Ryan Freeland


5-time Grammy award winning mixer and engineer Ryan Freeland is known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Hugh Laurie, Aimee Mann, Joe Henry, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ingrid Michaelson, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell, Alana Davis, and Jonatha Brooke. In 2008, Freeland opened the newest incarnation of his “Stampede Origin Studio” in Los Angeles, a custom-built studio featuring a large control room, 15-foot ceiling drum room, three isolation booths and an impressive list of outboard gear and vintage microphones.

Freeland recorded and mixed Joe Henry’s critically acclaimed albums Blood From Stars & Civilians, and received a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Blues Recording" category for recording & mixing Ramblin' Jack Elliot's album A Stranger Here (Anti/Epitaph). 2011 brought Ryan two additional Grammy wins: “Best Contemporary Folk Album” for Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise (RCA) and “Best Traditional Folk Album” for Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch). The late Allen Toussaint’s album “American Tunes” (Nonesuch), mixed and engineered by Freeland, was voted the #1 album “Beyond Category” in the Downbeat International Critics Poll 2017.

Recently Freeland recorded Sons of the Velvet Rat's Dorado (Fluff and Gravy), Lizz Wright's sixth studio album Grace (Concord Records) and a forthcoming album from Joe Henry. He is currently working on new material for Joan Baez, Michel Polnareff, The Barr Brothers and Guy Pearce.

In 2018, Freeland won his fifth Grammy award for work mixing and engineering Aimee Mann's Mental Illness (Best Folk Album), and was also nominated for mixing and engineering Rose Cousins' Natural Conclusions (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical). He mixed and engineered Joan Baez's new album Whistle Down The Wind (Razor & Tie/Concord).

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Selected Discography

Aimee Mann Mental Illness (SuperEgo) E, M
Joan Baez Whistle Down The Wind (Razor & Tie/Concord) E, M
Lizz Wright Grace (Concord) E, M
Chely Wright I Am The Rain (Painted Desert Music) E, M
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Shine A Light - Field Recordings (Cooking Vinyl) E, M
Bonnie Raitt Dig In Deep (Redwing) E, M
Justin Townes Earle Absent Fathers (Vagrant) M
Ray LaMontagne God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise (RCA) E, M
The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator (Secret City) E, M
Hayes Carll Lovers and Leavers (Hwy 87) E, M
Allen Toussaint American Tunes (Nonesuch) E, M
Birds of Chicago Real Midnight (Five Head Entertainment) E, M
Wynona and The Big Noise Wynona and The Big Noise (Curb) E, M
Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch) E, M
Joe Henry Blood From Stars (Anti/Epitaph) E, M
Ramblin' Jack Elliot A Stranger Here (Anti/Epitaph) E, M
Aimee Mann The Forgotten Arm (SuperEgo) E, M
Hugh Laurie Didn't It Rain (Warner Bros) E, M
Betty LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red) E, M
The Milk Carton Kids The Ash and Clay (Anti/Epitaph) E, M
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