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It is with great sadness that I announce that Jeff Norwood, my best friend and longtime music partner, passed away on April 22, 2012. I have known Jeff since I was eight years old and have played in bands with him since I was nine. Jeff was here at the beginning of Grannys Studio. He helped me make all the first equipment purchases and then became the most faithful recording artist at Grannys. I have had the pleasure to record a number of Jeff's albums over the last 20 years including, "Black Dark", "Resonate", his latest EP release "Lord Help" and many other demo and cassette projects. The latter album, "Lord Help" was released for digital download on April 23, the day after his death, on the Appalachia Burning label. I was not aware that he had planned a new release but how proud I was to find out that ALL the songs on "Lord Help" were recorded here at Grannys Studio and produced by me.
Below is some of the articles that appeared after Jeff's death
Norwood’s skill was impeccable — his style was delta slide and stomp combined with a down-home Piedmont influence and slapped hard with up-jumped-the-devil excitement. A regular at blues festivals such as King Biscuit, as well as the International Blues Challenge, Norwood’s personality was infectious and enjoyable. (Matt Marshall - American Blues Scene)
Known by fans and colleagues for his gnarly guitar tone, growly voice, and earthy sense of humor, Norwood was a favorite on the local blues scene for years. He regularly performed at local venues and festivals, including the annual Lowcountry Blues Bash and events at Awendaw Green and Home Team BBQ. (T. Ballard Lesemann - Charleston City Paper)
Jeff Norwood drove with me , just the two of us, out to the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. I knew then that I would love Jeff always. He was a beautiful player and singer and the nicest guy. I love him. (Drink Small - Legendary Bluesman)
Norwood’s vocals and slide guitar evoked some of the best talent in Delta and Piedmont style blues without imitating those bluesmen who came before him. (Georgetown Fats - The Boston Blues Society)
I will miss him dearly. Godspeed Jeff.
So sorry, it has been a long time since I updated the "News" section of the website. Been busy at work and doing a lot of Sound gigs with the new PA Rig. My cousin, Roger Smith's son, Bryan, got married on June 11, 2011 to Christy Gardner. Grannys Live provided the PA Rig for the ceremony and it was an amazing day. And also, Grannys Studio has revved back up during the month of June. We have hosted recording sessions by rappers, Z-Bo Black, CZ and country singer/songwriter Bob Childs of Monroe, NC. I have also started a YouTube page for the studio to showcase all the videos I am creating and producing for Macedonia Baptist Church and many other clients. There is a new link on the left side of the HOME page to go direct to it or you can click the link here.
As some of you may know, my nephew, Josh Raley, was killed in a truck wreck while driving for McLeod Farms on May 9, 2011. It is going to be a long road for my sister Beverly, her husband Dennis, their other son, Jeremy and all our family. Josh was such a great guy and will be missed dearly by all of us and his friends.
I am in the process of changing the website a little bit. I have added the Facebook and iTunes page buttons and I have created a new page called "Links". Just some websites that we like here at Grannys. Feel free to look around and check back for lots more changes very soon.
If you are in the Camden, SC area this evening stop by The Broad Street Brew and Cue, 1044 Broad Street, Camden, SC. I will be playing drums with The Rusty Davis Group and since they are having the St. Patrick's Day event in Columbia, SC early today, I am sure we will be having lots of friends stopping by later on to party with us for sure. COME ON OUT!!!
2010 is starting to rock out. In the studio today was Z-Bo Black finishing up tracks for his next release, "Debt 2 Society". Want be long now. Coming in to the studio with Z-Bo today was Angelos. He is going to also be doing tracks for his own CD release later this year. Angelos has a style that mixes in Spanish and Jamaican style rap music. He rocks!!! His CD will be awesome for sure. Coming to the studio next week will be C_Z to put the final mix on his new CD release "Southern HOV.1". You got to get this one folks. C_Z has put in a lot of hard work on this one and it really shows. Once the final mix is complete next week, I will have a couple of sample tracks on the website for you to try out. We should also know the final release date then as well. Check back soon for these and many more artist coming to Grannys in 2010!!!
Its been awhile since I have updated the site. Not to fear though, Grannys has began 2010 with a bang. We have again welcomed C_Z back to the studio to start work on a brand new CD, due out this summer. Also in the studio this month was Jeff Norwood. Jeff has began to write new tracks for his upcoming CD release later this year. It is sounding great so far.
