Atlanta, GA (May 26, 2004)–Sir Elton John returned to Tree Studios to self-produce his own full-length album, a first for the legendary performer. Lyricist Bernie Taupin was also in residence throughout the project as he, John, and the band created their unique magic in Studio A.
All Elton John band members were in attendance with Davey Johnstone on guitars, Nigel Olsson on drums, keys by Guy Babylon, percussion by John Mahon, and Bob Birch on the bass. The album will be titled Peachtree Road and is scheduled for release in early November, 2004. The sessions were engineered by Grammy award winning engineer Matt Still who was assisted by Tree’s own Mr. John Holmes.
Elton returned to Studio A again shortly after they wrapped the album sessions to track a duet with RCA’s Australian sweetheart, Catherine Britt. The song, produced by Keith Stegall (Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson), will be featured on her upcoming album due for release later this year. Engineer John Kelton was at the desk assisted by Tree’s Zack Odom.
Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti also recently worked in Studio A, tracking his new solo record with mega-producer Ben Grosse. The album features familiar faces such as Scott Phillips on drums and Brian Marshall on bass. Grosse also handled the engineering duties with Pro Tools guru Michael “Blumpy” Tuller running the rig.
While in town for Atlanta’s music festival, Music Midtown, Los Angeles based rockers Trapt stopped in to Tree. The band vibed out in Studio #11 and The Cave writing and tracking for their next album, which is due for release next year. Tree Sound’s Josh Monroy engineered the session with expert assistance rendered by Jonah Merrell.
Universal’s Cash Money Millionaire Juvenile also made a stop here while on tour to track in Studio A. Engineering duties were handled by Dave Junco with Monroy providing assistance. Tree was also thrilled to welcome back the Indigo Girls and their family of musicians. The Cave served as an intimate rehearsal space for them as they prepared for their latest tour supporting their new album, All That We Let In, which was also recorded at Tree Sound.
And, Virgin Record’s “phunk” rockers El Pus were back with producer Kevin Kadish tracking for their new record. They put all 3 of Tree’s tracking rooms to work during their stay, utilizing each of our unique spaces to create their unique sound. Super engineer Jeff Tomei shared engineering duties with Kevin and they were both assisted by John Holmes.
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