Welcome to 1979 provides great atmosphere for music video shoots!

Aside from the great sounds you can get at Welcome to 1979, we offer a great atmosphere, perfect for shooting a vibey, in-studio music video! Why not tackle two tasks at once and shoot your music video here while making your record?! It’s a great way to save time and money, and the ’79 studio makes an awesome video set. Capture amazing shots in our live rooms or cut to some cool vintage gear up in the control room. Our space is extremely versatile; rooms can go from vocal booth one day to makeup and wardrobe room for a video shoot the next! music-video-shotOverall, the studio is a great space to record music and video alike. With a fun environment, a retro feel, and string lights to set the mood, you can’t go wrong with shooting at Welcome to 1979.

Check out this music video shot at Welcome to 1979 earlier this year! To Each His Own – Suzy Jones.

Check out our rates on our website, or email booking@welcometo1979.com for more info!

Let us help with your winter releases!

The Holiday season is going to be here before we know it and what makes a better gift than a record?! Well, maybe this sweater… But hey, why not both?christmas sweater

If you are looking to release a record before the end of the year, let us help and send us your projects ASAP! We work with several plants to get the best sounding records to our clients. Current turnaround times are 10-12 weeks, so it’s time to get the ball rolling! Be sure to check out our lacquer cutting rates to see which is the best option for you! With our in-house electroplating facility, we can cut and plate records for high fidelity and with lightning fast turn around times! Then we’ll send your metal parts off to the pressing plant of your choice! Take a look at this blog post from last month or email booking@welcometo1979.com for more info on our electroplating services.

If you want your record in people’s hands before the end of the year, let’s get started today!

New Direct-to-Disc Projects at ’79

1468542_10151801706368063_337973327_nWe’ve had the opportunity to do some more direct-to-disc recording sessions as of late, and they are always a blast! Last week we did a direct-to-disc session with The Tens (The Roaring Tens), a musical collective based out of Los Angeles. If you want to see what a direct-to-disc session looks like, check out this video from our Facebook page getting up close with the session, our cutting engineer Cameron Henry, and engineer/owner Chris Mara!


Direct-to-disc recording was the primary recording format before the 1950s. Now we are one of the only studios in the world who can record directly to vinyl master. As you can see in the video above, direct-to-disc features a “live” set that is carefully engineered and mixed live while the analog disc cutting head (managed by the cutting engineer) cuts directly onto the master lacquer. Direct-to-disc recording can offer you the whole package: a completely analog recording experience, high fidelity, and affordability, all while experiencing recording in a whole new way! Not sure if a direct-to-disc session would be right for you? Email us with questions/concerns and ask us about our rates at booking@welcometo1979.com!

We are cooking up another direct-to-disc session for next week so be sure to stay tuned!

More Exciting Artists Tracking At Welcome to 1979

This week in the studio we’re gonna be hearing some great sounds as we track two bands who have come to us from opposite sides of the country.

Ross Livermore Band-

These guys have come to Nashville by way of Boston. They’re a soul-twinged rock and roll outfit who are here with us to record a full length album featuring 8 brand new songs. They are also known for their exciting live performances so be sure to check out their Nashville area tour dates over the next couple of weeks on their Facebook page here.

We are excited to have the Ross Livermore Band in the studio! Check out their song “To Life” below.



The Tens-

The Tens (The Roaring Tens) are a musical collective based out of Los Angeles.  Their musical genre is considered to be experimental and they’re here to record a Direct-to-Disc LP with us. Check out some of their tour dates on their Facebook page here, and take a listen to their song “Mother, Father” below!


That’s what’s happening at ’79 this week, but stay tuned for more studio news and announcements!

Exciting Announcements on Confirmed Panelists

As the 8th Annual Recording Summit at Welcome to 1979 is quickly approaching, Summit planning is in full swing! We have just released an exciting list of some of our confirmed panelists.

