Stuart Sullivan

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Multiple Grammy award winning producer, right here in Austin, TX, Stuart has produced most famously, Little Joe y La Familia, Meat Puppets, Jimmy Vaughn, Pinetop Perkins and the Butthole Surfers.

In 1983, after graduating Indiana University in Bloomington where he was the house engineer at the Musical Arts Center, Stuart followed a friend and made the move to Austin. He got a job sweeping the floors at Lone Star Studios and worked his way up. It wasn’t long before he was doing sound engineering for the likes of Eric Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His first producing ventures were with the Wild Seeds, the True Believers and The Hickoids. Projects with Alejandro Escavedo and Dino Lee soon swerved him into becoming the house-recording engineer for Willie Nelson and Clifford Antone’s legendary blues label. 

He became known for a certain style – a certain sound, no matter the genre of music, that captured those early slacker days of Austin and propelled him to an international network of artists and labels.  He’s garnered much acclaim for his work with Lou Ann Barton, Kim Wilson, Junior Brown, Toni Price, Starfish, Sincola, Euripides Pants, Ruben Ramos, the Texas Tornados, Poi Dog Pondering, as well as national acts like Toadies, Supersuckers, Lucinda Williams and Sublime. 

Except for a gig in London with Nick Lowe and a short stint in the 90s in Los Angeles, he remained working from the ATX via his Wire Recording Studio, which he opened in 2001, going on to work with: Robert Earl Keen, Stephen Bruton, James McMurtry, Roky Erikson, Junior Brown and Dave Alvin and notably, collecting and rereleasing the Doug Sahm archives. 

Wire Recording Studio recently partnered with Mosaic Sound Collective to launch a sustainable music community complex in Austin. As a side project, Stuart became partner of Lucky Hound Music Group and runs Lucky Hound Records.

Watch here to a talk he gave in 2018 about building and maintaining a music community in Austin. Listen to some of his impressive discography.