Nashville-based recording engineer Ben Surratt has been involved in music his entire life. Early years were spent with his “uncles” and their band, The Hankey Mountain Express. As a teenager, Ben became the band’s soundman and while attending James Madison University, worked as an engineering intern for NPR affiliate WMRA-FM. Ben also co-produced and afternoon folk and bluegrass themed show, Country Afternoon.
After a stint in radio in the Shenandoah Valley as a disc jockey and broadcast maintenance engineer, Ben and his wife, Missy Raines relocated to Nashville, TN, in 1990 where Ben was able to pursue his passion, recording. Specializing in Bluegrass and Americana, Ben and Missy built The Rec Room Studio, an independent recording facility in Nashville. Clients to the Rec Room Studio include Claire Lynch, The Larry Stephenson Band, The Gibson Brothers, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Bill Evans, and many others. Ben branched into producing as well, pulling in an IBMA award for Song Of The Year for “Give This Message To Your Heart”, a song from Larry Stephenson’s “20th Anniversary” release. Ben’s work with The Gibson Brothers has also garnered two IBMA awards, and Ben was Grammy-nominated for his work with Peter Rowan’s “Legacy”, released on Compass Records.
When not in session at The Rec Room, Ben has several clients on Nashville’s Music Row and is involved in sound reinforcement. Ben also travels with Missy Raines and The New Hip. Ben’s hobbies include golf, vintage wristwatches, and vintage muscle cars. One day, Ben will get his 1964 Dodge Town Wagon up and running.