Vance Powell

Sputnik Sound

Vance Powell is a four time Grammy award winning producer, engineer and mixer, whose impressive list of credits includes The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, Tinariwen, Jeff The Brotherhood, Martina McBride, and Chris Stapleton, among many others.

Powell made his start in live sound, touring with local Missouri bands as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002 John McBride asked him to run Blackbird Studio, then a single room semi-private facility for his wife and country music superstar Martina McBride. With Powell as chief engineer, it grew to become an eight room world class facility.

Projects outside Blackbird Studios soon beckoned, and Powell began working extensively with Jack White's groups including The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, and The Dead Weather, as well as many of White's production jobs such as Wanda Jackson's "The Party Ain't Over," as well as Jack White and Alicia Keys' production of "Another Way To Die" from the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. In 2013, he was nominated for the Grammy Award "Album Of The Year" along with Jack White for his work on "Blunderbuss," and again in 2014 for "Lazaretto," nominated for "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Rock Song."

Recent projects include work with Tinariwin, Seasick Steve, Leagues, Bobby Bare Jr, Red Fang, Diarrhea Planet, A Thousand Horses, Wolfmother, Arctic Monkeys, The Revivalists and Chris Stapleton.
In 2015, Stapleton's album "Traveller" won three Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) including "Album of The Year", and received Grammy nominations for "Album Of The Year", "Best Country Song" and won "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Solo Performance", as we

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.