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.”
“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.”
“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
“Dirt On My Boots,” has achieved Billboard Country Airplay #1 status, three weeks straight! The recording, which starts of with a lick by Jenee Fleenor on fiddle and features her playing throughout, has earned RIAA Gold certification recognizing sales and streaming topping 500,000.
Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson, apprehends two of our usual suspects: ten times Music Row guitarist of the year, Brent Mason, and fiddlist Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, The Voice).
Both A-list players were fully armed at the time, Brent with a Les Paul featuring the ability to switch the humbucker pickups to split coil, Jenee with her trusty fiddle.
Unfortunately both slipped through his hands and are once again on the loose. If spotted please call local law enforcement.
Thirteen year old Grace, is a “busker” (street musician) in her home town of Wellington, New Zealand. She decided to come to Nashville to record her original song “Before And After” and also a cover of Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well”.
Grace never played with other musicians before, let alone session quality players of this caliber. Yet producer Bill Watson said, “Wow, it’s hard to believe such a big voice came out of such a small girl! Grace delivered the goods like a pro. She’s a great songwriter too. Sign this little Kiwi powerhouse to a record deal!”
Grace, who’s goal was simply to gain experience in a big time recording environment is happy, happy, happy! Huge smiles and multiple comments from Grace, “This is so fantastic!” and “I’m speechless!” ruled the day.
She left for New Zealand Monday with a rough mix of the day’s activities, final mixes are to be delivered to her later this week.
A short clip of Grace singing the Taylor Swift cover:
© 2011 recorded as a demo for demo purposes and posted for demonstrating production values and talent demonstration only.All other uses are a violation of U.S. and International copyright law. This performance is © 2016.
Grace Kelly: Rhythm Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals
William Ellis (Montgommery Gentry): Drums
Tom Wild ( Mindy McCreedy, B.J. Thomas): Guitar
Bill Watson (Nashville Trax producer): Bass Guitar
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Brent Mason has been featured on over 1,000 major label albums and hundreds of Billboard #1 hits; on commercials for Dodge, Ford, Wrangler Jeans, Whirlpool, Revlon, Geico, the opening to NFL Monday Night Football and tons more. Also on movie and TV soundtracks: Friends, Becker, King of the Hill, The Dukes of Hazzard, A Few Good Men, The Horse Whisperer, Home Alone, Home Alone II to name a few.
And he’s now available to play on your song!
Known for lightning fast chicken picking style guitar like he played on Alan Jackson’s song “Chatahoochee,” and dozens of other hits, Brent can play anything. He has a Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy and is a 12-time winner of the ACM Guitarist of the Year Award.
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Ludwig’s Jim Riley signature snare is in production, available and Jim Riley himself brought in the prototype today. He played it on a client song demo power ballad titled “Who Knew” and wow, it sounded great!
Of course Jim, a long time member of Rascal Flatts, could likely play on a toy drum kit and sound better than most session drummers.
If you are considering doing a three song demo, an EP or a full album, need session quality players yet wish to sing, here’s your solution!
Pictured below is drummer Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts, overdubbing percussion yesterday on a power ballad. The song, “Change Your Life” is song number seven of an album done completely over the Internet.
“So far we are absolutely THRILLED with the work Nashville Trax has done on our album!” says the client we came to know as “Wayne from Main” who records and performs under the group name, The Greatest Gift.
The songwriter and singer, Wayne, uses a local piano player to record a rough at a local studio and sends us (Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson) an mp3. Watson determines the arrangement, writes charts for the musicians, then hires session quality musicians such as Jim Riley, to record the song in Wayne’s key. The finished tracks are uploaded and delivered to the studio Wayne is using in Main. He then goes in and records his vocal.
At that point the mix can be done at the local studio or the vocal file can be sent back for mixing here at Nashville Trax.
Better yet, the cost is only about $600 per song for charting, arranging and recording the raw instrument tracks on the Nashville Trax end so an 4 song EP can be done for under $2,500, excluding vocals and mixing. Payments of about $300 each are due as the project unfolds and completed songs are delivered.
The price, of course, varies according to song complexity and instrumentation required.
One of the top drummers in the world, long time member of Rascal Flatts band, Jim Riley, has been added to the roster of drummers available from Nashville Trax. Jim’s residence and drum dojo are just six minute’s drive from the Nashville Trax studio. Congrats to Jim for landing the coveted spot on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine!
David Northrup was in for tracking today on songs 4 and 5 of a Christian album Nashville Trax was hired to provide music for.
Wayne, the songwriter/singer, a.k.a. “Wayne from Main” who performs in a trio format under the name ‘The Greatest Gift. has been sending roughs of his scratch vocal and piano to Nashville Trax for Bill Watson, the producer on the project, to arrange and add instruments to, with Wayne doing his keeper vocals at a studio in Maine.
So far so good. Wayne was unhappy with his first efforts that floundered at a couple of other Nashville studios he tried prior to discovering Nashville Trax but he’s thrilled with the now completed songs 1 through 3 and is moving ahead with the entire project here.
Mr. Watson is ensuring the album doesn’t sound “cookie cutter” by using different arrangements, players and instruments. Next up on drums is highly acclaimed Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts on song 6 of the album. Jim’s picture was on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine this past month. As drummers go, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.
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Nashville Piano and Keyboard player, Steve King, added to our Piano Tracks Online service: Piano, B3 Organ, Strings, Synthesizer AvailablePosted: March 29, 2015
Nashville area session piano player, Steve King, has been doing tracking sessions for us since 2006 but has now been added to our Piano Tracks Online service.
Steve is called on regularly for Hammond B3 Organ, Strings and synthesizer sounds also and will do those for Tracks Online clients.
Steve, formerly with Keith Urban is highly skilled at country, rock, blues, jazz… basically any style of music and is one of the most in-demand session players in Nashville. We are thrilled to have Steve King on the Nashville Trax roster.