Recording studio

​​​The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

Whether pursuing her prolific work as a solo artist, playing drums for roots-pop act Swan Sovereign (formerly Dirty Martini), hitting the stage in the musical The Full Monty, or  producing children’s CDs (soundtracks for popular children’s videos OyBaby and That Baby) Stephanie Schneiderman is, hands down, one of the most diversely talented artists in the Northwest. She follows up her ambient/trip-hop album Rubber Teardrop with a radically different sound on her stripped-down acoustic release, Live at the Old Church, playing piano and guitar, as well as featuring 45th Parallel String Quartet and a choir. Since her solo career began with a coveted spot in the Lilith Fair, Schneiderman has earned extensive NW radio play, a devout following and multiple appearances with some of the nations top touring acts,  including Aimee Mann, Hall & Oates, Heart, Chicago, Madeleine Peyroux, and Andy Summers. Schneiderman’s music has been in numerous films and TV shows.


Saturday May 5th
Masontown in Concert
Doors @ 7:00 pm / Show @ 7:30 - $20.00

Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Husband and wife duo Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, but their 2017 sophomore release ‘Before I Go’ established them nationally and internationally. Quickly receiving the support of the folk community, the album reached No. 2 on the Folk DJ Chart for January of this year with their opening track ‘Best of You,’ not only setting the tone of the record, but capturing the No. 3 song of the Month slot. Crystal and Pete have lived the song’s message—being moved to create, perform, and put everything into what they do. 

‘Before I Go’ is also exciting European ears. Upon his review of the album, Dani Heyvaert of said “I remember when Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were here for the first time…I suspect that this couple is going to play in the same league in the foreseeable future.”

These were particularly welcome words given that it was Gillian’s playing which led to Ordinary Elephant’s particular configuration. From an early age Pete has been a guitarist, but once Welch’s “Hard Times” came across his car stereo speakers, the banjo beckoned. The realization of how well the clawhammer style he was unearthing complemented Crystal’s lyrically rooted singer-songwriter approach was a happy accident at the kitchen table one night, which led to many more nights of collaboration. 

This collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Guy Clark, Darrell Scott, Anais Mitchell, Mary Gauthier, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. Pete’s understated, melodic and mellow banjo weaves through Crystal’s steady and clean rhythm guitar, and poetic lyrics are purposefully delivered in rich harmony, “like their voices were made to go together and we’d all feel deprived if for some reason they chose not to sing together.” (Bill Aspinwall, Texas Music Journal)

After growing up a state apart, Crystal in Louisiana and Pete in Texas, the two found each other at a weekly songwriter night in Bryan, Texas in late 2009. After a couple of years of co-writing and developing their sound, Ordinary Elephant brought their music to Houston with a move in late 2011. They recorded their 2013 debut album ‘Dusty Words & Cardboard Boxes’ there, which garnered a nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2014 Texas Music Awards. Today, they happily call the road home after shedding most of their possessions in 2014 to take on nomadic life. Living full-time in a van and travel trailer with their dogs, they are exploring the country, creating, and uncovering attentive audiences with which to share the conversation of their music.

"Masontown’s music is as high energy as the mountains they hail from! Their repertoire consists of delightful renditions of classic Bluegrass songs paired with exciting original tunes. The 'nationally acclaimed' fiddling is highly engaging and the talent and sheer joy of the musicians is striking!"
- Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)

"This is a very tight band. They’re writing really cool tunes, great arrangements and playing with a confidence and taste usually reserved for the recording studio. Young bands rarely sound so cohesive! The Front Range has a new group to be reckoned with."
- Grant Gordy (Mr. Sun)

Eric Wiggs (guitar/vocals)
Mike Canney (mandolin)
Natalie Padilla (fiddle/vocals)
Bradley Morse (bass)

Sam Zikefoose (banjo)

There is no event parking available at the studio.  Parking is available in nearby Guadalupe Street parking lots, in the municipal lot next to Allsups gas station, and ample parking is always available across the street from the studio at the DeVargas Mall.

"Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton."
- Real Roots Cafe -  Dutch music magazine

"Daniel's songs are filled with sweet imagery and infallible word craft, and his live performances bring another dimension of energy and charm." - Steve Gillette

Folk Alliance International 2018 

Artist of the Year!

Saturday April 7th

Stephanie Schneiderman in Concert

7:00 pm doors – 7:30 pm concert



Saturday April 21st

Ordinary Elephant in Concert

Doors @ 7:00 pm / Show @ 7:30 - $20.00



in collaboration with 
Southwest Roots Music

and Santa Fe Performance Exchange

On March 10, 2018, internationally touring balladeer/songwriter C. Daniel Boling will record a live solo album with an audience of friends and fans at The Kitchen Sink.

This is Daniel’s eighth album and his third collaboration with friend and Producer Jono Manson. The album will be drawn from two in-studio concerts, a 2:00 pm matinee and a 7:00 pm evening show, featuring new songs Daniel has never recorded along with favorites from his catalog. Admission is “pay what you can” with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist to help fund the recording, post-production and manufacture of the album. Your participation and interaction will be an essential part of the recording, and each guest who donates $20 or more will receive a signed copy of the finished album before they are available to the public. Instant crowdfunding!

Daniel fit his music in around the edges of a thirty-year career all over the western U.S., first as a National Park Ranger and then a Criminal Investigator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. When he turned fifty Daniel hung up his badge and guns and took to the road full-time, playing festivals, listening rooms and intimate house concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His songs have received a variety of awards including: New Mexico Music Awards Folk Song of the Year; Kerrville New Folk Winner; Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriter Winner; Walnut Valley Acoustic Music Festival three-time Songwriter Winner; Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival Songwriter Winner; and more.

Now ten years after starting his full-time music career, Daniel and Jono are excited to capture the magic that can only happen when an audience and an artist collaborate to create a joyous celebration of life through songs and stories shared. Bring your ears, your voice and your spirit and be part of this live album recording!

​​Saturday March 10th
Daniel Boling in Concert / Live album recording

Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 pm doors – 2:30 pm concert 



A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. 

A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown.

Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.