RSR308 - JJ Blair - Recording Johnny Cash, Joe Bonamassa, Bernard Purdie, Ziggaboo, Jason Faulkner, and Rod Stewart - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR308 – JJ Blair – Recording Johnny Cash, Joe Bonamassa, Bernard Purdie, Ziggaboo, Jason Faulkner, and Rod Stewart

Is it really all about the Benjamins or the Hamiltons? JJ Blair talked about recording Hammond Organ, how to store your studio mics, how to record the "Purdie Shuffle", and the secret to getting a great sound in Pro Tools using a console.

My guest today is J.J. Blair a native Chicagoan, who came up playing in blues and reggae clubs as a teenager in his home town, before eventually moving to Los Angeles to begin his recording career.  Known for taste, musicality and proficiency in a broad range of musical styles, J.J. has also amassed a great collection of vintage mics, outboard gear and instruments, which he draws on to make outstanding recordings and productions.  

He produced and mixed the Grammy winning record "Press On," by June Carter Cash, engineered on the Grammy winning and #1 Billboard Hot 100 record "Great American Song Book vol. 3," by Rod Stewart, as well as engineering on P. Diddy's #1 hit "All About the Benjamins." 

J.J. has been a producer and engineer since 1994.  His clients, credits and list of musicians he's recorded include Jeff Beck, George Benson, The Black Eyed Peas, Body Count, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Brion, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, David Cassidy, Kelly Clarkson, Vinnie Colauita, Double Trouble, Peter Erskine, Melissa Etheridge, Jason Falkner, Josh Freese, Jim Keltner, Roger Manning, Keb Mo, Zigaboo Modeliste, Bernard Purdie, Smokey Robinson, The Pointer Sisters, Rod Stewart, Tommy Stinson, Marty Stuart, Weezer, Whiskeytown, and Edgar Winter to name just a few.

J.J. works mainly from his personal recording studio, Fox Force Five Recorders. 

Thanks so much to William Wittman for making our introduction!

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