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"I guess when you break it all down, a recording studio is only as good as it's engineer.  Good gear helps of course, but it's the person at the controls that makes the real difference.  The ideal bond between the artist and the engineer is one of complete trust; it has to be that way in order to get a good performance.  Gary Smith is not just a great producer and engineer, he's also a terrific musician.  He has the ears, the experience, the patience, and yes, the gear...  And, that's why Nottingham is a very cool place to record"   John Dillon - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils


"Gary Smith and Nottingham were truly the "one stop shop" for novices such as myself and my son, Ryan Manuel. After an internet search, we selected several studios in Missouri. Gary was the first stop on that list and it was obvious there wasn't a need to look further. The communication, the musicians, the studio and equipment, the coaching, the web site development and itunes delivery were first rate. From A to Z, Gary's vast experience and contacts made it easy. My son Ryan went from nothing to a 12 song CD that's selling on itunes, Amazon, at his shows, and on his website. With recent developments, the album " Kansas" may soon hit the shelves in WalMart. I couldn't be more proud of my son Ryan or our choice to go with Gary and Nottingham Studios."  Dean & Ryan Manuel - Sedalia, Missouri

"I've worked with Gary Smith at his studio for a number of years now and have recorded three solo CDs there. My long time partner and I (Brewer & Shipley) have recorded in many of the best and well known studios in this country and I couldn't choose a better one to record in than Nottingham.  I shoud mention, Gary is one of the finest musician/engineers I've ever worked with. Looking forward to recording another one soon !"  Michael Brewer - Brewer & Shipley a number of years now and have rone of the finest musician/engineers I've ever worked with. Looking forward to recording
"My name is John Curtis Sampson and I am an award winning singer/songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada. I have won several East Coast Music Awards as well as several British Columbia Music Awards. I've had the wonderful pleasure of recording at Nottingham. Gary Smith made the process very easy. He had all the right gear and the knowledge to use it. The sessions were great and were casual, relaxing experiences. Gary produced a professional state of the art recording for me that has opened a lot of doors because of its high quality and true sound. I will certainly record at Nottingham in the future as opportunity presents itself!"  John Curtis Sampson - Nova Scotia, Canada
"I've recorded all over the country, from Los Angeles to Houston, from San Antonio to Nashville, from Branson to Muscle Shoals.  I've never had a more satisfying recording experience than at Nottingham in Springfield, Missouri.  Gary Smith has built a state of the art facility and, he is not only a fine studio technician, but a fantastic musician that is capable of bringing any musical project to fruition.  We cut an album in May and I've been touring because of it since June. Wherever I travel through the country, the musicians always ask where and how I got such a terrific sound."   Jimmy Harriss - Ozark, Missouri
"Finished my album not long ago and it would not have turned out as well as it did without the expertise of Gary Smith, owner of Nottingham Recording.  As producer of my project, he took the music I wrote and turned it into a professional product. His experience and success in the Recording Business is long lived.  His understanding of what I needed for my music was well above my expectations. The musicians and background singers he used for my project were the very best and most talented.  His attention to detail was outstanding! I hope in the near future to do another album and there is no doubt that I will go back to Gary Smith at Nottingham!"  Kenny Boerema - West Plains, Missouri

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Aimee Flanders

I have just completed a new production here at Nottingham. The new Christmas CD, "White Christmas" from Aimee Flanders of Lebanon, MO. is absolutely great!. With Aimee's fabulous one-take vocals and outstanding arrangements from Brent Vaughan, this new CD is destined to become a holiday classic. Aimee and her husband Matt have the Family Church in Lebanon. The project is currently at Vestman Mastering in Los Angeles being mastered by John Vestman. The CD features three of Aimee's christmas originals. Really a classy production!


Mood Ring Circus

We recently completed a four song EP on Mood Ring Circus, a very popular Springfield band. The EP features four originals by Mood Ring Circus. These guys have not only great vocals but are very talented musicians. The EP is currently in New York for mastering. Watch for great things to come for this talented group!

Keltic Knot

The very popular group, Keltic Knot has been in the studio for the past few months working on their new CD. A talented group of musicians and vocalists, their music is comprised of traditional irish and scottish songs, as well as their own take on great contemporary songs. The 13 song CD is being replicated and will be available soon!





