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.
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.
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.
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 KC Armstrong won BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING for Lord You Have My Heart 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. Congratulations everybody!f
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).
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.
Bias would like to congratulate David Bromberg on the release of his new CD Use Me. Mr. Bromberg visited Bias’ Studio B in the summer of 2010 with friend Keb Mo to record the track “Diggin’ in the Deep Blue Sea”. It was a pleasure working with such talented and gracious musicians. For more information visit www.davidbromberg.org
Bias is proud to announce that the Rev. Frank Newsome is the recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States government bestows on a traditional artist. Rev Newsome of Haysi, Virginia is one of the foremost exponents of Old Regular Baptist hymn singing. This deeply rooted American tradition is prevalent throughout central Appalachia, but largely unknown outside of the region. Bias engineer Mike Monseur traveled to the Little David Church in Haysi to capture Rev. Newsome signing from his pulpit. The album, Gone Away With A Friend was produced by Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman and Americana music master Jim Lauderdale. It is available on the VFH label www.virginiafolklife.org