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“I have been playing in bands since middle school in 1970. In 1972 I was lead singer for a band called Ezra Storm that toured as far away as Indiana. In 1974 I played in a band called Enterprize that played full time at motels and clubs. In 1979 That band plus or minus a few members evolved into a heavy party rock band (AC/DC ish) called Thrush. (See my Facebook page) I then played in a great cover band called Castle. I got married and settled down to playing with a local wedding type band called the Spice of Life. I have since worked on solo projects and played periodically with local musicians. I have always been playing professionally in one way or another. I owned a night club called the Brass Bit from 1991 - 1998. When I sold it, I built the current Lawton Recording Studio. I have been so busy recording other clients that it seems I haven’t found the time to record my own music. I will soon include some samples I recorded in 1984-88. I have since tried to keep improving my recording and production quality and still do. I still perform by doing cocktail music on the sax and DJing.”
Lawton Recording Studio was started in 1985 with the current building constructed in 1998. It was built from the ground up to have the proper dimensions and acoustics for recording a CD or mp3 to national quality standards. A great deal research and attention was paid to constructing the studio to textbook specifications for even frequency response, reverberance, absorption and diffusion of sound. Richard Lawton is the owner operator of the studio and has over 40 years in the music industry. He sings and plays guitar, saxophone, flute, keyboards and bass. He has been recording as a business since 1985. Since then he has recorded all types of music and all types of instruments including drums, guitars (acoustic and electric), bass (stand up and electric), violins, violas, harps, piano and keyboards, dobros, mandolins, banjos, pedal steels, congas, percussion, saxophones, trumpets and other brass. He has recorded vocals and vocal groups from individuals to choirs. He has recorded almost all types of music including rock, heavy metal, southern rock, screamo, hip hop, R&B, African American gospel, bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, contemporary Christian, karaoke vocalists, even marines chanting march cadences for ringtones.