Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Van Ghost Finishes first week of Recording with Justin Niebank

Chicago, IL – February 17, 2010. Van Ghost has finished its first week of recording with Justin Niebank, producer and engineer on two “Album of the Year” Grammy winners, Taylor Swift and Vince Gill. Niebank’s credits also include artists as diverse as Blues Traveler, John Mellencamp, Daughtry and Kenny Chesney.

After making its live debut to a packed house at Chicago's revered Metro in January 2008, Van Ghost released Melodies For Lovers to much critical acclaim. The band, led by charismatic singer-guitarist Michael Berg, went on to perform sets at 2009’s Rothbury Festival, opened for Company of Thieves at Wicker Park Fest, went on tour with Nershi-Law and played the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest, alongside Dr. Dog and Bela Fleck.

Nashville-based producer Justin Niebank got his start recording for Alligator Records in the 1980s and has gone on to produce, engineer and/or mix albums for some of the top names in country, pop and rock, including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas and Leftover Salmon. He works frequently at Nashville’s Castle Studios, which opened its doors in 1981 and is housed in an amazing compound that was built in the late 1920s and once served as a hideout for Al Capone!

Niebank and Van Ghost, whose lineup includes backing vocalist Jennifer Hartswick, guitarist Grant Tye (Robbie Fulks band),pedal steel player,Rocco Labriola, bassist Klem Hayes and drummer Greg Marsh, will return to Castle Studios in April, once Hartswick finishes touring with Trey Anastasio of Phish. Niebank’s project partner, record company executive Timm Martin, was responsible for putting the current band lineup together and is working toward releasing the first single and video in early summer, 2010.

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