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ounded in 1993 by Fred Drake and David Catching, the Rancho de la Luna recording studio has hosted such diverse artists as Daniel Lanois, Queens of the Stone Age, Victoria Willams, Fu Manchu and Mark Lanegan. In 2001, Fred released his second solo album, Twice Shy, "the record I moved to the desert to make." Fred's too-brief life on this earth came to an end in June, 2002. In keeping with Fred Drake's wishes, a group of his friends have re-opened the Rancho de la Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree.

Fred's vision was of a relaxed recording environment, complete with inspirational sunsets, moonrises and shooting stars, a refreshing redwood tub under the shade of chinaberry and palm trees and the scent of food on the grill mingling in the night air with the aroma of fresh dark roasted coffee - perfect for writing, recording solo or with full band in tracking rooms
overlooking the desert, filled with vintage instruments, amplifiers and the legendary Rancho drum sound. The warm analog sound is just right for the recording artist with a discerning ear.

With Fred as our guiding spirit, we hope to build on the legacy of great
music that has been the hallmark of the Rancho de la Luna since 1993. In keeping with Fred's love of all the creative arts, the Rancho will offer musicians' workshops, writers' retreats, special incentives for beginning recording artists, festivals and charitable events. Eventually, film and video production will join record production, complete with reproduction capabilities, as the Rancho invites creative artists from all over the world to utilize our services.

We hope you'll be a part of this evolution.

For further changes at the Rancho, see this 2005 news archive.

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