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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Recording studio event Saturday

  • You don’t have to be a country music artist to utilize McCready Recording Studio near Seneca. You don’t even have to be a musician or singer for McReady Recording Studio to be a benefit to you.
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  • You don’t have to be a country music artist to utilize McCready Recording Studio near Seneca. You don’t even have to be a musician or singer for McReady Recording Studio to be a benefit to you.
    The pubic is encouraged to ‘Rock the Studio’ this Saturday at McCready Recording Studio, 21859 Crow Rd.
    “We’re going to ‘Rock the Studio’ to reach out to everybody to let them know that we’re here, come in for studio tours, the rock station 107.1 is going to be on hand doing a live remote, interviewing people that come through, giving away merchandise and concert tickets to Theory of a Deadman & Black Stone Cherry, and they also have a Branson package to give away, and I’m thinking we’re going to have them register to win three free hours of recording time,” said Kimberly Smoak, business manager.
    Smoak said McCready Recording Studio has recorded Four State artists for over a decade.
    “We’ve had people from 13 to 82 come in and record,” she said. “The seasoned generation come in and record old-time hymns, songs that they wrote themselves, they’re wanting to leave a legacy for their family.”
    Smoak explained that children and grandchildren often ask the older generation to leave behind a sample of their singing or musicianship.
    “And they use them as Christmas presents, family presents, family reunions and things like that,” she said.
    Smoak said Merrill Lewis is an elderly man who comes in to record songs and then travels to area senior citizen centers, nursing homes, VFWs and other venues, plays his music and passes out his CDs.
    She indicated that the studio caters to all genres of music, rock, pop, Christian, rap, country and more. Some of the artists who record at McCready include Johnny Dale Roberts of Pineville, who composes his own old-time country music.
    “He’s a singer/songwriter,” said Smoak. “He’s performed in Vegas and Branson, and he wanted to come home and play for his people around here.”
    She listed Rocked N Loaded, a rock band based out of Seneca/Neosho, as a client, as well as the Daisy Bandits from Nixa, the rock band Str8 Shot from Joplin, and Kamber Cain of El Dorado Springs.
    Smoak said McCready Recording Studios caters to much more than musicians. She revealed that an area rodeo announcer records audition CDs to send out to find jobs, a Seneca woman records audio books, and Jon Crum of Neosho recorded a Christian/rap album.
    Smoak boasted that McCready Recording Studios is accessible, affordable and has the same equipment that is found in Branson and Nashville.
    Page 2 of 2 - “And we’re right here, we’re located in people’s backyards,” she said. “They don’t have to drive all the way to Nashville or Branson or Texas to get the same quality of recording.”
    Smoak voiced that they realized to be competitive in an ever-saturated industry they had to become more competitive in their pricing.
    “We have reduced our regular $75 an hour session fee to an affordable $45 an hour,” she said. “Doesn’t mean our quality has gone. We are in business to help artists record their dreams and ambitions.”
    Smoak said the studio was founded in 2002 when Rich McCready came back home to record after hitting the country charts with several songs during an extended stay in Nashville, paired with his father Doc McCready’s love of music. Originally a personal studio, she said they decided to open it to the public.
    “Let other people achieve their dreams,” she said.
    Both were inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame in August 2013.
    “Doc got inducted as a producer, and Rich got inducted for artist/songwriter/musician,” Smoak said.
    Smoak said the studio will be opened to anyone and everyone from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
    “If they’re just interested in music, or they are curious, ‘What does a recording studio look like? What do they do in there?’ We’ll have our easy-air plain tracks we’ve recorded so the people can get a feel of the music,” she said.
    She said visitors can network with musicians who come through.
    “Some people have never been in a studio, and some people didn’t know we were here,” she said.
    Adding to the event, Smoak said ‘Rock the Studio’ will be the first stop on the poker run for the ‘Rolling For The Cure of CF’ fundraiser for cystic fibrosis sponsored by West 60 Cycle. She said the first bike will go out at 10 a.m., with the last one departing at 11, so a host of motorcycles will roll through in the late morning.
    For more information, please contact McCready Recording studio at 775-2969 or www.mccready recordingstudio.com.

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