Grannys has now started a new chapter in the audio business. We have now started to help local churches, including my own, Macedonia Baptist, with upgrading and completely overhauling their audio sound systems. I just assisted Jeff Buchanan, Bill Middleton, Steve Middleton, Joe Middleton and Pastor David with the design and installation of a JBL Powered PA system at Macedonia Baptist and the sound is amazing.
Happy Holidays from Grannys Studio.
Hope all you guys have a wonderful holiday!!
Had an amazing time this weekend playing drums behind Jeff Norwood. Would like to first thank the folks at Creek Ratz, Murrells Inlet for having us on Friday nite. It rocked!! The big fun was had today though. We played the House Of Blues, Myrtle Beach for the HOB Art Festival. Got to play all the originals from Jeff's new CD release "Awendaw". It was great!! A big shout out to Jeff for letting me have the honors and to the amazing Mike Fore on the harmonicas. Can't wait to do again. I have a link to a tune "Drink in Hand" that Jeff did at the studio back in 2007. Also be sure to check out his FB page below and website. www.jeffnorwoodblues.com
Drink In Hand
Check out Jeff's other originals on his facebook play list. Click Here to Go!!
For those of you with iTunes, click this link to download Jeff's music iTunes - Jeff Norwood
Like all that wasn't enough, I actually drove back to the studio on Saturday, to record tracks for the rapper C_Z. He started coming to the studio in Sept. to track songs for a new CD release by Christmas. I will have a couple of demo tracks on the site soon for you guys to check out!! Later!!!
Picture of Chanda performing at the Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout I.
As some of you may know, my brother Steve, fell from a roof last Tuesday and broke his back in 2 places, broke 6 ribs, and broke his left shoulder blade. He was in ICU Trauma at Carolina Medical in Charlotte, NC from last Tuesday until Friday, July 10th and underwent surgery to repair his back. He was then moved to a regular room in the trauma unit until today. We are proud to announce that we finally got him home this evening. It is going to be a long road to recovery but everything is looking good. You can check out my facebook page for more updates.
Got a couple of things going on this weekend. Playing drums for Natural Reaction, Friday Nite, June 12. Plylers Bar and Grill, Pageland, SC. Hwy. 151 Bypass. Also on Saturday, Grannys will have Chris Hicks, formerly the rapper "YunSkee", laying down tracks for a new project coming out this fall. Check back soon for more live dates and recording projects.
Grannys Studio welcomed back Z-Bo Black this past Saturday for a session to add a couple of more tunes to his new CD due out, Fall 2009. Its going to be great. Also I have one gig this coming weekend.
May 7, Thursday, 8pm, La Fiesta, Camden, SC w/The Rusty Davis Group
Got a few new dates for the Rusty Davis Group.
April 23: La Fiesta, Camden, SC
April 24: The Venue, Camden SC
April 25: The Art Bar, Columbia, SC
Check back soon for more dates for the Rusty Davis Group and Natural Reaction, and happenings at Grannys Studio!!! If you would like to book these 2 bands, please email me at:
Got a busy weekend coming up. I will have the honor of playing drums with 2 bands. First is with Natural Reaction, Friday Night at Plylers Bar and Grill, Pageland, SC. Then with The Rusty Davis Group on Saturday Night at The Brew and Cue, Main and Broad Street, Camden, SC. Grab a friend and come on out. Starting next week the studio will kick back in to gear with Glendora coming in to finish tracks for her upcoming release. Check back soon for more news.
Hope the new year is treating you all well. Things are starting to warm up here at Grannys Studio. Artist visiting the studio this month include, Z-Bo Black, Glendora and Bob Allen to name a few. Bob is new to Grannys. He is a country music singer/songwriter, from Monroe, NC, who is going to be starting a new project within the next 2 weeks and should be ready for release by the summer. While I have you, I would like to invite all out to Roberts Ribs - Chesterfield, SC for a Valentine Party this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. I will be playing drums with the Natural Reaction band, starting around 9:30 pm. See ya there!!!
Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! Well the New Year is here and Grannys is back and ready to rock hard in 2009. The studio has been upgraded for better sound and the look has changed somewhat but we are still the choice for acoustic digital recording. Check back after the holidays for a list of upcoming artist and records to be released in 2009.
Happy Holidays from Grannys Studio.
Hope all you guys have a wonderful holiday!!
