We've been fortunate to work with some of our favorite artists, producers, labels, and engineers over the years! The best part of our job is working with clients who become friends.

Studio Clients


Pete Townshend
Third Man Records
Lake Street Dive
Jason Isbell
Old Crow Medicine Show
Molly Tuttle
Blackberry Smoke
Lady Antebellum
William DuVall (Alice In Chains)
Reid Shippen
Cory Wong
Margo Price
Rodney Crowell
Pam Tillis
Chris Stapleton
John Prine
Luther Dickinson
Arc & Stones
The Features
Smoke Faires (UK)
JEFF The Brotherhood
Cages Of Gold (Louisville,KY)
Lisa Carver
Dan Adams
Billy Livsey
Tommy Wiggins (Cleveland)
Magnolia Sons
2/3rds Goat (NYC)
The Coolin’ System
Sean Michel (Little Rock, AR)
Kink Ador
Freddy Wall (Producer)
Erik Thompson (Engineer)
Jenny Lutkins (Engineer)
Jeremy Ferguson (Engineer)
King Records (Cincy, OH)
Mark Hornsby (Engineer)
Marty McClantoc (Engineer)
Aaron Hall (Oxford, MS)
The Fireman’s Daughter
Tyller Gummersal (Denver)
Irie Sol (Minneapolis)
The Valley Roots

Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
Eric Burdon (of The Animals)
Max & The Wild Things
North Mississippi Allstars
John Oates
Steve Earle
Oz Fritz (Tom Waits)
Those Darlins
Diarrhea Planet
Holley Maher
Amy Stroup
Matt Andrews (Engineer)
Joe Costa (Engineer)
Craig Alvin (Engineer)
Joao Brandao (Engineer, UK)
Jim Tract (Producer)
United Record Pressing
Mary Bue (Duluth, MN)
Blackfoot Gypsies
Ranch Ghost
Willy Mason
Paul Worley
The Lost Brothers (UK)
Molly Simms (St. Louis)
Sons Of Summer
Robert Kelly
Heather Bond
Natalie Noone
Johnny 99 (Canada)
The Inscape
Knapsack Heroes
The Roses
Daniel Frazier
Emma Swift
The Rocketships

Alanna Royale
Gary Numan
Hannah Aldridge
Hard Working Americans
The Apache Relay
Cheer Up Charlie Daniels
The Clutters
Danny Trashville
The Protomen
Brendan Benson
Cory Chisel
Young Hines
Barefoot Movement
Willie & The Giant
Fort Defiance
Major & The Monbacks
Smooth Hound Smith
Alison Krauss
Keb Mo
Warren Haynes
Billy Gibbons
Jamey Johnson
Geffen (UK)
New West Records
Big Machine
Chuck Ainlay (Engineer)
Sarah Kelley
Ben Cyllus
Phoenix Rising
The Goodbye Sons
Heart Drive
Sean McConnell
Saturday Avenue (Knoxville)
Matthew Fogle (Louisville)
The Bugs As Trees
The New Mastersounds
Frank Foster

Turbo Fruits
Leah Mason (UK)
Harry Mundy (UK)
This Old Bear
Kat Smo
Blue Sky Alert
Heidi Feek
Jam Therapy
Pru Clearwater
Thelma & The Sleaze
Neil O’Neil
Jane Dough (Cleveland)
Orange Willard (Dayton, OH)
Thirty Tigers
Sony Records
Sony Legacy
Glassnote Records
Nashville (The TV Show)
Warner Brothers
Fat Possum Records
Infinity Cat Records
Ready Made Records
Sun Studios (Memphis)
Native Instruments
Ray Kennedy
Tim Craven
Ryan Hewitt
Ed Seay (Engineer)
Eggplant Heroes (Wisconsin)
Ben Ripani (Chicago)
Lines In The Sky
Bloodshot Records
Karoline Amb (Norway)
Eric Heatherly
Mark Vikingstad
TJ McFarland
The Ivorys (Chicago)
Shawn McDonald
Brian Owens
Rachel Williams

Lacquer Cutting + Mastering Clients

Recent Mastering Clients:

Campbell Harrison
Dirt Reynolds - Scalawag
Grain Thief - Gasoline
Wife Patrol - Too Prickly For This World
Bobby Rush - Rawer Than Raw
Brad Lee Curtis
Russell de Moose - Drum and a Tantrum
Raibard - Dark Realm of the Daylight - Bright Kingdom of the Night
Muscadine Bloodline - Dispatch to 16th Ave
Vegabonds - Live at West End Sound
Renee Goust - RESISTER
Tim Corpus - MMXX
Friend of a Friend

Vinyl Mastering:

Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett - Love For Sale
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper- A Star Is Born
Eminem - -Recovery
Eminem - Marshal Mathers
Weezer- Blue
Weezer - Tell Me What You Want 7"
The Weeknd - Thursday
Beck - Night Running
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Olivia Newton-John - Duets Volume One
Toby Keith - Greatest Hits
Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett - Love For Sale
William DuVall - Live @ Welcome To 1979
Olivia Newton John - Physical 40th Anniversary
Dave Brubeck - Live From Vienna 1967
Ben Folds - For The Patrons 2.0
Judas Priest - Hero Hero
Blackberry Smoke - Stoned
Tenacious D - You Never Give Me Your Money
The Band Of Heathens - Remote Transmissions Vol 1
Langhorne Slim - The Spirit Moves
Molly Tuttle - …But I’d Rather Be With you
Anberlin - More to Living Than Being Alive, Tear Us Apart, Paper Tigers
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Train - Christmas in Tahoe
Beck - Night Running
Nashville Ambient Ensemble - Cerulean
Joshua Ray Walker - Glad You Made It
Oliver Wood - Always Smilin'
Netflix: Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Patton Oswald
Guardian Singles - S/T
Pixel Grip - Arena
Lambchop - Showtunes
The California Honeydrops
Clem Snide - Forever Just Beyond
Armand Hammer - Haram
Colin Hay - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Billy Woods - Dour Candy, BRASS


"This studio has a vibe like no other! Chris Mara and his staff have a true passion for recording. I felt comfortable while recording and absolutely loved the finished product. I'd recommend recording at Welcome To 1979 to anyone."
- Kyle Megna, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons
"Professional recording studio that still uses analog tape and equipment! Cool vibe! Variety of vintage instruments. Knowledgeable and friendly staff."
- Randy Gardner
"1979 is a wonderland of analogous glory! The studio has a warm inviting feel and the folks that work their are kind and unpretentious despite their awesome skills. Amazing place, can't wait to come back!!"
- Wyatt Wooding, artist

"As an engineer, it was a great experience. You've heard about the gear, the vibe, the drive to keep analog alive. It's all true. But what you also get is a staff committed to helping you do your best. Great mic selection, great keyboard selection, it's all there. But, the most compelling reason to go is the people. As we say in Nashville, 'they're good people.'"

- Ben Surratt, Engineer

"TABAH loves 1979. Chris Mara and company continue to offer some of the best experience and experiences you can find in the business. It's incredibly clean, always runs smoothly, and the employees are just as into the music as you are. Will always continue to come back, we love you guys, keep up the awesome work!!!"

- Murphy Janssen, Tabah

"If there was a "10" star rating, I'd give Welcome to 1979 an "11". Fantastic attitudes and top quality craftsmanship all around. From recording, master cutting to electroform plating for vinyl, these folks do it all, and do it all VERY WELL."

- Dustin Blocker, Hand Drawn Records

"I love working here! Great vibe, great gear and most importantly, great people."

- Tim Craven, Engineer


"Greatest studio in the world! The best gear, vibes, people. Highly recommend."

- Whit Murray, Maradeen

"Welcome to 1979 is a one of a kind gem. They offer a pure and organic approach to recording that seems to have been forgotten by today's standards. Getting the absolute best out of the musicians and the best sound quality are the main goals. Everything Ive heard come out of this place sounds beautiful. I have had several lacquers cut by Cameron at this facility. They pay extremely close attention to detail and really care about the artists needs. Also, they are really great people and easy to work with."
- Reed Recording Co
"Spent three days recording our new album to tape. Experience was wonderful. Very professional but laid back atmosphere, and great coffee. We're incredibly happy with the results and would absolutely go back. If you want to track to tape, this is the place hands down!"
- Arc & Stones

"This studio is everything and more than I hoped. Dope aesthetic and mad swag, plus the coolest gear around. Everyone at the studio is laid back but productive and getting shit done. Chris is an amazing engineer and brings an artist's vision to life. I hope to record many more projects here and highly recommend this spot to anyone that wants some of the new and the best of the old school. "

- John Watson, artist

"I cannot recommend Welcome to 1979 enough. We just finished recording an album, and the experience was fantastic. Chris is absolutely wonderful to work with, and I’d love the chance to do it again sometime! Mackenzie worked tirelessly with us as well! This is a great studio with great people and great gear. Check them out."

- Robert P. Bertke, Wilder Stallions

"Recorded an LP here in December and Chris' quality is second to none. Definitely a killer and must try experience for any 70's loving musician."

- Dylan Becker

"Tracked there with Sister Antics yesterday. Studio is beyond comfortable and inspiring and Kate worked magic on that tape. Very impressive and would definitely record here again."

- AnneMarie Kelborn, Sister Antics

"I went to 1979 for the recording summit. I was overwhelmed by their welcoming spirit and an Uber professional attitude. It's an amazing facility with great gear but more importantly, an incredible amount of heart at the center of it. I couldn't imagine wanting anymore from a studio."

- Eric Watkins

"Best recording experience I've ever had, hands down. Chris and the gang are as good as they come, and provide an atmosphere unlike any other and top-notch gear at a very modest price. Can't wait to come back!"

- Scott Boyer

"Best sound, best gear and best people working there. Comfort and making us happy was their number one priority at all times. Top notch and all class."

- Mike Meacham, LOSS

"Just listened to all the rough mixes from our session last week....I could not be happier. As of right now I plan on recording everything I write at Welcome to 1979. Big thanks to the interns for contributing to the experience. And Chris Mara is the man."

- Rob Aldridge

"It's like stepping back in time. Nostalgic atmosphere at a time I wish I lived experienced as an adult. Amazing facility and top quality recordings."

- Mike Borgia

"This place has a unique vibe, knowledgeable and friendly staff and offers services that aren't available anywhere else in Nashville to my knowledge, like vinyl mastering and plating, and MCI equipment repair. The tracking rooms have a unique sound too and they have enough rooms to record a full band live with plenty of separation if needed."

- Brian Cofer