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.

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Steel Guitar

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Nashville Trax Produced Jingle Airing to Millions Daily!

Tune in this morning and every morning moving forward to the nationally syndicated Ellen K Show on KOST 103.5, Los Angeles, CA to hear The Swansons’ jingle opener for the Thought of the Day segment.

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

“I wanted Joe to hear how great it turned out and they had already supplied me with their vocal tracks so I did a quick mix, applied a little a 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.”

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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”.

“Never in a million years would I have thought the tracks we were cutting Tuesday would be heard 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
Acoustic, rhythm electric and slide guitars: Brent Mason;
Drums and percussion: Jim Riley
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Produced, engineered and mixed by Bill Watson, Nashville Trax


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!

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!


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!”

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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!


The Greatest Gift’s New Video, Music Recorded at Nashville Trax!

They started working with Nashville Trax a few years ago, just another local Christian act playing at their local church.

Some 70 + Nashville Trax Produced songs and performance tracks later they recently signed a development deal, have been on radio throughout the U.S. and made the Grammy ballot!

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Music Credits:

Steve King: Piano & String pads
Jenee Fleenor: Violins
Jim Riley: Drums
Bill Watson: Bass Guitar
Tom Wild: Guitars

Music Engineered and Arranged by Bill Watson

This project is a great example of how we interface with artists and studios outside of Nashville.

Working with this Christian group’s rough piano/vocal, Bill Watson charted the music. Upon completion he forwarded it to a studio near the group where they recorded vocals, mixed and did the video.

Some clients do vocals then Dropbox the files back for mixing here, such as the album we did recently for a Christian group in Norway.


How To Make Your Self-Produced Album Sound A Lot More Professional

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Four CDs released this year Nashville Trax helped make happen

Planning your next album? Interfacing with Nashville Trax can help make it more professional than any music you’ve created before.

The CDs pictured, all released in 2018, demonstrate four different ways these artists chose to work with us to achieve a better result than they could do on their own.

The upper left CD by The Greatest Gift was an eight song album, one of many we’ve done for them. The group’s songwriter sent us his rough originals recorded with just piano and vocal. We charted his songs and cut all new music tracks. The group then added their vocals to those tracks in a local studio near them in the New England area and mixed there. As we’ve worked with them they’ve gone from playing on Sunday’s at their local church to appearing on T.V. shows and scoring hits on the Gospel charts.

Lower Left: The Swansons first album: We cut all the music tracks using our Nashville Trax A Team. Based in the Los Angeles area, they came to Nashville and cut their vocals here at Nashville Trax then we mixed here in Nashville using three different mix studios.

Country This has garnered considerable radio airplay around the United States and birthed two charting singles. We are now about half way through producing their followup album.

Upper Right: Rootstock was an album project we added individual instrument tracks as needed, steel on several songs, fiddle on a few songs, etc. simply beefing up the musical muscle.

Lower Right: This group is based in Norway. We cut every instrument track, they added their vocals at a studio in Norway, sent them back to us where we mixed and mastered. This Christian group reports that CD sales are going extremely well with many hundreds sold the first few days, nearly recouping their investment.

In each case the group or artist had a high degree of talent but no one is an expert at everything. We were able to provide top notch equipment, world class musicians, professional engineering to make their projects superior to what they could have accomplished alone.

We can help you too! e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net with a description of your project, what you wish to achieve and how you believe we might help out. Or call producer Bill Watson at 615-319-8616.


Nashville Icon, Mike Curb, Showers High Praise on The Swansons, in Vegas, accepting Country Album of The Year, Produced @ Nashville Trax!

The Swansons had quite a night in Las Vegas this past Saturday, April 7th, 2018!

Opening the evening with a live performance, winning the “Best Country Album of the Year” award for the Nashville Trax produced, Country This and being singled out several times by the legendary Mike Curb of Curb Records in Nashville, during his acceptance of his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here is one instance of several where Mike mentions the Swansons.

Could a deal with Curb Nashville be in the works?

Mike Curb’s contributions to country radio and The Nashville Music Industry are far too numerous to mention here but he has written Billboard charting hit songs for everyone from The Four Seasons to The Osmonds to Hank Willians Jr, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, The Judds, Kenny Chesney and dozens more. The Four Seasons Curb-produced “Oh What A Night” was the very first single in music history to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and remain for over a full year.

He founded Curb Records which now also owns the largest Christian label, Word Records.

Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, produced Country This and is currently producing The Swansons’ follow up album.

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e-mail: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Contact Mr. Watson direct at 615-319-8616


Christian Music Producer in Nashville

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One Christian Music Producer based in Nashville TN is Bill Watson, his primary studio, Nashville Trax. About 50% of the projects Mr. Watson produces for his clients are Christian. Two of the four albums he was involved in producing this past year are Christian.

A testimonial from one of those clients:

“The Swansons were blessed a year and a half ago when Mr. Watson returned our phone call. We were looking for a change in our music and thought very highly of #Nashville and the great music they make here. Bill Watson produces records in Nashville and has a stellar reputation. I listened to his work and asked if he would be interested in working with the #Swansons. Thankfully he said yes and we are right in the middle of a really cool dream. Thank you Bill for EVERYTHING!! You are a super natural talent!! Absolutely Brilliant!!”– Joe Finley

If you are looking to have a single, an album or even a demo produced, please feel free to browse Nashville Trax to hear samples of Mr. Watson’s work.

Or contact him now at 615-319-8616 nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Sample of Our Work: The Swansons NEW Video Released, Music Recorded at Nashville Trax!