It's been a long time since posting on the site. Been playing some live gigs with the Rusty Davis Group and Natural Reaction and taking care of a couple of technical upgrades to the studio. Visiting the studio during the month of October was Glendora, finishing tracks to her first contemporary gospel CD, and Z-Bo Black who is working on tracks for his next remix release. I have also been taking advantage of the time to release my new CD, Relics, to all major digital download sites including iTunes and Amazon.com. Just click on the sites name to take you to my CD download area. To use the iTunes link you will have to have iTunes installed on your computer. If not it will take you to the page at Apple where you can download it for free. The Amazon link is direct to my page there.
David Middleton on Itunes
David Middleton on Amazon.com
I have now moved all the pictures from the cookout to the "Live Photos" room. Just click on the link on the left to enjoy all the pictures.
I have now released my new CD "Relics". The hardcopy was release on August 30, 2008 and it will go live on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon.com and many others digital download outlets throughout the world on November 2, 2008. If you would like a copy of the CD, please contact me by email and I will get it out to you. You can listen to some of the tracks by clicking on the "David Middleton Music" link on the left side of this page.
Things are starting to get back going at the studio since the cookout. Jim Mo Lee is starting work on his new CD to be released by Christmas. Also an awesome gospel vocalist, Glendora, from Pageland, SC has starting tracking for her first release on CD. Last but not least, Z-Bo Black came in 2 weeks ago and put down tracks for a CD to be released the first of 2009. Keep a check back often to keep up with these and many more artist and singer/songwriters coming to Grannys.
Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day
August 30th, Saturday, 5 pm till 11 pm
J3 - 5 pm
Natural Reaction - 6:00 pm
Tim Farley - 7:45 pm
Jim Mo Lee - 8:15 pm
Jeff Norwood - 9:00 pm
Tim Farley will be providing
DJ music throughout the evening between bands. He will also be providing the back line
for all the bands playing that day and the PA.
After Jeff finishes please stick around for an impromptu jam featuring, Stumphole, a blues rock group from Charleston, SC, and all the
musicians that played throughout the night. I am hoping to hear a couple of the new tunes from their upcoming CD, "Everyday is Possum Day".
Got to give props to my headliner of the cookout. Jeff Norwood has been having just an awesome summer of doing festivals throughout the U.S. and is still going strong with a Southeastern tour that will go thru to December. If you get a chance, please go and see this guy. His old school style of blues is just awesome. Check out his site and give a listen and make plans to be at the cookout her on August 30th.
Just confirmed that, J3, will be opening the evening on August 30th at the Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout II. J3 is the awesome talents of Al Haynes on Piano and Keyboards and Pat Youngblood on guitar and bass guitar. I had the pleasure, as you can see by the above logo, of playing in this band from the end of late 2006 till late 2007. Jazz has never been better. These 2 guys mix everything from early rock to modern jazz to form a sound that is just......cool.......If you have never seen them play then by all means get to the cookout early to check them out. J3 will be cranking things up first at the cookout around 5 pm.........So, the stage is set. If you would like to have a evening just sitting back and enjoying some great music then come on out to the Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout II. Don't forget to scroll down a little and check the last 2 performers of the evening. I will put up a schedule of the music within the next couple of days so check back soon.......See ya soon!!!!!
As you know we are now planning the Granny's Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout II. The date is set for August 30th, 2008, Saturday evening. Last years cookout was awesome and we have some great plans for another great day. This year I have asked Jeff Norwood to headline the event. As some of you know, Jeff is an awesome blues singer/songwriter. He has toured from Camden, SC to Los Angelus, CA with stops in Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee to name a few. He is currently touring with his new band, Decoration Day, and doing lots of solo shows throughout the country. Opening for Jeff Norwood that night, is going to be Jim Mo Lee. Jim hails from Kershaw, SC and has become a well known folk rock singer/songwriter who has been touring throughout the east coast. See a promo pic below. I have also included his music page website link below the picture. Be sure to check out his tunes "Soak In The Sun" and "Linda Lou" on his website music player. These songs are just a glimpse into the creative power behind his music. You will not want to miss this special evening for sure. Weather permitting, I am going to keep the stage area open this year and give it a more outdoor open feel. Should be great. Anyway hope to see you all there. Check out Jeff's website below and give a listen. Also don't forget to check out Jim Mo Lee below. I am going to be putting up more details on the cookout soon so check back later. See ya!!!
www.jeffsblues.com or www.myspace.com/jeffnorwoodblues
updated July 1, 2008
Grannys Studio would like to express our deepest sympathy to Rusty and Jean Davis for the tragic death of their son Roger, 25. Roger was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning, June 29, 2008. You can read his funeral write up in the State News by clicking here. I have had the honor of playing drums in Rusty's band, PHD for over a year now and had the pleasure of meeting his son, Roger, at our first gig. Roger was just a great kid who was full of life and energy and was loved by all. He will truly be missed. Godspeed Roger!!
