Nashville Icon, Mike Curb, Showers High Praise on The Swansons, in Vegas, accepting Country Album of The Year, Produced by Bill Watson of Nashville TraxPosted: April 4, 2018
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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Here’s a Nashville Trax A Team rehearsal Tuesday evening, 9-19-17:
And footage from the show on 9-22-17:
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!
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:
Footage clip from the show, 9-22-17:
Valentine © 2017 Joe Finley of The Swansons, published by Listen Again Music (BMI).
Day One of a full week lockout to cut vocals on 14 songs for the band that won The Producer’s Choice Award, Best Band In Los Angeles, 2017, The Swansons:
The Swansons meet The Nashville Trax A Team. Left: The Swansons with our fiddle player, Jenee, Middle: guitarist Brent Mason, producer & bassist Bill Watson, Joe Finley of The Swansons, Right: Joe plays Brent Mason the new song he wrote during his stay here.
Be sure to pick up a copy of The Swansons country album when it’s released in late Summer/early Fall of this year!!!
Update 3-6-18: We have already started The Swanson’s album #2 and have about 5 sides tracked!
Ready to cut your own “for real this time” album? e-mail: email@example.com. Or call producer Bill Watson @ 615. 319. 8616.
“Only Prayer By The People” won several awards at the Christian Film Festival (August 2017) including best song, best video and best artwork.
Congratulations to our cient, Songwriter: Michael Rourke
Lead Vocals: Nashville Trax Producer, Bill Watson
Background Vocals: Angela Derrington
Acoustic guitar: Bill Watson
Keyboards: Sammi Watson
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Produced, Engineered, Arranged, Mixed and Mastered by Bill Watson
Update: It’s no longer on the charts but what a feather in the cap of this singing trio.
The single, “Lighthouse” by The Greatest Gift debuted this week (second week of April, 2017) at the #1 spot on The Southern Gospel Times Weekly Top 40 chart.
Congrats to these musicians who played on it:
Drums/Percussion: Jim Riley, William Ellis
All Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Tom Wild
Keyboards: Steve King, Mike Biason
Violins: Jenee Fleenor
Horns: John Heinrick
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
All music tracks on Lighthouse and the album it’s from, “Fishers of Men” were produced and arranged by Bill Watson of Nashville Trax.
The Greatest Gift career is taking off in other ways as well, recently just about sweeping the Christian category at the 2017 national NACMAI competition with multiple #1 awards.
When The Geatest Gift started making independent albums with Nashville Trax a few years they were performing at local churches. Fourty plus Nashville Trax produced songs comprising four albums later, they have a record deal, multiple TV appearances scheduled and will be touring the Southern U.S. starting this fall (of 2017).
Congrats to this fine and dedicated Christian vocal group!
Dan Thompson Single “A Day Without Progress” Produced by Nashville Trax, Distributed By Sony… 28 Weeks on Sirius XM. Give A Listen!Posted: April 9, 2017
Dan Thompson’s followup single, A Day Without Progress” has released to radio and is enjoying lots of radio play… April 3rd, 2017 marking 28 straight weeks on Sirius.
In fact, the Nashville Trax produced Dan Thompson album is finished and Dan signed an agreement that even prior to completion, saw the first single Miles And Miles” released and distributed to 242 territories through Sony.
Miles was actually released midstream, about three months ago, before the full album was finished and even prior to the deal with Sony being finalized. It’s absolutely blew up on radio, receiving over 2,000 spins per week on hundreds of stations in Australia and the U.K. (including on the BBC).
Now “Miles and Miles” is starting to gain traction on radio in Dan’s home country of Canada:
CJFN in Peguis, MB – ADD – “Danny Thompson Band has been added to rotation.”
CFBW in Hanover, ON – ADD – “Danny Thompson Band is now in our system.”
“Miles and Miles is being played on a country radio station in Owen sound. One of my drivers heard it twice Saturday while working on his truck!!!!”
CHMM in Mackenzie, BC – ADD – “Danny’s song is now in full rotation.”
Glad to see our hard work and Dan’s investment in doing quality work is paying off!
And here’s the followup single:
Why? Because Dan’s kids love the way the harmonica sounds like a duck quacking in the intro; they want to hear it over and over. Now there’s a scientifically sound method. Why bother with demographic research and test marketing when you have quacking ducks, lol!
