Jeff Thompson talks with a fascinating guest in this, yet another feature interview on Blind Abilities. Joey Stuckey is many things, not the least of which is a talented musician, a sound engineer and owner of Shadow Sound Studio in Macon, Georgia. He is also an insightful, thoughtful and articulate guest who has so many interesting things to share.
Joey talks about everything from his blindness, which stemmed from a brain tumor in early childhood; his entry into the world of music and sound production and how he embraced it as a “calling” as a blind youth; and his advice to young folks, blind and sighted who are thinking of getting into the music business. He takes us through his studio, a high-tech and vibrant business in Macon, his experiences while touring with his bands out on the road, and numerous opinions about all things that you, as a Blind Abilities listener will enjoy.
Pete Lane had the opportunity to work on Jeff’s interview with Joey, and said of the experience” “This was an absolute pleasure! Joey is articulate and funny and I wanted to listen more than anything. As usual, Jeff conducts a fabulous interview, identifying with many of the bands, albums, principles and recording concepts that Joey delved into. This podcast offers something for everyone, ranging from in depth and thoughtful ideas about blindness, independence and the tools we use in our day to day lies, to “geeky” discussions about microphones, recording software and hardware.
Jeff also follows Joey on a walk down memory lane as he describes his band’s recording session at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, where so many iconic musicians, like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and so many more, spent time recording the soundtracks of our lives. Pete said he had a blast adding so much of Joey’s music into this podcast, so put on some good headphones or find a good speaker to listen to! Be sure to join Jeff and his special guest, Joey Stuckey for this 90 minute interview, it’s well worth the time!”
Below are the sections of this podcast and their respective time slots that will allow you to focus on particular topics, if you don’t want to sit down for the whole 90 minutes. But again, find the time – it’s worth it!
* The Introduction and opening comments run through about the 10-minute mark.
– Songs in the introduction: Ain’t it Good to be in Love (live from the Joey Stuckey 2017 Alive Day Festival), and 10000 Miles.
* 10:30 – 16:04- Joey talks about his music festival, Alive Day
* 16:04- Background of how he learned to love music and get into recording, from hearing his parents and listening to Rob Thomas on the radio, to his first job in the planetarium and recording garage bands with his Radio Shack microphones and mixer.
* 22:03 – how the “Shadow” theme became so important to Joey, from a means for describing blindness, to its use as an effective marketing tool. Also Joey and Jeff chat about the joy of vinyl albums and a bit about Joey’s teaching of music at two local universities.
– Songs in this section: Mr. Moony,
* 31:29 – Joey shares his views on blindness and how important it is not to allow it to define us.
– Songs in this section: Blind Man Driving, plus audio from a skit performed by Joey in the official music video for the song.
* 38:13 – Jeff asks Joey about various songs he wrote and recorded and some of the musicians who played on those tracks. He speaks about growing up in Jacksonville Florida and moving to Macon, Ga. where he was exposed to Macon’s rich music heritage.
– Songs in this section: Troubles Come in Threes, and Bad Dreams, )both of which included Randall Bramlett on Hammond B-3 organ and Sax respectively), Lover’s Ride from the Six String Soldier album, Take a Walk in the Shadows, and Ain’t It Good to be in Love, both a live and studio version.
* 48:36 – Joey shares his advice for young musicians, blind and sighted, who are considering getting into the music business. He delves into the business end of music, touring as a professional musician and producing other musicians as the owner of a recording studio. He also discusses accessible recording software he uses and advice about how to work with developers to make them more accessible. They chat about Pro Tools, Native Instruments and other software.
* 62:33 – More about Pro Tools, and a discussion about hit records, Bob Dylan, Chris Stapleton and others.
– Songs in this section: Live cover of Tennessee Whiskey, written by Chris Stapleton.
* 69:35 – Jeff and Joey get into an in depth discussion of microphones, instruments, Joey’s studio, Sun Studio and Sound City Studio, and the magic they brought to all of us.
* 80:20 – Joey shares details about equipment he uses in his Shadow Sound Studio and how a variety of tools allow him to optimize the quality of recordings he offers his clients.
* 85:48 – Closing, including Joey’s contact information.
You can find all things Joey Stuckey on the web.
And tons of music and entertaining videos on the Joey Stuckey YouTube Channel.
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