOG has been an interesting project to date. John Walsh approached me with this completely written work and it was obvious he was passionate about the project. In the past, John would work with me and others in the studio to create the songs, but this was different as all 12 songs were completely written, scored and ready to record. We spent weeks creating scratch tracks and having demos for vocal parts to find the best Appalachian singer for each part. In the end, I had the chance to work with a lot of talented musicians and singers whose paths I would not have crossed without the FOG project. I can only hope the great storytelling and musicianship in these songs comes through with the power and passion intended by the composer. This is a very unique project for River Rat Studio, BMI.

David S. George also plays cameo keyboard and acoustic guitar parts on The FOG.

George200@aol.com

http://www.facebook.com/david.george.5832

Josh Antonuccio - Engineer

Josh Antonuccio is a music and media producer, musician, music journalist and music industry educator.  He owns and works out of 3 Elliott Studio, a professional recording and post-production facility in the city of Athens, Ohio.

With 20 years of experience in recording and producing, he has worked on over 80 commercially released albums, as well as films, and tv shows.  He is a Grammy-Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has had his work featured in various films and TV shows, as well as numerous news outlets including NPR, Paste Magazine, Pitchfork, VH1, MTV, The Onion, and Magnet Magazine.  Josh Antonuccio 3 Elliott Studio

Currently he teaches Music Production at Ohio University and Music Production and Music Business at Hocking College and is a regular contributor and interviewer with Pop Matters.  His work has been featured in various outlets including Fast Company Magazine, McClatchey News Service, Tape Op Magazine, Craftsmen Radio, and VH1.

 

3 Elliott Studio

Don Dixon - Mastering

"The Fields of Gettysburg" mastered by legendary producer/musician, Don Dixon

Dixon is considered to be one of the key producers of what is called the jangle pop movement of the early 1980s. He spent thirteen years as a member of NC cult heroes Arrogance. Around 1983, Dixon attracted attention by co-producing with Mitch Easter, R.E.M.'s landmark debut LP Murmur. He then spent several years producing the work of varied artists including Chris Stamey (formerly of The dB's) and The Smithereens. Considered to be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene's Run Now EP (co-produced with T Bone Burnett). This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut Most of the Girls Like to Dance (But Only Some of the Boys Like To), a further affirmation of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky, Nick Lowe-inspired wordplay.

Don Dixon REM & Smithereens Producer

After producing wife Marti Jones' Unsophisticated Time, he released his second solo effort,Romeo at Juilliard, in 1987 and the live Chi-Town Budget Show a year later. After 1989's EEE, Dixon's recording career went into hiatus for several years and he returned to producing, helming efforts for the Smithereens, Richard Barone, and James McMurtry before finally releasing Romantic Depressive in 1995. Another lengthy hiatus preceded the early 2000 release of The Invisible Man and its 2001 follow-up, Note Pad #38. His latest release, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room followed in summer 2006.

Besides his life as a musician and producer, Don launched an acting career playing an alcoholic director in Todd Graff's 2003 film Camp.

http://www.dondixonmusic.com/

 

 

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