Johnny Sandlin is one of the most influential figures in the history of southern music and rock and roll. He passed away Sep 19, 2017.
Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Sandlin was one of the original members of Hour Glass with Duane and Gregg Allman. He went on to engineer and produce some of the most influential artist and records in the history of rock music as well as other genres.
He produced and engineered several Allman Brothers Band albums as well as the members solo projects. His credits also include Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Bramlett, Dixie Dregs, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Wet Willie, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic and many, many others.
Johnny Sandlin produced Col Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit's 1993 album, Mirrors of Embarrassment. This is one of the most influential albums in my life. I had pretty much quit listening to music by the early nineties, I played music, I just didn't listen to it, because music had sucked for so long before that. Mirrors of Embarrassment gave me some hope that there were still some people out there that were making good music. I'm sure there were others that I didn't know about. ARU is just the one that came into my life thanks to some really good friends.
Here's a pretty cool video that some high school kids did several years ago for a class project. It's pretty bad quality video and a little hard to hear, but it's very cool because it's real.
RIP Johnny Sandlin. Thank you for an incredible career and all the great music.