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Ira Blonder is the Managing Partner of Sound Kitchen Studios ( The Blonder Group, LLC (
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NFL Legend, Jerome "The Bus" Bettis at The Sound Kitchen!

Collectively known as "The Bus," retired NFL football halfback, Jerome Bettis attended an NFL VIP event held at the Kitchen. The Bus played for the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, and took the Steelers for the Super Bowl win in 2006. He has been featured on several popular television shows, such as Chuck and The Office, as well as owning a restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, named Jerome Bettis' Grille 36, among many other entrepreneurial endeavors.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sound Kitchen Alum, Eric Lee Beddingfield, is Billboards Top Single(s) of 2011!

Fast rising country-music singer, Eric Lee Beddingfield, is an honorable mention with Billboard's 615 Top Singles in 2011, with his tributary song for country music legend, George Jones, "The Gospel According to Jones". He joins in the ranks with several hot acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton, with other popular artists, with their catchy, touching and fun singles.

Check out the full roster HERE.

Beddingfield recorded the single at the legendary, award-winning studio, The Sound Kitchen, located in Cool Springs, just outside of Nashville Music City.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sound Kitchen Connects with Connection

Sound Kitchen Studios Hosted 300 of Nashville's most successful Commercial and Residential real-estate brokers who are members of WRCE (Woman in Commercial Real-Estate. Beginning with cocktails and hor d'oeuvres in the Sound Kitchen's courtyardguests networked and noshed their way through the Kitchen's storied hallways back into the beautiful Big Boy Studio lounge where more hors d'oeuvres and cocktails were served. This gathering is only held once a year and the Sound Kitchen was honored to host this year's event.

Eat Music.... Live Life to the Fullest

Gloriana Brings Some Spice to the Kitchen!

Gloriana was back at the Kitchen to record some amazing music in the Kitchen's BIG BOY Studio. Gloriana has been hard at work on their new recording for an upcoming major motion picture soundtrack. Gloriana was also interviewed and filmed for an upcoming article in 17 Magazine as well as Gloriana's famous music in random places. The band members of Gloriana are incredible singers and multi-faceted musicians. After tracking on the last day they hopped on their bus to head out on tour. The Sound Kitchen wishes them great success on their upcoming tour and album and we can't wait until they return to the Kitchen.

Eat Music....Live Life to the Fullest!

Mark Connors Brews Up Some Music at the Kitchen!

Mark Connors was back in the Kitchen's Studio E recording three new songs for his upcoming album! It was a full day of tracking with an overdub day in the Sound Kitchens Studio E. In addition to being a masterful musician and singer, he is also a coffee enthusiast, so he brought in his own "Mark Connors" Coffee and it was fantastic. It is always great having Mark back in the studio. The release date for one of his new songs is scheduled for July 4th The Sound Kitchen wishes you great success on its release!

Eat Music.... Live Life to the Fullest!

Sound Kitchen Welcomes Lucid Music!

The Sound Kitchen would like to welcome multi-Grammy winning Paul Ebersold of Lucid Music to the Sound Kitchen family! Paul has taken over the Sound Kitchen's Studio D and turned it into his private tracking and mixing suite; installing an amazing array of gear and equipment to the studio. Paul is a welcome addition to the Kitchen and is the third major producer and writer to join the Kitchen Family over the last three and half years. So, along with Skid Mills of Skiddco Music and Kent Wells of Kent Wells Productions, each of these brilliant producer/writers provides a refreshing perspective to their craft. Much continued success to all at the Kitchen!

Eat Music
Friday, May 27, 2011

Third Day with Jars of Clay hold listening party at famous Sound Kitchen Studios

Provident Music Group's Third Day and Jars of Clay held a listening party in the Sound Kitchen's "BIG BOY" Studio in Franklin, TN.

Jars of Clay with the Album "The Shelter" features eleven songs released in 2010. Jars of Clay just wrapped up "The Shelter Tour" on May 7th in Jackson, MS after performing eighteen shows across America. The album has achieved a great success. The tour was sponsored by the Blood:Water Mission . This is an organization started by Jars of Clay to help provide clean blood and water in Africa.

Third Day showcased their new album "Move" This album hit the top 10 of the billboards top 200 after its release and later hit number one on the Billboard's Contemporary Christian charts. Third Day has achieved multi platinum sales and numerous number one hits.

