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New compilation features 80 Arkansas bands


For nearly 12 years, in an unassuming little shack just north of Fayetteville, local engineer and producer Chris Moore has been capturing the sounds of the Arkansas music scene one track at a time.

His East Hall Recording studio has become a destination for artists from all over the region to come and document their music utilizing a combination of their own instruments and Moore’s eclectic collection of vintage guitars, amps, drums, and keyboards. The musicians also come for Moore’s seasoned ear as a producer, and his distinction as one of the few remaining studios in the digital age that still have the ability to record to tape.

Over that time, he says, he has recorded more than 400 different artists, several of them more than once, and amassed an enormous collection of local music that he’s helped capture and create over the years.

This week, he decided to share several albums worth of that music for free with the public.

Moore released a five-album compilation featuring the work of 86 Arkansas bands, most of which are from northwest Arkansas.

The recordings date back to a 2004 Thanks For Nothing album that was one of the first sessions at East Hall when it opened 12 years ago, and span more than a decade’s worth of recordings important to the local scene through the present day.

Moore said the compilation represents what he feels are some of the best songs recorded at his studio over that time.

The tape machine at East Hall Recording

“Really, all of them are songs that I still enjoy listening to,” he said. “They also bring back some great memories of some incredible sessions over the years.”

Of those, Moore mentioned a session featuring local garage rockers Taifas where they recorded an entire 12-song album using a total of 14 live takes in the studio. The entire record was finished in a matter of hours.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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