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
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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