I would like to introduce to all of you the "Smoke Fairies". They hail from London, England. I have had the pleasure of knowing this acoustic folk rock group for about a year now and have just grown to love their music. They have toured with the likes of Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music, The Cedars and other major acts in the UK. Their music is a mix of melodic acoustic and haunting lyrics. Today I was contacted about booking a couple of dates in and around the Charlotte, NC area while they are here visiting friends. Folks you will not want to miss this. I know I will be there up front row. They are amazing. Do not just take my word for it though. Take a visit to their website links below and listen for yourself. Check back at the site soon for more details to come.
Hope all is going well for everyone. Just wanted to let you guys know that we are now planning for the Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout II. The date is set for August 30, 2008. I know it is early but I wanted let everyone know so they can make plans to be here. It's going to be another awesome party. So far we have the following artist:
(Pat Youngblood and Al Haynes)
Rusty Davis Band
Jim Mo Lee
Headlining this years event will be Jeff Norwood
This time around we are going to be starting at 5 pm. We will be serving burgers and hot dogs at 5:30 and then the music will start at 6 pm. So far the artist will play in the order listed above. Jeff Norwood will finish the night starting at 8:30 pm until closing. If you did not make it last year, you missed a real treat, so be sure and make plans to be here. Ray Mehl will be cooking again this year and giving golf cart rides in the country and Tim Farley will be providing the PA for the event. Hope to see you all here. Take care and check back soon for more details.
The new CD is starting to come together. Tracking should done in about a month and the mastering should be done a couple weeks after that. It should all be done and ready in time for the Cookout on August 30th. Although the CD is not finished, the cover art is. Check it out below.
Just finished tracking 2 new songs by the collaborative rap group known as C.C.S.(Carolina Country Side). This group includes K-9ine(formally known as YunSkee), Twizzo, QZ, and manager/group member, Crystal Eve. These are the first 2 songs that will be included in a future release CD due out in early fall. Keep a check back for this one folks. See the pictures below of the new group. I have created 2 pictures for the promotion. We will decide which one later but for now enjoy both. Hey if like one, email me back and let me know which one you like. Top or Bottom. Click here to email me.......Click on the link 412 and Ridiculous to hear a snippet of the 2 tracks.
Been awhile since posting on the site. Hope everything is going great for everyone. Spring is warming up at Grannys. YunSkee will release his new mix CD on Thursday this week. Get your hands on this one folks. It rocks.
I myself, am going to start having some of my musician friends stop by and help me on my new CD due out in October. A few of the names that are lined up to come so far are Tim Farley, Jeff Norwood and Pat Youngblood to name a few. Its going to be a mix of acoustic, Mississippi blues and hard rock. Ill be putting up an mp3 short very soon. Be sure to check that out. Till then, peace out, and thanks for supporting local musicians.
My wife, Julie and I just got back from an awesome trip to Jamaica. If you ever get the chance to go there, please do. This was our 4th trip and was the best. This time we actually had a bus ride up into the mountains where Bob Marley lived. It was just awesome. I was able to get a great picture from the the exact rock where Bob Marley and a couple of friends were hanging out one day and wrote the beginnings of a song that would be called "Exodus". One of those friends with him that day was Peter Tosh. Check out the picture. Would have been a cool day to be hanging out there would it not?? Just up the road from here was the birthplace of Bob and the final resting place which is housed in the mausoleum behind his home. This has now became the home site for the Bob Marley Foundation and of course a Bob Marley shrine. Check out the link to the Bob Marley website below and also the Nine Mile site. Bob Marley's home place.
Grannys is back up and running and going strong now. The studio started by finishing up the new CD by Yun$kee and it is going to be awesome. Grannys has basically became the headquarters for Yun$kee as he has a standing booking at the studio every month for the next 6 months. Look out for another release on CD very soon after this one hits the streets. Also coming soon to Grannys is Z-Bo Black. Z-Bo is working on his first major release due out in May. Tim Farley will be visiting the studio to help out on my new upcoming CD due out October. Check back soon for more updates.
