2015 San Diego Music Award Nominees

Rarefied was humbled to find out that 4 different records done at the studio got nominations for the 2015 San Diego Music Awards.

Here are the nominees:

1. Normandie Wilson for Best Pop Album for her record “Normandie Wilson Is Tired of Being Nice”. From what I know, all the basic tracks were recorded at Rarefied by David Fleminger. This is a different record for Normandie, full of guitars and a harder edge to her sound; no punches pulled!

2. The Tree Ring for Best Americana Album for their record “Ten Rivers”. This was recorded by Chris Hobson at the studio and features the beautiful string and other orchestral instrument arrangements of lead band member, film scorer, and frequent Rarefied client, Joel P. West.

3. Astra Kelly for Best Local Recording for her record “Back to Ten”. This was recorded by Josh Mallit at the studio and features lots of great special guests from the San Diego music scene.

4. And finally, The G Burns Jug Band also for Best Local Recording for their record “The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe”. This was also recorded by Chris Hobson and it was done to tape using only ribbon mics!

Congrats to all the folks above and best of luck come award night.

San Diego Music Wire – The Danny Green Trio

We’re very excited to announce a new project in collaboration with a good friend of the recording studio, David Feldman, that will be hosted frequently over here at Rarefied Recording.

It’s called San Diego Music Wire and it will feature live, in studio, recordings of local San Diego and some touring bands as they come through town. You can check out the recordings as they become available over at:




San Diego Music Wire is a great way to check out how a band sounds before heading out to see them live.

All recordings will be completely live and recorded to two tracks, mixed on the fly, just like the old days.

The first recording is of  a great jazz group, The Danny Green Trio. These guys swing a variety of instrumental jazz styles and are top notch musicians and individuals. They’re up for a San Diego Music Award this year too.

Look out for more announcements of San Diego Music Wire recordings!