Welcome! To The Play It Again Demos and Nashville Trax Blog

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Welcome to the Nashville Songwriter’s Blog sponsored by the song demo service, Play It Again Demos and the recording studio, Nashville Trax.

Nashville Trax have been in business producing demos, master recordings and instrument tracks for songwriters and producers since 1991.

This blog contains numerous posts about songwriting technique,. music theory, artists seeking songs, song publishers seeking songs and more!

Text us: 515-319-8615 or e-mail us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net or at piademos@bellsouth.net to inquire about:

  • Having a demo, master quality single or album produced
  • Adding instrument tracks played by Nashville session musicians to your self-produced project.
  • Live stage performance tracks made of a cover song or original

Here are some MP3 samples of our song demo work. We produce Country, Christian, Blues, Americana, Bluegrass, Pop, Rock.. you name it.

Here are indie and major label song pitch opportunities

Not computer savvy? No time? No connections? You’d rather focus on song writing than on song promo? Here’s how we can promote your song for you. What a great time to be a songwriter!

Play It Again Demos is a service for songwriters who need high quality demos and CDs made of their work using Nashville session quality musicians and singers.

Nashville Trax is a project recording studio for singers and songwriters who either live in the area or wish to come to the Nashville area from other locations to record. Nashville may be known for country and bluegrass but these guys can play anything.

If you haven’t had much success with your music in the past using other studios and producers, hop on board and hold on. Things are about to change!

This blog is about songwriting, producing, recording and life. If we think it will help you out in some way, we post it. It’s free of charge and access is unrestricted, stop by anytime. Subscribe if you like, that’s free too.

Enjoy!

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project?

E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Text:
615-319-8616


Our client, Grace (from N. Zealand) scores huge success with her song “San Jose” produced at Nashville Trax. now the city’s theme song!

News Now:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/talented-kiwi-teen-grace-kelly-gets-callup-backing-singer-blake-shelton

Recording here at Nashville Trax was a great first step that may parlay into a record deal for this 16-year-old dynamo.

The City of San Jose Tourism Bureau has officially replaced Dionne Warwick’s “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” with Grace’s San Jose as the official song to promote the city. San Jose was produced, mixed and mastered here at Nashville Trax, and is the track used in the City of San Jose’s vids posted here.

Grace has been tapped to open for country star Blake Shelton when he plays in San Jose on Sept. 13th.

A major rap artist has requested the San Jose stems for a rap remix.

Our production gets a cameo at 2:50:

Grace’s San Jose story on Auckland’s News Now

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Serious? Need your sing produced for real?

Text:
615-319-8616

E-mail:

nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Nashville Area Record Your Songs, Boat, Tour Travel Package!

NEW! Nashville Trax, in conjunction with, Play it Again Demos is now offering this exciting package deal this summer, starting June 21st through October 20th!

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  • Have your songs recorded professional or record your vocals professionally
  • Meet your music producer and one or more of the Nashville Trax A Team session musicians… watch them play on your project! Get pics and autographs!
  • After sessions enjoy a relaxing boat ride or rides on one or both of the two large Nashville area lakes Old Hickory Lake and/or Percy Priest Lake)! Choose pontoon, wake, fish and ski all beautiful, new, high power boats, Water toys such as tubes, skis, Lilly pad, Big Mable) included!
  • Enjoy a tour of the area’s most significant sites: the touristy Broadway where bands play almost 24/7 year ’round! Spend an evening on Music Row where the real music biz happens! Experience the world famous Opryland! More!
  • Options are available with or without vehicle and hotel.

If you’ve never been to the greater Nashville area and want to experience a slice of what it’s all about, this is the way to do it! Everything from finding a great hotel to locating the iconic Nashville area sights is handled for you!

Interested? e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net NOW for your package quote!


The Greatest Gift Wins NCMAI Gospel Album of the Year, Produced at Nashville Trax

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Gospel music trio, The Greatest Gift. won the Gospel Album of the Year at the North American Country Music Association International 2019 competition on March 19th, with Bill Watson of Nashville Trax, who produced their “Closer than Ever” album music and sound tracks.

“We give all of the glory to God for giving us our talents and opportunities to praise Him,” they proclaimed.

They landed several other awards as well:

New Gospel Adult Vocal Group of the Year

Gospel Video of the Year

Wayne Patterson:

New Gospel Songwriter of the year for “Walk with Me”

New Gospel Male Adult Vocalist of the year

Most Promising New Gospel Male Adult Entertainer

Mike Biasin:

Traditional Gospel Adult Instrumentalist of the Year

Krys Smith:

Traditional Gospel Female Adult Vocalist Horizon Award

Traditional Gospel Female Adult Entertainer Horizon Award

Vocals and mixing for their album were done by Bob Catalano of Bobcat Studios.

