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Thank you Clark Hagan

Clark HaganLiving in Denver, I’m lucky enough to have a Grammy award winning engineer like Clark Hagan to work with. When we were first contacted about working on the Kevin Miso project, Clark was instrumental in assisting me every step of the way. I want to thank Clark for all his hard work and dedication throughout this project. Clark and I recently worked together on three other projects where he has both engineering and co-producer credits.

Please check out:

Blind and Blues Bound – The Dr. Izzy Band

Dave Preston – Come Alive

Krista Jenkins – It’s Just Me

A little more about Clark…


Clark Hagan is a Colorado born Grammy award winning engineer with a world class resume and a legendary mastery of the recording arts.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Denver, Clark began to master his craft as a recording engineer while working with the legendary Bill Porter whose credits include artists such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and the Everly Brothers while at RCA from 1959 to 1964.

Clark has worked with such national artists as Chet Akins, Kenny Passarelli, Marty Haggard, and Eugene Moles along with Colorado artists such as Dave Preston, Wild Angels, Nick O’Connor, and Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels to name a few. Clark has also been working with the Caribou Ranch estate on the “Caribou Collection” project with artists Elton John, Billy Joel, and Chicago, and is also refurbished one of the original Caribou Ranch consoles the “Olive”.

Whether it be mixing, tracking, or producing, from rock to country, Clark brings his rich heritage and diverse experience to every project and is always looking for artists who share the same passion, to make great sounding records.


-Grammy Award Winner with Chet Atkins 

     1996 Best Country Instrumental E

-Grammy Nominated with Chet Atkins, and Tommy Emmanuel

     1997 Best Country Instrumental E,G

-RIAA Certified Platinum record with Brian White E

-Multi-Platinum movie, Get Serious with Ray Stevens M,E

-Justine Valdini-Where Does It Stop M,E

     Reached #9 on Adult Contemporary Charts

-Phil Jensen-Oh Silent Night P,M,E

     Reached #23 Adult Contemporary Charts

Release of “Zombie” by Kevin Miso – Kenny Passarelli (Co-producer)

Kevin Miso - ZombieToday is a very exciting day!!  Over the past few months, I’ve been working with this talented young singer/songwriter out of Long Beach, CA named Kevin Miso.  We worked on a few mixes of various songs together and finally produced this amazing single.

We believe in our hearts, this is a hit for sure.  Once you download and listen to this song, I’m sure you will become a Kevin Miso fan as I have.


Don Williams – Executive Producer, have been scouting talent and championing for record deals, licensing deals and exposure to the general public. Past and present clients include Broadway songwriting team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Leon Russell, Tom Petty, reggae icons Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, pop group Chicago, folk/indie pioneer Tim Buckley, experimental composer Moondog, New Orleans rhythm & blues revolutionaries Professor Longhair, Earl King and James Booker, among others.

Kenny Passarelli – Co-producer, an American bass guitarist. Passarelli was a founding member of Barnstorm, co-writing the hit “Rocky Mountain Way”.  Passerelli has played with a variety of rock musicians, including Joe Walsh, Elton John, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills and Hall and Oates. He served as a replacement for Dee Murray in the Elton John Band from 1975–76, playing on the albums Rock of the Westies and Blue Moves. After leaving John’s band he joined the Hall And Oates band in June 1977 and appeared on their albums Livetime and Along the Red Ledge.

John Alagia – Co-producer, a three time grammy nominated, American record producer, composer, mixer and co-founder of Drive Music. Alagia has worked with artists including Dave MatthewsJohn MayerJason MrazPaul SimonHerbie HancockSerena RyderBrett DennenRachael YamagataBen Folds and many others.

