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.
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) and four tracks from Morrissey’s covers album California Son (BMG). In 2019, Freeland was nominated for the mixing and engineering The Milk Carton Kids’ All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do (Anti) (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical). Recently Freeland recorded and mixed Rhiannon Giddens’ There Is No Other with Francesco Turrisi and Doug Seegers’ A Story I Got To Tell (BMG).
*E – Engineer, M-Mixer