Watch Del McCoury in the studio

Here’s exciting news for bluegrass fans and aspiring session producers alike: a chance to spend time in the studio with the Del McCoury Band.

The folks at Music Producers Institute have arranged for a limited number of students to spend two days in Sound Emporium’s Studio A with Del and the boys May 3-4, plus a full day workshop on studio production with MPI’s Steve Fishell on May 2.

Fishell is a Grammy-winning producer who now spends his time teaching the ropes to the next generation of engineers and producers. His experience also includes label A&R and a long career as a session musician. The 5/2 seminar includes discussion about…

…the producer’s role in budgeting and project planning, contractual and other legal issues, interfacing with recording companies and managers, selecting songs, assembling just the right team of arrangers, engineers, and musicians, and guiding the artist through every step of the process from rehearsals and demos to recording, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering — all with an emphasis on nurturing the artist, respecting the talents of all collaborators, and producing music with the deepest artistic merit and strongest potential for wide-ranging success.

The McCourys will be tracking for their next album project, giving MPI participants a bird-eye view of how this bluegrass icons works in the studio.

Only 12 students will be accepted for this unique event, with tuition set at $999 for all three days. Full details can be found online.

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