"So the problem is this..."
Reno does not have the thriving music industry and history that many other places have, such as Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.
This has made it very difficult to find an affordable option to record the vocals here in Reno. Recording here would be ideal so that if I have an off day, the whole thing doesn't come crashing down. If I go back to TX, then I have roughly 36 hours to sing all 6 songs perfectly and get home. As it stands, it's cheaper to go to TX and record there then to do so here with no airfare (obviously).
Guys in town like Sierra Sonics and Tom Gordon kind of have the market cornered. So, the prices reflect that "monopoly". They are great studios but too expensive for me. Not too expensive for Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Collective Soul though, to name a few.
So, it's cheaper to fly half-way across the country to finish this record...that is a bit crazy I think.