Pictured are (l-r, standing) the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire, recording/Pro Tools engineer Chris Testa, Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks), and engineer Jim Scott, with (in front) assistant engineer Vanessa Parr and Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks).
The Dixie Chicks spent nearly a year writing, tracking and overdubbing the bulk of their “Taking The Long Way” album at the Village, beginning in an upstairs writing room and subsequently passing through Studios A, B and D, which are outfitted with several generations of Neve mixing consoles. The album, and the unapologetic single, “Not Ready To Make Nice,” garnered the Dixie Chicks five Grammy Awards this year, including the prestigious Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year, as well as Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Country Album. The Dixie Chicks have won eight previous Grammy Awards.
Rick Rubin, who oversaw the making of “Taking The Long Way,” was also honored with a Grammy Award this year, for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
John Mayer, already a three-time Grammy Award winner, worked on his “Continuum” solo album in the AMS Neve 88R-equipped Studio D at The Village during 2006. “Continuum” was co-produced by Mayer and Steve Jordan, who is also the drummer in the John Mayer Trio. “Continuum” was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and also picked up the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting On The World To Change,” the first single released from the album.
T Bone Burnett, composer and executive music producer of the original soundtrack for the movie “Walk the Line,” received a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other. The album was recorded and mixed by the Grammy Award-winning producer at The Village, where actor Joaquin Phoenix also tracked vocals for some of the pre-recorded source music. Frank Wolf was brought in for the 5.1 music mix, which he performed on the Neve VR console in The Village’s Studio B.
Wolfmother were already being tipped for greatness by staff at The Village as they wound up sessions for their debut, self-titled album in late 2005. Captured on the vintage Neve 8048 console in The Village’s Studio A, the album spawned the single, “Woman,” that earned the Australian band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
OK Go also worked at The Village, where Dave Sardy mixed half the “Oh No” album, including “Here It Goes Again,” which won the Chicago band the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. The video, filmed for next to nothing on four treadmills, has reputedly racked-up over 10 million views on YouTube.com.
Founded in 1968 by Geordie Hormel, The Village is a state-of-the-art, full-service recording complex housed in a Masonic Temple built in the roaring Twenties in West Los Angeles. The Village Recorder is famous for landmark sessions by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. The studio is also well known for its film score recording and commercial work.