Echo Mountain Recording: The Mother Church of Asheville Music

Friday, May 24, 2019

Long a home for hippies, soul-searchers, and the creatively inclined, Asheville, N.C. has become a bastion for music makers, music lovers, and music seekers. We’ve known it for some time, and the word is getting out. If you don’t believe us, ask Rolling Stone. It takes a special sort of alchemy, tenacity, and intentionality to create a music hub like Asheville’s, and one of the biggest players on the scene is unquestionably Echo Mountain Recording.

Founded in 2006, Echo Mountain Recording is a state-of-the-art studio in the heart of downtown Asheville. Located inside what was once a Methodist church and Salvation Army building, the studio’s gorgeous 15,000 feet of production space, analog and digital recording options, and eclectic artifacts of music history draw some of the best talent today.  The Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Zac Brown Band, and T Bone Burnett have all recorded at Echo Mountain Recording. Many musicians who come to work on project there are seduced by the funky, easy-going vibe of Asheville. The studio is also a recording home for local acts, including the Asheville Symphony, and it hosts an ongoing series called Echo Sessions.

Earlier this year Echo Mountain Recording’s studio manager Jessica Tomasin gave us a behind-the-scenes look into the studio. This video also features footage of singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, who is currently working on a project for Come Hear North Carolina at Echo Mountain Recording.