The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 4, 2013

Van Wagner's "Started With A Board" album almost never began

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE – Local musician Van Wagner almost never released his latest CD.

Wagner had been recording the album, “Started With A Board,” at the Lower Mulberry Street recording studio owned and operated by Jason Perez. “We were done a year ago at this time,” Wagner said, but then computer glitches led to much of the work being lost.

“At one point, we thought we lost everything. And I was at peace with it,” he said.

Wagner began work on another album at another studio, when he got a call back from Perez, who had salvaged a back-up copy of their recording. “He said, ‘the album’s done.’”

“I’m thrilled with this album. What Jason did I think is superb. We have a real gift having Jason Perez in this community,” Wagner said. “He and his whole family have been a real blessing to artists of all kind in this community.”

Wagner held his album’s release party at the Perez family restaurant, Brews N Bytes, on Nov. 23. “It was great, it was packed. I appreciated everyone coming out to support the Perez family and help me kick off the album,” he said.

Wagner names the recording quality as one of the main differences between “Started With A Board” and Wagner’s previous albums. “Jason Perez, with this recording, I think gave me a recording quality that would stand up against any nationally released album,” he said.

 

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