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Steam Powered Studio is an audio workshop in South-central PA,
featuring contributions from fine local artists.
Many of these projects have been funded by fine people like you!
The Stray Birds

The Borderland EP began as demos for Maya DeVitry to take with her to school. It grew into something special.

Listen to
I'm the guy with the hammer and tongs-

Jeff Coleman
Jeff Coleman

-trying to make stuff in the workshop.

Check me out on iTunes!
This started out when I got curious how many bands there were around here. Click the map below to see the amazing, growing list of locals.

local area

Then click through to visit their websites...
the Sporting Hill Ramblers

I feel privileged to be a member of the Sporting Hill Ramblers, purveyers of fine

News and schedule at the link.
Studio Blog
Dr. Mo was one of the first to contribute to this site.

Dr Mo

His latest project is a group of songs about the real America.

She came here with a song in her heart. It took a while, but we pried it loose.

Linzi wants to be
The Last Girl

Willie Marble

Willie Marble is back again, with Songs in the Key of Marble. He brought a lot of players and singers with him this time, including a full chorus!
Mr. Bobby and I started posting songs to the internet back when being folkie wasn't cool.

Robert Bobby

It's Not the Heat
that's gettin' to me...
June 29, 2013

Very difficult to write anything right now, listening to Tom Waits drunk and talking about writing songs. He is a person who can interview himself. Fascinating. He loved "Tallahatchie bridge" (Ode to Billie Joe) as a kid. Because it was a mystery, what they were throwing off a bridge? For all the theatrics, when you hear him talk about making songs, it's like anybody you might know talking about work.


I got some new pinstripe heads today. I destroyed the other heads, gluing pickups on them and scraping them off again. These are Remo pinstripes, pretty popular heads. I like them so far, they sound like drums. Gotta get to tuning them a little...

Tom talks about his drumming. He admits his time might not be fantastic, but he's ready. I feel the same way.

Actually wrote a song today, called LoonyLand. It's somewhat political...

June 18, 2013


We had a visit from locals The Brethren tonight, who are considering a recording session here. Hope they decide to come in- they'll have fun.

This photo... well, the computer makes a bit of noise, and if I really intend to use it as a recording device, I need to isolate it. A solution presented itself, in the form of the enormous desk I got when I moved in here. It isn't pretty, but the damn thing is pretty damn quiet sitting cock-eyed on a block of foam in the place where the drawers used to be...

The silver widget above it is an 8-channel Pro-Sonus interface, which is working out pretty well. Thanks Ruby! We shall see...

Notice the large, magic-marker "32 Bit!!!" tag on the front. It's kind of hard to figure out what operating system Micro$oft is using on any particular computer, and I'm tired of going online to find out... grrr...
June 17, 2013


Another in a series of strange guitars. The guy on the left is good old Chester Atkins, playing a big old Gretch. But what in the world is that guy on the right holding?
June 12, 2013


Nasty car, wot?

We have a good start on a song about... swing.

Bruce has his first drum solo!
June 07, 2013

I can't believe it. Ruby was in here for two days this week, and I didn't take any pictures???

We were creating some music to swing socks to... well, it's kind of hard to explain. Bruce had some fun with a talking drum...


In addition to Ruby, Kenny called up and added some chicken-pickin' to one of Pete's songs. And now Dr. Andrews has the audio and video from the concert last Saturday, and seems pleased. What's next?
June 01, 2013

Thanks to Bob for handing off this live classical recording gig to me. At first I thought, well, just throw up a stereo mic, into the portable recorder, no big deal. Then I went online and found out that Britten's War Requiem features a chorus, an orchestra, a chamber orchestra, three soloists, and a children's choir. Thanks, Bob... thanks a pantload!


It all worked out fine, and I really am grateful for it. I had the best seat in the house for what was an amazing performance. I'm not sure what will become of the recording- there's serious copyright issues when it comes to this sort of thing- but it may get a play on WITF if we're lucky.
Joe Ellis

Without a doubt, Joe Ellis has provided some of our most rewarding moments.

And we just
Slough it Off.

Who are these loonies anyway?

Woggi Noggi

Why, it's those cute lil' Woggi Noggi girls!

Find out why
Goats are Great!

