MARK HOWARD

PRODUCER | ENGINEER | MIXER

Mark Howard is a  record producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithful, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Neil Young and The Neville Brothers, to name a few.

Biography

Howard began his career in Hamilton, Ontario, mixing shows in local clubs, and touring across Canada with King Biscuit Boy. Later, as an assistant at Grant Avenue Studios, he met up with Daniel Lanois and began working on Lanois’ solo album, Acadie. Lanois invited him to New Orleans to set up a studio and Howard began work on the Neville Brothers album Yellow Moon. The two would have a 23-year-long musical partnership, where Howard handled the mixing, recording and engineering duties along with all the studio installations. Lanois and Howard had studios in New Orleans, Kingsway, Emila Court on St Charles Ave, and a Victorian mansion at 1305 Soniat St, Mexico, and in San Francisco.

 

In 1993, Howard went solo as a producer, on the production for The Tragically Hip’s Day for Night. He was nominated at the Canadian Juno awards for producer of the year. In 1994, Howard put the finishing touches on Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball at the studio he and Lanois shared in San Francisco. The record went on to win a Grammy award for best contemporary folk and was critically acclaimed by many.

 

In 1997, Howard and Lanois recorded Willie Nelson’s Teatro, which was named after the studio that Howard created in Oxnard, California, in an old abandoned theatre. U2 was the last band to record with Howard and Lanois at the Teatro, recording some of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

 

After the “Teatro” Howard created his own studio at the Paramour Estate in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. The 1920s estate was originally owned by Antonio Mareno, who was an actor and film director from the silent film era, who acted alongside Greta Garbo. It was here in the 22 room mansion where Howard produced the Lucinda Williams album World Without Tears which was nominated for a Grammy award. Whilst at the Paramour Howard produced Vic Chesnutt Silver lake, a track with Eddie Vedder for the original soundtrack for I Am Sam, and the beginnings of Tom Waits’ Real Gone. Howard finished Real Gone at an old school house in northern California. In 2012, Howard won “Producer Of The Year” for Wailin Jennys Bright Morning Stars at the Canadian folk awards, and was nominated as “Best Producer Of The Year” 2014 for The Cabin Project’s album.

 

Recently, Howard produced, engineered, and mixed Railroad Earth’s album Captain Nowhere (Black Bear Records), mixed Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer’s highly anticipated album Not Dark Yet (30 Tigers),  produced, engineered and mixed Asaf Avidan’s album The Study on Falling (Telmavar), and produced and engineered Courtney Marie’s May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum/Mama Bird) which won International Album of The Year at the 2019 UK Americana Awards.

Selected Discography

ARTIST

ALBUM

CREDITS

ARTIST

Courtney Marie Andrews
*International Album of The Year, UK Americana Awards 2019

ALBUM

May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum/Mama Bird)

CREDITS

P, E

ARTIST

Asaf Avidan

ALBUM

The Study On Falling (Telmavar)

CREDITS

P, E, M

ARTIST

Black Dub

ALBUM

Black Dub (Jive)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Railroad Earth

ALBUM

“Blazin’ A Trail” from Forthcoming Album (Black Bear)

CREDITS

P, E, M

ARTIST

Neil Young

ALBUM

Le Noise (Reprise)

CREDITS

E

ARTIST

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

ALBUM

Not Dark Yet (30 Tigers)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Tom Waits

ALBUM

Real Gone (Anti)

CREDITS

E

ARTIST

Rickie Lee Jones

ALBUM

The Evening of My Best Day (V2)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Eddie Vedder

ALBUM

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" OST (V2)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

U2

ALBUM

"Ground Beneath Her Feet" Million Dollar Hotel OST (Island)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Brian Blade Fellowship (Blue Note)

ALBUM

Brian Blade

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Victoria Williams

ALBUM

Musings of a Creek Dipper (Atlantic)

CREDITS

E, M

*Credit Key: P – Producer, E – Engineer, M – Mixer

Featured Audio

1. Tom Waits "Trampled Rose" (Epitaph) - E, M

3:59

2. Ruby Amanfu "Shadow on the Wall" (Thirty Tiger) - P, M

3:34

3. Bob Dylan "Not Dark Yet" (Columbia) -E, M

6:29

4. Neil Young "Walk With Me" (Reprise) - E

4:25

5. Black Dub "I Believe In You" (Jive) -E, M

4:28

6. Lucinda Williams "Righteously" (Lost Highway) - P, E, M

4:38

7. Sam Roberts "Bridge to Nowhere" (Universal Canada) - P, E

3:09

8. U2 "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (Interscope) -E

4:32

9. U2 "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (Island) - E, M

3:46

10. Daniel Lanois "Lotta Love to Give" (Anti) -E

3:39

11. Courtney Marie Andrews "May Your Kindness Remain" (Fat Possum/Mama Bird) - P,E

3:55

12. Asaf Avidan "The Study On Falling" (Telmavar) - P,E,M

4:04

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