Egyptian artist Ramy Essam's songs helped spark the Arab Spring and the rise of revolution. They have also led to his arrest and torture. Ramy's song, "Irhal", is referred to as "the anthem of the revolution." He is exiled in Stockholm where he continues to write and publish. Ramy was in the studio recently. An obvious inspiration, he is touring North America this summer. Pictured: Blue Rock's Billy Crockett with Ramy Essam.
Five Grammy winner Christopher Cross was back in the house to mix his upcoming album, Take Me As I Am, of new original songs and featuring renowned musicians from Austin, Nashville and New York. Working with engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Don Henley, U2), was a match made in audio paradise, and the results are breathtaking. Look for the album on ITunes and everywhere in mid May. Read More
Blue Rock Songwriting Retreat, February 2017 Read More
Welcome composer/producer and great Blue Rock friend Kurt Kaiser and pianist Kathy Johnson. They are working with engineer Patrick Conway and are filling the Garrison and control room with inspired performances. Read More
Chestnuts roasting, hot chocolate with marshmallows, a glowing audio console… whatever makes the holidays warm and wonderful, that's what we wish for you!
- Billy, Dodee and team Blue Rock
Welcome Amy Speace, Gordy Quist, and Billy Crockett December 8 & 9, streaming live here. Read More
Andy VanGuilder, engineer for The Accidentals, and Owner of Halohorn Productions in Michigan, joined us last week to finish a new project called Modern Mal. Andy worked with Blue Rock assistant Sarah Garber, bringing this inspired music to a new sonic level. We were proud to send him home to Michigan with a great product that we cannot wait to hear out in the world.
You've been asking us! Now we make it happen—full length concert movies in pristine audio and video, available when you want to see them. Together with our partners, The Roots Channel and No Depression online, we bring you the cream of our Blue Rock LIVE series, with new shows added all the time. WATCH HERE
Announcing the release of Billy Crockett's new album: RABBIT HOLE. After a 7-year recording hiatus, this producer and director of Blue Rock Studio is back with new songs and a TOUR of classic listening rooms. Details HERE. Rabbit Hole includes 11 new original songs with Billy on acoustic guitars and vocals, bassist Roscoe Beck, percussionist Eric Darken, and electric guitarist Daran DeShazo. It was all recorded here at Blue Rock: Billy's home, office, and creative sanctuary.
Congrats, Billy! Read More
Next week, Blue Rock will welcome Ellis, heartland singer and four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion.
There are still seats available for what will be a beautiful night of song and stories. RSVP now!
You can also tune in this Thursday at 7:30 CDT on Concert Window to see our LIVE webcast of the show. Read More
For 12 days we are graced with a beautiful Australian band, The Heart Collectors. Mates Mobius, Tristan, Kymrie, and Reuben are tracking the new album with engineer/producer Jordan Powers. Read More
Blue Rock LIVE is Back with new fall shows and sessions. Freddy & Francine kicked off the season with a powerful and unforgettable performance. Broadcast LIVE on Bianca's (Francine's) birthday, the studio and internet audience sang her into her 30s. Album production begins this week, as well, with a very special band and producer from Austrailia. See our EVENTS page for the schedule of shows and workshops coming soon. Read More
August was a month of microphone upgrades, stage enhancements, tower renovations, painting, and landscape restoration. Blue Rock is sparkling and we are excited to start the fall with new sessions and concerts. Thanks to House Manager Mimi Conroy, Lodin, Ingrid, Katie and our intrepid Blue Rock team! Read More
The One Village Music Project is a youth-led music project of the Amala Foundation. Each year, the One Village Music Project unites 30+ youth from around the globe to create music together "to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity." This year, they have chosen Blue Rock to be their place of musical connection and inspiration. Accomplished songwriter performer and friend Phoebe Hunt brings fearless leadership to the task. Our own Patrick Conway is engineering, Mimi Conroy is house Mom, and Sarah Garber is providing tech assistance all week. Read More
From this week's Vintage King Audio feature: "Billy Crockett didn't just set out to create a studio when he opened Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio. He wanted to build an all-encompassing environment that gave artists space to creatively roam free." Read the full press piece HERE! Read More