RSR398 – Sean Sullivan – Recording Acoustic String Bands (Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Del McCoury, John Prine, & The Black Keys) - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR398 – Sean Sullivan – Recording Acoustic String Bands (Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Del McCoury, John Prine, & The Black Keys)

Is it OK to Butcher a session? Sean talked about recording at the kitchen table with John Prine, capturing powerful vocals with Sturgill Simpson, when to use goboes and figure eight mics, and why the fiddle player texts you during a tracking session.

My guest today is Sean Sullivan a 3 time Grammy award winning engineer, mixer and producer based in Nashville. After graduating from MTSU a chance opportunity landed him at The Butcher Shoppe Studio, owned by John Prine and producer David Ferguson, where he continued to work for a decade before the building was sold and demolished in the summer of 2020. 

Notable artist that recorded at the studio include Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, The Black Keys, Kurt Vile, Jake Bugg, The Devil Makes Three, Margo Price, The Steeldrivers, and The Del McCoury Band. Since the Butcher Shoppe's closing Sean has primarily been working out of The Tractor Shed studio in Goodlettsville, TN and his personal home mixing space he reluctantly put together during the pandemic.

Thanks to Collin Dupuis for the introduction.

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