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.

Studio News:

Fisher’s of Men CD makes 2016 Grammy ballot

Dan Thompson’s single, “A Good Day for Progress” distributed by Sony drops to radio

Camille Rae’s single, But I Want You, on CMT

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 Icon, Mike Curb, Showers High Praise on The Swansons, in Vegas, accepting Country Album of The Year, Produced by Bill Watson of 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 follow up album.


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.


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).

 


Los Angeles Band, The Swansons 1st (and 2nd) Country Album In Progress At Nashville Trax!

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.

 

 

 

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Joe Finley of The Swansons trades stories with long time Rascal Flatts drummer, Jim Riley. Here telling Jim, he  has sometimes been mistaken for Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, Gary LeVox.

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Day One: Angie Finley meets Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson. Time to add Angie and Joe’s vocals to the songs Mr. Watson has been cutting music tracks on for several months. “Playing over 2,000 live shows I learned there’s a vast difference between a ‘danceable’ song and the next  level,” says Watson, “The tunes on this album are the prized ‘pull ’em out of their seats’ dance tunes every artist wants to cut and radio loves. People are going to dig this album!”

 

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: nashtrax@bellsouth.net. Or call producer Bill Watson @ 615. 319. 8616.


Should You Have A Demo, A Master, A Single or an Album Produced?

 

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Dan Thompson’s first quarter U.S. radio airplay royalty check from Sound Exchange for the single Miles and Miles produced by Bill Watson at Nashville Trax, It did even better overseas.

“My first royalty check for the 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 for the great work Bill!” – Dan Thompson

Your song is finished, now what? You aren’t capable of producing a professional quality recording on your own so you need a demo produced.

Or do you need a master? But if a master, how do you get it on the radio?

They seem to have the same basic steps, what’s the difference between a master and a demo anyway?

You’re confused. Let’s clear that up!

As this time the cost to have  a four to six piece band with a session singer demo produced at Nashville Trax is $750 to $1,400.

Each song production is unique but, in general, the higher price point may include background vocals, more instruments, better musicians and more time spent on the mix. A demo mix requires between 45 minutes to about 3 hours of mix time.

You’d do a demo if initial cost is a huge issue and the song will be used mainly to pitch to music publishers and other A & R industry professionals.

Some of our clients have assembled demos into an album and burned it on a CD but in most cases they aren’t true airplay quality. If you want radio airplay you really need to let us know that upfront, bite the bullet, and invest the additional money to ensure we deliver that.

Some of our clients have successfully attracted investors with a demo. For example, client Chad Barnes of Phoenix Arizona was able to interest an investor in putting $5,000 into his song “Cowboys” based on the initial sketch recording Bill Watson made of the tune.  As the full blown production progressed he was able to interest an investor to put up an additional $100,000, presumably for promotion and distribution.

A master suitable for radio airplay typically lands at about $2,500 but could be much lower or higher depending on the same factors detailed above for demos.

While a demo might have one of our A Team musicians on it, a master has only our A Team musicians. Your master may also have a more intricate arrangement; doubling and stacking of tracks (the musician physically playing a part multiple times to thicken the part) as well as a more detailed mix requiring up to 10 hours of mix time.

You’d do a master if you are making an album for release and intend to get radio airplay.

Nashville Trax is a music production facility, we do not go beyond that role; however,  we have witnessed the previous successes of our clients over the years and once your demo or master is produced we have a network of companies who can handle your next step effectively.

That list includes music publishing companies; song pluggers; music promotion companies, concert promoters; distributors who can obtain major label distribution for your album or single; and yes, we can connect you with the same radio promotion team that obtained radio airplay for our client Dan Thompson.

Read more about Dan Thomson’s album and single releases this article opened with:

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!

Miles and Miles by Dan Thompson Gaining Traction On Radio, including on the BBC!

 

 


Mastering Studio Nashville

Seeking a mastering studio in Nashville? Nashville Trax is now offering it’s stellar mastering services to all comers, regardless of where your project was recorded or mixed.

For more information or order, visit Nashville Trax

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The Nashville Trax A Team

Welcome to Nashville Trax! Yes, we are located in the Nashville, Tennessee area and we are the home base of the incredible Nashville Trax A Team detailed below.

Scroll down this samples page and you’ll find numerous samples of work we did for many different clients.

We produce Country, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Rock, Blues, Hip Hop and Pop music!

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, mastering of your mix, 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.

Read what one of our current clients e-mailed to Nashville Trax’ music producer (B. E. Watson):

“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 and demos that are radio ready in my opinion and I just wanted to say thank you for all your work.”

The Swanson’s album, Country This, produced ny Bill Watson right here at Nashville Trax won The Producer’s Choice Awards “Best Country Album” in April of 2018. The Swansons are cutting their second album here as well as as play live shows here with The Nashville Trax A Team.

Here’s our A team- we call them The Hitmakers- on a music-only track intended for their just-started second album already underway:

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)

Engineered, Arranged, Produced and Mixed by Bill Watson

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

Contact:

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

Here’s the first single, releasing to radio in 2018: “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:

The Nashville Trax A Team is comprised of 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!

The Swansons:

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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?

Contact:

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

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 Group, Dads and Daughters, Adds Sponsors, Website And Records 1st Single

The Nashville based Christian group, Dads and Daughters, has added Nashville Trax and Play It Again Demos to their growing list of sponsors.

Nashville Trax is providing free studio time and free space for the band’s web page:

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Play It Again Demos is providing free management for the group.

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Look for their first single to be released in September of 2017.

While they do receive free studio time to record this Dads and Daughters original song, they are donating 100% of all profits from the single to Christian charity. Yet they must pay for the studio musician fees and CD manufacturing costs. Therefore donations at their website noted above are welcome.


Video Production for Artist and Singles Promotion

Do you need video production for your song?

Video can be extremely effective at building a fan base, creating revenue streams and whetting the appetite of your fan base for upcoming products. As this video does:

Meet Dads And Daughters

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We live in a video world! The best way to promote your band, your song or you as an artist, is on video!

But if you lack the time or skill set to produce your own, contact Our Video Team

For a very affordable price they can create the video you need to succeed and even post it on social media for you.

Here’s the video of the actual song Dads and Daughters Know

Interested? Get details at the link above or text indicating your interest in having a video produced, call 615-319-8616.

 


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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Singer/songwriter Dan Thompson performing at the George Jones Entertainment Complex. downtown Nashville on Feb. 2, 2016.

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.

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A Danny Thompson fan’s shot of “A Day Without Progress” cranking out on Sirius XM 171.

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:
Tom Wild
B3 Organ: Steve King
Harmonica: Mike Douchette
Background Vocals: Angela Derrington
Tracking engineering:
Bill Watson
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.

A Day Without Progress © 2016 by Dan Thompson, posted here for demonstration purposes only. Any other use is a violation of U.S. and international copyright law. The songwriter currently retains the right of first release until the projected release to radio April 10th, 2016 after which, requests sent to nashtrax@bellsouth.net by parties interested in recording* either song; program directors interested in airplay or by producers interested in using the songs in TV/film projects will be forwarded to the songwriter and/or publisher.
*A Compulsory Mechanical License must be filed by parties planning on recording “A Day Without Progress The current royalty rate is 9.1 cents per copy. Advance payment for 1,000 copies ($91 U.S.) must accompany the filing, payable to the music publisher.

Accordian Tracks For Your Recording Project Online!

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