12 Grammys and counting for Dockside Studio
By HERMAN FUSELIER
Feb. 04, 2018
MAURICE, La. (AP) — Dockside Studio, the recording facility hidden along the Vermilion River in Maurice, has enjoyed a historic week. Dockside claimed the Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Studio and Best Engineer honors at the Offbeat Magazine awards in New Orleans.
Three days later, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and their "Kalenda" album won the Best Regional Roots Grammy in New York City. The Grammy winner became Dockside's 12th since opening in 1989.
The overflow of honors is outstanding for any studio on the planet. But the achievements are even more remarkable for a 12-acre recording complex that many people in the surrounding community don't know exists.
Trees and a tall fence hide the studio, three-bedroom pool house, a deck area and other comforts. The complex has been home to the late B.B. King, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Irma Thomas, BeauSoleil and others who have recorded Grammy-winning albums there.
The clientele also includes actress Scarlett Johansson, Arcade Fire, Sammy Kershaw and Marc Broussard.
Cezanne "Wish" Nails, who owns the studio with her husband, Steve, still chuckles at their hidden celebrity.
"It's really funny," said Nails. "Every now and then, somebody will say, 'Oh yeah, I heard there was a studio down there.' But people don't really understand what goes on here. We don't really spread it out a lot.
"It's just amazing to have people from around the world come over here and record their records. They win Grammys and now our guys won. It's just overwhelming."
Nails' "guys" are brothers Louis and Andre Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, who are literally neighbors along the Vermilion River. When record rain fell in August 2016, the studio flooded, along with a Michot family camp.
The Nails and the Michots helped each other during the recovery.
"They couldn't get to their camp, so they'd come here and take a little boat," said Nails. "People were over here fixing us food while we were trying to fix the studio.
"They'd come back in time for lunch, then come back in time for dinner. I always told them, 'You guys have to stop and eat. We have food.'
"We take care of each other. It was so sweet for them to get up there and mention us (at the Grammys)."
Nails missed the Offbeat Awards and Grammys, recovering from flu and pneumonia, which put her in the hospital for five days. But Dockside's continued success, and its reverence in the music world, has rivaled any medicine that the doctor ordered.
"When we built the studio, we built it to feel like home, to feel comfortable so the musicians could get the most creative spirit that they could. That's how it started out. I guess it just worked.
"Word just traveled. We've never really advertised. It's amazing to me to feel the love from everybody towards us. We feel the same way about the musicians and their talent and thankful that they're coming here.
"Then when they turn around and tell us, 'Oh my God. This place is so special. Thank you for letting us come'. It's just an unbelievable feeling.