The Nashville Trax A Team

Welcome to Nashville Trax with an X, not to be confused with the other studio, same name, spelled differently. We are actually located in Nashville! Home of the incrdible Nashville Trax A Team, we are a Christian recording studio focusing on Christian, Country, Rock, Blues and Pop music! Most of our clients, and all of our employees are Christian.

“These tracks are smokin’ hot, Bill!!! This album is going to ROCK country style!!! Thanks man!!!! Wow!!!!!!” -Joe Finley, front man for The Swansons, regarding the tracks posted below.

And from client Mike Martin of the Sacramento, California area:

“Hi Bill, I have been playing my CD with the four songs you recorded for me and everyone is amazed at the quality of recording as well as the musicianship. You make records that are radio ready in my opinion and I just wanted to say thank you for all your work.”

Whether you need a demo of your song, a master, a performance track, a session quality instrument track added to a project you are producing, or even an entire album produced, the Nashville Trax A team, featuring our best players, is available at a price lower than you might think.

These are session veterans such as Jenee Fleenor, who plays fiddle and mandolin for major label country artist, Blake Shelton.

She was also the fiddle player on John Pardi’s 2016 Billboard #1 country hit “Head Over Boots” as well as the fiddle player on the #1 followup song by Jon Pardi that was certified gold for sales and streaming of 500,000 copies “”Dirt On My Boots” which features Jenee’s playing throughout.

She is the 2016 CMA Touring Musician of the Year as well as the fiddle player for the popular television show, The Voice.

In fact, Jenee turned down Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s offer to tour with him recently, but she is doing selected Steven Tyler dates…and guess what? Hire us and she’ll definitely play on your project!

Here’s our A team- we call them The Hitmakers- on a music-only track intended for an album we’re currently producing for the Producer’s Choice Awards winner of “The Best Live Band in Los Angeles” award, The Swansons. Their vocals will be added later. But it could just as easily be a demo or a track to use for live performance:

Something’s Better © 2017 Joe Finley, published by Listen Again Music (BMI):

Drums: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson (Nashville Trax producer)
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: 10 times Music Row Guitar Player of the Year, Brent Mason
Harmonica: Mike Douchette (Tammy Wynette, George Jones, ZZ Top)
Mandolin: Jenee Fleenor
Banjo: Aaron McDaris (Rhonda Vincent)
Tracking engineering:
Bill Watson
Mixing engineering:
Bill Watson
Arranged and Produced by Bill Watson

Coming to Nashville in June to do vocals on the songs posted here and fifteen others that will comprise their first country album, all cut here at Nashville Trax featuring our A Team musicians, Joe and Angie (center) of The Los Angeles based band, The Swansons:

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“Best Live Band in Los Angeles, 2017”

Their album, produced by Bill Watson:

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Check out the single “Valentine” with Joe and Angie singing lead; Watson on bass guitar; Jenee Fleenor fiddle; Brent Mason, guitars, Jim Riley, drums; Steve King, keys, Jamie and Jim Riley, background vocals:

And here’s a quick rough mix of a three piece rockabilly jam with Brent Mason on guitar, Jim Riley drums and Bill Watson on bass guitar. More instrument parts have since been added; be sure to pick up a copy of The Swanson’s album (produced by Nashville Trax, intended for release November/December 2017) to hear the full mix:

Same song, same rhythm, track, but with Jenee, Mike, Joe and Angie Finley and other members of the A team on board, and EQ and effects applied to the tracks:

Here is our A Team playing that same song with The Swansons on their Nashville live debut/CD release party, 9-22-17:

The foundation rhythm section players: Jim Riley, Drums; Bill “B.E.” Watson, Bass Guitar; Brent Mason, Rhythm & Lead Guitars:

Some of the other A team tracking and overdub players we use:

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One of the best memories of my entire life!! Thanks to you and your crew of  ‘Hitmakers’ Bill Watson!! Thanks again!” – Songwriter Joe Finley of The Swansons.

