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Music legend Eddie Kramer is record producer for Cornwall’s McIntosh

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What do The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, and Cornwall’s John McIntosh have in common?

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All of these groups/ artists – and many others in the music industry – have worked with legendary music man Eddie Kramer.

McIntosh, who grew up in Apple Hill and has been based in Toronto for years, has a pretty big following in these parts, and some noticed he’d been dropping small hints on his media pages in recent months about some big news he was hoping to announce.

This newspaper was aware something was brewing, but McIntosh wasn’t able to talk about it – until now. Well, here it is folks, Kramer is McIntosh’s record producer. That’s a fairly seismic development on the Canadian music scene.

“It’s mind-blowing. . . who expects that?” McIntosh said, relaxing Friday morning at the property he owns in Cornwall, and where he has his private recording studio. “This man literally invented the sound of modern music when he worked with The Beatles.”

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Eddie Kramer (left), John McIntosh and Neil Sanderson during some recent studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Eddie Kramer (left), John McIntosh and Neil Sanderson during some recent studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

A couple of weeks ago, at the Reverie Recording Studio in the Kawartha Lakes area, McIntosh and South African-born Kramer tracked drums for the first two singles. Oh, and they were joined by Neil Sanderson, also brought into the production team, and playing drums on the songs.

You may have heard of Sanderson. He’s the co-founder of Canadian rock band Three Days Grace, with over a billion streams on Spotify, and which a few years ago made history with the song Infra-Red, a 14th No. 1 single Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart, ending Van Halen’s two-decade record at the top.

“Neil is brilliant,” McIntosh said.

Late in July, this is how McIntosh teased what was going on, but what he couldn’t officially announce: “I’m not doing any shows this summer as I’m working on my new record with a team more powerful than I could’ve ever imagined working with.”

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How in the world did it happen? McIntosh has made his mark in music, no question. He’s had a three-decade career, mostly in Toronto along with stints in Nashville, Tenn., and Los Angeles.

The record producer and recording artist changed direction last year, forming Boundary Road, originally with Pete Nichol, of Cornwall, and songs including This is Going Down, Working Hands and Maybe He’s Right; all three prominently made it onto the top-downloaded songs charts.

John McIntosh (foreground) with Eddie Kramer and Neil Sanderson during some recent studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
John McIntosh (foreground) with Eddie Kramer and Neil Sanderson during some recent studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

Collaborating with Kramer is next-level stuff, far beyond that really, and it all started to come about when the legend, almost by chance, happened to hear McIntosh’s voice. One day, McIntosh groggily denied a video call and went back to sleep. But when a second call came in, he answered it, found himself face-to-face with Kramer –  that’ll perk you up more than 10 cups of joe.

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The video chat wasn’t long, but Kramer’s main message was decisive: “We are going to get this train rolling,” he said.

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McIntosh has only dropped one song in 2022, called 90 Proof Escape; Kramer was executive producer and he mixed the song in January. It’s done very well with more plays than any other single McIntosh has had in years, and charted top 5 across North America on ReverbNation.

Kramer’s research told him that getting away from country and going in the rock direction was the right move for McIntosh’s voice.

Neil Sanderson, of Three Days Grace, with John McIntosh during studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Neil Sanderson, of Three Days Grace, with John McIntosh during studio work in the Kawartha Lakes area. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

For McIntosh, while the developments sometimes seem surreal and fast-developing, everything now has a trip-to-the airport kind of feel – it’s hurry up and wait.

He’s used to writing and producing his own music, shooting the videos and releasing things on his timeline, all under his own Dashney Music Group recording company,

What’s known: the first of two singles is called Overboard, written by McIntosh- Kramer- Sanderson; release dates have not yet been discussed.

thambleton@postmedia.com

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