As promised here is the cover for the new release by J & J Music Ministires (Johnny and JoAnn Todd) entitled "Messages From The Heart"
Well it looks like things will be cranking back up at Grannys starting March 22. It's going to sound awesome "again". March 22nd should see sessions by Z-Bo Black and Kelly Miller. After that I will be having my good friend and guitar extraordinaire, Tim Farley visit the studio in April to begin the tracking sessions for a CD that I am looking very forward to. I am going to try and get help from alot of my friends and artist on this one. Its been awhile since I released, Down Again, so I am really excited. I have the song ideas for about 8 tracks and the rest I am going to collaborate with Tim, John Weber, Jeff Norwood and other friends of the studio. Check back soon for updates on this and many other sessions coming to Grannys Studio.
I would now like to congratulate Johnny and JoAnn Todd for the release of their new Christian CD, "Messages From The Heart". We started tracking this project January and finished up late Feb. I want to thank Jay Matheson, Jason and Kurt at the Jam Room Studio for the CD duplication. Awesome job guys!!! I will post the cover of the CD before the weekend so hurry back to the site to check it out!!
Also, I know its early, but I just wanted to let you all know that we are planning the "2nd Annual Pre Labor Day Cookout". As most know the date is the Saturday before Labor Day (August 31 this year). I am now in discussions with Chanda to headline the event that night so it is going to be awesome(See the Performance Photos page for highlight pictures of last years event). Some of the other names for this years cookout so far is Jeff Norwood, Rusty Davis, Tim Farley and Stumphole. Keep this one on your calendars people. Should be a great day and night!!
Thought I would give a studio update this evening. Grannys is temporarily taking a few weeks off for hardware repair and upgrades. We expect operations to start back around the 2nd week of March. We regret this lapse and we will try our best to open the doors as quickly as possible. For those artist that are waiting for the studio to reopen, keep a check at the website over the next 2 - 3 weeks for full updates on the status. You can also call my cell phone. If you do not have it, send me an email from the contact link on the left side of this page.
Its been awhile since updating the site. Things are getting off to a great start at Grannys this year. Z-Bo Black and YunSkee have been working hard tracking their next new CD releases. Also we just finished mixing and mastering the new CD release by The Natural Reaction Band. This release will be used to send out to clubs and bars for booking purposes but a full release to the public will be within a month. Had a great time doing this one. Its been awhile since we have recorded a full band in the studio and it was awesome. Check back soon for news on these and more upcoming recordings and as always, thanks for supporting local musicians.
2007 was a great year for Grannys Studio. I have recorded more artist and bands last year than I have done in all the past 5 years. Just awesome. Two of the top releases this year has got to be YunSkee, "Personality Change" and Jeff Norwood, "Black Dark". Rap and Hip Hop has became a big part of the recording duties at Grannys now with over 6 Rap artist recording in the room last year alone. More are expected to record this year. Already I have made 7 bookings within the next 3 months coming for Rap and Hip Hop solo artist and groups. We are really excited. Also we are expecting Jeff Norwood to come back and start recording another blues record. Jeff has toured throughout the United States with festival shows in Los Angeles, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas to name a few. I also have the pleasure to play drums with this guy on a number of dates in South and North Carolina and Georgia. If you ever get a chance to see a solo show or with his band, The Chiggers, you will be glad you did. Old blues never sounded better. Check out his website link below and enjoy his site.
Well 2008 is here and to start things off at the studio is none other than YunSkee. YunSkee is now in the studio recording tracks for his next Mix Tape release. It is going to be another great record. Next, The Natural Reaction Band will be coming in to record a new demo CD. I am really excited about these guys. Mainly because I have the pleasure of being their drummer. 2007 was a blast playing with this band and 2008 is already looking like a great year for us. And last this month, Melissa Marie, from Exit 98, will be here to continue recording tracks for her upcoming Spring release. Keep a check back real soon for more to come.
Hey for you Rap artist that are looking to record at Grannys Studio (aka "The Red Room") I have got a great treat and possible collaboration with one of the Southeast greatest DJ, Beat Maker and Producers - "AgentBlak". What ever your project needs; beats, producing, whatever, he does it all. Fortunately he works with me and arrangements can be made for helping with your project real quick. Check out his website site. It is amazing. Dwight does an awesome job!!