Would you like a quote on your project using these musicians?

Contact:

nashtrax@bellsouth.net Att: B.E. Watson, A Team quote.

All samples above are “music tracked and ready for vocals to be added” quick mixes or full mixes for songs from the upcoming album by The Swansons to be released in late fall 2017. They are posted here for demonstration purposes only. Any other use without written consent of the publisher is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law and is forbidden.

Something’s Better, Valentine and I Need Your Love are all © 2017 Joe Finley, published by Listen Again Music (BMI). Posted for demonstration of production values only. Any other use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law.


Christian Song Before/After Production

Bill Watson, music producer Nashville Trax, Play It Again Demos

Bill Watson, producer

Looking to have a Christian song  produced? Give a listen to this client a capella “before” version of this song (titled “Paradise”) then our version.

Client “Before” version:

Nashville Trax “after” version:

Paradise is ©  Jon Smith, posted by permission. If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher.

How about that saxophone player? If you need fantastic sax on your tune, we’ll get him.
He’s THE MAN!

Pro recordings make everyone- friends, family, artists, record company A & R and music publishers- take notice. Have 3 or 4 pro demos or masters to peddle and they’ll brand you as a pro-level songwriter every time you pitch them.

We would be thrilled to do that for you!

As one of the staff who worked on this track said while listening to the final mixdown, “There are a lot of people in Nashville who wish their album tracks sounded this good!”

If you would like a quote on making a professional version of your song simply drop an e-mail with your rough mp3 or mp4 attached to: nashtrax@bellsouth.net with the details of what you want. We’ll likely bat a couple e-mails back and forth before we determine an exact price. It can be completed over the Internet or you can be present for the entire process.

Write in another style? There are more samples of work to your right in Categories > Samples of Our Work.


A Rockin’ Country Demo

Play It Again Demos

Play It Again Demos

If you like older style country we can do that all day long; fiddle, pedal steel out front in the mix, we love it!

But much of what makes radio these days incorporates more of a rock vibe. If there’s fiddle and steel they’ll have to fight for a spot in the mix, distorted guitars and cannon-like drums rule.

Here’s a demo produced by Play It Again Demos by producer, Bill Watson, titled “Renegade” that features those types of sounds.

Renegade is © 2013, 2016 Dan Mathews, used by permission of the songwriter. If you’re interested in recording this song please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and music publisher.

Do you need a quality singer like this to make your song sound professional?

An arrangement that make your tune something special, not just regurgitate the rough version? That blues-scale riffs in the intro, halfway through the chorus and on through? The producer, Bill Watson, wrote them in during pre-production.

And how about these musicians? Wouldn’t it be thrilling to hear these guys doing your song? And so worth the money?

Pro demos make everyone– friends, family, artists, record company A & R and music publishers- take notice and will brand you as a pro-level songwriter every time you play them.

We would be as happy to do that for you! Just shoot us an e-mail at nashtrax@bellsouth.net with your rough mp3 version attached and request a quote today!

There are more samples of work to your right in Categories > Samples of Our Work.


Jesus On My Lips

This simple, sweet Christian ballad didn’t require much instrumentation to make it work.

Hot off the press, so to speak, here’s Michael Rourke’s “Jesus On My Lips”

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Piano: Steve King

Strings: Steve King
Gut String Guitar: Bill Watson,
Percussion: Bill Watson
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Vocals: A.J. Thacker

Arranged, engineered, produced and mixed by Bill Watson

Jesus On My Lips is ©  2016 Michael Rourke, posted by permission. If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher.

If you have a song you’d like to have a similar sound, please reference this URL in your inquiry to piademos@bellsouth.net


Guitar/Vocal Sample + Upgrade

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Here’s a client’s song we first produced as a guitar/vocal. It came out like this:

The client was thrilled with it but then took producer Bill Watson’s suggestion to do a phase II: add some instrumentation which not only would upgrade it considerably, it would provide two different mix versions. Here it is after adding just drums, bass guitar, fiddle and mandolin:

Want a FREE quote on having your song produced? Send your mp3 rough to nashtrax@bellsouth.net today!