Billy Kendrick

 We are beginning a new CD for Billy Kendrick. After the great reception of the newly released album, "Oakensoulle" from Billy, we are starting the sequel, "Building A Fire". The new 12 song production features 12 new originals penned by Billy. The Springfield News-Leader will be doing an article on Billy and the studio in the coming days. Watch for it! More to come on "Building A Fire" soon!



Kym Larsen

From Melbourne, Florida enters Kym Larsen doing a twelve song CD at Nottingham titled, "Bird Of Prey". Kim's new album is comprised mostly of originals penned by her, with a few special favorite covers thrown in. Gary Smith is in charge of production on this driving and rockin' CD. Gary Hodges of the famed "Buckingham Nicks" CD is on drums. The album  offers some very unique tracks. The Cd is now completed and has been getting some great reviews !






Springfield, MO. – January 22, 2016 – A new 82 minute documentary is scheduled for release that covers the life of Lecil Travis Martin, known to most as Boxcar Willie. Boxcar, known as “The World’s Favorite Hobo”, was born in Sterrett, Texas in 1931 and passed at the age of 67 in 1999. As a child and young man, he grew up around trains and hobos. He joined the air force in 1949 at age nineteen and eventually became a flight engineer flying in fuel tankers in the Korean War. His musical career began as “Marty Martin and The Rangers” traveling the U.S. playing various venues. After adopting the name “Boxcar Willie” and enjoying its popularity and success, he left the air force in 1976 to perform his music full time. Known for his distinctive vocal train whistle and pure country sound, Boxcar has sold over 100 million records, tapes and CD’s worldwide. He appeared several times at the Wembley arena in England and made many other appearances around the world. In 1981 he was inducted as the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. During his career he appeared on many TV shows including The Gong Show, Family Feud, Nashville Now, Hee Haw, Crook and Chase, and several others. In 1985, Boxcar and his wife Lloene moved to Branson, Missouri and purchased a theater on 76 Country Music Boulevard. In addition to the Boxcar Willie Theater, they opened a museum and two motels. Boxcar Willie was one of the first big stars to open a show in Branson, paving the way for other nationally known names that followed. He performed at his theater in Branson until his death in 1999.

“I’m so happy to see this project come to fruition. The world will now know all of the great things that he accomplished”, says executive producer and wife Lloene Martin, of Trainman Productions, Inc.

Producer Gary M. Smith of Nottingham Recording in Springfield states, “It has been such an honor and privilege to create this wonderful documentary. I believe what people will enjoy most is that the story is told in his own words”.

 A comedy DVD is currently underway as a second release.  The new DVD, “Boxcar Willie, His Story” will be available at the official website, as well as several other retail outlets.

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I was asked to be the guest speaker at "Music Mondays" at the University Plaza Hotel in the John Q. Hammons room in Springfield, MO. It is a luncheon with a guest speaker talking about the business of music and. It was a great time and I met a lot of new people. Among the numerous music pros in attendance was the legendary Bob Heil. It was great to meet him!

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Boxcar Willie Jr. with Gary Smith


Boxcar Willie Jr.

A brand new project is starting up at Nottingham! Boxcar Willie Jr. is recording a new cd titled "No More Trains To Ride". Son of the late, great Boxcar Willie, Boxcar jr. is following in dad's footsteps with a twist of his own. The album will be mostly originals by Boxcar Jr., but also will feature a never before heard duet with his father, "Ramblin In My Shoes". Gary Smith will handle the production. Stay tuned for more info about this exciting new release!




Boxcar Willie



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From Republic, Missouri comes Mark Barger to Nottingham Recording. Mark is recording a ten song solo project consisting of ten originals that he penned himself. A fine guitarist, vocalist and writer, Mark's music is unique, high energy and eclectic. Tracking is underway and more will be posted on this fine artist soon !

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"Car & The Radio" / Zack Parrish

 "Born & Raised Hell" Zack Parrish

 "Whiskey IV" / Zack Parrish

 "Just One Minute" / Zack Parrish

 "Duct Taped Bible" / Zack Parrish


Zack Parrish

Zack's new CD, "Just One Minute" is scheduled for release in early winter. The 12 song CD features songs from Nashville's best writers. Zack currently performs at the "Legends In Concert" show in Branson, Missouri. "Just One Minute" was produced by Gary Smith.

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The Ozark Mountain Daredevils at Nottingham! The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to release a new "live" album!.  Recorded live at The Wildwood Springs Lodge at Steelville, MO, this new release will be a "must have" for any serious Daredevil fan! Editing and mixing to be performed at Nottingham.

