Current deets & a little history
Located in Cottage Grove, 20min south of Eugene, Oregon, National Freedom is more than an incredible place to record; it's a place to clear out the urban claptrap, take a bucolic walk in nearby nature, and even enjoy the charm of a small town Main Street——a short walk from the studio.
Rates are currently set on project by project basis. We need to cover costs, of course, but we also understand everyone is at a different place in their career.
Yep, we're off the beaten path. We're happy to work with you on lodging options while you're here.
The first National Freedom was tucked inside the utility room of a Fullerton, California 1940s bungalow. When that iMac and a bit of gear moved to Cottage Grove in 2005 with Richard Swift and his family, Christopher Colbert moved from Nashville and he and Swift got to work. Built inside an existing studio space, National Freedom has gone through many incarnations and arrangements——for a time it used only the big room which you can see in the Damien Jurado BTS. Over a decade and a half in the making, the studio is now an incredible sonic-lab + art-show + super-vibey space that is beloved by all who've recorded there.
House engineer Christopher Colbert is a thirty-year veteran of live sound, studio recording, and mastering. He's worked along side some of the biz's legendary engineers in studios around the world, mixed television performances for 120 Minutes, every late night talk show, and has a long list of FOH gigs——from Leon Bridges to The Walkmen to Mazzy Star and made or assisted on recordings for Pedro the Lion, Richard Swift, Mineral, Sixpence None the Richer, Elf Power, Nathaniel Rateliff, and countless more.
He keeps all the tech, machines, instruments, and do-dads up to snuff and is always available to fix/cajole/prob-solve when needed. He can also be added to the studio fee if you'd like him there as your engineer.
Like all classic engineers, he's a little grumpy, sharply funny, suffers no fools, and makes a finished jam sound amazing.
/// Damien Jurado & R. Swift
/// Photo: Sarah Jurado
National Freedom is, truly, an extension of Richard Swift himself. It's a little like crawling into someone's creative head. Some of his artwork and the miscellany he collected hang about the studio and the space possess his laidback but focused attention, where there's not one way something should be made or sound or look or feel——except with honesty and courage. Swift had immense creativity and imagination that went along with a magnanimous heart——at times equaled by his dagger wit and critique. He's missed by us everyday. We're happy to keep a part of his spirit and work alive at National Freedom.
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