I Can’t Wait
written by Joe Finley
Drums: Jim Riley
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Guitars: Brent Mason
Fiddle and Mandolin: Jenee Fleenor
Piano and B3 organ: Steve King
Harp: Michael Douchette

All music produced by Bill Watson at Nashville Trax

© 2018 The Swansons

“The Swansons were blessed a year and a half ago when Mr. Watson returned our phone call. We were looking for a change in our music and thought very highly of #Nashville and the great music they make here. Bill Watson produces records in Nashville and has a stellar reputation. I listened to his work and asked if he would be interested in working with the #Swansons. Thankfully he said yes and we are right in the middle of a really cool dream. Thank you Bill for EVERYTHING!! You are a super natural talent!! Absolutely Brilliant!!”– Joe Finley

Purchase the Swanson’s Country This album containing I Can’t Wait and 13 other Swansons original songs, all produced at Nashville Trax here: TheSwansonsMusic.com

Interested in doing your single or album at Nashville Trax?

e-mail:

nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Phone:

615-319-8616

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Country Artist Cole Tomlinson Records First Single @ Nashville Trax

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16-year-old Cole Tomlinson, about to sing on his first single.

“Mr. Watson, I cannot express enough how pleased we are with the outcome. The sound is exactly what Cole wanted and you tapped into that. He can’t wait to work with you more and see where the other songs go as well. Thank you for making this process so easy!“-(Cole Tomlinson’s mother, Heather)

Even though he’s only sixteen, Cole Tomlinson is no novice. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist he decided early that music was his focus. He played over 100 live shows in his native Georgia in 2017 and has visited Nashville many times to participate in songwriter’s nights.

After carefully researching the many possibilities, he decided he wanted to do his first record @ Nashville Trax with producer Bill Watson. And so he did. “Dirt Road Princess” releases in early 2018.

Here’s a sample*:

Musicians:

Electric Guitars: Brent Mason
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Drums: Jim Riley
Fiddle: Jenee Fleenor
Wurlitzer Keyboard; Steve King
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Cole Tomlinson

Produced by Bill Watson, Nashville Trax

Looking to do your first radio release and like what you hear? e-mail us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net

* Dirt Road Princess © 2015 Cole Tomlinson is provided as a demonstration of production values only. Any other use violates U.S. and International copyright law. Requests for copies by program directors for radio rotation and requests by other parties interested in recording or performing this song in TV, film or other commercial use should be e-mailed to nashtrax@bellsouth.net and will promptly be forwarded to the songwriter and/or publisher.


Background Vocals For Your Project

In Nashville, we call them “bgv’s” which is short for “background vocals”. Two of the best were in Wednesday, Jim and Jaime Riley, pics below, adding bgv’s to three Swanson songs, the final touch before moving the songs on to mixing.


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While they can be somewhat costly, bgv’s can really make a song special; consider putting them in the budget of your next demo, single or album.

The songwriter this session was for, Joe Finley texted session producer/engineer, Bill Watson: “Hey Bill, heading to the airport and just listened to the rough mixes with background vocals, needless to say I’m in tears!! # Grammy”

We can add bgv’s to projects recorded wholly at Nashville Trax or even add them to songs in progress at other studios.

E-msil nashtrax@bellsouth.net or call 615-319-8616 for additional information or to book a session.


The Swansons To Perform With The Nashville Trax A Team LIVE SHOW at Rev-el-ry.

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ATTENTION Singer/Songwriters!! What better way to give your band a career boost than an album, video and show package featuring the same Nashville Trax A Team musicians who played on your album?

You get a stellar album recorded, mixed and mastered, footage of your rehearsal, your first single promoted on social media platforms and all footage from a two camera crew of the show that you can use for promotion for years to come!

A single release and vid starting under $2,000, yes, really! Complete 10 song album/show/video packages start as low as $15,000 and 20 song deluxe packages top out at under $45,000! Payment options are available. Get a quote TODAY: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Note that the complete Nashville Trax A Team Players are only available to play live on release party shows playing your album of at least 10 songs and subject to the player’s schedules.

Here’s a Nashville Trax A Team rehearsal Tuesday evening, 9-19-17:

And footage from the show on 9-22-17:

 

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The Nashville Trax A Team: The sound of guitar on country radio for the last couple decades, Brent Mason: guitar; Rascal Flatts long time drummer, Jim Riley; Steve King (Keith Urban) keys; Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, bass guitar and band leader; Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton & The Voice) fiddle and mandolin; Steel guitar legend Mike Doucheete, all backing the highly entertaining, high octane Joe and Angie Finley of The Swansons!

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Joe and Angie: The Swansons

The Swansons have achieved considerable notoriety in the Los Angeles area. They have pop/rock albums out, winning awards and have built a large fan base. But after starting their latest recording project they felt the urge to “go country”.  They wanted a country album and wanted to do it in the Nashville area. After careful research, they decided Bill Watson of Nashville Trax was the best choice to produce them.

The album was started about six months ago and 18 songs have been cut.

This is their first country live performance, announcing their turn toward country music and releasing their new music to the public. Some of the musicians who will back them on the show:

Nashville Session Guitar Player, Brent Mason at Nashville Trax Recording Studio

Nashville Session Guitar Player, Brent Mason at Nashville Trax Recording Studio

 

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Jenee Fleenor, fiddle, mandolin, vocals

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Band leader, Bill Watson, and his ’78 Fender Precision Bass Guitar

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Jim Riley Playing the studio drum track to The Swansons song, Getting Ready 5-16-17

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Jim Riley Cymbal swells

Footage clip from the show, 9-22-17:

Valentine © 2017 Joe Finley of The Swansons, published by Listen Again Music (BMI).