New York, NY (March 24, 2006)–Right Track/Sound On Sound’s newly-renovated Studio C hosted multiple Grammy Award-winner Ray Bardani for the mix of Sing Me Back Home, a collection of new recordings made by some of New Orleans’ greatest musicians. The project, which was recorded after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City, was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Leo Sacks and Bardani, who also recorded it.
“Ray was instrumental in helping us fine-tune Studio C, so obviously we’re very proud of the results,” said Chris Bubacz, general manager of Sound On Sound. “The level of musicianship is truly amazing–the record has definite Grammy potential.”
“Ray was in his element in Studio C,” reported Leo Sacks. “The sound of the new room is spectacular–it just has that vibe. We recorded the project so quickly–we worked 20 hours a day for seven straight days–and always knew we had good performances. And working at Right Track/Sound On Sound confirmed just how good those performances really are. Studio C made us appreciate the quality and integrity of the work.
“This was my first project with Ray, and I believe it’s the start of a beautiful friendship,” said Sacks. “He has whetted my appetite to hang a shingle on Studio C.”
Sing Me Back Home was recorded in October 2005 at Stuart Sullivan’s Wire Recording in Austin, Texas. Sacks described Sing Me Back Home as a “record of tremendous hope and healing. We think it’s a timeless record. It speaks to the moment, and the aftermath of the storm, but also to the tenor of our times, and the nation and the world. It will make you think while you’re dancing.”
Highlights include searing interpretations of Curtis Mayfield’s “This Is My Country” by Cyril Neville and John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son” by Ivan Neville; a countrified “Look Up” by Irma Thomas, featuring Marcia Ball at the piano; Fats Domino’s “Walking To New Orleans” as interpreted by Dr. John; Jimmy Castor’s “Hey Troy (Your Mama’s Callin’ You)” by Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews, the 18-year-old phenom currently touring as a featured soloist with Lenny Kravitz; “99 1/2 Won’t Do” by the Mighty Chariots of Fire gospel group; and two exquisite ballads: Henry Butler’s meditative “Somewhere,” from West Side Story, and a version of Annie Lennox’s “Why.”
The stellar house band, dubbed The Original New Orleans Social Aid & Pleasure Club, featured guitarist Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter, Jr., founding members of The Meters, along with organist Ivan Neville, pianist Henry Butler and drummer Raymond Weber.
Assisting Bardani on the mix in Studio C was assistant engineer Isaiah Abolin. The assistant recording engineer was Brad Bell. The project was mastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at Sony Music Studios in New York.
A portion of the proceeds of the CD sales will benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Health Fund and MusiCares.
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