I thought I would drop the cover on the new Kelly Miller Christmas CD on the front page. The CD features vocal performances from her kids, Ben, Katherine and Jordan. The CD is just awesome and all the family loved it. Kelly will be returning to the studio to finish up an upcoming CD release this Spring. Looking forward to that as well. Also Melissa Marie from "Exit 98" came in to start work on her new demo CD due out Feb of 2008. Keep a check on this and all other upcoming releases to come in 2008. Its gonna be a great year.
Now have a safe and great
NEW YEARS EVE
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and now it is time for a Happy NEW YEARS!!!! Kelly Miller finished up the project Christmas 2007 and was released to family and friends on Dec. 22. Great Job Kelly!! Sounds awesome. I got a few gigs coming up this week I'd like you all to check out if you are in the area. First is with Jeff Norwood at Legacy's in Sumter, SC on Friday, Dec. 28 at 9 pm. Next is with Jeff Norwood again at Hot Fish Tuna Club, Murrells Inlet, SC, 9 pm. Then I will be with the Natural Reaction Band at Robert's Rib's for an awesome New Years Eve Party. Goggle up Roberts Ribs in Chesterfield, SC for directions. Should be able to find it on Yellowpages.com. Hope to see you all there.
Seasons Greetings from Grannys Studio
Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!!
Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas is around the corner. Not only is Christmas coming fast, but a new Christmas CD from Kelly Miller is in the works now and will soon be released. It looks like it will be on Dec. 14 if all goes well. Check by for more news. Also YunSkee is back in the house and recording his new tracks for a soon to be released Mix CD. Jeff Norwood will be coming in mid-December to start work on a new CD and so will The Natural Reaction Band so keep checking the site for more updates and as always thanks for supporting your local musicians. Now go grab a cup of eggnog and put Charlie Brown Christmas in the DVD player and enjoy the season. And lets bring the season in with a great old saying, Its better to give than to receive. Help those who are less fortunate. It will come back to you two fold.
I have moved the pictures from the Pre Labor Day Cookout to my Performance Photo page. Just click here to get to them quickly. I left the below picture by Mike Bessell though. It says it all about the evening. Great friends and good times. All you guys rock!!
I would like to thank all of you guys that attended the 1st Annual "Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout", it was a blast. Chanda started the evening off with a great set that brought the house down. Just amazing. Next up was Jeff Norwood who rocked out the old school blues with his wonderful slide guitar and vocals. Next up was the FOOD!!! I want to thank Rah Mehl for cooking up some just awesome food. You are the man!!!! And thanks for the golf cart rides as well. That rocked!! I would like to take the time now to thank Daren Knight for being my DJ for the evening and providing the pro sound for the live music. Awesome job man. I love ya!! Also I would like to thank his wife Wanda for helping with the setup and the sound. After the food came a treat. The Headnecks finally performed again after 5 long years. It was amazing. I want to thank Jeff Norwood and Tim Farley for letting us do it one more time. Next up for the late evening was Rusty Davis and it was awesome. After a short set of solo music, Pat Youngblood and myself joined him for a great set of blues rock and classic rock. To end the evening off we had Joey Adams, Tim Farley, and Daren Knight doing some great country and alternative covers. Awesome job dudes.....Oh well I could go on and on but I will save it for later...lol. Anyway we are definitely doing this again next year so those that missed it please make plans to attend next year. You want be disappointed. Now its time to get back to the regular business of Grannys Studio and record another year of great musicians. Thanks to you all for making my life a wonderful blessing!!!
Now I would like to thank all the people who helped setup the cookout the night before and Saturday morning early. You guys are just awesome. I know you had much better things to do than work at my house but I want you to know that I appreciate you all.
Al Mcleod, Peewee, Ray Mehl, Daren Knight, Wanda Knight and my wonderful wife, Julie!!!!!!
Also I would like to thank my brother Steve Middleton and his carpenters helper, Wylie for all the painting inside the house and Jerry Melton for providing me with landscaping help. Everyone loved the work.
The above list of players on the flyer is official now. These people are going to make the cookout. Its going to be a great night of acoustic music for sure. Also don't forget to bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. There will be a number of tables and chairs but you will probably want to bring your folding or camping chair as well. Be more comfortable when the live music starts up later that evening. Anyway that is about it. I will probably update the site one more time before the party so check back real soon. Time to get to work and make it all happen...lol. Can't wait to see everybody out for a great nite.
