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Record Producer News: John Alagia, Ethan Johns, Dennis Herring, Joe Zook, Greg Wells, Patrick Leonard, Ric Ocasek, Noah Georgeson, Billy Bush, Jude Cole, Mike Hedges, Jason Cupp, Nathaniel Kunkel, Charlie Sexton

In Noteworthy on May 9, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Producer John Alagia is in with Ben Lee working on his next record for the New West label. After this, Alagia will move on to the Reeve Carney material for Interscope Records. Other recent projects John has his stamp on range from Mandy Moore to the forthcoming Rachael Yamagata and Trevor Hall albums. Ethan Johns is co-producer on the Kings of Leon “Because Of The Times” record (recent #1 UK). Johns seems to have been very busy producing several EMI artists with upcoming releases including Turin Brakes and veterans Joe Cocker and Neil Finn. Modest Mouse produced their recent #1 album at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Mississippi with Dennis Herring. Dennis will also get the producer credit on forthcoming albums by The Hives (Interscope) and songwriter Gavin DeGraw. The Gavin tunes were recorded by Joe Zook who additionally had his hand in the Modest Mouse record as well as the much talked about Mika debut. In fact, it was the prolific Greg Wells (Timbaland, Hilary Duff, Paris Hilton, Natasha Bedingfield) who produced several songs by #1 UK star Mika. Jacquire King will produce Christian group Seabird. Patrick Leonard has juggled producer duties on both NYC newcomer Brendan James (Capitol Music Group) and Train frontman Pat Monahan’s solo debut (Columbia Records). Car’s singer turned producer Ric Ocasek did Motion City Soundtrack’s upcoming album after producing material by Pink Spiders and Brazilian Girls. Noah Georgeson is co-producer on the latest Devendra Banhart songs. Billy Bush played engineer and/or mixer on forthcoming albums by former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery (Dangerbird Records), Against Me (Warner) and Natasha Bedingfield. Jude Cole co-produced the new Lifehouse record “Who We Are” due in June. The band is touring with the Goo Goo Dolls. Mike Hedges produced Muscle Shoals, Alabama native John Paul White’s debut (Capitol Music Group) – engineers were Jason Cupp and Adam Hatley. Nathaniel Kunkel produced debut artist I Nine (Sony-BMG) and engineered/mixed the future release by veteran Lyle Lovett. Marc Cohn’s next album was produced by Charlie Sexton. Due this Fall, it will be his first record since 1998. Cohn was shot in the head two years back but has of course recovered since then. His wife is ABC television news anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

*Former Domino Records act The Blueskins are looking for a manager.


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