Carry On © 2014 G. Nowak. All rights reserved.


Modern Country Music Samples

If you write country songs that require more modern sounding drums, guitars and such, similar to what makes it to radio these days, you’ll find that here.

Here are two songs Bill Watson produced, aiming for that market, the first has the 70’s/80’s rock guitar and rock drumming elements, both of which are ubiquitous on country radio:

Uptempo Modern Country:

Modern Country Ballad:

If you like what you hear why not shoot out an e-mail to: nashtrax@bellsouth.net and request a quote to make your song sound like this?

Note that a lot of today’s country borrows from 70’s and 80’s folk rock while another segment has pop music elements, for example, most of Taylor Swift’s recent releases.

If you would like a quote on making a professional version of your song simply drop an e-mail with your MP3 rough version attached to nashtrax@bellsouth.net with the details of what you want. We’ll likely bat a couple e-mails back and forth before we figure out an exact price. It can be completed over the Internet or you can be present for the entire project.

We can do country pop, country rock, americana and all points in between!-b.e.

Lady In The Harbor and Let Her Go are © 2016, posted by permission of the songwriters. If you’re interested in recording either song, using it in media or using it in a live performance situation, please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and to the music publisher.


Rockin’ Contemporary Christian Sample Demo

Looking to have a Contemporary Christian song demo produced that needs to rock? Please give a listen to this. Powerful rock drumming by David Northrup as well as bass guitar, rhythm guitar and lead guitar tracks played by Bill Watson supply energy to inspire the two female vocalists. Jessica Brooks delivers a heartfelt, emotional lead track as Nashville session singer Taryn M, lays down those awesome gospel influenced bgvs. 8 tracks of stacked bgv tracks, no less! Ron Fairchild adds greatly on piano also. We Pray is © 2013, posted by permission. If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher. Play It Again Demos version of We Pray:

Vocals: Jessica Brooks and Taryn M
Piano: Ron Fairchild (The Oak Ridge Boys)
Drums: David Northrup (Travis Tritt, The Oaks)
All Guitars and Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Produced and Arranged by Bill Watson for Nashville Trax and songwriter Dan Mathews.

How about that singer? Clear and emotional, she can put a song like this across! Why not your song?. Pro demos make everyone- friends, family, artists, record company A & R and music publishers- take notice. Have 3 or 4 pro demos to peddle and they’ll brand you as a pro-level songwriter every time you pitch them. We would be thrilled to do that for you! If you would like a quote on making a professional version of your song simply drop an e-mail with your MP3 rough version attached to: nashtrax@bellsouth.net with the details of what you want. We’ll likely bat a couple e-mails back and forth before we figure out an exact price. It can be completed over the Internet or you can be present for the entire project. Write in another style? There are more samples of work to your left in Categories > Samples of Our Work. We do bluegrass, rock, country, pop, rap, hip-hop, blues you name it!


Fractured Fairytale

Play It Again Demos

Play It Again Demos

If you like your music a little on the swampy side, this is what the Play It Again Demos team  did with the Michael Jackson penned, Fractured Fairytail. We excel at in-your-face swampy  bluesy , partly because of our whompin’ drum room and the Gretsch kit with its one-in-a-thousand kick drum.

Montgommery Gentry’s drummer, William Ellis, played on this track. While listening down he marveled at how good the drum sound is here, even in the raw state before EQ, reverb and other effects were added. The bluesy harmonica by our harp man, Mr. Mike, is icing on the cake:

Here’s “Fractured Fairytale”:

Fractured Fairytale ©  Michael Jackson, acquired by Listen Again Music (BMI)  in 2017, posted by permission. All rights Reserved. Unauthorized use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law.If you’re interested in recording this song, please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the music publisher.

Do you need a quality band like this to make your song sound professional?

