July 6, 2021

Bontragers Hit the Studio || Nashville, January 2017


After church on Sunday morning, January 8th, Mitchell, Josh, Taylor, Elizabeth, and myself headed for Nashville to begin work on our eighth family album. 
We were so excited to once again work with our favorite engineer @ CBI Productions. Besides being a incredible engineer + producer, Charley has grown to be an incredible friend + mentor to us! We five got to know him very well those four days at his studio! He + his wife were so kind as to let us stay at their home while recording the instrument tracks there that first week. It was the perfect location/atmosphere, and such good memories.
Charley Junior…how we love this little guy! He didn’t mind us too much either; see his smile?!
Helping Liz with her school…=)
Liz + I made some great memories flying through Nashville traffic at rush hour. Grocery shopping + meal planning for five was super strange compared to the normal at home, but we had fun and lots of laughs!
Brainstorming session.
If you are a dobro fan…than you will want this new cd in your life. It is a dobro lovers’ dream!
Taylor laying down some mean bass licks.
yours truly. I loved this beautiful grand piano!
Such good times! We had lots of laughter + merriment in the midst of the intense schedule. 
On Friday we drove back to Indianapolis to join the rest of the family for our first concert of the winter tour. We had concerts Friday, Saturday, and two on Sunday, and then Monday found us back in Nashville, actually Hendersonville, at Skaggs Place Studios, for the second phase of the recording—vocals and remaining instrument tracks.
Allison, our “queen fiddler.”
Liz, on deck, catching a little lunch.
Hudson played violin for the first time on this new album! He did great + loved it!
Hard at work…
Brother/sister time
Mitchell + I co-produced this album. We loved working with Charley and coming up with fresh ideas + vision for this project.
A quick sisters checkers game in the lounge…
Gotta stay hydrated! We Bontragers drink LOTS of water!
Smiles! Study time in the lounge! 
Coffee + sisters.

Our deadline to finish was 8pm on Thursday night and we literally wrapped up recording the vocals for the last song right as 8pm was arriving! We saw God’s hand of provision + direction all over this project. It was more work and took more hours than any album we’ve done before, but as always, that extra work is worth it! We are so thrilled at the way God provided our “dream team” and brought all the details together, even right down to being able to record all twelve songs. We are SO excited also with how the Lord is bringing together all the other details of the process. (if you’ve recorded a cd before, than you know that the actual recording is only one step of the process!)

We are anticipating, Lord willing, the completion of this album in the very near future. Stay tuned—we will be back with info on that as the date approaches!

Thank-you so much to all of y’all who were covering this project + our family with your prayers. We are so grateful for y’all!

“Know therefore that the Lord Thy God, He is God, the faithful God, 
which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him 
and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.”
-Deuteronomy 7:9



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  1. Lov this post so excited for the new album to come out this maybe the fastest time time (2 weeks) u have gotten a whole album all done with so congrats to everyone on that lov the pics hugs lov u guys an God bless u guys

  2. These pictures look so exciting! The six oldest in our family are going to the recording studio tomorrow to start working on our first CD!
    Love, the Sauvola family from Michigan.

  3. Allison really is a queen fiddler! I'm playing violin too but I can't play that good. I'm excited for you are coming to Mexico soon. I always read your blog and I really hope we can meet.

  4. Love seeing pictures of you guys. I don't know you personally, but I love knowing that you guys love God and love serving Him!
    My family produced a cd, too, so I know that it takes a lot of work!
    Keep serving God with your whole hearts!
    ~ Susanna Clemmer

  5. "But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he hath prepared for them a city."
    Hebrews 11:16
    You, (the Bontrager Family) are so devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ that God is so please and unashamed to call you all His children.

    Remember for your faithful service to God and His saints, His unfailing promise:
    "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
    Hebrews 6:10

    As everyone else has said, Allison you really do own those glasses, they look wonderful on you.

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