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“Tony did a wonderful job for me and has also impressed the people that I have recommended him to.”

– Richard Dodd, Producer/Mastering Engineer (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride)

 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Tony Morra over the past 15 or so years. Besides being an incredible drummer Tony is a great guy to have in your session. He is New York through and through and his personality is like no other’s. He has great ideas for each song he plays on and he knows what to play for each and any song. I’ve recorded Tony in both commercial facilities and in his home studio. I am here to tell you that the sounds that he has in his home studio rival some of the commercial studios that I have worked in over the years. He has great gear and his drums sounds great. He also has plenty of room to include several other musicians and it’s a great place to record both demos and masters. In these days when budgets are tight Tony can accommodate any and all projects. Through technology you can just send Tony files through the internet and he can put drums on your tracks. This is great for people who are out of state who want a drummer of Tony’s caliber. He will supply you with what you need and no doubt you will be extremely satisfied. Keep it real. Don’t use machines. Use the real deal. Tony Morra is the real deal!”

– Steve Marcantonio, Engineer/Producer (Taylor Swift, Jewel, Blake Shelton, Heart, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lionel Richie, The Band Perry)

 

“I have been using Tony for my drum tracks for the last 5 years. I have put him on probably 50 songs. Not only is he an amazing drummer, but he is a total pro and a lot of fun to work with! He has taken the time to dial his drum sounds to the point where I just load them in and they sound like they were recorded in an amazing giant analog studio. I recommend him without hesitation for any session, any style!!”

– Paul Taylor (Alice Cooper, Steve Perry, Winger, Cinderella, Tommy Shaw)

 

“Tony is my number one guy when it comes to getting world class drummer performance, amazing drum sounds at a very reasonable rate. I have never had a single issue with getting the tracks with ease and very quick turnaround. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s one of the nicest guys in the business!”

– Billy Alexander, Songwriter/Producer/Guitarist

 

“Great room, great vibe, great drummer, great sounds, and a great hang!”

– Glenn Snow, Bass Player (Martina Mc Bride)

 

“Downtown Batterie Studio is tops in the home studio field of recording. Besides having great gear, the pluses include Tony’s great drums, engineering and ear for production.”

– Al Perkins, Solo Artist/Session Pedal Steel Player, Songwriter (The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Donna Summer, Fleetwood Mac, Buddy Guy, Buddy Miller, J.D Souther, Dan Fogleberg, Emmylou Harris, Tori Amos, Joe Nichols,Patty Loveless, Robben Ford, Stephan Stills)

 

“Even though i am a guitar player i am also a song writer and producer so for me a song is built around the drums!!! If you can’t feel safe with the drummers beat and groove the song isn’t gonna happen. Anthony will get you that security you need…simple as that!”

– Tommy Denander Session Guitar Great (Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, David Coverdale, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, David Archuleta, Tokio Hotel, Radioactive, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison)

 

“Tony was the first cat in Nashville to have the foresight to create a world class, comfortable environment for drum tracks on demand. His model is now the standard to aspire to. Top that off with his dynamic musicianship, wide palette of sounds and positive attitude, and you have an high quality product and experience.”

-Rich Redmond, Drummer (Jason Aldean)/ Producer(Thompson Square)/Speaker

 

“Tony is by far one of the best drummers I’ve ever worked with! There’s no piece he can’t play, and when he does, it’s done incredibly! Incredible chops, incredible sound and even better feel. I would recommend him to absolutely everyone!”

– Fabrizio Grossi, LA Producer (Steve Vai, Los Angeles, Leslie West, Push King)

 

“Tony played on two of our records and he is UNBEATABLE! We were so blessed to have his muscle AND his brains!”

– Bob Halligan, Jr., Songwriter/Producer (Judas Priest, Cher, Kiss, Kathy Mattea, Kix, Halford, Felix Caveliere, Night Ranger, Michael Bolton, Joan Jett)

 

“It has been my pleasure to work with Tony at Downtown Batterie on several occasions. I’ve always found the experience to be stellar. The drums sound great, the gear is always reliable and Tony is a champ to work with on top of being a top-flight musician. Every mix engineer who has ever put the finishing touches on a project that Tony has worked on always comments on how well things from Downtown Batterie have been recorded. Kudos and highest marks!”

– Dick Tunney, Grammy-winning Producer (Sandy Patti, First Call, Steve Green) Tunney’s musical offerings have been honored with 10 Dove Awards (the Gospel Music Association’s highest honor), nearly 30 Dove nominations

 

“I absolutely look forward to the days when I wake up, knowing I get to work with Tony for the day! His studio, Downtown Batterie, is absolutely fantastic sonically, visually, and creatively. And Tony’s ability to morph into any playing situation, be it pop, country, rock, jazz… he’s just an amazing talent of styles, while still retaining perfection from take to take, and never being sterile on any project. He’s a go-to drummer, a great guy to hang with, and one of my first calls when I need the perfect attitude for drums in my productions!”