Pro demos make everyone- friends, family, artists, record company A & R and music publishers- take notice. Have 3 or 4 pro demos to peddle and they’ll brand you as a pro-level songwriter every time you pitch them.

We would be as happy to do that for you! Just shoot us an e-mail at nashtrax@bellsouth.net with your rough mp3 version attached and request a quote today!

Write in another style? There are more samples of work to your right in Categories > Samples of Our Work.


Gone

Gone!

Gone!

Hot off the press, so to speak!

My approach was to re-format the original work into a more formal chorus/verse/bridge structure, alter the chords at the bridge to create some separation, track it as a three piece rhythm section, then build the production around the increasingly interesting vocal, including the introduction of some Antares and Waves vocal effects plugs.

The total music dropout with “cell phone” EQ on the vocal in the middle section adds a bit of “wow that’s cool ” factor. but I can take no credit, it was an unplanned afterthought that Jesus laid on me as I mixed, (He always helps me out).

Anyway it all seems to work, here’s a clip, see what you think:

This was Brittany’s first project here and it was a blast working on her vocal tracks. She’s friendly, a lot of fun, a great Christian woman and I absolutely love her singing style. Mixing was extra fun too as I got a chance to use several of the new plugs we added recently. Hopefully the results speak well of them.- b.e. watson

Gone is ©  Michael Jackson, acquired by Listen Again Music (BMI)  in 2017, posted by permission. All rights Reserved. Unauthorized use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law.

If you’re interested in recording Gone or using it in any commercial application please let us know and we’ll forward your request for a mechanical license to the music publisher.

If you would like a quote on making a professional version of your song simply drop an e-mail with your rough mp3 or mp4 attached to: nashtrax@bellsouth.net detailing what you want.

Write in another style? There are more samples of work to your right in Categories > Samples of Our Work.


Piano & Vocal Christian Song Demo Before/After.

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

I thought you might like to hear this, hot off the press so to speak.

The client’s Before version of Oh Lord I Sing To Thee:

The Play It Again Demos in progress version:

The songwriters are pleased with our work. “It sounds great!” said Robert Landes after the first listen to this version, then he paid extra to create a final mix second version with suggested possible additions: violin, bass guitar and percussion. That second version will be posted here in a couple of weeks, stay tuned.

Update! Here is the version with violin, bass guitar, drums and percussion (the drummer added a shaker) to it:

Oh Lord I Sing To Thee is © 2016 Landes/Purdy, posted by permission of the songwriters. If you’re interested in recording this song or using it in your church service please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriters and publisher.

Do you like our singer? She’s awesome isn’t she? Strong and clear, great with harmony. Do you need a quality piano track or a superior quality vocal to make your song sound professional? Pro demos make everyone- friends, family, artists, record company A & R and music publishers- take notice. Have 3 or 4 pro demos to peddle and they’ll brand you as a pro-level songwriter every time you pitch them.

We would be thrilled to do that for you! Just shoot us an e-mail at nashtrax@bellsouth.net with your rough mp3 attached and request a quote today!b.e.


Basket Case: A Nashville Session Player Band

Basket Case

Basket Case

Basket Case at 3rd & Lindsley, Left to Rt: Steve King (keyboard); Holly Steele (background vocals); Rodney Ingle (background vocals); Tom Wild (guitar); Kristen McNamara (lead vocals); Bill Watson (bass guitar/bandleader); Tigar Bell (fiddle) ; John Heinrick, (sax). Background: David Northrup, (drums).

I received the first e-mail from songwriter Jon Smith back in my short hair days, 2005 I believe, saying he was disappointed with the work he’d received on his songs at several other Nashville studios and asking that 5 songs be produced for him at a budget far higher than any I’d experienced up to that point. The previous attempts to record his songs were interesting and the musicians competent, Jon said, but the music was flat, bland. There was no magic that he was sure was there.

We found it.

