Multi-Grammy Winner Gavin Lurssen
nominated for Lee Ann Womack’s new album.

Hollywood—February 5, 2015—Gavin Lurssen,
mastering engineer and founder of Lurssen Mastering, located on the lot at Hollywood Center
, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on the
Lee Ann Womack album The Way I’m Livin’.  The nomination, which Lurssen shares with
recording engineer Chuck Ainlay, is for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical.
Winners will be announced on February 8.
Lurssen is a three-time Grammy Award as well
as a Latin Grammy Award winner. He won his first award in 2002 for Album of the
Year for the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? In 2004, he won
for Best Historical Album for Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical
; and in 2009 for Album of the Year for the Robert Plant/Alison
Krauss album Raising Sand. He won a Latin Grammy Award for Best
Engineered Album in 2010 for Diego Torres’s Distinto.

Lurssen describes his work as a mastering
engineer as “akin to framing a painting or adding spice to a stew.”  “An artist writes a song, a producer and
recording/mixing engineer captures it in a recording, and then we come along to
shape the sound,” he explains. “If we are successful, it sounds as though we
haven’t done anything at all. We work very hard to make the music sound as
natural as possible.”
Lurssen Mastering has mastered a number of
recordings that are nominated for Grammys this year. They include Miranda
Lambert’s “Automatic” (Best
Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song), Lambert’s “Somethin’ Bad” with
Carrie Underwood (Best Country Duo/Group Performance), Lambert’s Platinum
(Best Country Album), Rosanne Cash’s “A Feather’s Not a Bird(Best
American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song), Cash’s The River
& The Thread
(Best Americana Album), Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman’s Winds
of Samsara
(Best New Age Album), and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy(Best
Music Video, Best Pop Solo Performance).
Womack’s album, The Way I’m Livin’ was
the first in six years from the singer, a former winner of a Country Music
Association Award for Album of the Year. Produced by Womack’s husband Frank
Liddell, it was recorded mostly live with some of country music’s top
instrumentalists. “We aimed to deliver a sound of great depth and size,” says
Lurssen, “while adding a vibe and flair that is felt rather than heard.”
Lurssen Mastering has operated out of a 3,000
square foot facility at Hollywood Center Studios for ten years. The company
transformed the space into a world-class mastering facility, adding the
necessary acoustical features and an array of audio technology, while retaining
its brick walls, concrete floors, wood ceilings and loft. Lurssen and his team
process audio using their highly-customized analog console. Gear includes ATC
speakers, Benchmark converters, Esoteric Audio Research and GML equalizers,
Manley and Fairchild compressors, Antelope digital clocks and a Sonic Studio
mastering platform.
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040
N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call
(323) 860-0000 or visit
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