– David Browning, Producer (Katy Perry, Kutless, Greg Long)

 

“Some of my first sessions and my favorite memories happened at The Downtown Batterie. The friendships and the music I’ve made here mean the world to me. Top to bottom, it’s always a great experience. You’re in capable hands with Tony.”

– Kris Donegan, Guitarist (Sara Evans)

 

“Working with Tony Morra at The Downtown Batterie has been nothing less that a joy. The vibe is just right and more than that the music you come away with is always above your expectations. Tony listens well to what you are trying to accomplish and offers ideas that not only enhance your vision but take it higher.”

– Rick Cua (Outlaws, Solo Recording Artist)

 

“I’ve used Tony on several recording projects and have had nothing but amazing results. The drum sounds are huge and he gives you a ton of options to choose from with regards to room mic’ing, etc. He’s a total pro and a joy to work with. Highly recommended!”

– Rick Naqvi, Black Dog Recording Studio, Baton Rouge, LA

 

“Tony Morra was one of the FIRST guys to identify the need for a killer live drummer to offer killer sounds at a killer price in his own studio. He’s the complete package, a total pro, a monster player, and gives you the drum tones and performance you need in an increasingly competitive and cluttered music business environment. I use him whenever I can!”

– Jason Garner, Producer (Jason Blume, Karen Taylor Good, Gary Burr, Jennifer Adan, Gary Baker, Liz Hengber, Catt Gravitt, Thom Hardwell, Jim Daddario, Stewart Harris, Jill Colucci, Pam Rose)

 

“I love working at Tony Morra’s studio, Downtown Batterie! Excellent sounds and an absolute wonderful place for creativity.”

– Dave Cleveland, Master session Guitarist (The Getty’s, Point Of Grace, Twila Paris, Natalie Grant)

 

“I love being at Anthony’s place–laid back–excellent sound. It’s been a first take room for me, and a great hang.”

– Will McFarlane, Session Guitarist Muscle Shoals Legend (Bonnie Raitt)

 

“I love Tony’s sounds and his playing! I also love the vibe in the joint. He’s a total pro with a surprisingly great sense of interior design. Working at the downtown batterie is something I always look forward to.”

– Regie Hamm, Producer/Songwriter (Solo Artist, Clay Aiken, David Cook (Time of my Life single), Jim Brickman, Bob Carlisle,Avalon, Point Of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, Lonestar)

 

“It takes more than just high-end recording gear to create truly great music – it takes SOUL! Luckily, Downtown Batterie has both in abundance. Our band Emma King and The Heartsets is from the UK and has tracked music at nearly every large recording facility in the Nashville area. The Downtown experience and Tony’s superb drumming makes this studio our No.1 go-to for recording drums. The vibe is second to none and the sounds is top notch…all you have to do is start turning up faders and the drum kit will sound amazing!”

– Emma King & The Heartsets (www.ekhmusic.com)

 

“Hire Tony. Thank me later”

– Joe Hand, Producer/Writer (Nashville Producer)

 

“Tony is by far one of the best drummers I’ve ever work with! There’s no piece he can’t play, and when he does, it’s done incredibly!” Incredible chops, incredible sound and even better feel. I would recommend him to absolutely everyone!”

– Fabrizio Grossi, LA Producer (Steve Vai, Leslie West, Push King)

 

“Tony played on two of our records and he is UNBEATABLE! We were so blessed to have his muscle AND his brains!”

– Bob Halligan, Jr., Songwriter/Producer (Judas Priest, Cher, Kiss, Kathy Mattea, Kix, Halford, Felix Caveliere, Night Ranger, Michael Bolton, Joan Jett)

 

“Tony played and recorded the drum and percussion parts for a project I mastered recently. His arrangements and performances really tied the songs together nicely, giving them a well-produced, professional sound with the authenticity of a real player playing real instruments. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a one-stop studio drumming and recording solution for your project.”

– Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer – Mastermix NYC (Bruce Hornsby, Tom Wopat, Perez Hilton, Cantal Claret, Laura Bell Bundy)

 

Tony Morra is one of the most talented musicians I know. Of course, he is a brilliant drummer, but he is uniquely gifted. Whether in the studio – or playing live – Tony is sensitive to detail, style, and nuances that allow the music to tug at the heart. Few artists have the passion he has in his love affair with “the song”. You only have to listen to him play.

– Kathy Troccoli (Singer, Songwriter, Speaker)

 

“I’ve known Tony Morra for over 20 years and he’s one of the best drummers I’ve ever worked with.  He makes my job as a producer/engineer so easy, because he instinctively knows what & what NOT to play and delivers impeccably-sounding files.”

– Rick Witkowski (Studio L – Weirton, WV)

 

“Tony Morra’s Downtown Batterie is one of Nashville’s premier recording facilities!! You will find state of the art recording gear and outboard gear; and Tony has the know-how and experience to produce the cutting edge music, both sonically and musically in virtually any style, that you hear in today’s music. It’s the perfect Music City recording experience!!”

– Glen Duncan