Had a great time playing at the Watermelon Festival in Pageland, SC this past Saturday evening. Thumbs up to the sound crew. You guys rock. Wanna thank the Natural Reaction Band for letting me play drums on that one. Can't wait till next time.
Well as you can see above everything is set for the Grannys Studio cookout!! Gonna have good food and great music. I have got a great group of acoustic performers lined up to play the evening. Also want to give a big "pre" thank you to Daren Knight for being the DJ for the day and letting me use his sound system for the live performers. I think its going to be a fun time for all. Can't wait to see all you guys. The list of performers is just above on the flyer. Check 'em out
Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout
Saturday Sept. 1, 2007
3 pm till Midnight
Things are starting to come together for the Grannys Studio Pre Labor Day Cookout. I now have the following acoustic performers coming so far:
Chanda Helms Heyward
Jeff Norwood - tentative
Daren Knight: DJ - Pro Audio for the event
Check back soon for further updates!!!!
Grannys Studio will hold the first annual Pre Labor Day Cookout on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. Kick off time is set for 3 pm and go till 11 pm or later. Coolers are welcome. There is only so many people I can have so email me quick at email@example.com and get on the guest list. I got a great group of people coming from my other office in Charlotte so it should be a great time. My friend Mr. Knight will DJ and later on in the evening I will have some of the great musicians and singers that have recorded in the last year. Should be a great evening. Check back here soon for a list of the performers that will play the evening show. I will be talking to all of them over the next few days and try to lock down a few for the party.
Grannys is live on My Space. Please go to www.myspace.com/grannysstudio or www.myspace.com/davidmiddletonmusic to view. Also I will have tunes from my solo CD "Down Again" live on iTunes on July 27, 2007. Check it out!!
Kudos to the Progressive Journal for the story in this weeks paper. I do want to clear up one typo in the story though. The studio name is Grannys Studio and our record label is Granny-Kory Music but hey that is not a problem. We love the story and glad to have made new friends and a supporter of local music. Keep up the great work!!!!
I would like to thank Kristin Miller from The Progressive Journal for coming out this past Tuesday evening and checking out the studio. Had a blast. Might just see a story in the paper soon!!!
Grannys Studio would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Virginia Tech and to the families of all the victims.
The coming spring season is already getting hot at Grannys. To start with, I will welcome Tim Farley, (guitarist for The Cause based in Columbia, SC), to the studio to help me with a new CD project I'm starting. If you remember The Headnecks then you know Tim well. His guitar power drove the band for the last 4 or more years of the bands rein. Can't wait to see ya Tim!!!! Zebo Blak has just finished tracking a large array of songs that he will be turning into his first release CD. Keep checking back for this one. Zebo is an awesome rapper and his songs are amazing. Also Yunskee, another rapper from McBee came by for his 2nd tracking session and is getting a great start on his upcoming CD.
This just in, Jeff Norwood and Lil' Jimmy are starting their Spring/ Summer tour throughout the US. Upcoming gigs are in Mississippi, Los Angelus, and New York just to name a few. You can also catch them locally in around the Columbia and Camden area. I will get the chance to play drums on a few of these gigs so that is going to be amazing. Also they will be coming by soon to start an all out Blues/ Gospel CD due out in the fall of 2007. And last but not least Kelly Miller will be coming by in 2 weeks to start work on her new CD due out this late fall. Whew.............Its getting busy and we love it so keep checking back for news and all the info on these and other sessions to come. later!!!!
We would like to announce the release of the new CD by Kelly Miller. Kelly visited the studio 4 weeks ago to start work on her first CD and last week we finished the project just in time for Christmas. Kelly had help on the CD provided by her mother, Donna Southard. Donna sang harmony vocals on the Hymns and also played the piano. The CD is now out on a limited release for friends and family but more copies are in the works. If you would like to get a copy just contact us here at Grannys and we will get you one.
We are also proud to announce the new CD by Jeff Norwood, Lil' Jimmy and The Chiggers is very soon to being released. Jeff was at the studio this past Saturday during the final mixing and mastering session and we cannot wait to get this one out there. I want to thank Jeff, Lil Jimmy and Bobby for making this just an awesome journey. The project will going to duplication within the next 2 weeks and we are looking at a late December or January release. Keep checking the site here for the exact date.
Grannys was pleased to have the blues group Stumphole in to start work on their upcoming holiday release. Look for pics and more on this new release soon. You can click on the link below for their Soundclick webpage.
