• Steve Cooley is in town during a break in touring with the Dillards. The new Dillards CD, Let It Fly, on Vanguard Records, is selling well and has already turned the corner on profitability. A trip to Nashville to shoot a video is scheduled.
Cooley said that the Dillards outdrew Exile and John Conlee at a fair in North Carolina, setting an attendance record in the process.
A solo album on Flying Fish is also in the works for Cooley. Conversations with several of his studio friends are under way to see who might be available to play on the project.
• Rob Magallon, owner and engineer at Studio 2002 over in New Albany, has added video capabilities to his business. Rob just keeps on improving his place. Call him at 812-949-2002 for more information.
• The Tuesday Acoustic Night at Uncle Pleasant's needs acoustic performers, not to mention some listeners, according to host Dallas Embry. Wednesday Artist Nights are still going strong, with bands generally filling the time.
• Nashville recording engineer Lin Peterzell is getting married and moving to Louisville, according to Marvin Maxwell. Peterzell, who has handled recent engineering chores for Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Eddie Rabbitt, has been slipping into town recently to record at Maxwell's Mom's Recording Studio.
• Spanky Lee is still getting good airplay on the first single off their CD. Discussions are under way about which tune to release as their next single, either "Shoulder to Cry On," or "Kids of the Survivors." Both tunes have been getting airplay as album cuts.
• Don't Give Peace a Dance. After a couple of years of putting together marathon dances to benefit the Peace Education program, Judy Schroeder has concluded that while the benefit was fun, it was not profitable enough. The events usually made enough money to pay the expenses, including whatever was paid to the performers, but little money was left for the Peace Ed program. Ms. Schroeder wishes to thank all those folks who have helped in the past.
• Gary Falk and the folks at Falk Recording Service managed to get the new studio ready just in time for the reception on Sunday, October 21. That's why you have deadlines, Gary - it's the only way to get some things done.
The new addition has a twenty-four input board with mix-down to two-inch tape and lots of space in the main studio. The new building dwarfs Gary's old, somewhat-expanded garage.
That old studio hasn't been put out to pasture, however. Falk added a twenty-input board, as well as a one-inch eight-track set-up, perfect for small combos and demo work. Besides that, the two studios can be patched together in real time, so effects and such are available to both.
The new studio got design help from Steven Duerr, acoustic consultant from Nashville. Duerr designed the Tree Publishing and Soundshop studios, as well as many others in Nashville.
• Prince Phillip Mitchell has been getting some good breaks. Hall and Oates have cut his "Starting All Over Again" and he is getting some consideration as the lead in a film about Marvin Gaye. Reports are that he is one of two on the main list. My, my, a film star (possibly) right here in Derby City.
• The KYANA Blues Society's compilation album, The Louisville Blues Compilation, is finally out. The cassette version features cuts by a number of Louisville groups and was produced by Scott Mullins. A review will appear in a future issue of LMN.