BLACKBERRY WAY was formed in 1974 with an eye toward recording emerging Minneapolis rock bands. The studio evolved into a 24 track facility, dedicated to music and hosting over two dozen recording groups a year. If the walls could talk, they would tell stories of the SUBURBS recording IN COMBO as well as most of their Twin/Tone recordings, the first HUSKER DU record, SOUL ASYLUM and of course THE REPLACEMENTS. Most of THE REPLACEMENTS early work was recorded at BLACKBERRY WAY including the critically acclaimed LP LET IT BE. In the Nov 16th 1989 issue THE 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's, ROLLING STONE named LET IT BE the 15th most important album of the decade. Peter Gabriel was 14th and Prince was 16th. The album featured Peter Buck of REM playing on the single I WILL DARE. The pre-production of PLEASED TO MEET ME was done at BLACKBERRY WAY for SIRE/WARNER BROTHERS as well as the promotional interview with PAUL WESTERBERG for radio stations across the nation. THE REPLACEMENTS have been nominated in 2013 to THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!     MIX MAGAZINE calls BLACKBERRY WAY “a haven for pop rock bands." The truth is we recorded all styles of music. Heavy metal band HURRICANE ALICE recorded an album that led to a signing at ATLANTIC RECORDS. Country band LIVE'N KICKING also recorded an album that led to a deal with WARNER BROTHERS and a GRAMMY NOMINATION. TETE NOIRE did a recording that led to a signing with ROUNDER RECORDS. Producer ROB STEVENS (Lennon, Red hot Chili Peppers and Herbie Hancock) produced a major label demo for FUN HOUSE and was very impressed with the sound at BLACKBERRY WAY. Two time Grammy winner BOBBY Z, late of PRINCE'S REVOLUTION, produced tracks for TRIP SHAKESPEARE that led to a signing with A&M RECORDS. British producer CLIFF DAVIES (Ted Nugent) produced an album for local great BARRY GOLDBERG, a fun week indeed! Also included on the client list THE TRASHMEN, THE CASTAWAYS, THE SUICIDE COMMANDOS, A&M RECORDS, JIMI DESTRI of BLONDIE and GRAMMY AWARD winner JOHN MADOCK....and many more.  

BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDING STUDIOS lives on to this day producing music for bands on the label as well as working with outside clients.  

 In the early 1980's BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS was formed. Owners/producers Mike Owens & Kevin Glynn produced several critically acclaimed albums for the label. SWING SET was called "Pop Stalwarts' by BILLBOARD, "Pop Album of the Year" by MPLS/ST.PAUL MAGAZINE and "Worth two or three million spins around the block" by ALBUM NETWORK. MUSICIAN MAGAZINE called the TOM BRIGHT LP "A top ten record." THE OH'S (Flamin' Oh's) PAINT THE SKY was a BILLBOARD recommended record. IDIOT SAVANT and Mike & Kevin’s band THE IDLE STRAND garnered  college radio airplay across the Nation and rave reviews from ROCKPOOL,BOSTON ROCK MAGAZINE, CMJ & US ROCK to name a few. BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDS carries on today with new releases as well as planned reissues of some of the most historically important music from the MPLS/STPAUL area.   Founded In 1974 By Michael Owens, Kevin Glynn & Steve Fjelstad.