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Happy release day to Hiss Golden Messenger. What a beautiful record. Hallelujah Anyhow was mastered here at the Kitchen for Merge Records by our own Chris Boerner.

Hiss Golden Messenger’s bittersweet, new LP is full of fluttery soul-grooves, borrowing from various regional folk and blues traditions. It speaks to what it means to be a compassionate citizen today.

A few years ago we hosted the Pittsboro Bach Society in our living room. Rhiannon was there to perform Bach's Coffee Cantata with other pro, semi-pro, and amateur musicians who got together on Sunday afternoons to just experience the joy and camaraderie of making music for fun. She had not even recorded anything with the Chocolate Drops yet. We just enjoyed her beautiful soprano voice echoing throughout the house. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/…/mu…/article101342267.html

Rhiannon Giddens is the latest recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass – an award good for $50,000. She’s the first woman and African-American to win it, and the second North Carolinian.
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Every once in a while we get a chance to work on a movie. This one is deep. Buy tix!


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So often when our clients release their records they'll also have hats, t-shirts, and even sometimes books. This tattoo is a first!

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Yep Roc Records

You know you need this sweet Swampland Jewels temporary tattoo... get yours now by pre-ordering the bundle!

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Hooray! It's off for duplication and hopefully they will arrive on my birthday! The new album is as beautiful as it sounds! More coming soon 😁

Southern Folklife Collection and Yep Roc are teaming up again for another release. Swampland Jewels is coming out September 22nd - a compilation of legendary Cajun artists from Goldband Recordings. If you haven't done so yet also check out their re-release on vinyl of a 13-year-old Dolly Parton. Both fun projects to work on.
Great article from Southern Cultures about both projects.


In partnership with the Southern Folklife Collection, we share a glimpse of a Lousiana-based record company that recorded artists ranging from young Dolly Parton to the greats of the Cajun sound.

Our favorite part of the project - when we get to see the finished product! Thanks Tim Barry!

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Bett has been a friend to the Kitchen for a long time. She is a prolific lady!

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Bett Andrews Padgett

Mastering with Brent Lambert at the Kichen......the music really sparkles. Putting the polish on now. It won't be long!

Wichita Lineman has been on my mind since Glen Campbell's passing. This is a gorgeous arrangement that Brent mastered by John Hollenbeck. It features Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann on vocals.

Theo Bleckmann voiceKate McGarry voiceGary Versace piano, organJohn Hollenbeck arranger, conductor, mallet percussion, bicycle

Check out tips #55 and #90 from Brent. Overall some great tips from mastering engineers from all over the country.


Music mastering tips from 71 audio pros. Includes common mastering mistakes to avoid, gain staging tips, plugin picks, and more! Free PDF version available.

It's been a busy summer in the studio. Made this record with an incredible group of friends and it's out in a couple months. Can't wait to share...

Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, Megafaun’s Brad and Phil Cook, and more contributed to the Heart Like a Levee follow-up

The Kitchen's Chris Boerner with Darren Jessee, and Alan Weatherhead. Glad they're back!

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Been working on a ton of records this year and they're starting to trickle out. Had a blast helping on the recording of this one with my buddy James Wallace. Mi...xed this record at my home studio and mastered it at Kitchen Mastering. All this produced by the inimitable Brad Cook. Blank Range is an insanely good band. Please give them a listen...

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The song is the first single off their forthcoming album 'Marooned With The Treasure'.

Our client with the coolest name - Tokyo Rosenthal.

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We laughed, we cried, we sang. What more could you want from a show? Thanks @jonathanbyrd for a great night! Watch out for his new record we mastered coming out in September!

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