Paul Westbrook – Bio & History

At the age of 16, I was completely blown away when I played drums in my first recording session. The artist was Jimmy Luke formally with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. The producer of the session was Conway Twitty in his studio in Marianna, Arkansas. Seeing all of that equipment (mono Ampex recorder and small tube mixer), I was hooked for life. After a few years and many sessions in studios from New Mexico to Memphis, Tennessee, I traded my Ludwig drum set for a Berlant Concertone mono recorder. Many gigs and years later, I opened a studio in Cleveland, Mississippi called LinDan Studio. I recorded Blues and Rock ‘n Roll bands from all over the South. After a while, I took on a partner (David Baskind) and with his equipment we were in high cotton. At that time we had a four channel Harman Carden mixer and one Altec A7 speaker driven by a 30 watt amp. I then had a chance to go on the road with many different groups playing clubs six nights a week all through the Mid West.

After a couple of years, I owned and operated a franchise Bar-B-Q business in Meridian, Mississippi. As a hobby, a friend (Larry Poynor from Las Vegas) and I opened a four track studio where I recorded many Blues and Rock bands including Steve Forbert and Cotton Rock. I saw Steve years later on the David Letterman Show. Also while in Meridian, I met Paul Davis, a great songwriter and singer. He had a hit with Marie Osmand. A couple of years go by and I move to Mission, Texas and went to work for Discos Falcon (Arnaldo Ramirez) in McAllen, Texas. They had a building which was a copy of the Ray Charles studio in California and it had never had any equipment installed. Mr. Ramirez sent me to RCA Studios in Chicago, IL to see a console RCA had for sale. The console was moved from Hollywood, CA RCA to the Chicago RCA to be rebuilt. The last session recorded through the console was Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love”. Being an Elvis fan, I bought the console for Discos Falcon. I recorded many Tejano artist such as Sunny Ozona, Carlos Guzman, Freddie Fender, Laura Canales, Roberto Pulido, Noe Pro, Los Fabulosos Cuarto, Los Unicos, Country Roland, Lydia Mendosa, Los Alegres de Teran, Los Cuatitos Cantu, Paulino Bernal, Tortilla Factory, Steve Jordan, and many more.

During the time I worked for Falcon, I also produced a local band named Toby Beau. They were great song writers and sung three and four part harmony (simular to The Eagles). Original members were Balde Silva, Danny Mckenna, Art Mendosa, Bill Matar, Rob Young, and Steve Zipper. I booked a session at RCA Studios in Los Angeles and we recorded a few songs. Later RCA signed the group and released “Angel Baby” which was in the top 10 charts for 16 weeks. Balde Silva (Toby Beau) and wife Renetta Silva still play at The Raddison, Louie’s Backyard, and Tom & Jerry’s on South Padre Island, Texas and “Pride of Aloha” on Norwegian Cruiseline America Hawaii.

In the early eighties, I designed a studio in a mobile home and moved it to Victoria, Texas. We had a Tangent 3216 mixing console and MCI 16 track analog recorder. We were booked solid with two main clients, Tony De La Rosa from Corpus Christy, Texas and Hugo Rodriguez from McAllen, Texas. Tony brought two engineers with him and worked around the clock for days on end. Hugo used one of my engineers. All during this time I was designing studios for other clients and selling studio equipment. I opened a Pro Audio company in Dallas, Texas called Westbrook Audio, Inc. Heading up our service department was Don Kruse and later Tom Burrows. Don later moved to Nashville and has been very successful with his Pro Audio sales and service company and Tom moved to California and worked for Otari Corp. Tom is now owner and operator of a vintage audio equipment and vacuum tube Internet business in San Antonio, Texas.

While in Dallas, I was contracted by Brother John Rivers to record the main country artist or group at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Texas each Saturday night for a radio show (“On a Country Road” for Mutual Radio Network). David Castell (one of our staff engineers) and I recorded such artists as Men at Work, Glen Cambell, Dottie West, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Tanya Tucker, K.T. Oslin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Skaggs, Freddie Fender, Ronnie Milsap, Terri Gibbs, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Steve Wariner, The Bellamy Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Asleep at the Wheel, John Michael Montgomery, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary Allan, and many more. We would then take the multi-track tapes to my facility in Dallas and mix the show on an Amek 2500 analog console. Brother John would then splice the master into the radio show and send it out to be pressed on LPs (33 1/3 albums). The albums were sent out to over 300 radio stations all over the world each week.

Westbrook Audio, Inc. was the premier pro audio company for the Southwest and we had over 90 brand names such as Neumann, Otari, Amek, Crown, Sennheiser, AKG, and to many to list. I designed studios from coast to coast. Three of the studios were on the covers of Mix Magazine and Recording Engineer Producer Magazine.

In the mid eighties I was the National Sales Manager for Soundtracs consoles from England. For the last 25 years I’ve been the USA Distributor for D&R Electronica from The Netherlands.

Currently, I design recording studios and electronic installations, as well as sell/install audio equipment for recording studios, Broadcast facilities, cathedrals, churches, and court rooms. My office phone is (210) 401-1987 if you ever have questions about your equipment or installation needs.

I opened Studio Outback in Brashear, Texas in 2005 and produced several country and Christian artists. Currently, I’m living in Edinburg, TX (near McAllen, Texas) and designing a studio facility for DLS Productions in Laredo, Texas and a Analog/Digital facility in Trinidad-Tabago. You can see the current DLS Records facility at: August 26th, 2011, I was in Port of Spain, Trinidad to start the installation and training for Brian Taitt of a 48 track analog/digital studio.

In 2010, I signed a personal management agreement with Carlos Guzman (one of the Legends) and close friend for more than 30 years. It is said by many knowledgeable people in the music business that Carlos still sings and performs great and is a major performer in the Latin American music scene. Producing and recording Carlos as well as other select artists keeps me busy but being a workaholic I’ll be working the day they put me in the box.

In March, 2011, I was asked to play the part of Agent Wilson, a Border Patrol chief in a movie being shot in the Rio Grande Valley. I’ll let you know if there is a future for more acting after I the movie is released.

I’m currently in a project with Country Roland Jr. My web development company is designing and coding a full e-commerce website and we started on his latest music production in mid August, 2011.

I also have a consulting business where I design acoustical environments such as churches, studios, board rooms, & clubs. I’ve traveled the World and enjoyed every minute.