“A Day Without Progress”
Lead Vocals: Dan Thompson
Drums: William Ellis
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Acoustic and Electric Guitars:
B3 Organ: Steve King
Harmonica: Mike Douchette
Background Vocals: Angela Derrington
Mixing and Mastering engineering:
Bill Watson, Shawn Conley
Written by: Dan Thompson
Arranged and produced by Bill Watson
Okay, there was more to it than a quacking duck! A Day Without Progress is uptempo, has the “bro country” rap portion near the end (bro country is super popular right now). Plus it’s a “pull ’em out of their seats” dance tune.
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Just before his death in December, Bobby Layton’s good friend and sometimes co-writer, Mark Gray, writer of #1 hits by Alabama (Close Enough To Perfect For Me) and most of Exile’s hits, heard a demo produced @ Play It Again Demos for Bobby Layton and said,”That’s the best demo you’ve ever had done, Bobby, this producer, Bill Watson, is the guy you need to stick with.” Here’s Bobby yesterday, signing a contract on the second song produced by Play It Again Demos for him, That Ain’t Country Music, to Listen Again Music, (BMI).
The popular Los Angeles area based band, The Swansons, have been secretly working on their first country album with Nashville area music producer, Bill Watson, of Nashville Trax.
How will their original tunes sound with fiddles, banjos and steel guitar?
Pick up their album expected to be released by the fall of 2017 and find out! (rumor has it the tracks rock!!!!) or Country? er…country rock???? hmmm….anyway, meet The Swansons:
Songs produced by Nashville Trax are listed in two categories on the 59th Annual Grammy ballot this year. This is not a formal “Grammy nomination,” it is the step prior, the ballot is the list from which a handful of nominations are selected in each category; however, it is an extremely notable accomplishment.
To make the ballot the song must pass a screening process performed by hand selected Academy members. To be selected as one of the handful of official Grammy nominees, the songs on this ballot will be voted on by all Academy members.
“Lighthouse,” Contemporary Christian Music category for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
And the album “Lighthouse is on”Fishers of Men” is on the ballot for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Artist: The Greatest Gift, all vocals
Guitars: Tom Wild
Bass guitar: Bill Watson
Drums: Jim Riley, David Northrup, William Ellis
Keyboards: Steve King, Bill Watson
Violins: Jenee Fleenor
Horns: John Heinrick
Steel Guitar: Mike Douchette “Surrender”
Produced and arranged by Bill Watson
Mixed by Bob Catalano
The Greatest Gift spent much of 2015 in a year-long grueling NACMAI sponsored competition, winning local, state, and regional contests; all this while honoring numerous booked live shows and recording three album’s worth of material with Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson of Nashville Trax.
In early 2016 The Greatest Gift headed to Tennessee for the nationals, taking the #1 spots in several categories. Those wins and the Fishers of Men CD helped them sign a deal with Big Noise, culminating in The Greatest Gift making the 2016 Grammy ballot. God is good!
The Grammy awards show will be February 12th, 2017. The Nashville Trax team wishes this fine vocal group the very best of luck!
Working on a limited release demo CD project mixing original songs with cover tunes. First up? A cover of Amy Grant’s Better Than A Hallelujah.
The songwriting craft evident in Hallelujah blows me away. The lyric is simple yet powerful. The melody just soars. Love it!
There’s no sense in copying Amy’s version, that’s pretty much a definitive performance so rather than attempt to emulate greatness, I want to do something different with it.
One thought was to make it much bigger sounding, over the top alt pop rock with distorted guitars, a full choir, big rock drums, etc.
But I decided while interesting to produce, going huge would lose the best quality this tune has going for it: simple understated beauty. So it will remain at about the same dynamic just a little more dense with a slightly bluesy lead vocal, some Hall & Oates style bgv’s (background vocals) and some unusual instrumentation. Exactly what, I’ll leave as a surprise for now and post an mp3 when the CD is finished.
In my research before charting I found an Amy Grant interview about the song I think you’d find interesting for a lot of reasons.
I also found the The Official Amy Grant Video of Better Than A Hallelujah Not too great of a discovery, Columbus’ place in history remains secure, it comes up 1st in Google, lol.
Beautiful the mess we are.
Congratulations to singer Camille Rae on her latest single, But I Want You, being added to CMT!
Camille singing on our client’s songs:
Nashville Trax music producer, Bill Watson, took a break today to meet with Songwriter Bobby Layton who stopped by to drop off 3 new tunes and talk music. He said he posted the first song Watson produced for him and his phone lit up immediately with calls from all over the U.S., best reaction he’s ever had to a song in his 12 years of writing, recording and pitching in Nashville.