Update!!!!!!  It's Here!

"Alive & Wild" can be purchased at

Top row (from left)

John Dillon, Dave Painter, Michael (Supe) Granda, Steve Cash

Bottom Row (from left)

Ruell Chappell, Nick Sibley, Gary Smith

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Jessica Barrientos

A brand new CD project is underway at Nottingham. The new CD features the vocal and writing talents of Jessica Barrientos from Cassville, Missouri. Jessica, of spanish heritage, was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Cassville. She loves to write songs and perform. In addition to a teaching associate degree, Jessica is also a model at Kay Modeling and Photography in Joplin, Missouri. Gary Smith will produce the new CD that is mostly pop oriented. More will be posted as the new CD progresses !

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Jimmy Harriss

From Ozark, Mo, Jimmy Harriss has just completed a 13 song CD at Nottingham Recording. The CD is all original material that was written by Jimmy and his wife. Jimmy, a veteran in the music business has worked for, played with and recorded for Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Frenchie Burke, Brian Collins, Kenny Dale and several others. He had three chart records from 1975-1981 on Delta and Checkmate records. Plans are to have a digital release of the new CD. More to come later!



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Gary Smith with arranger Brent Vaughan

kenny boerema

From West Plains, Missouri comes Kenny Boerema recording a new CD at Nottingham. The new CD will be twelve songs written by Kenny and his wife Bonnie Boerema. Kenny's style is a cross between Tony Bennett, Otis Redding with a little Billy Vera and Joe Cocker thrown in. Gary Smith will take charge of production with Brent Vaughan writing string and horn arrangements. The CD is finished and can be downloaded at this link:

Click On The Mp3 link on the right to hear the sampler !


 "Kenny's New CD Sampler

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ryan manuel

A new twelve song CD is being produced by Gary Smith at Nottingham for Ryan Manuel of Sedalia, Missouri. Ryan has been creating quite a stir in the Kansas City, Mo and eastern Kansas area with his Red Dirt style. The new CD will feature songs from Nashville's and Oklahoma's best writers, as well as an offering or two from Ryan himself.  The CD is finished and you can hear a sample below!




Click On The Mp3 link on the right to hear the sampler !


 "Ryan's New CD Sampler

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Bill Holden

Here is the real deal......  there are two new projects underway on Bill at Nottingham. Bill's new original theme song "Rat Rod Rumble" is sure to be the flagship musical offering for the fast and furious "rust" fans.. There is also a new CD of Bill's favorite covers. Bill is currently performing at various shows and casinos. Bill was a featured act for several years in the Tony Orlando Show performing a tribute to Roy Orbison in Branson, Mo. Good things to come for you baby boomers!


 Check Out Ratrod Magazine!


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Michael Brewer (Brewer & Shipley) is back for his third album at Nottingham. A thirteen song collection of brand new originals from the acclaimed writer/artist, the new CD "Dancing With My Shadow" is Brewer at his best.The CD will be destined to be an all time favorite for his huge fan base. Pictured are Lloyd Hicks, (drums), Gary Smith and Michael.


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A country girl through and through, Laura takes her singing very seriously. She is a current freshman at Missouri State University studying vocal performance and opera. She shares her passion of singing with her other love, horses and the great outdoors. At her home in Rogersville, Mo, she trains her mare to do tricks and stunts, as well as being on a drill team that has opened for rodeos and has been to the nationals. As a 180 degree turn from her opera, Laura loves to sing country music. Gary Smith at Nottingham Recording is producing a new twelve song CD for Laura. The song selection process has just started with plans on tracking the project in early to mid 2013. Laura leans toward progressive country with an edge as well as songs with a deep message. More on Laura and the project as the CD progresses!


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Gary recently performs with Lee Greenwood and Louise Mandrell playing guitar at the Welk Resort in Branson!.



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Tablerock records of Springfield, Mo. has produced a dynamic tribute album with all original music. The 10 tracks take you on a journey of history, legends, and tales of Route 66. Never before heard tunes like "Two Blocks Wide, and Two Miles Long" and " Second Chance Road" pound enough pavement to capture any rocker. "The Common Mans Highway" and "Leave A Legacy" stirs the spirit of Americans with fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar. Utilizing the best players of Branson, Missouri, producer Gary Smith of Nottingham Studios, has brought forth an offering that will appeal to young and old alike, honoring The Mother Road, and The Country that it serves.

