MPR has been a DIY, artist-run project since its inception. Its history began with a recording project in 2016, when songwriter/musicians Bill Howard and Duff Thompson set out to capture some of the songwriters who were part of a small community of New Orleans-based artists they admired. Setting up a borrowed reel-to-reel in living rooms, vans, and other makeshift spaces, they recorded over 150 live tracks over the course of just a few months. The following year, Thompson and songwriter/musician Sam Doores set up a home recording studio, which they ran together intermittently for a little over a year (Feb-May 2017, and Feb-June 2018). They worked almost exclusively with old Ampex tape machines and an assortment of other vintage equipment. During that time, songwriter/musician Steph Green stepped in to collaborate on creating a record label that could be home to this musical output, leading to the double-release label debut, Mashed Potato Records Vol I and Mashed Potato Records Vol II. The two compilations feature favored songs from the 2016 and 2017 recording sessions, and are a time capsule of the heavily roots music-influenced songwriter community featured on them.
Although we appreciate every artist who takes the time to send us their music, we are currently not taking on any new projects.