RYAN FREELAND

MIXER | ENGINEER

Ryan freeland is a 5-time grammy award winning mixer and engineer 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.

Biography

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) and four tracks from Morrissey’s forthcoming 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).

Selected Discography

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Aimee Mann

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Mental Illness (SuperEgo)
2018 Grammy Win, Best Folk Album

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The Milk Carton Kids

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All The Things That I Did... (Anti)
2019 Grammy Nomination, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical

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Joan Baez

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Whistle Down The Wind (Razor & Tie/Concord)

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Lizz Wright

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Grace (Concord)
2018 Grammy Nomination, Best Gospel Album

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Chely Wright

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I Am The Rain (Painted Desert Music)

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

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Shine A Light - Field Recordings (Cooking Vinyl)

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Bonnie Raitt

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Dig In Deep (Redwing)

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Ray LaMontagne

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God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise (RCA)
2010 Grammy Win, Best Contemporary Folk Album

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Lizz Wright

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Grace (Concord) Illness (SuperEgo)
2018 Grammy Nomination, Best Gospel Album

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The Barr Brothers

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Sleeping Operator (Secret City)

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*E – Engineer, M-Mixer

Featured Audio

1. Bonnie Raitt "Gypsy In Me" (Redwing) - E, M

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2. Aimee Mann "Goose Snow Cone" (SuperEgo) - E, M

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3. Rose Cousins "Freedom" (Old Farm Pony) - E, M

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4. Lizz Wright "Seems I'm Never Tired Lovin' You" (Concord) - E, M

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5. Billy Bragg & Joe Henry "Gentle On My Mind" (Cooking Vinyl) - E, M

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6. Joe Henry "The Man I Keep Hid" (Anti/Epitaph) - E, M

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7. Justin Townes Earle "Call Yo Momma" - M

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8. The Milk Carton Kids "The Ash & Clay" - E, M

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9. Ray LaMontagne "Beg Steal or Borrow" - E, M

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10. Allen Toussaint "American Tune" - E, M

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