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Nashville producer Michael Clute impressed by local talent, Trevor Panczak, and new studio

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After flooding in Nashville delayed the production of his up and coming CD,  “Another Day, Another Dollar,” local country musician Trevor Panczak decided to re-record the tracks at the University of Lethbridge’s new  studio with  renown Nashville Trevor Panczak and Rob Habelter playign the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 27. Photo by Richard Ameryproducer/engineer Michael D Clute, best known for working with country stars like Diamond Rio and Blackhawk.
“We got to  be the  guinea pigs for it. It turned out great,” enthused Clute, adding instead of the Nashville A -list players who usually play on Panczak’s CDs, he used  Rough Stock, Panczak’s touring band.
“They’ve been playing these songs longer anyway,” Clute continued adding he was impressed with the university’s state of the art studio.

“I’m not used to working with things that are so new. It’s a gorgeous facility,” laughed Clute, who  was with Diamond Rio up in Grande Prairie last week and had some time off, so he came down to Lethbridge to record the six songs — “Your Kiss,“ “Borderline Crazy,” “Another Day Another Dollar,” “Home To You,” “She’s Lovely” and “Lonely.”
 Panczak premiered  “Another Day Another Dollar,” and  “Borderline Crazy,” during his set at  the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival,” June 27.

“We got the band and played the six songs, got  some good vocals and now all it needs is a little bit of editing,” Clute said  adding he got to know Panczak  through his friendship with Rough Stock keyboardist Rob Habetler when he was a member of Rock N’ Horse working with Duane Steele.

“Rob kept saying ‘there’s this kid you’ve got to hear,’” Clute related adding he started working with him in 2007’s ‘Roll On’ Ep, then really started to take notice after Panczak became a finalist in the 26th annual Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville back in 2008.


“Until you start working with somebody, you never know what they’re capable of. Trevor has always been really comfortable on stage, I wanted to capture that on record,” Clute continued adding Panczak is developing as a songwriter as well, as he wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on the upcoming CD.
“People develop differently  whether it is 19 or 39, it’s fun to watch. Songwriting is a natural extension of their personalities. Trevor  comes from a really traditional country and roots background compared to most of what’s happening in Nashville,” Clute continued adding the secret to being a good producer is to approach music from the artist’s perspective and to make them fell as relaxed as possible in the studio to let their natural personalities and confidence to shine through.

“I was on a  panel with Quincy Jones, I was the hillbilly country producer. He said ideally  the producer’s job is to be the artist’s first audience — a really honest audience and give them a really honest critique of what they do,” he said adding now the Cd has been recorded, it won’t be long before it is ready to release.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 02 July 2010 10:09 )  
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