That initial e-mail led to multiple sessions totaling over 80 songs, a friendship, lots of rehearsals at S.I.R, and Soundcheck Nashville, a CD release, two videos and this live band that played Jon Smith tunes at venues in the greater Nashville area. What great fun it was!

Over the years of producing those sessions I used a lot of different top Nashville session players, excellent musicians all, but when Jon asked that a band be assembled so he could hear his songs performed live, I chose the ones I considered not just great musicians and singers, but also friends.

And my friends came through big time, the band sounded fantastic!

We initially resisted Jon’s suggestion that the male members wear white coats, but it turned out to be simply one more stroke of Jon genius. We only did a few gigs but quickly became known as “the white coat band” and it was memorable enough people still mention it occasionally, always referencing the white coats.

Here’s a swingin’ little tune that always made the setlist:

My Tears Are Puttin’ Out Your Fire is © 2007 Jon Smith. Co-writers: Jon Smith/Bill Watson, produced by Bill Watson. Used by permission.

That’s the studio version of MTAPOYF I produced in ’07 using mostly the same band pictured above.

Jon’s work was where I learned how to use horns effectively as opposed to creating a train wreck. Arranging, doubling, combining different horns together, stabs, swells, stacked horn tracks… if you have a tune you need sax, trumpet, clarinet or trombone on, or any combination of them, you’re at the right place! Send out an e-mail to nashtrax@bellsouth.net and ask for a quote!

I have the vids around of the band yet too and when I get around to it, will post some footage- b.e.

David Northrup & Bill Watson in a Basket Case video capture

Left: David Northrup drums, Bill Watson Bass Guitar. No wonder the band was called Basket Case. Two prime examples for sure!


Who Cares What The Deputy Thinks? Will A One Man Band Do?

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

If you can’t afford an “all session player” recording perhaps a one man band recording will work?

I just did two of these for a songwriting duo based in Antioch, TN (just east of Nashville).

For her first project I programmed the drums and Diane, the female half of the duo, was quite happy with it but I recommended hiring session player Jim Riley (long time Rascal Flatts drummer and percussionist) for her second go-round and a session singer who did both lead and background vocals.

Her comments:

“THANK YOU! It’s PERFECT! Thank you so much, Bill. This is so great. I can’t thank you enough. Real drums really make a difference too, huh? ![*:D big grin](Will we be able to get a copy of just instrumental and instrumental + background vocals? You really outdid yourself. Thank you, again. D”

I can program a drum pattern and build your song track-by-track with me playing all or at least most of the instruments OR I can call in a session drummer and then build from that the same way.

Why? Because it will save you some bucks, nothing is more efficient than one guy with some chops knocking it out.

So here’s a sample that can best be described as total strangeness, lol, but it does demonstrate my abilities fairly well.

One-man-band style, I wrote it, played the guitars and other instruments, plus sang the vocals (if you want to call it singing) through a harmonizer, produced, arranged & mixed.

I programmed this particular drum track on the Roland R-8 machine.

That bizarre melody thing happening through the intro, repeated just after on guitar, that sounds like it must be a synthesized kazoo part or something? Nope, vocal through a vocal effects processor.

Weirdness.

That spacey, wild electric lead guitar? If you think it might work, I can lay a track like that on your song, just reference this post and ask.

So, would a one-man-band type of demo do for your needs?

Pricing on one-man-band projects is less than for a full band of pro session players and, depending on your goal for the project, may suit your needs.

Please note that one-man-band skills are limited to drum programming, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar (acoustic or electric) and keyboard sounds like strings, choirs,  B3 patch, assorted pad sounds, and such.

I can play piano to a degree but some songs may be above my skill level and a real piano guy may need to be hired. Some pop and rap is better with a drum program and/or drum loops but for most styles a real drummer does make a difference.

Who Cares What The Deputy Thinks is © 2016, Bill Watson. For demonstration purposes only. Any other use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law.

Think a one man band demo will work for you? Shoot us an e-mail at nashtrax@bellsouth.net with your rough mp3 version attached and request a quote today!b.e.