Some 2016 Panelist Highlights:
F. Reid Shippen: Among Shippen’s credits are names like Jewel, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum, all for which he was a mixing engineer.
Pete Lyman: Lyman has engineered, mixed, and/or mastered for artists like Jason Isbell, Ben Harper, and Shooter Jennings.
Matt Ross-Spang: Ross-Spang engineered Jason Isbell’s 2013 album Something More Than Free.
Andrew Mendelson: Mendelson is the owner and chief mastering engineer at Georgetown Masters in Nashville.
Paul Worley: Worley has produced for the likes of Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, and Martina McBride.
Dave Derr: Derr is the designer of the Empirical Labs Distressor.
Brent Maher: Composer and producer Brent Maher has worked with artists like The Judds and Kenny Rogers.
Richard Bennett: Bennet is a Composer, lyricist, and guitar player who has worked with and played for Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Miranda Lambert.
Neal Cappellino: The credits of engineer Neal Cappellino feature names like Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, and and Darius Rucker.

We are very excited about featuring these awesome panelists this year but there is still more to come! There are more panels, panelists and special guests that have yet to be announced!

The Summit is limited to 60 spots and many have already secured theirs. Sign up today because you’re not gonna want to miss it!10686720_10152534077133063_9140107938786345124_n

Tape Camp 2016!

Join Chris Mara at WELCOME TO 1979 for Fall Tape Camp- a weekend of discussion, demonstration, and hands-on participation into all things analog recording. Network with fellow audio lovers and gain insider tips & tricks on how to better use your own recording setups in a more “analog” way from the man behind ’79 and Mara Machines, this upcoming September 24, 25, & 26, 2016!




There’s only one spot left and you don’t want to miss this! You can sign up here


In the Studio with Frank Foster

We’ve had Country music artist Frank Foster in the studio for over a week now, and tracking his new album has been a blast for all involved! From stories about his home state of Louisiana and about his days in the oilfields over a cup of coffee, to making awesome music, Frank Foster and his band are a pleasure to have in the studio. Not to mention the crockpot full of food and home-made goodies he brings in each day! We also don’t mind having his badass trailer parked out front!

frank foster

Recording at 1979 is all about getting that certain sound, and we’ll do anything to achieve it! Check out these videos on our Facebook page of us tracking a group handclap and a unique percussion box. And the tootsie pops are complimentary!



We are excited to see what the next couple of weeks with Frank bring and for more great music to come!

Recording Summit 2016 filling up quickly!

As summer slowly fades, we are getting closer and closer to our favorite time of the year here at Welcome to 1979… our Annual Recording Summit! Summit planning is in full force at 1979 and we are hyped about the panels and demonstrations that we will be offering this year. New to this summit will be a tour and demonstration of our new vinyl electroplating facility! Our Friday night kick-off party will feature a direct to disc recording session and we will be pressing the vinyl records the very next day. Saturday night’s listening party will be Prince’s “Purple Rain” along with an exclusive interview with engineer Susan Rogers. There is much more to come as we have panels, panelists, and special guests that we have yet to announce!

As an early registration incentive we are offering a free Welcome to 1979 t-shirt and mug (while supplies last) to those who sign up for the Recording Summit between August 17-31! As always, the summit is limited to 60 spots and many have already signed up. Be sure to register today to secure your spot!!tshirt&mug

Recording Summit 2016 will be November 11, 12, & 13. A full weekend pass is $200. A student weekend pass is $150. A Friday/Saturday night party guest pass is $50. A guest pass can only be purchased with a weekend pass. For more information about last years summit or to register for this years summit, click here.

Frank Foster returns to Welcome to 1979

After recording his fifth album, Boots on the Ground, at Welcome to 1979, country music trailblazer Frank Foster has returned to record his sixth! Boots on the Ground debuted in January 2016 at number 7 on the Billboard Country Charts. He will be recording his sixth album here in full over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Originally from Louisiana, singer-songwriter Frank Foster kicked off his musical career with the release of his first album in early 2011. Since then he’s released 4 subsequent albums and has gained a loyal fan following. Frank acts as his own label, manager, agent, and publisher and has found undeniable success in his own niche of the country music market. We are glad to welcome Frank back into the studio!

New Sessions with Exciting Artists

Jonathan Jackson + Enation are here this week to record the follow up to their 2016 EP Blame-shifter. Jonathan may look familiar to you as he plays Avery Barkley on CMT’s Nashville-


He’s a multitalented fellow. Here’s a clip of him with his band Enation-

Frank Foster-

Frank is a country artist, originally hailing from Cypress Bottom, LA. He’ll be recording a new full-length album with us.