Nashville, TN–(July 6, 2010)–Former record label executive, producer and session guitarist Paul Worley and his partners have purchased an API 1608 console for their Shabby Row studio.
Worley recently partnered with industry friends to found Skyline Music Publishing and Skyville Records. In association with Skyline, Worley and collaborators built Shabby Row, a project/overdub studio. Having worked with the API 1608 (serial #1) at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studio in Nashville for Jennette McCurdy’s new single on Capital, Worley commented, “It seemed like the perfect solution for our overdub/project studio.
“We have a very nice sounding little room with an isolation booth. Our aspirations are mainly for doing overdubs and tracking demos. It’s a perfectly comfortable place to get that kind of work done.” As such, Shabby Row’s API 1608 won’t be used for mixdown very much; Worley takes projects to the larger studios he frequents for that task.
Worley, who purchased the 1608 from Kurt Howell at Marshall Graphics Systems, Brentwood, TN, has long admired the API “sound” and confessed to sometimes running signal through API EQs without any boost or cut, just to impart that “sound” to his signal. “I know it’s not ‘supposed’ to do anything at all,” he laughed. “But it does. Everything has a fingerprint, and some are better than others.”
Worley started out as a studio gofer, going on to become a session guitarist, a vice president at Sony BMG, chief creative officer at Warner Bros. Records, and, perhaps most famously, the producer of several legendary country music albums. He has worked with Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, and Martina McBride, and has earned two Grammys for his production on the Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces and Fly.
So far, Shabby Row has been used to record most of Skyline artist Stealing Angels’ forthcoming release. Worley also used the space to record a Lady Antebellum Christmas project.