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!


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.


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.


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.

 


Accordian Tracks For Your Recording Project Online!

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Yes, That is just one of many instruments we have available at Nashville Trax Tracks online!

Need Accordion on YOUR project? Click Here!


Thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track!

Hey Bill!! I just want to say thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track, it sounds great the mix, exactly what I was after.

I think this will be my third order now with Nashville Trax and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the future. You guys are fantastic!! Thanks again!! Kind regards, Louise D’Arby (Australia)

Need Banjo? Click Here!


Banjo Track Excites Producer Client!

“Hey Bill!!

I just want to say thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track, it sounds great the mix, exactly what I was after.  I think this will be my third order now with Nashville Trax and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the future.  You guys are fantastic!!

Thanks again!!”

Kind regards,

Louise Darcy

 

Louise hails from Australia. Instead of her coming to Nashville, we provide her with professionally produced banjo tracks online that drop seamlessly into her mix, usually within 1-3 days, sometimes just a few hours!

Need a banjo part? Here you go:

http://www.nashvilletraxrecordingstudio.com/banjo-tracks-online

Need drums. bass. piano, organ, synth, sax, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle or something else? Inquire here:

nashtrax@bellsouth.net


Female Singers for Hire @ Nashville Trax

Female singers for hire can be found at Nashville Trax Vocals Online!

The singer IS the song! We have some of the very best available who not only will deliver your song authentically but also charge reasonable rates you can afford. Click here for samples, photos and rates.

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Custom Performance Tracks

Need a custom made production of a cover tune in your key so you can perform the song live at an upcoming event?

Or maybe one of your original songs?

And do you need that at a reasonable price?

It’s easy!

And yes, you can get anything from an extremely inexpensive acoustic guitar or piano track, all the way up to a full production.

Just click this link:

Custom Performance Tracks


Male or Female Singers Available For Your Recording Project!

If you wrote a song recently and are in the process of recording or already have, one thing is probably crystal clear at this point:

The singer IS the song!

If you:

  • Don’t have a quality singer available for your song
  • Are in the recording process and the singer you chose isn’t working out
  • Attempted to sing your song yourself but know you aren’t the best choice
  • Have already finished your mix a while ago and now fresh ears are screaming, “This song deserves a better singer!”

We can help!

While it’s best to approach us at nashtrax@bellsouth.net BEFORE you cut the first rhythm track so you can select the singer you want and let them select the key they prefer to sing your song in, all may not be lost if you didn’t.

Several of our singers have a range so wide they can fit into just about any key. The price range is very reasonable as well. Demo rate is anywhere from $100 to $375 per song, depending on which singer you choose and that INCLUDES studio time, the singer and the producer/engineer!

You get a .wav file in any format you need (default is 24/48) that will drop right into Pro Tools, Cubase or any other popular recording format and lock up to your project automatically.

So let’s get to work solving your problem:

What do you need?

A male singer for my song

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Maybe Brandon would be a good choice?

A female singer for my song

Nashville Tracks singer Jenifer

Why not have our Nashville session singer Jennifer sing your song?


Looking for a Bluegrass Recording Studio for your Single or Album?

“I’ve been listening to this track over this past weekend and I’ve got to say you nailed it again my friend. You captured exactly what I had in mind. Recording quality is superb, as always, and the session musicians are truly amazing. They are simply the very best! I am so proud to have them on this recording and all the others that we have done together. This song will be a great way to introduce Mike Anderson and The Mountainview Ramblers to radio.”

In 2016 we produced Mike’s first album which had one song that hit the top ten on the bluegrass charts. This is his first single with The Mountainview Ramblers.

We can do fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dobro and more!

Contact nashtrax@bellsouth.net for more info. and a quote on your bluegrass project.

 


Cheap Recording Studios in Nashville

So you’re Looking for cheap recording studios in Nashville.

Nashville Trax
offers a lot for the money. Yet unlike many other cheap recording studios. there’s plenty of parking, excellent quality sound, rooms designed to record in, equipment manufactured after 1962 and knobs that actually work properly instead of sounding like they have dirt in them or work only if you twist them back and forth enough.

Studio rates in Nashville can range from about $45 per hour to over $300 per hour. Nashville Trax does post an hourly rate of $75 but often bids a set price for a demo, single or album so you’ll know the total cost before starting, including musician costs and studio fees. And it will be reasonable!

Here are some pics taken here, one of the cheap recording studios in Nashville:

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For aditional information e-mail nashtrax@bellsouth.net or call 615-319-8616