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Lucky Dog Studios



Recording studios in Atlanta are many in number to say the least. What we don’t find too often is a studio that is passionate about teaching the art of production to students of all ages.

We found that studio and it is run by Brian Johnson through the Peggy Still School of Music. Brian and I talked earlier this year and he mentioned making the studio and making it accessible to the students as well as the public. He did what he said and they made a gorgeous studio in Alpharetta.

Listen here as Brian talks about the studio and more and then join us on September 29th for the grand opening!

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All artists are students at PSSM. All songs recorded, mixed and mastered in studio by Joe Kay, with producers Heber Pampillon on A Dying Breed and Courtney Rinehart on Home.

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Home by Maddie Fornaris. 16 year old singer/songwriter. The song that inspired the studio and it’s name. Bouncy, New Orleans-name dropping charmer with a bumping tuba line written by PSSM teacher/producer Courtney Rinehart. Working on an EP in Lucky Dog set for release later this fall. Part of PSSM’s Artist Development program.

Misconception by Jordan Keim. Another 16 year old singer/songwriter with huge promise. Finalist in a recent contest. Nashville-ready pop song with great lyrics. Former student of local Atlanta music boss Diane Durrett.

Gravity by Sarah Barielles, vocal cover by Elyse Bell. 9 year old singer. Recent finalist of Atlanta Parent magazine’s summer talent show. Huge vocals from a beautiful young lady. The sustained note in this clip kills everyone, every single time. Working on other vocal covers over pre-recorded backing tracks in Lucky Dog for her personal talent portfolio.

A Dying Breed by Starting Fires – More teen girls, this time a band of four. Mature, thoughtful lyrics over layers of dreamy coolness. A very distinctive sound and fresh style.


Studio manager and lead engineer

Joe Kay has learned the art of music production through 15 years of experience on “both sides of the glass”.  As a songwriter and artist, Joe has recorded and performed extensively as both a solo artist and as a member of bands such as Fiksate, Narc, Monte Casino, and Summer Dare.  Joe attended San Francisco State University and learned the skills of production through the well-respected MRI (Music Recording Industry) Program.  He went on to work in various Bay Area recording studios, including a 5- year stint co-founding, operating, and producing out of Faultline Studios. Currently Joe enjoys working at Ionian Sound (North Atlanta), Gasworks (Midtown) and Lucky Dog Studios (Alpharetta).

Joe also enjoyed 7 years as an employee of Digidesign (now Avid), creator of the industry-standard production platform Pro Tools.  He was involved in the development of Pro Tools HD and ICON, both game-changing products in the industry.  Later on, Joe became a Digidesign Certified Training Instructor and educated hundreds of Pro Tools users from around the globe.  

Joe is a certified Avid Pro Tools Expert, Avid ICON Expert, and participating member of the Audio Engineers Society (AES).

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Artists to Watch

Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.


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Holiday Fun

Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!



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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5



Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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