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project? E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Sean Morton Cashes $4,900 + Royalty Check, “Thank you Nashville Trax!”

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Sean hails from Canada, Nashville Trax has been supplying specific tracks for his projects for about two years now.

We have added drums, bass guitar, fiddle, guitar and more to his projects, whatever he thinks it needs, or he’ll send our producer, Bill Watson, a stereo mix and ask for Watson’s input on what might be beneficial.

When Sean started mentioning that he was receiving royalty checks for these projects, enough to fund additional track work on multiple songs, we became curious, thinking it might benefit our other clients and potential clients to know how he achieved this.

Sean gladly and unselfishly obliged.

We didn’t ask for it, we really just wanted to know the facts of how he went from recording at home to getting substantial airplay, but we received a bonus, it reads like a testimonial of our work:

“When I finished my EP (using a blend of my own work and tracks by the world class Nashville Trax musicians) I published it through CD baby which enabled me to get it onto all professional download and streaming services. The last step I took was to release it to country radio in Canada through DBDS service.

They picked it up and started playing it on satellite. That picture is the very first royalty cheque I received and I have received even more cheques since then.”

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Songwriter Sean Morton. He can now preview the word “songwriter” with “Successful!”

Sean continues, “Utilizing Nashville Trax and getting the privilege of having some of the greatest studio players in the world play on my material ( I’m a country player “hack” up in Northern Alberta ) they inspired me to start writing again and more. They gave me the gift of recording and writing professional sounding music that was only made possible by having a cadre of professional artists readily accessible at a reasonable cost.

They gave me the confidence to risk pushing and exposing my music to the world because of the level to which they elevated things.

Even if I didn’t get those royalty cheques, Nashville Trax was worth the investment into myself. They allowed me to achieve a goal that was always on my bucket list for life. Release some quality sounding songs that I could be proud of.

I look forward to continue making great music together with Nashville Trax!”- Sean Morton, Northern Alberta, Canada

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project? E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Nashville Trax’ A Team Heads to Las Vegas to open Producer’s Choice Awards with The Swansons

The four core musicians comprising the Nashville Trax A Team will perform live at the prestigious Producer’s Choice Awards in Las Vegas on November 7th, 2018. They will open the show with five Swanson’s originals from the duo’s first country album, Country This, they played on.

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Update! Pics from the show:

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L to Rt: Jenee Fleenor of NBC’s The Voice & Blake Shelton’s Band, fiddle; Bandleader and Nashville Trax Producer, Bill Watson, on bass guitar; Joe and Angie Finley of The Swansons; Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts; 12 xs Academy of Country Music’s Guitar Player of the Year, Brent Mason. Opening the Hollywood Fame/Producer’s Choice Awards Show at Hard Rock Live on the Vegas strip 11-7-18

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project? E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Nashville Trax Produced Jingle Airing to Millions Daily!

Tune in to the nationally syndicated Ellen K Show on KOST 103.5, Los Angeles, CA to hear The Swansons’ jingle opener for Rllen’s Thought of the Day segment. It was produced here at Nashville Trax and will play every morning moving forward until it wears out.

“I finished getting Jenee’s tracks on the project about 2 p.m. on Sept. 25th,” explains producer, Bill Watson.

“I wanted The Swansons songwriter, Joe, to hear how well it turned out. They had already supplied me with their vocal tracks so I did a quick mix, applied a little mastering, and Dropboxed it,” Watson continues, “As luck would have it Joe and Angie were still in a meeting at the radio station when they downloaded. The Program Director flipped over it and scheduled it daily starting the next morning, on the 26th.”

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Jenee Fleenor of Blake Shelton’s band, a regular on NBC’s, The Voice, and fiddlist on several Billboard #1 country hits, figuring out her part on “Thought of the Day”.

“No way would I have thought the tracks we were cutting Tuesday would be heard on radio by millions of people within less than 24 hours, it’s crazy. God is good.”

The Ellen Kay Show

“Thought of the Day”

Written by Joe Finley of The Swansons

Vocals: Joe and Angie of The Swansons
Fiddle and mando: Jenee Fleenor (NBC’s The Voice/Blake Shelton’s band)
Guitars: 12 xs ACM’s Guitar Player of the Year, Brent Mason
Drums and percussion: Rascal Flatts drummer, Jim Riley
Bass Guitar: Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson

Produced, engineered and mixed by Bill Watson, Nashville Trax

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project? E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Mastering That’s Affordable and Great

Mastering, the step in the recording process during which the stereo mix file is processed to increase the dynamic range as well as even out the frequencies to create a more professional “radio ready” sound, is necessary to prepare a mix for commercial release, these days many demo mixes are enhanced with mastering.