Summer Thieves

I see the boys of Summer Thieves in their ruin. (that's poetry, you kneau)

Here's their song
You Can't Lie.

There's memes for everything that wingers love.
end gun violence

I made some to post if you're not crazy about guns.
and also...
Mission Statement:

Only pretentious asshats post mission statements on their websites. Be that as it may, I do have a mission here, and that is to discover if there's a better way to make a living making music than by selling little round pieces of plastic. Or charging big money for recording.

I'm looking for a bunch of small-scale sponsors willing to support my work as a musician, singer/songwriter and recording engineer, work that often includes recording up and coming artists for free.

If you like what you hear, and want to keep me going in the future, please sponsor the studio. It's that simple.
I got on a kick of making videos for a while. Here's one now-

Jeff Coleman
Save to Serve Her

It's a song about drinking...

...from a bitter cup.
Jeff Coleman
48 eagles

This is one of my art pieces. Heh.

But seriously, ever notice how may eagle n' flag things there are?

It's an entire industry unto itself I bet.
There really is a history to this website. It started out with, then moved to onlinerock before I figured out how to just rent my own space.

One of Lancaster county's first punk/new wave bands
the Blame
the Blame had a good run back in the last century. Here's some of that for those who remember...

The Kids are Alright (live)
For Hire:
Yes, the studio is for hire. We will record your song, your CD, your steam whistle or your grandmother. Rates on request, generally vary reasonably.

Room and Equipment:
1,000 sq ft open space with way too many guitar amps and old keyboards, some drums and percussion, some interesting mics, a comfy couch.

It's all about relaxing and making good music. I sweat the tech stuff so you don't have to. We can get just about any kind of session player you need.

These gentlemen have recorded here-

The Gadjo Playboys
The Gadjo Playboys

We've done about 2 1/2 CDs worth of stuff.

Some of it is still unreleased!
Jenny's Diner
Jen and Charlie

Jen Starsinic went on to collect a songwriting award the year we recorded this.

Birdy in a Cage

Charlie Muench went on to join the Stray Birds.
Craig Wise is one of those good old boys.
He brought a lot of his friends in here.

Craig Wise

And they're

Still Makin' Sunshine

All the Marbles was the first Willie Marble CD.

Commit a Crime

We sure had some good times down in the basement working on this one.

There was a bunch of kids making interesting music...

Old Time Liberation Front
The Old Time Liberation Front

Feeder Mice Jig

Most of them still are...

Kenny was one hell of a songwriter. Back in Paradise, way last century, I managed to get a few of his songs recorded.

The Taking

Kenny Gross
Kenny Gross

A lot of music gets made here by a mixed crew known as-

The Stokers
The Stokers

You never know what to expect!

The Wreck of the Frisco Pier
Dark 30
This band had a good run, and made some good recordings in my tiny studio in Paradise.

Toward the Light

Listen to Bob and that Funky Snakefoot hook into the bottom!
Liv Pooleside has a blog-

studio blog
Steam Powered Studio

It features even more babbling about a wider variety of stuff.

You can leave comments there...

Night Wolf
Night Wolf

He's gone on to the other shore, but he left a couple of songs with us.

Walkin' Blues

Young Fashioned Ways

A guy came in with a couple of old reel-to-reel tapes his dad made in the '70's.
Ron Cook
Ronnie Cook

Dad played a 5 string electric fiddle. One of the tapes was a make-believe radio show.
Dave Francis has had some awesome jam sessions at his place. I recorded the Honeycut Brothers (and others) live.
9 lb Hammer

Foggy Mt. Breakdown

Stable Jam
Stable Jam

Olds Sleeper

Olds Sleeper has created a whole lot of good music in the wee small hours. I got to work with him on a few tunes at my old place.

Olds #3

Me and Ben recorded Blind Joe Death in a round building at a scout camp.

live at the round house

You Got to Love Somebody

Made a pretty good CD-
Live at the Roundhouse
Old Ezra Shade gets in here every so often.

Ezra Shade

Here's a little something seasonal...

Christmas Time
Dr Mo
Dr. Mo

We have stuff here going back years...

Junko Partner

...and new stuff in the works.
One of his recent songs has been animated by Brian McCall.