Nashville Trax Client Dan Thompson Receives First Quarter Airplay Royalty Check from Sound Exchange.Posted: October 21, 2017
“My first royalty check for 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!”
Read more about Dan Thomson’s Nashville Trax album and single releases:
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!
Complete 10 song album/show/video packages start as low as $15,000 and 20 song packages top out at under $50,000! Get a quote: email@example.com
Note that the Nashville Trax A Team Players are only available to play live on release party shows playing your album of at least 10 songs.
Rehearsal Tuesday evening, 9-19-17:
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).
“Only Prayer By The People” won several awards at the Christian Film Festival (August 2017) including best song, best video and best artwork.
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
“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:
Client Feedback just in:
“Can Love Hear Me makes me feel like love is possible! You, your team and Abigail really pulled off a GREAT (!!!) production. Abigail’s voice makes me believe she is hoping for love, with the promise it will happen. Listening over these next few days and week or so will be like unpacking a gift package of sound.”- Mike Rourke, Schenectady, NY
Musicians on “Can Love”:
Tom Wild: all guitars including incredible gut string work, David Northrup added live drums to the loop Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, used to start it, which stayed in the production. Abigail Dempsey: Lead and harmony vocals. Bill Watson played bass guitar, produced, mixed. All the above had a hand in arrangement on this one.
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)
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:
“Best Live Band in Los Angeles, 2017”
Their album, produced by Bill Watson:
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:
“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?
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
High praise from The Swanson’s, a band from the Los Angeles area Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, is producing a country album for, Regarding the first song’s final for-radio mix of their project.
“Getting Ready sounds great, Bill! I don’t know what else to say other than praise God!!! Extraordinary!!”- Joe Finley
In this morning from client Louise D’arcy who hails from Australia: “Just listened to the Steel Guitar track…sounds beautiful, I especially love the high accents sprinkled throughout. Please thank the musician that played on my track (ed. note: it was Mr. Mike!) and thank you for always being so wonderful to deal with. I have purchased several times through Nashville Trax and you never fail to deliver the highest quality.”
Need a steel track? Here are samples and payment information.
Our long time pedal steel guitar player: Mr. Mike!
Our 1st cartoon scoring yesterday morning went great thanks to Aaron McDaris’ excellent playing!
“The banjo tracks are ridiculously great. I’m speechless. Amazing performance. Amazing recording. If you can do the harmonica and steel you mentioned by 5 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow, consider this my order for both.”- Composer Steve Mayer. Los Angeles, CA.
That little monkey wrench in the schedule turned a busy day into absolutely crazy but Steve received his 2 steel and 3 harp tracks about 6:30 p.m. last night.
Need a banjo track? Send payment ($95 per track, most folks need just one banjo track per song) to email@example.com then e-mail your here’s-where-I-am-at this-point mix to the same e-mail address. You msy include specific notes as well.
A chord chart is helpful, but not necessary, just makes it go quicker.
We also offer:
- B3 Organ
- Acoustic and Electric Guitars
- Bass Guitar
- Pedal Steel
e-mail us for details on those instruments or go to the above link and in the upper right hand corner, click on the word “more” which offers a menu with a dedicated page for each instrument, including samples and testimonials.
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).
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!!
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:
Need drums. bass. piano, organ, synth, sax, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle or something else? Inquire here:
Congratulations to Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Thompson, who’s first single, “Miles and Miles” has been gaining traction on radio, first charting on the SOCAN Internet Radio Stations Top 40 Up and Coming list and now has migrated to the Traditional Country Top 40 Up and Coming chart.
If Miles & Miles climbs to the top of the up and coming Country charts (It’s currently sitting at number 28) the next progression is Bill Board top 40..
Miles and Miles was written and sung by Dan Thompson, produced by Bill Watson and recorded here at Nashville Trax.
Read more about the session here.