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.

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 or call 615-319-8616 for additional information or to book a session.

The Swansons To Perform With The Nashville Trax A Team LIVE SHOW at Rev-el-ry.


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:

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!


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



Jenee Fleenor, fiddle, mandolin, vocals


Band leader, Bill Watson, and his ’78 Fender Precision Bass Guitar


Jim Riley Playing the studio drum track to The Swansons song, Getting Ready 5-16-17


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).


Jim Riley, drummer for Rascal Flatts and his Drum Dojo Students Stop By Nashville Trax.

Rascal Flatts’ long time drummer, Jim Riley, (in chair left) one of Nashville’s best session drummers stopped by Nashville Trax today so the students sequestered in his Drum Dojo for the weekend could meet producer Bill Watson (in chair, right) and experience a Nashville style drum tracking session. Jim, Bill, the Bass guitarist/producer, and guitarist Brent Mason are the foundation of the Nashville Trax A Team.

Needless to say the students were full of questions but very respectful and polite…a great way to start a Nashville Trax day!

Interested in being a student of Jim’s next Drum Dojo Weekend? It’s only $850 per student which includes meals and snacks. Contact Jim through his web site.


Album Music Producers Near Me

Obviously you are searching for “a music producer near me”. The question is why?

When there’s a studio you can use just as effectively that can provide:

  • Better Musicians
  • Better Engineering
  • Better Production skills

    All at a highly competitive price.

    That studio is Nashville Trax

    Yes we are based in Nashville but we can work with you and produce your album without you ever leaving your home town!

    We are working on The Swansons second album now, the only thing they travel to Nashville for are their vocal parts. Their first album had two top 10 singles!


    Joe and Angie: The Swansons

    We have worked with many overseas artists and groups who had us produce, arrange and mix their album yet never came to Nashville, We cut their music tracks, they cut their vocals at a local studio. Check out our Nasville Trax Facebook page and read about the album project, done right here at Nashville Trax without them ever setting foot in the U.S. and WOW are they super pleased with how it turned out!

    We have worked with Dan Thompson, who came in only for his vocals.


    Singer and songwriter Dan Thompson

    You can work with us also, and get a better, even spectacular album produced, with full time session musicians, sometimes for less than using the local studio that has little, if any, talent associated with Billboard hits!



  • Song Written in Memory of Mark Gray Garners Interest from Fellow Exile Member, Sonny Lamire

    Just in RE: “Camo Cap” a song Nashville Trax client, Bobby Layton, wrote about his friend Mark Gray. Mark, who recently passed away, wrote many hits and most of the Exile catalog.

    “The piano version was exactly how I heard Camo, Tops on Jason singing. Piano player made song. Entire Production Awesome!! Sonny Lamire of Exile wants to hear it.”

    Steve King: piano

    Jim Riley: drums,

    Jason Eustice: vocals

    Bill Watson: acoustic guitar. bass guitar (also produced, engineered and mixed).

    “I never met Mark,” says Watson, “But I probably have a client for life in Bobby, because just before his death, Mark Gray heard a song I produced for Bobby and said that of all the songs Bobby had done in Nashville studios over the years, it was the best and he said that Bill Watson is the guy Bobby should stick with for future work.

    High praise from high places and very, very cool to get affirmation I’m doing something right from one of Nashville’s upper echelon songwriters.”

    A pic Bobby sent of Mark Gray (middle) with Exile, Mark wearing his beloved “Camo Cap”:

    Mark Gray

    Unpublished Songs Available To Record For Your Project

    If you are doing a single release or a full album and:

    A)  Write your own songs but need one or stronger songs to push as singles


    B) Don’t write songs and don’t want to cover other artists songs, you want your own

    We have songs available that may be just what you’re looking for! Unpublished songs with the right of first release still available.

    The only charge to you for this would be if you decide to move forward and record a song you’d sign a royalties licensing agreement so the songwriters receive the royalties required by law.

    To give it a try simply describe your project, financing and plan and type of music you’re interested in. A link or mp3 of you performing would help greatly.. Our address:

    We will respond with a convenient link.