          Click on the "Song 1" at right  to hear samples of "The Common Man's Highway" !

. Song 1

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 "Red El Camino" / Michael Brewer

 "Tumbleweeds" / Michael Brewer

 "The River Runs" / Michael Brewer


"it is what it is"

Michael Brewer, 1/2 of the iconic pop/rock duo from the seventies, "Brewer & Shipley", has just completed a new CD at Nottingham. The CD, "It Is What It Is", features 13 all new originals penned by the acclaimed vocalist/writer. Though the recordings are cut "live" in the studio with just Brewer and his guitar, they are intimate, huge, crisp, and in your face. Click on the MP3's to hear a sample...

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New Project at Nottingham!

There is a new project being recorded at Nottingham. Randle Chowning is recording a group of new songs of his own and from writer Dennis Beck. Beck, who is originally from Marshfield, Mo now resides in California. Randle Chowning, founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, along with Gary Smith,  (former daredevil), Dennis Beck and Mark Bilyeu performed at the Gilloiz Theater in Springfield this last October with The Paul Thorn Band. Pictured is Randle Chowning (left), Tracy Cole and Kerry Cole of The Lefty Brothers, currently with the Tony Orlando Show (center), and Gary Smith (right).


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Gary with Paul Thorn backstage

October 6th....  It was a great night at The Gilloiz Theater in Springfield for Paul Thorn and his band and the Songwriter's Circle.

Paul and his band were great !

The audience was very alive and spontaneous in their unpredictable outburst of applause and cheers!

We made lots of new friends and had a great time!


the paul thorn band and a

Local Songwriters Circle

The Paul Thorn Band


Ta local Songwriters Circle featuring:

Randle Chowning     Mark Bilyeu
Dennis Beck            Gary Smith

Saturday, October 6th at 7:30 PM


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New Artists Produced at Nottingham !        click on the MP3 players to hear previews !

These acts have just completed projects at Nottingham

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John Curtis

 "I Can't Talk To Myself" / John Curtis

 "Angelina" / Scott Springfield


Scott Springfield



Kristi Merideth

 "What's New" / Kristi Merideth

 "Wonderful Cross" / Harmony Baptist Church

Harmony Baptist Church


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Hear the main theme written by Gary Smith:



   Scott Whitlock and his self improvement program, "Principles of Lives Well Lived" has been at Nottingham recording the new series. Check out at:


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Nottingham can produce your pyro show a custom intro, original song or special audio effect track. The samples on the left are the intros for 20 min. pyro shows.

Call Today !

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 "Hallejulah Mile" / Ninth Hour

 "The Man Upstairs" / Ninth Hour



Ninth Hour

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Are you recording your own tracks at home but just can't seem to get that professional polished sound?  Well, for as low as $100.00 per song, Nottingham can mix and master your project and you will save big $$$ !!!   Our award winning engineers combined with the best analog and digital gear, will make the hard work and creativity that you put into your songs really shine...  and, we will optimize your project for CD, radio and Itunes. You simply record your tracks at home, rehearsal space, live show or concert, etc. then bring or upload your tracks to us to perform mixing and mastering. It's fast, easy, and you won't be disappointed...  Give us a call and we will discuss an estimate for your project as well as offer tips on how to best record and deliver us the tracks. We have a special upload site for large files. Call us today and get that pro sound and edge you've been looking for !!!

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At Nottingham, we use the 3 ZIGMA AUDIO CHI Microphone System. The projects above were recorded with the CHI (capsule hybrid integrator) system.

You can check them out at


Some Current and Past Artists That Have Recorded at Nottingham:

Bobby Vinton

The James River Choir

The Platters

Dino Kartsonakis

Al Brumley Jr.

Michael Brewer (Brewer & Shipley)

The Coleman Boys

Justin David

Kristi Meredith


Seeking Surreal


Upstairs Acoustics




The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Bettine Clemen

The Dysart Family

AM Pyrotechnics

8th Plague

The Ninth Hour Quartet

The Signature Quartet

Doug Gabriel

Kenny Parrott

Harmony Baptist Church

Techs & The Roadies

Matt Lewis

Jenna Crispin

Christina Tabuchi




Three Strand Rope

Granny's Bathwater

The Noise Boys



Zack Parrish

Scott Springfield

Sherrie Johnson

The Franz Family

Cruise Control

Jim Barber

T.J. Kuenster




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Gary M. Smith



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