Andy LeMaster

Andy LeMaster began recording bands in the early 90′s on a modest multi-track cassette portastudio. He moved to Athens in 1993 to study art at the University of Georgia. During his gradual acclimation to the music scene, LeMaster met and recorded many local bands and continued to invest in more gear. In 1997 he joined forces with fellow Athens engineers, David Barbe and Andy Baker, to form Chase Park Transduction.

Over the past ten years, he has contributed to many recordings by a wide variety of musicians. His most consistent affiliation is with Omaha, Nebraska based Saddle Creek Records. Andy has contributed to over 20 albums by artists on that label… Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, Now It’s Overhead, etc. Many great Athens, Georgia based bands have recorded with LeMaster as well… REM, Drive By Truckers, Macha, etc. And various other musicians from both far and near have worked with Andy in the studio over the years (please see discography).

Over the course of three albums, LeMaster has used his own band, Now It’s Overhead, as a vehicle for exploring production possibilities. “I take a lot more risks when I’m alone in the studio working on my songs. I’ll explore every production idea that comes to mind to determine which is best for the song. And I consequently end up with recipes for these sounds that I chase. I also hone a more informed instinct for which direction to take a particular type of song. And I can apply all of these discoveries to other clients.”

LeMaster has gained much of his music experience on the road as well. He is frequently a touring member of Bright Eyes and Now It’s Overhead, as well as Azure Ray and the Maria Taylor band. “I love the visceral experience of live performance. And I seek to capture or recreate that energy in the studio whenever possible.” For the complete picture, please see Andy’s discography.

Discography:

Art In Manilla
-Set the Woods On Fire (Saddle Creek)
Mixing

Azure Ray
-November (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing
-Hold On Love (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing
-Drinks We Drank Last Night (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing

Barbara Cue
-Louisiana Truck Stop (Man of Steel Music) Engineering

David Barbe
-Comet of the Season (Backburner)
Production, Assistant Engineering, Performance

Beep Beep
-Business Casual (Saddle Creek)
Mixing

Bright Eyes
-Letting Off the Happiness (Saddle Creek)
Engineering, Performance
-Fevers and Mirrors (Saddle Creek)
Engineering, Performance
-Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes (Saddle Creek)
Performance
-Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (Saddle Creek)
Engineering, String & Horn Arrangements, Performance
-Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (Saddle Creek)
Engineering, Programming, Performance
-Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005) (Saddle Creek)
Performance
-Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
Performance

Conor Oberst -Self-Titled (Merge)
Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
-Outer South (Merge Records)
Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Dave Dondero
-Pity Party (Ghostmeat)
Production, Engineering, Mixing

Drip 
-Inside Job (Ghostmeat)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

The Drive By Truckers
-Gangstabilly (Soul Dump)
Production, Engineering, Mixing
-Pizza Deliverance (Ghostmeat)
Mixing

The Faint
-”Posed to Death” Remix (Saddle Creek)
Production, Mixing

The Fatales
-Great Surround (Monopsone Records)
Production, Engineering, Mixing

The Few
-Self-titled (PSB)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Orenda Fink
-Invisible Ones (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing

The Good Life
-Lovers Need Lawyers (Saddle Creek)
Mixing

The Good Ship
-Good Ship (Orange Twin)
Mixing

Lona
-To the Nth
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Lovers
-Starlit Sunken Ship (Orange Twin)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Gutter and the Garden (Orange Twin)
Production, Mixing, Performance

Macha
-Self-titled (Jetset)
Engineering, Mixing
-See It Another Way (Jetset)
Engineering, Mixing
-Forget Tomorrow (Jetset)
Engineering, Mixing

Magnetic Morning
-A.M. (Friend Or Faux Recordings)
Engineering, Mixing

Mayday 
-Bushido Karaoke (Saddle Creek)
Mixing

Mezzanine Owls 
-Slingshot Echoes
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Michael 
-You Must be This Tall (Good Blonde)
Production, Engineering, Mixing
-The Day After My Confidence (Be Your Demon)
Mixing

Now It’s Overhead
-Self-titled (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Fall Back Open (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Wait In a Line Single (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Dark Light Daybreak (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Dark Light Daybreak (Live in the Studio) EP (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Oh-OK
-Complete Recordings (Collectors’ Choice)
Remixing, Re-mastering

Pacific UV
-Self-titled (Warm)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Poulain 
-For Passengers EP (Fiddler)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

R.E.M. 
-”The Lifting” Remix (Warner Bros.)
Production, Mixing

Seaworthy 
-Ride (Jetset)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Seven Mary Three
-Dis/Location (DRT Entertainment)
Assistant Engineering

Michael Stipe Featuring Chris Martin
-In the Sun EP (Warner Bros.)
Engineering, Mixing

Summerbirds In the Cellar
-With the Hands of the Hunter It All Becomes Dead (Slow January)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Maria Taylor 
-11:11 (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Lynn Teeter Flower (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Ladyluck  (Nettwerk Records)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance

Various Artists 
-Saddle Creek 50 (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance
-Lagniappe: A Saddle Creek Benefit for Hurricane Katrina (Saddle Creek)
Production, Engineering, Mixing, Performance