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Bias Studios is one of the premier recording facilities in the Washington D.C. area.
Serving the music community for over 40 years.

Emmylou Harris at Bias Studios

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(From left to right) Pete Reiniger, Emmylou Harris, John Starling and Mike Monseur in Bias' lobby
during an overdub session for the Seldom Scene's new CD "Long Time. . . "

Recent Updates

Bias Studios’ new video service will be taping the Tom Principato Band’s performance at The Barns of Wolftrap on March 20th.  Other video projects in various stages of completion include the Texas Chainsaw Horns with the Hot Mess Burlesque at Bethesda  Blues and Jazz Club at their Feb. 28th gig, and, as Bobby Fagel predicted, now it’s just a memory and a couple of subpoenas.  Grammy Award winning Afro Bop Alliance with Roland Vasquez, live in Studio A February 8 and 9 will be available for viewing soon.  And we also have the upcoming video  of Afro Blue performing April 7th at the Cramton Auditorium for the Howard University Alumni Jazz Concert.

Studios A, B and C have been hopping with audio work as well with Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, final mixing and mastering for Afro Blue’s next release and Jim Ebert and Sean Russell producing and engineering a project for Swell Daze.

Smithsonian Folkways has just released a new Seldom Scene CD recorded in Studio A “Long Time. . .” with Pete Reiniger engineering.  A video of the Scene’s song “Wait a Minute, “ was filmed mostly in Studio A with insider perspective from The Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge (Ben’s son).  Other guests for the sessions were John Starling and Emmylou Harris. Don Was produced South Rail’s new EP, which was mastered at Bias.

Bias sponsors Battle of the Bands at Empire!

Bias is sponsoring the Empire Mid-Atlantic Battle of the Bands which will run all summer. Two of Bias’ engineers, Mike Douaire and Lydon Blood, will judge the final battle in September. The winning band will get $2,000 of studio time at Bias with Mike Douaire.

Battle of the Bands

Bias in the Eagles documentary!

The History of the Eagles is a new documentary now available on demand on Showtime, and selling as a 3-dvd set. When guitarist, Steuart Smith is mentioned, the photo used is Steuart in Bias’ Studio A.

Eagles screen capture

Here is a link to the Showtime page for the documentary.

Mike Auldridge

On December 29th 2012, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Bias friend and client Mike Auldridge. Mike was a master and innovator of the resophonic guitar (commonly known as the Dobro). Over the past 35 years, Mike recorded numerous projects at Bias, including solo albums, and albums with the Seldom Scene (of which he was a founding member).

Beginning in early 2012, and spanning several sessions, we were pleased to host Mike Aldridge, Jerry Douglas, and Rob Ickes, as they recorded a new "dobro trio" album set for release later this year. The three resophonic guitar masters recorded with Bias engineer Jim Robeson in studios A and B. We look forward to the release of this album, and hearing three artists making music with a deep love of their craft and genuine affection for each other as old friends.
Mike Auldridge was a 2012 recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nations highest honor in folk and traditional arts, and a 2007 recipient of IBMA's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Free Studio Time!!

We are GIVING AWAY 5 DAYS OF STUDIO TIME! To celebrate the launch of our new website we will give a DC area artist or group FIVE 8-HOUR DAYS of studio time with one of Bias' engineers. To enter, go to our contact page and briefly tell us about the project you would like to record. Give us a link so we can listen to some of your music, your name, address, phone number and website if you have one. We will draw a name from the first 500 qualified musicians.

Fine print:
You must be from the Washington DC area. This is because the 5 days might not be consecutive, therefore it would be a hardship for out-of-towners to commute.

You must be at least 18 years old.
You must be an accomplished musician.

WAMMIE Winners!

WAMA announced the winners Sunday night at their awards ceremony. We are honored to win for BEST STUDIO. Also, Bias' Jim Robeson won VIDEO OF THE YEAR for Afro Blue's "Nature Boy", and Bob Dawson won PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. Thank you, WAMA!

Projects recorded at Bias were big winners as well:
Afro Bop Alliance won BEST BIG BAND/SWING RECORDING for Una Mas
Texas Chainsaw Horns won BEST BLUES/TRADITIONAL R&B RECORDING for Beam Me Up Elvis
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer won BEST CHILDREN'S RECORDING for Sing to Your Baby
and Tom Principato won BEST ROOTS ROCK RECORDING for A Part of Me, as well as
Emily Elgin for BEST RECORD DESIGN for Tom's cd.

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Bias’ Jim Robeson and Bob Dawson have been nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for Wammie Awards for PRODUCER OF THE YEAR and 2011 BEST RECORDING ENGINEER. Bias is nominated as BEST STUDIO. And releases recorded at Bias nominated for Wammies include:

Album of the Year
A Part of Me/Tom Principato
Debut Recording
Lovely Changes/Lena Seikaly

Along with 22 other recordings in the genres of A Cappella (Brethren), Big Band/Swing (Afro Bop Alliance, Dale Corn Orchestra, Howard University Jazz Ensemble), Blues (Texas Chainsaw Horns, Cathy Jean), Children’s (Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer), Folk (Kindlewood, John Jennings, Bonnie Rideout), Gospel (The Braeded Chord, Tony Addison, K.C. Armstrong), Jazz (Tony Martucci, Lena Seikaly, Marty Nau), Pop (Stephanie Stack, Owen Danoff), Roots Rock (Tom Principato), Video of the Year (The Braeded Chord, Afro Blue) and Record Design (Tom Principato/Emily Elgin).

Jazz Phenom Lena Seikaly

Lena tracked and mixed her cd LOVELY CHANGES with Bob Dawson and mastered with Mike Monseur. Here is a wonderful article about Lena in the Washington Post.


Howard University’s jazz choir, Afro Blue, wowed the crowds and judges alike with their amazing performances. Professor Connaitre Miller formed the group in 2002 and under her leadership they have won nine Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards, including Best Graduate College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Professor Miller, working with Bias engineer Jim Robeson, has produced 3 cd projects, with the most recent one set for an April, 2012 release. Jim also filmed, edited and produced their video NATURE BOY.
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