By: Ellen Haygood | Nov 18, 2022

The Petersens take the audio experience of their listeners to new levels with the release of “My Ozark Mountain Home,” an album featuring Dolby Atmos, a surround sound music technology, and a choir of nearly 400 fans.

“We have always striven for excellence with our music, so heading to Nashville to utilize top-quality equipment and minds of the industry seemed like the next right step for our group,” says Ellen Haygood, banjo player and marketing director for the band. The Petersens’ album is the first ever full-bluegrass album to be mixed in Dolby Atmos.

 

Atmos technology goes beyond stereo to enable immersive mixes capable of being enjoyed on a diverse range of sound systems — from multi-speaker theaters to headphones. During the recording at the East Nashville studio Forty-One Fifteen, multiple ambient microphones were strategically placed in the studio to enable the listener to experience the music as if they were in the middle of the band.”

 

Troy Dixon, who produced “My Ozark Mountain Home” and is responsible for its innovative Dolby Atmos audio approach commented, “My goal with the Atmos mixes was to put the listener in the room with The Petersens. On most songs you have mandolin and fiddle to your left; guitar, bass and dobro in front of you; banjo to your right and the rich ambient sound of the 100-year-old wood live room above and behind you. The result is a highly dynamic, natural sound that I think compliments the songs and style of the group.”

The album is titled after an original song by Katie Petersen, music director and fiddle player. The rest of the album is a mixture of traditional songs such as “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Down to the River to Pray,” plus more recent songs such as “Here Comes the Sun” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

The final track on the album, “Amazing Grace,” includes hundreds of vocal tracks submitted by The Petersens’ online fan base creating a massive global choir. “On “Amazing Grace,” I was able to place nearly 400 voices all around the listener to create an unbelievable immersive experience. I’m so happy that so many fans participated and the group allowed me to present their music in this way!” said Dixon.

“The last chorus truly is like a glimpse into heaven when you hear voices from all over the world singing together and praising the Lord,” said Haygood.

My Ozark Mountain Home will be released on November 18, 2022, and is available at www.petersenband.com and on streaming platforms everywhere.

 Currently, you can listen to Atmos mixes on major streaming platforms such as Apple Music (Spatial Audio), Amazon Music (UltraHD), and Tidal (Dolby Atmos).

More info on Dolby Atmos music can be found here: https://www.dolby.com/experience/music/.

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Ellen Haygood

Ellen puts her master’s degree in marketing to work serving as the band’s full-time marketer. She also sings and plays banjo, which she did on season 14 of American Idol, making it all the way to the top 48. In January of 2020, Ellen married Michael Haygood of The Haygoods, another performing family in Branson.

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