Tag Archives: Mark Bingham

Piety Street Studio Shuts Its Doors

On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, local residents learned that one of the key players in the post-deluge revival of New Orleans, Piety Street Studios, was suspending operations. Piety Street did not get legislated out of existence or lose its lease, as has happened to so many New Orleans cultural institutions. Partners Mark Bingham, Shawn [...]

For the Record: Spinning Through a Quarter Century of Album Reviews

These are not selected as the best records of each year but as a record that represented the year in New Orleans music and which was written about in OffBeat. Some of the selections were difficult simply because local releases were largely ignored in the early years of the magazine. What I like about this [...]

Could Have Been Worse: Paul Sanchez Remembers Herman Ernest’s Final Recording Session

In the June issue of OffBeat the cover story was an account of the latest performance of the fascinating Paul Sanchez-directed production Nine Lives: The Musical. My research for the story ended up with far more material than I could use. This is not unusual, but there was a sidebar I wanted to fit in about the [...]

John Fogerty Re-Records “Proud Mary” at Piety Street Studios with Allen Toussaint

Bywater residents are used to checking out the folks emerging from 728 Piety Street in hopes of getting a glimpse at a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer or two. Last week it was John Fogerty, leader of Rock Hall inhabitants Creedence Clearwater Revival, who dropped in on producer Mark Bingham’s now-famous studio to cut [...]

The Music Box in the Bywater: A House in E Major

The dark, ramshackle house at 1027 Piety St. was a haunting presence on the block even before the flood. It was the oldest house on the street, dating back to the end of the 18th Century when it was surrounded by swamp and muddy sandbars built from the seasonal overflow of the Mississippi. Since 1999, [...]

Jazz Fest: Day 2 – Mr. Davis, Tear Down that Gate

Typically, when civic officials dress down, it’s more awkward than when they’re in their suits in non-suit venues. Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu made it work with a black “Our City Our Town” T-shirt, jeans, very blue Chuck Taylors (normally my footwear of choice, so I’m biased) and wrap-around cheaters. But if he spends a full [...]

Jazz Fest Focus: Mitch Woods

Mitch Woods will make his annual pilgrimage to New Orleans to pay tribute to the city’s rich R&B heritage during Jazz Fest. The boogie woogie piano player can roll those keys with the syncopated flourish of Ninth Ward masters such as Champion Jack Dupree, and his band will be stocked with New Orleans greats, including [...]

Shannon McNally, Western Ballad (Sacred Sumac Records)

One of the hallmarks of Shannon McNally’s music is a plasticity. It’s not the only one, but that trait has meant that her collaborators leave an obvious mark on her music, even as it remains clearly hers. On Jukebox Sparrows, her Capitol Records debut, that meant the label and producer could put a layer of [...]

Happy Talk Band, Starve a Fever (Piety Street Files & Archaic Media)

Patti Smith wrote, “Those who have suffered, understand suffering and thereby extend their hand.” If the degree to which Starve a Fever offers a hand to people in hard times is any indication, Happy Talk Band’s Luke Allen has suffered plenty. The people in his songs are struggling in big and small ways; one’s on [...]

Mark Bingham of Piety Street Recording: No Shit

Mark Bingham is good at multitasking. The enigmatic, wisecracking denizen of Piety Street Recording is a jack of all trades on his home turf. Behind the mixing board in his capacity as producer or engineer, he’s the Bukowski of sonic memory, capturing raw or beautiful noise with the same stingy Germanic precision while spinning aesthetic [...]