Pro Tools has come to Grannys Studio thanks to Sweetwater Music
Grannys has now finished putting together the new Pro Tools rig and it sounds great. After rebuilding the studio we decided it was time to step it up a little and Sweetwater Music has helped to make it all possible. The system features 48 tracks of 24 bit 96 kHz sound with Digirack and Waves Plug In Packs. We can now record your projects with high definition and sonic clarity never before possible here at Grannys. Because of this we can now offer full band recording and mastering services to fulfill any project need. Also since it is Pro Tools we can send the tracks to any major studio in the world to finish in style. If you would like to see for yourself just email us and we will set it up. See ya soon!!
This past Saturday, July 8, I was finally able to break in the refurbished Grannys Studio and what a treat it was. Jeff Norwood and Lil' Jimmy came in to put the first tracks down for the upcoming Chiggers release. As an extra bonus I was invited to play the drums on this new release. As you can see in the below pics Jeff and Lil' Jimmy brought in 2 very unique vintage amplifiers. To the left on top of the Victor speaker cabinet is a 1931 Stromberg-Carlson amp and on the right is an 1951 Bogen amp. These 2 amps sounded amazing and with Jeff's National Slide Guitar and the awesome harmonica playing of Lil' Jimmy it made for a great Saturday evening. Check out the pics below and keep checking in at the site for more updates on The Chiggers upcoming release.
Summer is in high gear at Grannys Studio. To start things off the rap group The Unknownz; (Tentative Project Name) have started laying down tracks for their upcoming release. Also starting next week Grannys will be the home recording base for Jeff Norwood and The Chiggers for their new release due in early Fall. For more news on these 2 groups and other artist due in this summer keep a check at the site!!!
The new Chanda CD is now for sale! Click here for info on how to get your copy today, or visit the Company Store in downtown McBee, SC and get ready for the CD Release Party @ Mikes in Bethune. We are still in the planning phase but will announce the date soon!! Check out the CD cover below.
The new CD is finished and going to duplication!!!!!!
I want to thank all the guys and gals who have helped to make this such an awesome CD. It could not have been done without ya!! Right up front though I want to thank the following:
Leo Price, Pat Youngblood, Steve Lovelace, Mike Deaton, Jeff Norwood, Vickie Heyward, Julie Middleton, Rene Rosales, Jay Matheson and the staff at Jam Room Studio, all the great people at 6 Plus 1 Studio and of course Chanda!
The CD will be released on Jan. 24th. If you would like a copy email us here at Grannys and we will let you know how you can get yours.
The studio rebuild is complete. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it..
Concept: David and Julie Middleton
Master Carpenter: Steve Middleton
Finish Design: Julie Middleton
See below pic and for more pics click here.
Just wanted to let you all know that the new Chanda CD is almost finished. Just a few finishing touches here and there and it will be ready for press. I think you all we be totally amazed at the talent that has gathered for this CD. I want to thank all the members of U.S. 1, Thomas Flyer and J3 for all your help. Also I would like to thank Jay Matheson and all at the Jam Room Studio as well as 6 x 1 Studio. Without you the CD would just not be the same. I think it has turned out remarkably well to say the least. Stay tuned for further news on the release here at Grannys. Don't forget to check out her site as well. www.chandamusic.com
Later for now!!!!!
Got a few links for ya to try out. Chanda's new website is up and looking great. Check it out at www.chandamusic.com. If you want a sneak peek of Chanda's full band recording click here. The Headnecks new CD "In Us We Trust" that was recorded from 1999 to 2001 is available if you would like a copy. Just contact the studio email or firstname.lastname@example.org to get it. To hear a medley snippet of the tunes on the CD click here. And last I'd like to thank all of you who have supported my new CD "down again". Click here to hear a medley from the CD. As always, everyone here at Grannys Studio would like to thank all of you for your continued support. Hope to hear ya soon. Thank You!!
new CD,"down again" is finally complete.. Thanks to Jeff Norwood and
John Weber for helping me with this project. I couldn't have done it without
you. I will be putting up a few demo mp3 files in the next few days so you can
check out a few tracks. If you would like a copy, just send me an email and
I'll let ya know how you can get it.
Granny Kory Promotions is a new management tool we have designed to help promote and book the artist that record here at Grannys. Recording here is not a must though. We except any performer who needs help with bookings and promotional package's. Please feel free to drop us an email and let us know if we can help you in anyway possible.