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).
*E – Engineer, M-Mixer