Clients and Projects

Projects - Winter 2011

Arlo Guthrie

  As part of a long term remastering project for Arlo Guthrie, Toby recently completed an updated version of Arlo's second album "Arlo." This was the release that followed "Alice's Restaurant," and is unique because it's just Arlo and his bass player providing hillarious storytelling and intimate music making.

The remastered version features much improved audio and added tracking for the anecdote the "FBI Story." The whole album is a great documentary of young Arlo at his mischievious best.


Arlo Guthrie
   
Singer Songwriter Annie Wenz was in the studio with producer Neale Eckstein to finish up her new release "Ride The Sky" (right). It is a wonderful picture of roadside America full of fascinating narratives and unique characters - a real slice of vagabond life!

If that's not enough, the album also includes a baseball track, featuring former Red Sox pitcher & wild man Bill "Spaceman" Lee in his musical debut. Not to be missed!
Annie Wenz
 
Annie Wenz
     
a4a   Toby has continued to lend his hand to a benefit project called "Acoustic for Autism" produced by Louis Gendron and Mike Cusanelli. 100% of all proceeds go to various Autism charities around the country. The most recent singles are by artists Dave Wakeling, Joie Calio, Gig McKell, and Twangtown Paramours.
Acoustic for Autism    
   
Two shorter projects by two young bands were mastered by Toby in Studio A this past fall. Mountain Interval is a band (right) from the Northampton, MA area, getting a lot of attention for their unique sound and hard hitting vocals .Their new 5 song EP "Nocnitsa" should generate quite a bit of interest.
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Medicine Lake is a band from the Baltimore area, also with a new self-titled EP of five songs. It features well crafted arrangements with beautiful melodies and intriguing lyrics, sung by lead vocalist Pimon Pyle.
Mountain Interval
  Mountain Interval
     
Deepti Navaratna   Deepti Navaratna, Carnatic singer of South Indian classical music, spent several days at Northeastern Digital, recording, mixing and mastering her debut album, "Aarohanam" (left). Accompanying her were violinist, Krishnan Parameshwara, and drummer, Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan.

Deepti is the recipient of numerous musical awards and prizes. She recently starred in the Boston debut of Shirish Korde's opera, Phoolan Devi, at the Tsai Center at Boston University.
Deepti Navaratna    
   
Toby completed the mastering of a new CD by Abe Guthrie's band Xavier, entitled "Mrs. Hollywood." The album is Xavier's first official release since "Full Circle" in 2000.

Abe and Toby had to handle the details for the mastering over the phone and internet. Abe was on the Guthrie Family "Rides Again" Tour with his Dad, Arlo Guthrie, and throngs of other family members.

Xavier
will be playing this spring in various New England venues.
Xavier-Mrs. Hollywood
  Xavier
folk music
 
Two prominent Irish musicians mastered their most recent projects at Northeastern Digital.

Singer/ songwriter Harry O"Donoghue weaves and interconnects a pattern filled with history and culture with stories about Ireland past and present in his latest album "A Splash of No Regrets " (right). With his gentle voice and adept guitar playing, Harry has become the main spokesman for Irish music in Savannah, Georgia.

Harry O'Donoghue

 
Harry O"Donoghue
     
Michael Fitzpatrick
 
Closer to home, Massachusetts native and accordion virtuoso Michael Fitzpatrick (left), has just released his "Planxty Hugh O'Donnell and the Traditional Set Dances." Michael worked with Toby to create this definitive collection of Irish Set Dance music, which is a must for anybody involved in competitive Irish Step Dancing. It features several traditional tunes with varying tempos to accomodate all dancers.
Michael Fitzpatrick
   
 
bluegrass

Charlie Sizemore  

Toby completed two new projects for Rounder Records. The first was a new record by the Charlie Sizemore Band, entitled "Heartache Looking for a Home." It features the usual wit and high quality musicianship found in all of Charlie's albums.

Charlie Sizemore    
  The second project was a solo album by singer songwriter Donna Hughes (right) and produced by the legendary J.D. Crowe. This is Donna's fourth album. Several of her songs have been covered by such Bluegrass all stars as Alison Krauss and Seldom Scene. Donna Hughes
 
jazz
     
Mill City Trio   Jazz guitarist Scott Beall was at NDR mastering session of his new album "Signs of Life." The album features original compositions by Scott along with a few covers from favorite aritsts such as Chic Corea, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Thellonius Monk.

Guitarists Greg Passler and Jamie Dunphy came in to work with Toby on a new Mill City Trio project entitled "Looking Up" (left). They also completed a whimsical musical narrative about Charlie Parker called "The Syncopated Bird" with music by Dunphy and words by his brother, Drew.
Mill City Trio
   
Justin Purtill
 
The Justin Purtill Band from San Francisco sort of defies any kind of logical label. Their sound is definitely experimental with a tinge of jam band thrown in. They completed a new CD entitled "Sore Eyes For Sight" with Toby that features 10 original songs, that inhabit a whole range of musical influences from Keith Jarrett to The Grateful Dead.

Justin Purtill