|HOB Nashville Press|
"In the studio business, we are always looking for ways to save energyand Lighting Science Group's DEFINITY LED line was the perfect solution," said Mike Paragone, Studio Manager of the House of Blues. "Not only have we cut our lighting energy cost by close to 80%, we have also greatly reduced the studio's heat load, which was substantial before with the traditional bulbs and studio equipment. The studio replaced their traditional light bulbs with Lighting Science Group's new DEFINITY LED bulbs that are 80% more efficient and give off 80% less heat. Unlike compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), the Lighting Science DEFINITY LED bulbs contain no mercury, are completely recyclable, offer outstanding light quality, and will last close to 9 years based on normal business operation of 16 hours a day, 365 days a year. "In a studio, maintenance means downtime and downtime means money, but with a bulb that last almost a decade we no longer need to worry about this problem," added Paragone. "We are very impressed with the output and quality of the installed DEFINITY bulbs and with an internal rate of return of 99% this was a no brainer."- USA Today, Forbes.com, Market Watch, Yahoo Finance, Music Industry Today, June 1, 2010
Studio Manager, Mike Paragone pictured in SSL Matrix promo at House of Blues Studios, Nashvile. HOB's newly renovated Studio C sports the first Matrix console in Nashville and is quickly becoming a favorite spot for overdubs and mixing. Among the most recent guests are James Robinson, Producer with Light Records and 11 time Grammy winner, Pastor Shirley Caesar. The SSL Matrix was (and continues to be) an integral part of Studio C's session lineup.
"When Gary Belz opened House of Blues Recording Studios in the country music capital of the world, the first big hit album mixed at the place in the late 1990s was the Barenaked Ladies' multi-Platinum Stunt. That album served sonic notice that House of Blues was, as studio manager Mike Paragone puts it, “not your typical Nashville studio.” Since that time, there have been country clients including Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson and Faith Hill, but the roster of non-country clients has been as or more impressive: Avril Lavigne, John Mayall, Bob Seger, Trey Anastasio, Rush and other luminaries have used House of Blues, which is located in the Berry Hill section of Nashville, far from the bustle of studio-heavy Music Row. In July, HOB played host to Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter who gained fame in the 1970s under the name Cat Stevens." Read the article. -Peter Cooper, Mix Magazine September 2008
"MIXING THE MAN: Mixing for Nashville native Will Hoge's latest record, The Man Who Killed Love, took place in Studio B at HOB Nashville, with engineer David Leonard at the controls, working with producers Ken Coomer and Charlie Brocco. Pictured in the the SSL 4000 E control room are (l-r): Standing - Hoge, Leonard and HOB manager/assistant engineer, Mike Paragone. Seated - Coomer and Brocco." - Pro Sound News, Feb. 2006 p. 31
"Phish frontman Trey Anastasio (pictured) and band migrated to Nashville to cut tracks for his forthcoming solo album at House of Blues Recording's Studio A. Rick Beato produced, while engineer Peter Carini manned the room's SSL 9080 desk." - Mix Online, May 1st 2005
"Country superstar Tanya Tucker stopped by the B room at Nashville's House of Blues Studios to record a duet with alt-country artist Ty Herndon for a remake of Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." The track was handed out at the recent Country Music Awards as a promotion effort for Herndon's new album. Eric Fraley engineered the session with Mike Paragone assisting. Fraley recorded the duo to the studios beefed-up Pro Tools system, which sports Apogee A/D converters on the front end."- Mix Magazine, January 2004: p20
"Recently at HOB Studios in the Nashville-area recording village of Berry Hill, producer Darrell Brown worked with engineer David Leonard on a project called "Kid's Country" for Capitol Nashville. Pictured are HOB Studio Manager Mike Paragone, Leonard, Brown, And Assistant Engineer Sang Park. In other HOB news, the facility recently acquired an SSL-automated API 16-channel sidecar."- Audio Media, November 2003:p.4
"Meanwhile, back in Music City Gary Belz's studio House of Blues Nashville continues to rock along under the guidence of new Studio Manager Mike Paragone. They have recently acquired a new 32-in, 64-out fully loaded Pro Tools HD system to complement Studio A's 80-input SSL 9000 J Series console and Studio B's SSL 40-input E Series desk. 'We have been encouraged by the positive reception our newly redesigned Studio B has recieved,' Belz comments. 'Because of that and because of the upswing in business among our clients for hard-disk recording, we have decieded to make the investment in state-of-the-art Pro Tools HD technolgy to accompany our enhanced Mix Plus system.' Recent projects at HOB include: Rounder's Julianna Hatfield mixing with producer/engineer David Leonard and assistant engineer Sang Park; Universal South's Matthew West mixing with Leonard engineering, Kenny Greenberg producing and Park assisting; and RCA's Josh Bennett in with producer Ken Coomer and engineer Charlie Brocco also with Park as assistant."-Audio Media, June 2003: p21
"Producers and engineers are partial to specific rooms and consoles, and often take projects to such facilities. For engineer David Thoener, that meant bringing Matchbox Twenty to Nashville's House of Blues Studios. 'It's a Tom Hidley-designed room,' explains studio manager Mike Paragone, 'and has a Solid State Logic 9000 J Series console. That's what [Thoener] was looking for. David Leonard has also done so much here-Barenaked Ladies "Stunt" was his biggest.'"-Billboard Magazine, June 28, 2003:p 48
House of Blues Studios Nashville has been nominated for a 2001 Technical Excellence and Creativity Award in the category of Outstanding Creative Achievement, Record Production / Album (Recording Studio). The nomination is due to HOB's part in the recording of the Matchbox 20 album "Mad Season".
When HOB Nashville renovated in 1997 we had a full-featured article in Audio Media magazine, along with the picture of our Studio A control room on the front cover.