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Blue Sky Studios producer featured in upcoming DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host producer and Blue Sky Studios owner Casey Combest Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in Studio B for an interactive discussion and Q&A as part of the DMI All Access series.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music business. The event is hosted by Richard Tremmel and is open to the public at no charge.

As a producer and audio engineer, Combest has plenty of incentive for keeping the local recording industry thriving. In 2002, he began recording music in his dorm during his freshmen year at Mississippi College, which allowed him to explore his interest in recording gear and to demo music for his own band.

While Combest has produced music under the Blue Sky Studios moniker since 2009, he decided to focus on recording full-time in 2013, shortly after he and his wife moved to Jackson. Currently, he has a steady stream of studio projects, both in and outside of music, which he divides between himself and engineer Justin Patterson and editor Bobby Hansford, based on their different sensibilities.

Combest says there’s a surprising level of cooperation between recording studios in the Jackson area. He often rents studio time from Malaco Records, and has also had a hand in developing country/bluegrass trio Long Time Coming, made up of three brothers enrolled in the DMI entertainment industry program at Delta State.

“It’s easy when you first start to think recording is about the gear or even about the end product,” said Combest. “While that’s vastly important, what’s most important is the people and helping them tell their story, helping them achieve what they want to achieve.”

In addition to running his studio, Combest also created and hosts a podcast called ‘Made in Mississippi’ that focuses on entrepreneurs who are building, and have built, successful businesses within the state. Season 3, sponsored by C Spire, launches this month.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelors in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Legendary tour manager Paul Abraham scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host musician and legendary tour manager Paul Abraham Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Studio B of the DMI for an interactive discussion and Q&A as part of the DMI All Access series.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music business.

Having grown up in the Mississippi Delta, Abraham’s interest in music flourished. He was influenced by a wide range of sounds — from classical to classic rock, from country to bluegrass, from big band to jazz. The first concert he attended was the Beatles, and from that moment on, Abraham knew that he wanted to be involved in live music.

He eventually met Ronnie Van Zant and the Lynyrd Skynyrd band and began to tour with the survivors of the 1977 plane crash. He went on to tour with other artists, including Bad Company, the Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Rodgers, the Barefoot Servants and Michael Peterson. Additionally, he spent a dozen years, off and on, with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Abraham’s life has been filled with adventures most can only dream about, and his stories of touring with legendary musicians, meeting some of his heroes, and forming friendships with a diverse group of people, is the subject of Abraham’s new book, “The Gospel According To Abraham: From Delta Boy To Tour Manager.”

This DMI All Access event, hosted by Charly Abraham, Paul’s cousin, is open to the public at no charge.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Rodeo & Juliet scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, will host Rodeo & Juliet for their upcoming DMI All Access event. The event, free and open to the public, will be held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A on the campus of Delta State.

Chris and Jan Harris — Rodeo and Juliet — have been producing, writing and singing for a wide array of artists for over 40 years, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Loretta Lynn, Amy Grant, Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and more.

Throw in 15 years of writing, producing and singing on hundreds of commercials, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, McDonalds, Transformers, Chick-fil-A and Southwest Airline. Additionally, they have raised two musically gifted sons while residing in the Music City — Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2008, the duo sold their farm and figured out a way to sing sweet, soul harmonies and formed Rodeo and Juliet. After spending time recording in the studio, they decided to work up 100 love songs and hit the road at the seasoned age of 55. They released a self-titled debut CD full of their timeless American roots music.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

For information about the DMI All Access event, call 662- 846-4579, or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

Pinnick and Bihlman scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host award-winning blues/rock musicians dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bilhman as the second guests of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event takes place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A and is open to the public at no charge.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Pinnick and Bihlman are members of band Grinder Blues, which is completing a new recording at the DMI studios. Pinnick, a bassist, was formerly with the popular band King’s X. Along with Scot Bilhman, Grinder Blues also features Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman, Scot’s brother.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

 

Cain shines as DMI guest

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University recently hosted Jonathan Cain, GRAMMY nominated keyboardist/vocalist/writer for the super group Journey, as the first guest of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

“It was such a pleasure to have Jonathan Cain as our DMI All Access guest,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “The sense of gratitude with which he shared his career stories was refreshing, and I hope, inspiring for the students and guests in attendance.”

Cain joined Journey in 1980 and aided the group’s rise to the top with first collaborations on the album “Escape,” composing and playing the piano on songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin,’” as well as being the sole author of the classic Journey ballad “Faithfully.”

He went on to appear on 13 other Journey albums and compilations. Cain has received two BMI songwriter awards, both for songs co-written with Steve Perry, “Open Arms” and “Who’s Cryin’ Now.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.