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An Epic Endeavour

An Epic Endeavour

Symphony Project
Left to right: Paul English, Brett Mitchell, Jeff Walton, W. Ross Wells.

I was trying to formulate a post describing  what took place in Zenfilmdom last Wednesday.  Fortunately, my extremely talented collaborator Jeff Walton posted the following on his Facebook page and I lifted it whole-cloth, read on…

“yesterday was an incredible and emotional day…”

Jeff Walton

As some of you know, yesterday was an incredible and emotional day. I had the honor of having an original score of mine played and recorded by the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall. This is all part of a massive video/music project to promote the city. I absolutely could not have done this without the help and inspiration of a remarkable group of people. W. Ross Wells and everyone at ZenfilmAndrew Bradley , Dan Workman, and everyone at SugarHill Recording StudiosBrad Sayles (awesome job!), Paul English for the stunning orchestration, everyone with the Houston Symphony, conductor/maestro Brett Mitchell (amazing!), the GHCVB folks (especially) Holly Clapham Rosenow who came up with the idea to begin with and without whom this would not have happened), and the support of my beautiful wife Dana Green Walton and my two boys Benjamin and Nicholas who supported and talked me through this sometimes terrifying and exhilarating experience. To my three drummers – Tyson ShethMarvin R Sparks Jr, and Leesa Harrington-Squyres and guitarist Aaron Echegaray – you guys totally rock and I cannot wait to see you in this video! And lastly, thanks to everyone who has posted such wonderful messages of support and well wishes, I truly appreciate it and am grateful!!!
~ Jeff Walton
Lynch Mob Takes a Slow Drag

Lynch Mob Takes a Slow Drag

I love when things just come together.

Just less than two months ago, your fine friends at Zenfilm played host to metal guitar royalty as George Lynch and company made the trip down south to Houston. It’s not very often we find ourselves in the presence of such a long standing guitar slinging pedigree, and the experience did not disappoint.

First the gang was loaded in for a rousing round of Live From SugarHill Studios. The episode has not yet graced the internets, though it is in queue and on the way. It was a rarity, the normally raucous metal-loving rockers choosing to strip down as far as possible and do an intimate acoustic set. It was a side not often seen, and we’ll be sharing with the masses as soon as possible.

A different kind of magic began to sprout as the gang moved on to shoot the video for ‘Slow Drag,’ the first single form their new EP titled Sound Mountain Sessions (available on iTunes). The set we had chosen perfectly mirrored the aesthetic that would later adorn the cover of the EP; crumbling cement, burnt ruins of former fortifications, rubble lining the walls . . . . perfect. One of the more delightful surprises of the day came from the selection of vintage amps that made a guest appearance. We were able to get the boys rocking live on set with the help of a vintage Magnatone shipped in from Dallas, and a vintage Ampeg on loan from the gang at SugarHill Studios. Some of the best moments were in between shots, when the attention of the idle musicians would drift, and the waiting crew would be treated to an impromptu jam that would bounce maniacally between the stone walls of the vacant compound. The unwavering skill of a group of men that have been in the game for decades can be awe inspiring. Truly a humbling experience.

They were troopers . . . . it takes resolve to stick it out through Houston’s heat and humidity for any amount of time when you’re not used to it. Lynch Mob handled it like the pros they are. Gallons of sweat and several cup-fulls of gasoline later, and the video for Slow Drag was born. That’s that it’s reached full maturity, Rat Pak Records has released it for all of metal fandom to see. And see they have. . . just under a week since posting, the video had garnered nearly 25,000 views on the official YouTube page. Slow drag, indeed.

Check Lynch Mob’s new EP out now on Rat Pak Records, if you know what’s good for you.

Live From SugarHill Now On Houston’s Voice

Live From SugarHill Now On Houston’s Voice

Comcast’s Project Open Voice is an initiative to bring compelling local programming to their markets around the US. The Houston channel is titled “Houston’s Voice” and features the work of local filmmakers and organizations. The 30 Episode (and growing) Live From SugarHill series has been added to the line up. Live from SugarHill features new music from up and coming as we’ll as established artists … recorded live in Studio A at SugarHill Recording Studios. SugarHill “The House of Hits” has played host to many famous artists and #1 records in its 70 year history… and the legacy grows everyday.

Click HERE to watch our first episode featuring Robert Ellis, Benjamin Wesley and Grandfather Child…. we hope you enjoy the show and watch for coming episodes.