    Congrats to Jenee Fleenor Billboard Country #1 Hit, Jon Pardi “Head Over Boots”


    Jenee Fleenor fiddle at #1 Country Billboard hit party for Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots”

    Jenee dreamed of hearing her fiddle on country radio since she was eleven years old. Scratch that off the bucket list, Jenee. Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots” hit Billboard #1 two weeks ago. Great player. Very humble. Congrats!

    Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, recording Jenee Fleenor fiddle tracks yesterday on four songs for various clients:

    Top Nashville Song Pluggers. Try this!


    Nashville TN Skyline  Song pluggers based in Nashville promote songs to their contacts for a fee. Some charge upfront per song, some work for a percentage of royalties, some charge both.

    Most Nashville pluggers primarily pitch country, Americana, Christian and bluegrass music. Songwriters who are not having success placing their songs with music publishers or who want more feedback than they receive from publishers tend to utilize their services.

    Most pluggers primarily focus on placing songs in major label projects. When you’re paying thousands of dollars upfront or, as one plugger charges, $300 per month, you’re looking for a home run.

    But beware, most traditional pluggers’ clients strike out and pay a lot of money for zero results.

    For many songwriters, a better alternative is a subscription service such as Song Rocket. Based in the Nashville area, for a small monthly fee they provide a much broader range of plugging and song marketing services than traditional pluggers. No one strikes out. Everyone sees forward movement of their song catalog on a regular basis.

    The Song Rocket service includes a traditional major-label-focused plugger who will work your catalog the same way a music publisher would but also submits for what they dub “secondary markets” songs needed for a local commercial or perhaps for a sound library- the list of secondary markets on their site is long.

    But the reason they can guarantee all client’s songs will get exposure is because, in addition to regular services aimed at pitching to the elusive big time major label projects they have a creative team division that actually creates content, uses client’s songs in that content, then monetizes it.  For example, they might create a video featuring a client’s song or songs, then post it on You Tube and promote it, with the revenue going to the songwriter(s).

    We believe Song Rocket is a good choice for any songwriter looking for traditional plugging due to the low monthly cost. But it’s almost essential for instrumental music, lengthy songs, songs that don’t fit a specific radio format and other song properties that may well be viable in the marketplace but would never land a deal with a music publisher or major label.

    Custom Accompaniment Tracks


    Custom Piano Accompaniment

    • Cover Tunes
    • Write your original song to a track we create for you
    • Perform Live Or Use For Recording
    • Reasonable Pricing
    • You Retain All Rights
    • Expandable, We Can Add More Instruments After Your Song Is Written

    Custom Piano Tracks

    Custom Guitar Tracks

    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”


    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

    Song Publisher In Nashville Accepting Submissions

    Listen Again Music (BMI) located in the Nashville TN area is accepting songs from unpublished songwriters. They are currently in a catalog building phase, songs accepted and contracted will be promoted to major label and independent recording projects as well as film and Television. The “open doors” policy is for a limited time.

    Interests are Country, Christian, Rock and Pop.

    Extra consideration will be given to performers currently playing the song regularly in a live show.

    Also, lump sum purchases of royalty streams and/or copyrights are being offered on songs that charted on the Billboard Top 40 and are no longer earning substantial royalties.

    Click here for contact information and more complete information.

    Australian Issy Burnup Finds Her Sound At Nashville Trax, Bill Watson Producing

    Hailing from Australia, pics of  highly talented singer/songwriter Issy Burnup’s recording session yesterday.

    Producer Bill Watson, pictured below holding the gifts the Burnup family brought  from “the land down under” (Vegemite and a bag made from a kangaroo’s scrotum) says, “We did more than simply cut tracks, I believe we gave Issy a sound that will help her discover her direction as an artist.”

    Left: Issy, Bottom Right: Issy’s mother Jennifer, Issy, producer and bass player Bill Watson, Issy’s father Clive. Above right: engineer Shawn Conley, Bill Watson, Steve King keyboards, and father Clive. Playing on the session but not pictured: drummer David Northrup and guitarist Tom Wild.

    Awesome session!

    Publicity photos of Issy:



    Issy Burnup