Paris Luna records “Brasstown Ball” at historic Southern Tracks

Paris Luna records Brasstown Ball at historic Southern Tracks

By Bonnie Moret

 

Recorded during a birthday celebration, Paris Luna’s upcoming album combines the idea of having a ball with the name of Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald. Once released, Brasstown Ball is sure to be a smash.

 

In case you didn’t know, Southern Tracks has almost as much history as the region in which it is located. The original studio, a converted schoolhouse, was founded by legendary music publisher Bill Lowery in the mid-1950′s. Lowery discovered such classic songs as “Be Bop A Lula,” “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden,” and Joe South’s “Games People Play.”

 

Many classic recordings have been made at the current Southern Tracks facility over the past 30 years. This studio was home to legendary producer Brendan O’Brien for nearly 20 years. Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Train, and the Black Crowes have all recorded classic records here.

The banner is hung.

The banner is hung.

Paris Luna, Mike Kee and Eric Heil enjoy a friendly embrace.

Paris Luna, Mike Kee and Eric Heil enjoy a friendly embrace.

Small bites were served courtesy of Ormsby's.

Small bites were served courtesy of Ormsby’s.

The cocktail du jour was created by Vixen Vodka.

The cocktail du jour was created by Vixen Vodka.

The stage is prepared.

The stage is prepared.

The engineers are ready ... let the recording begin.

The engineers are ready … let the recording begin.

Paris Luna takes  the stage.

Paris Luna takes the stage.

The anticipation of the crowd is overwhelming.

The anticipation of the crowd is overwhelming.

And, the rest of the evening is magic ...

And, the rest of the evening is magic …

For more information about Paris Luna, visit https://www.facebook.com/PARISLUNAandCOMPANY. Highlights from the evening are posted below:

 

 

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A work of ART - Benji Shanks, Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep and Paul T. Riddle.

A work of ART – Benji Shanks, Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep and Paul T. Riddle.

The guitars of Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep take a rest before the show.

The guitars of Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep take a rest before the show.

Barry Waldrep signs his "Smoke From The Kitchen" CD/DVD set for a loyal fan.

Barry Waldrep signs his “Smoke From The Kitchen” CD/DVD set for a loyal fan.

Benji Shanks and Josh Shilling chat before the show.

Benji Shanks and Josh Shilling chat before the show.

Eddie Owen introduces the evening's lineup.

Eddie Owen introduces the evening’s lineup.

Paris Luna performs an acoustic set. L-R: Michael Harris, Kane Russell, Heather Russell, Toby Marriott and Jonny Daly.

Paris Luna performs an acoustic set. L-R: Michael Harris, Kane Russell, Heather Russell, Toby Marriott and Jonny Daly.

Benji Shanks is groovin'.

Benji Shanks is groovin’.

Paul T. Riddle ddn't miss a beat!

Paul T. Riddle didn’t miss a beat!

Barry Waldrep is "in the zone."

Barry Waldrep is “in the zone.”

Charlie Starr is having fun.  Check out his guitar wardrobe in these photos.

Charlie Starr is having fun. Check out his guitar wardrobe in these photos.

Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling and Barry Waldrep.

Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling and Barry Waldrep.

Oteil Burbridge is "feelin' it!"

Oteil Burbridge is “feelin’ it!”

Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep are actually related.  Music obviously runs in the family.

Charlie Starr and Barry Waldrep are actually related. Music obviously runs in the family.

Can you feel it?  Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Benji Shanks can!

Can you feel it? Charlie Starr, Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Benji Shanks can!

Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Heather Russell (Paris Luna).

Barry Waldrep, Oteil Burbridge and Heather Russell (Paris Luna).

What a lineup ... Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling, Oteil Burbridge, Barry Waldrep, Paul T. Riddle, Paris Luna and Benji Shanks.

What a lineup … Charlie Starr, Josh Shilling, Oteil Burbridge, Barry Waldrep, Paul T. Riddle, Paris Luna and Benji Shanks.

I love Barry Waldrep's music and wan his hair!

I love Barry Waldrep’s music and want his hair!

Charlie Starr "slides" a bit.

Charlie Starr “slides” a bit.

Coy Bowles joins the fun, too!

Coy Bowles joins the fun, too!

Josh Shilling steps away from the Hammond to sing.

Josh Shilling steps away from the Hammond to sing.