Congress House Studio,
Directed by singer-songwriter Rain Perry, The Shopkeeper chronicles the career of Austin-based musician/music producer Mark Hallman against the history of the recording studio Hallman founded in the early 1980s, Congress House Studio. The documentary also serves as way for Perry to examine how she can thrive as a recording artist while the music industry continues to experience low sales while adjusting to the demands of digital consumers. KOOP Radio and Austin Friends of Traditional Music presents a screening of The Shopkeeper at 4 p.m. June 29 at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. The Shopkeeper makes the directorial debut of the California-based Rain Perry. Mark Hallman has produced four albums with Rain Perry at Congress House Studio: 2008’s “Cinderblock Bookshelves,” 2010’s “Internal Combustion,” 2013’s “Men,” and 2019’s “Let’s Be Brave.” Hallman performed in the 1970s with the rock band Navarro, which eventually became Carole King’s backup band. Hallman produced King’s 1979 album “Touch the Sky” at the Pecan Street Studios in Austin and permanently relocated to Austin in 1980. After producing two more King albums in Austin—1980’s “Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King” and 1982’s “One to One”—Hallman opened Congress House Studio on Congress Avenue in 1983. He has since produced albums by Eliza Gilkyson, Sara Hickman,The Hoyle Brothers, Elana James, Fairport Convention’s Iain Matthews, Tom Russell, Will Sexton, and Sean Taylor. Acts to have used Congress House Studio for recording, mixing, and/or mastering include Ani DiFranco, Oasis, Shawn Colvin, The Gourds, The Mother Truckers, Daniel Johnston, and Kelly Willis. Hallman also performed with Iain Matthews and Michael Fracasso as the folk rock trio Hamilton Pool.
Aired: June 27, 2019