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The Man Behind MudRock Recording Studio

Oilman brings world-class recording studio to basin
Midland -- Born and raised in Snyder, Texas, Ken Goldsmith, like many, went to work in the West Texas oilfields shortly after high school graduation. He eventually built a small drilling fluids empire called MudSmith, but he didn't begin living his dreams of being a musician until the age of fifty. Lucky for younger aspiring artists, they won't have to wait that long.

It's all thanks to Goldsmith, his musical dreams, and what followed. It's a place called MudRock.

MudRock is a musical haven in the middle of the desert for local artists. It's a place that would have never come to exist if it weren't for Goldsmith and his recently found passion for music. It all started five years ago.

"I was coming up on my 50th birthday and friends had been telling me...man you need to get a hobby," recalled Goldsmith. So he went out and bought a karaoke machine. Next thing he knew, he was on his way to Nashville.

"First off, just to make a CD. Just to see if I could do it and to see how it would sound. After that, I was hooked," he said.

Several albums and many trips to Nashville later, Goldsmith decided it was time to bring the country music capital of the world home to Midland.

"We were building an office building," said Goldsmith. "We had some extra space, and we just decided to build a recording studio in the extra space and a ballroom to go along with it."

The world-class recording studio rivals those in Hollywood and Nashville. For local musicians like Christy Lewis, who actually just moved to Midland from Nashville, MudRock was a welcome site.

"I was really glad to find the studio and Mr. Goldsmith just opening it up and creating a place where musicians can really gather and get to know each other. I've met some great people here," said Lewis.

Whether it's playing for fun or to record an album, it's a place right here in West Texas where dreams are within reach and one step closer to coming true. For that, local artists are very grateful.

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