Photographs courtesy of Michael Wootton Photography
Friday, February 4, 2011


Sound Kitchen Studios
was just featured in the Feb. 14th edition on page 52 of COUNTRY WEEKLY Magazine. The PRO File article focuses on the business philosophy of Ira Blonder, Managing General Partner, of the Sound Kitchen. The article also features a picture of the GRASCALS and Dierks Bentley, who were in recording their latest project in Studio E for St. Judes' Hospital and Cracker Barrel.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sound Kitchen Studios Sends Congrats to the Grascals and Cracker Barrel


Exclusive CD “The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin”features eight great country artists and a rich blend of styles

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores releases "A Tiger by the Tail" by The Grascals, reigning 2010 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Band of the Year, along with twelve other country classics, on the newest CD in its exclusive music program. The Grascals teamed up with eight of their famous friends, including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Nichols, and Darryl Worley, to create the crossover album. The Grascals & Friends – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin CD hits the shelves exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations today.

The Grascals, fresh off of a year packed with over 150 shows, are in the running for 10 of the 37th Annual SPBGMA Awards including Instrumental Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Bluegrass Band of the Year, and Entertaining Group of the Year. In spite of their packed schedule, they took time to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during their travels, and to write a bonus track “I Am Strong” for the album. All of the artists who sang separately with the Grascals on the CD joined their vocals together on the “I Am Strong” bonus track. In addition, the Grascals’ new video, “I Am Strong” featuring Dolly Parton premiered in mid-December on AOL. Because of The Grascals caring spirit, Cracker Barrel is donating a percentage of the proceeds from the CD to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“The Grascals never cease to amaze me with their talent, creativity and first-class performances,” said Gracie Muldoon, founder of “However, it is no surprise, that their hearts are as big as they are – with their contribution to St. Jude and sick children with the release of “I Am Strong.” It shows the world that the representatives of Bluegrass music have hearts as big as their basses, as big as their talents. The heart of the Grascals is there beating along with their music as they share their love for humanity of the weakest, no, make that the “strongest” members, the beautiful children.”

“The Grascals are steeped in bluegrass tradition and at the same time are in touch with their contemporary audiences, bringing authenticity as well as freshness to the music,” said Chris Ciavarra, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel. “We are pleased to be able to offer our guests this unique CD as the latest album in our exclusive music program.”

The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program, which features numerous projects. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then which features six of his current songs and live versions of six of his classics that were recorded last year. It debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart. September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also released Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of the holiday traditions so many of us cherish. In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why-Collector’s Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions since its release on February 1st. Releases in 2009 included November’s Songs of Love and Heartache by Alan Jackson, September’s release of an exclusive new version of The Foundation by the Zac Brown Band, August’s George Jones’ release of A Collection Of My Best Recollection, May’s release of Montgomery Gentry’s For Our Heroes, which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, and March’s release of Dolly Parton’s Collector’s Edition of Backwoods Barbie, which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.

Tracks on The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin:
1. Tiger By The Tail (with Brad Paisley)
2. Folsom Prison Blues (with Dierks Bentley)-Recorded at Sound Kitchen
3. Pain of Lovin’ You (with Dolly Parton)-Recorded at Sound Kitchen
4. I Am Strong (with Dolly Parton)-recorded at Sound Kitchen
5. Louisiana Saturday Night
6. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died (with Tom T. Hall)-recorded at Sound Kitchen
7. White Lightning (with Darryl Worley)
8. The Devil Went Down To Georgia (with Charlie Daniels)
9. Leavin’ Louisiana In Broad Daylight (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
10. Mr. Bojangles (with Joe Nichols)
11. Born To Boogie / All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight (Hank Williams Jr. Medley)
12. Cracker Barrel Swing (Instrumental)
13. I Am Strong (Bonus Track) Featuring guest appearances by Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, Terri Clark, Randy Owen, Steven Seagal, Tom T. Hall, Joe Nichols, Ansley McLaurin - partially recorded at Sound Kitchen
Saturday, January 8, 2011

Safety Suit's Jeremy visits the Sound Kitchen

We were quite surprised and very pleased to find Jeremy wandering the halls of the Sound Kitchen, where the group, Safety Suit, just completed their 2nd album project. The group just returned from an extended tour entertaining our troops aboard an aircraft carrier. Check out Jeremy's pictures of the tour on his Facebook page ...really fantastic group of pics!