Bobby Cowan – Publicist, of Rogers & Cowan

Caribou Digital, part of Caribou Ranch legacy James William Guercio

CD Review – I produced, played keys & bass


Dr. Izzy Band – Blind and Blues Bound

Black Chow Records   

CD: 12 songs; 56:47 Minutes

Styles: Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Americana

Sometimes, our greatest challenges and struggles provide our greatest inspiration. Such is the case with Dr. Izzy, a hardworking native of Groves, Texas. She began to go blind at the age of nine, but as she pointedly states on the ninth track of her debut album, “Don’t tell me I’d be better off dead. I ain’t ready for no dirt bed!” She’s “Blind and Blues Bound,” accompanied by Robert Morrison on electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, and cowbell, Larry Thompson on drums, and Kenny Passarelli on bass, Hammond organ, and piano. Several guest stars also join her, including James Cotton and Otis Taylor. Connoisseurs be forewarned: Even though all twelve songs on this CD are original, none of them is an example of pure blues. Rather, they represent hard rock, blues rock, and Americana. For fans of blues masters, Dr. Izzy’s music is an acquired taste, as are her whiskey-gravel vocals. The following three songs pay the most homage to this e-magazine’s favorite genre:

Track 01: “Matches Don’t Burn Memories” – James Cotton and his trilling harmonica add a touch of classic blues to this hard-rock anthem of regret. Our narrator intends to rid herself permanently of romantic mementos: “I’ve been drinking whiskey, rocking on this porch. Got a box full of matches; each one’s a little torch. Sifting through our pictures; like to burn ‘em, every one. Been tossing out your clothes. Why is this so much fun?” Dr. Izzy minces no words, and neither does her husband Robert Morrison on thrashing electric guitar.

Track 02: “Soul Dance” – This revealing autobiographical number features Anne Harris on violin and Rose Red Elk on background vocals. Describing her battle against cancer, Dr. Izzy sings: “We’ll do the soul dance. We’ll look evil in the eye. Fight like you’re in trance; you can make it if you try.” There’s a subtle Native American influence in Red Elk’s soft chanting on the chorus. “Soul Dance” is the best song on this album, both lyrically and musically.

Track 05: “Old Black Crow” – Animals often serve as metaphors for the human condition, as it does in this meditative melody. Along with Otis Taylor on banjo, Dr. Izzy muses: “We screech through our lives like the old black crow. How do we prepare for what we could not see or know?” One might imagine seeing this avian omen on a cold morning during a thunderstorm.

Dr. Izzy and her fellow musicians’ greatest gift is their lyrical and instrumental talent. One cannot deny the power of either, even if their music isn’t blues per se. When you’re “Blind and Blues Bound,” troubles can bring triumph!

Original source of this review:

Our Lady Of Guadalupe – Denver Art Museum

KP Concert

I wrote the music for “The Miracle of Tepeyac”.  Come and check out this event at the Denver Art Museum…it’s FREE!!

The DAM’s celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe will include performances by Aplausos de Colorado Children’s Chorale, Comparza Morelos, Danza Matachina Guadalupana, and Dancing Across Cultures.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, December 9

Note: The 11:30 dance performance on Acoma Plaza may be canceled due to bad weather. All Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration activities scheduled for 12 pm and after will go on as planned inside the museum.

Acoma Plaza

  • 11:30 am Dance performances (cancelled)

Ponti Hall

  • 12–12:15 pm: Danza Matachina Guadalupana
  • 12:30–12:45 pm Comparsa Morelos in Denver (Chinelos)
  • 1–1:50pm: El Milagro del Tepeyac—original music by Kenny Passarelli, original choreography by Janelle Ayon, artístic director Dancing Across Cultures. Film and 3D animation by Japanese artist Taketo Kobayashi. Special appearance by children’s dance  group Mexico Mixto from Valverde Elementary
  • 2–2:30 pm: El Sistema de Colorado
  • 2:30–2:45 pm: Aplausos de Colorado Children’s Chorale
  • 3 pm: Dancing Across Cultures with guests

Level 4

  • 3:30 pm: Mañanitas with Mariachi music to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Free Tours

In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, free tours in Spanish of the New World galleries will be offered at December 9, 16, 23, and 30, and January 6 at 1 pm.

Free with general admission. No reservations needed.

For details, email or call 720-913-0072.

Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Outreach Committee, Mexican Cultural Center, and the Consulate General of Mexico.