I met Peter shortly after we moved to the Bloomsburg area in 2001. He was running a Joseph Campbell discussion group, and we immediately struck up a friendship. Peter is a deep thinker, lover of books and the wisdom they contain – a local philosopher of sorts. A great storyteller, he also writes some of his own pieces. This collection will unfold over the next year as I go through some sessions from late 2016 and 2017 that cover everything from family stories to politics to mythology.
Pepperhead Studios is more than a recording space… we also offer rehearsal space for some of the finest local music projects that feature at area events.
Bluesmobile formed especially for the celebration of Columbia County Library’s new bookmobile. The band consists of Mike Hickey (vocs/guitar), John Sweeney (vocs/harmonica/guitar), Kurt Smith (bass), Urie Kline (drums) and Jeremy dePrisco (vocs/guitar).
Negodniki is a jazz ensemble consisting of Mike Hickey (guitar), John Huckans (keys), Safa Saracoglu (percussion), and Jeremy dePrisco (bass). Mostly instrumental, the band performs jazz standards and the occasional composition by Hickey.
Fricknadorable is the Americana duo of Audra (uke/vocs) and Jeremy dePrisco (vocs/guitar/bass).
Join us for a wonderful day of activities for all ages at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire!
On Sat April 22th, Pepperhead Studios will present area artists performing original, homegrown music, including Mike Hickey, Duane Dulk, Fricknadorable and The Ed Zuber Project. Urie Kline from Lyco Taiko will also give a drum demonstration.
Admission this year is FREE!
10:00 – 11:00 Lyco Taiko
11:00 – 11:30 Duane Dulk (solo acoustic)
11:30 – 12:00 Fricknadorable – Americana
12:00 – 1:00 Electro gadget demo / break
1:00 – 2:00 Mike Hickey – Blues-Rock
2:00 – 3:00 Ed Zuber Project – Rock
3:00 – 4:00 TBD
In March 2017, Pepperhead Studios was taken over by the Henry Davis team to produce Laments for Henry Davis. Barry J Davis, lyricist and singer came to me with a self-described concept album that sounded perfect for my live recording approach, and interest in sonic experimentation.
What’s the subject matter? Without revealing too much, if you take experience from working as a blackjack dealer and toss it in a blender with the story of the Molly Maguires, add to taste some honeybees, reflections on family, and what’s important in life… then you might be close to a recipe for this alt-rock project.
Barry’s cousin, John Henry (guitar) came up from Florida in early March to put down basic tracks. Barry needed a bass player, but rather than split my attention between producing/engineering and performing, I suggested we get Kurt Smith.
Kurt had already been playing with Dave Eisenhower (drums) in his group Shades of Charon, so it wasn’t long before we had a rhythm section that was locked in to Barry’s vision. Dave is a top, in-demand drummer in our area, so I was excited to learn he was on board. We worked together on my last solo project, Chaos Rise Up.
Supporting players (so far) include multi-instrumentalist Terry Wright, who did some work with our studio on the one-off track Wolves & Women in 2015. Terry has been a fixture of the Susquehanna Valley music scene for decades, known for his long association with the popular variety band Covert Action.
After basic tracks, we worked throughout March and early April to create rough mixes, add overdubs, and refine our approach. Barry has some big plans for this project, including a full stage show (with costumes) that will tour the NE and Central PA later this year. Tentative release timeline is Fall 2017.
(Photos by Scott Canouse)
Becky Blue (Rebekah Taffera) recorded a two-song demo with us in September 2016. “You and Me” is a blues, while “B Side” is a rock number. Both songs are original compositions, recorded live.
Becky Blue: Vocals
Jason Taffera: Guitar
Tim Breon: Lead Guitar
Chalie Holmes: Bass
Urie Kline: Drums
Becky recently formed a solo project and will be booking gigs in the Williamsport area in Spring 2017.
My wife Audra, who teaches at Greenwood Friends school, has been working with her students on a podcast series. The students come up with the topics, select people to interview, and do all of the recording on site at the school.
For now they are using a recorder that only saves to MP3, but even so, the end results – with some adjustment here at the studio, are pretty good.
Check out their first episode!
Voice over work is an ongoing project for us at Pepperhead Studios, partly because we have a great in-house voice artist.
Audra dePrisco offers her excellent voice for training, commercial and any other spoken word work where you need crisp, clear voice talent. A teacher by day, with a minor in Theatre Arts and several college and community productions under her belt, Audra has done voice projects for Geisinger Health System, XG Health Solutions, as well as special projects for language arts texts.
In addition to Audra’s on-site voice talent, we have access to a number of other male and female voice actors. Talk with us about options for your next voice project.