House of Mercy radio sessions
Three hours of Americana, Roots, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Folk & Singer Songwriters plus ‘live’ sessions every week.
Artists booked into or recorded in ‘ The Snake Pit Studio ‘ in 2012
New Country Rehab, The Dirt Daubers, Kathleen Edwards, Ruth Moody & her band, Bap Kennedy, Miss Quincy & Showdown, Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs, Blue October, Twilight Hotel, Woody Pines, The Good Intentions, Hillfolk Noir, Dean Owens, Kidnap Alice, 24 Pesos, Phil Lee, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, Sweetback Sisters, Madison Violet, The Wagon Tails, Mike Cullison, Steve Wynn, Black & Scarr, Matt Anderson, Bex Marshall, The Wiyos, The Barker Band, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Amanda Shires, Greg Trooper, J T & The Clouds, Kidnap Alice, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Johnny Dowd, Mark & Stacey Earle, Hans Chew, Eve Sellis, Lisbee Stainton, Something Blue, Will Johns Band, Sara Petite, Mary McQuaid, Girlyman, Hymn For Her, Viper Central …………. so far
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The interview format is as simple as we could make it….we talk after every song. Here’s how we do it….. The Snake Pit Studio
the new radio studio is large enough for any size roots band, a new Soundcraft mixing desk has been installed, we record with Rode NT 2000 & Rode NT1A condenser mikes plus Sure SM 58’s and a selection of DI boxes.
For use on our sessions we can offer……
A Fender Blues Junior (valve) amp, a Fender Frontman 25 R, a cahon, a set of congas and a multitude of shakers and rattlers.
We offer a range of acoustic & electric stringed instruments…..a Tanglewood six string banjo, Gold Tone five string banjo and a Crafter mandolin.
Guitars on offer are a 1965 Gibson Hummingbird, a Gretch Electroglide solid body, an ‘Ecceleshall Electric Lady’, a Blueridge dobro, a Fender dobro, an Ozark dobro, a Fender ‘New Yorker’ solid body bass and an Ibanez custom acoustic.
All the above at our discretion.
after leaving The Borderline music venue as promoter/booker in February 2007, my radio show morphed from being ‘Borderline radio’ into ‘The House of Mercy’ and found a permanent slot at midnight on a Saturday on www.totalrock.com . I had built a little radio studio in the box room of my house and was asked by Rachel Harrington’s press person from GPromo, if I could do a live session. All I needed was a mike and my mini disc player to record….so around April 2007 Rachel Harrington played the first ever radio session on the House of Mercy radio show, recorded in the bedroom and soon to become the Boudoir Studio.
In January 2011 my then 87 year old Aunty Honor took sick and moved into what was The Boudoir Studio in March, prior to that after much thought we built the Snake Pit Studio in our back garden.
Artists who recorded in 2011 the new ‘The Snake Pit Studio’ included Luther Dickinson, Ian Siegal, Po’girl, Sam Baker, Peter Bruntnel, Ben Prestage, The Southern Tenant Folk Union, Little Miss Higgins, Rory Ellis, Abigail Washburn, Rebecca Pronsky, The Dirty Beggars, Patricia Vonne, Israel Nash Gripka, Simon Mcbride, Groanbox, Carrie Aitkin, Jeff & Vida, The Watertower Bucket Boys, Nathaniel Rateliff, Slaid Cleaves, Anna Coogan, Old Sledge, Eilen Jewell, Ian McFeron, Sarah McDougal, Mike Ferrio, Ana Egge, Andy White & Stephen Fearing, Rod Picott, Rachel Harrington, The Deadly Gentlemen, JT Nero, Larkin Poe, Jon Byrd, Grianne Duffe, The Wagon Tales & Leon Hunt, The Bare Bones Boogie Band….
Past sessions recorded in the now defunct but legendary ‘Boudoir Studio’… artists included Paul Jones & Dave Kelly, Judy Collins, Gurf Morlix, Devon Sproul, Peter Rowan, Rachel Harrington, Eilen Jewell, Otis Gibbs, Harry Manx, A J Roach,The Pines, Rob Lutes, Larkin Poe, Ralston Bowles, Bob Cheevers, Kendal Carson, Eileen Rose, Elliott Brood, Crooked Still, Drew Nelson, Charlie Parr, Eliza Gilkyson, Brigitte DeMeyer, The Water Tower Bucket Boys, Madison Violet, Amy Speace, Richmond Fontaine, Danny Schmidt, Hank Wangford, BJ Cole, Gretchen Peters, Nels Andrews, Ray Bonneville, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Sarah MacDougal, Phil Lee, Kim Richey, G R Avery, Martin Harley, Jen Grant, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Steve Wynn, Al Perkins, Eve Selis, Brent Best, Angie Palmer, Carrie Rodriguez, Hayseed Dixie, Jeff Lang and Dave Arcari…to name but a few.