Somerset Recording Studio near Bath and Bristol - 2006 News

Psychobilly DVD out now!
Psychobilly - Behind the music10/06 A new DVD titled "Psychobilly - Behind The Music" is out on Cherry Red records. This DVD contains exclusive interviews with Nigel Lewis, Alan Wilson, Steve Whitehouse, Chuck Harvey, Mark Harman, Batmobile, Humungus and countless other musicians who were - and still are - a big part of the Psychobilly movement. Also included are some exclusive live tracks by The Coffin Nails and Frenzy, a Chuck & The Hulas promo and a previously unseen promo video by The Sharks. Get your copy from or via your regular Rockin' dealer.

New Western Star Studio up and running!
10/06 The new Western Star studio has been completed and is now up and running. The first few sessions have gone well and the diary is filling fast! Bands already having passed through include the phenomenal Bonneville Barons and bands booked in over the next few months include: Jack Rabbit Slim, Steve Whitehouse (solo project), Henry & The Bleeders, Judder & The Jack Rabbits, Big Den Hegarty (ex Darts), Just Rockin' and many more.

.Western Star New Studio
Western Star New Studio
Western Star New Studio

John Leyton new album "Look For A Star - The Western Star sessions Vol 1" out at last!

John Leyton - Look For A Star CDThe album recorded by 60's icon John Leyton, produced by Alan Wilson at Western Star earlier this year is out at last. The 14 track CD is available ONLY from John Leyton's website or from the Lone Rider records website. Alan Wilson has played many of the instruments and other guests include Steve Whitehouse, Joe Moretti, Clem Cattini, Ben Turner and Colin Pryce-Jones.

To get your copy click here

Western Star new studio and offices
07/06 Western Star has acquired larger business premises, approx 1 mile from the existing studio site. Work is now in progress to build a new, larger recording studio as well as a new mastering suite and offices and storage for the label. The new complex will open in September.

Joe Meek shall inherit the earth part 2Joe Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Vol 2 - new release on Western Star.
05/06 It's finished at last! a 24-track follow-up to the hugely successful Vol. 1 has finally been completed and is set for release on 15th May. This has been Western Star's most ambitious project to date and features some household names such as John Leyton, Pete Budd, Clem Cattini, Graham Fenton and Ian Gomm as well as many well known names from the Rockabilly circuit such as Sue Moreno, Bob Butfoy (of Jack Rabbit Slim), The Sharks, Jean Vincent and loads more.

A launch gig at the Ace cafe, London has been arranged to celebrate the release on Sat 27th May. The legendary Joe Meek combo The Tornados (UK and US number 1 hit with "Telstar") will be performing live with many other original Meek artists in attendance .

The album's producer Alan Wilson has also been booked for interviews to publicise the release. So listen out for him on Radio Caroline's "Good Rockin Tonight" show hosted by Dell Richardson check out
Alan will also be interviewed by Geoff Barker on his "Saturday Night Rock n Roll Party" on BBC radio Both Stations can also be received via the internet.

John Leyton album completed!
02/06 British 60's pop and film icon John Leyton has completed his new album. Since his first visit to Western Star in April 2005, John has been back several times and has now completed a total of 19 new recordings, produced by Alan Wilson and featuring many musicians from the Western Star stable. Approx 12 of these tracks are to be released this year on the Lone Rider record label (exact dates and details to follow), the rest will go towards another album which is due to be completed around the end of this year. The picture shows John and the Western All-Stars on their recent celebratory night out.

Ben Turner, Alan Wilson, John Leyton, Steve Holbrook, Steve Whitehouse
L - R: Ben Turner, Alan Wilson, John Leyton, Steve Holbrook, Steve Whitehouse

Jan/Feb 2006

Bill Fadden 01/06. The year got off to a busy start with 60's legend's The Pirates finishing their new album, which was started in December and looks set for an April release on Castaway records. Speaking (as we often are) of legends; John Leyton has started his brand new album which should be finished by late February. Meanwhile Western Star recording artist Bill Fadden dropped by to lay down some fantastic Rockabilly with his new band The Rhythm Busters.

Another music legend records at Western Star

Ian Gomm
01/06 Hugely talented singer/songwriter and Stiff Records recording artist Ian Gomm has recorded two tracks Western Star.

Ian first found success as a member of 70's cult band Brinsley Schwarz, who were signed to United Artists and who toured with Dave Edmunds, Paul McCartney & Wings and also appeared in the movie "Stardust". Ian also co-wrote many successful hits with his Brinsley' band-mate Nick Lowe, including the transatlantic smash "Cruel To Be Kind".

Since leaving Brinsley Schwarz, Ian has recorded several solo albums and has had his songs recorded by such luminaries as Phil Everly (of the Everly Brothers) and US country chart-topper Glen Campbell. More recently Ian recorded his last album in Nashville using some of America's top session players and was engineered by Johnny Cash's recording engineer!

Ian was here at Western Star Studio to guest on two tracks for the forthcoming volume two all-star tribute to Joe Meek on the Western Star label. Meanwhile, "Hold On - The Best Of Ian Gomm" is available on Cherry Red records and his website is well worth checking out.