The following information was provided by Sarah Fleisher with Cornerstone Agency.

Converse Inc. has announced the three local artists chosen to participate in the second annual “Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week.”

This special weeklong residency offers three aspiring artists the opportunity to record for free at the state-of-the-art Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Boston, and perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Local artists of all ages and genres were invited to apply, and the following three Boston and New York-based acts were selected: B.R.Mackie, Sam Moss and Sam Himself.

From Monday, July 25 – Saturday, July 30, each artist will record original music at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, and will be given unlimited access to some of the most innovative technology and recording equipment in the New England Region. Artists will work under the guidance of lauded producer and sound engineer, Dave Minehan, who has served as a long-time guest engineer at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, including a short residency overseeing sessions with international bands from China, South Africa, and more during last year’s Converse Rubber Tracks global studio takeover. Following each session, artists will retain all rights to their work.

In addition to two full days of free recording time, the selected artists will also be featured on this year’s Newport Folk Festival lineup, performing on the Museum Stage throughout the weekend from Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24. Founded in 1959, the Newport Folk Festival is known as the “granddaddy of all American music festivals,” featuring both established artists and young indie acts across a mix of genres that celebrate American music.

Born out of the desire to give back to the global music community and encourage creativity in 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks continues to seek out opportunities to provide resources to emerging artists around the world who may not have the means to afford studio time. Offering valuable recording time at state-of-the-art studios with a team of experienced engineers at no cost, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks experience to over 1,600 emerging musicians in vibrant cities worldwide, including San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, Montreal, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Mexico City, Barcelona, and many more.

To find out more about Converse Rubber Tracks, please visit http://www.converse-music.com/rubbertracks/.


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