Other things can occur in this stage such as bringing out more vocal or adding effects such as reverb to the entire mix.

But it can be costly- up to $5,000- to have a ten or twelve song CD custom mastered.

But how about a price as low as $55 per song? Yeah, you can afford that!

Welcome to:

Affordable Music Mastering by Nashville Trax.

No, it won’t be a custom job slaved over for hours BUT it WILL be 90% as good!

At this price you can try one and see for yourself!

Independent songwriters and artists price:

$75 per song for one or two songs.
$55 for three or more.

Send your best stereo mix(es) to nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Send payment to nashtrax@bellsouth.net via PayPal.com

mp3 files can be mastered here. but for higher quality we can master .wav files

For add16/44.1 or higher.

Most projects turned around within 24 to 72 hours.

Additional details available at the above link.

Still have questions after checking out the link?

Text 615-319-8616 or e-mail us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Top Nashville Producers

If you’re seeking a list of top Nashville producers to record and produce your album project you should consider Bill Watson of Nashville Trax. If you are seeking to do an independent project he is almost surely the right fit.

His experience encompasses decades and his numerous repeat clients testify to his skills. Don’t miss the testimonials.

For his credits, visit this site as well as this very blog
You can contact Mr. Watson via text: 615-319-8616 or e-mail: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

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Songwriter Kerry McFate (left) and producer Bill Watson (right) taking a break from mixing Kerry’s songs.

Songwriter Kerry McFate (left) and producer Bill Watson (right) take a break from mixing songs for Kerry’s Clarence Lowden album.


Feedback in Today on Trax Online Projects.

“Received Them. Thank you. They’re excellent. ” -from Sean who hails from Canda and ordered fiddle and harmonica.

And in regards to steel and fiddle on two songs (4 tracks) ordered by Bert from The Netherlands:

“Perfect!”

Typical excellence from the usual suspects, Jenee delivered the goods on the three fiddle tracks, Mr. Mike contributed one harp and two steel tracks.

In addition to full band demos, mastered singles and complete albums,Nashville Trax also offers instruments to add to the already-started project you’re producing.

Imagine having one of the top ten session guitarists in music history, Brent Mason, on your song! Or Jen, a fiddler who just played on two Country Billboard #1 hits?

For pricing and ordering information, click on the instrument you need below.

We also offer vocals.

Drums

Bass

Fiddle

Harmonica

Steel Guitar

Piano

Strings

Mandolin

Would you like to contact us about YOUR project? E-mail:
nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Affordable Mastering

Once your recording is mixed there is one additional step available that virtually all recordings intended for a CD release or radio airplay receive. That step is known as “mastering”. Mastering demos is also a recent trend.

What is it?

The stereo mix file is processed to increase the dynamic range as well as even out the frequencies to create a more professional “radio ready” sound. Other things can occur in this stage such as bringing out more vocal or adding effects such as reverb to the entire mix.

While the original purpose of mastering was to prepare a mix for commercial release, these days many demo mixes are enhanced with mastering.

But at $250 to $500 per song the major studios charge for custom mastering it can be costly to have a ten or twelve song CD mastered.

But how about a price as low as $55 per song?

Welcome to:

Affordable Music Mastering by Nashville Trax

Independent songwriters and artists price:

$75 per song for one or two songs.
$55 for three or more.

Send your best stereo mix(es) to nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Send payment to nashtrax@bellsouth.net via PayPal.com

mp3 files can be mastered here. but for higher quality we can master .wav files 16/44.1 or higher.

Most projects turned around within 24 to 72 hours.

Additional details available at the above link.


Nashville Trax Client Dan Thompson Receives First Quarter Airplay Royalty Check from Sound Exchange.

“My first royalty check for Miles & Miles release in the US… This is for one Quarter.. Miles & Miles was played over 1000 times per week in the US… it did really good.. Thanks so much for the great work Bill!”

DannyThompson Royalty Check

Read more about Dan Thomson’s Nashville Trax album and single releases:

Dan Thompson’s “Miles And Miles” Makes The Country Radio Most Added Prime Mover Chart!

Songwriter Dan Thompson Visits Nashville To Record Vocal Tracks For His CD Album, 1st single getting radio adds daily, 23 stations yesterday!

Dan Thompson Single “A Day Without Progress” Produced by Nashville Trax, Distributed By Sony… 28 Weeks on Sirius XM. Give A Listen!

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nashtrax@bellsouth.net