Here’s a clip of songwriter David Greer’s first demo with us, finished today.
Based on David’s guitar/vocal rough, we produced two versions, one with Ray, a baritone, singing lead and harmony and a Bob Dylan style harmonica played by Mike Douchette. as the main lead instrument that I thought turned out great, well enough that David’s father thought it was the best song recording he’d ever heard.
But David wanted to hear it with a higher pitched vocal and fiddle instead of harp so this posted version features our singer, Jason. We’ll pick it up coming into the pre-chorus section:
Blake Sheton’s fiddle player, Jenee Fleenor plays both fiddle and mandolin. Other musicians include William Ellis of Montgommery Gentry on drums, Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson on bass guitar, Ron Fairchild of The Oaks on piano and Tom Wellenbacher on guitar who’s played with everyone from B.J. Thomas to Mindy McCreedy, .
“Jesus Help Me One More Time” is © 2015 David Greer. Bill Watson, producer.
Here’s a clip of “Help Me Jesus One More Time” by songwriter David Greer, starting at the pre-chorus section:
We did two versions of this with two different singers. The first featured harmonica, no fiddle but this is the version David decided to go with.
This song is about a guy who’s barely hanging on to the the end of his chain and about a step away from letting go. The original rough was just acoustic guitar and vocal but I thought a real laid back soulful treatment, musically speaking, would be the right thing for the vocalist, Jason, to really pour his heart into. I suggested to Jason that he dredge up his most desperate moment and literally cup his face in his hands prior to starting the vocal session to get in the right frame of mind. And I suggested William play the drums and I’d play the bass much like “The Band” would do this song- laid back, a little loose. William, who has schooled himself in styles, drummers and such immediately replied “Levon Helm” (drummer for The Band) and I knew he was on the right track. I believe we got the three-piece rhythm track (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) on the very first take with a quick fix or two. The remainder was overdubs.
I don’t know if this song will make it to Christian radio or not but it should, just about everyone who worked on it thought it was exceptional. If it does then I’ll post the complete version start to finish. -b.e. watson
Piano: Ron Fairchild (The Oaks)
Guitar: Tom Wellenbacher (Session guitarist)
Drums: William Ellis (Montgommery Gentry)
Fiddle & Mandolin: Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton)
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson (Producer, Nashville Trax)
“Help Me Jesus One More Time” © 2015 David Greer is presented here for demonstration of production values only, all other uses prohibited under U.S. and International copyright laws. Publishing and right of first release are currently open. If you wish to publish or record this song please contact us and we’ll forward your request as well as supply the complete mp3 mix and lyric.
Our studio, Nashville Trax, is known for getting great drum sounds and great drum mixes. Even seasoned Nashville session drummers are impressed.
I hear many amateur mixes as part of our demo service and drum-tracks-online that are shot in the foot simply because the foundation, drums, just aren’t very good.
My analysis of why out drum tracks get such rave reviews and how you can get that quality too?
1. Start with a great drummer. You’re not going to get a drum track that sounds like David Northrup (Travis Tritt, Wynonna Judd, John Cougar Mellencamp) or Montgommery Gentry’s drummer, William Ellis, unless you have a player of their caliber and they’re very few and far between outside the session player world. Those guys are born with talents that are extremely rare. The biggest mistake is to use a “great live drummer” for a recording. Very few can translate their skills into playing tight enough in the studio.
2. Use a quality kit tuned to sound good in a mix and play it into the right microphones. Our Sennheiser, Shure and Audio Technica combination features microphones designed for each specific drum. Biggest mistake? Gathering up “the best microphones available” and forcing them to work.
3. Use quality preamps. For example we run our bass drum microphone through a $2,500 Avalon compressor/pre. Is it any wonder session guys often comment on how amazing and solid the kick sounds?
4. Gate and EQ the tracks individually. Gate to get rid of the bleed not needed. EQ to cut unneeded frequencies as well as to improve tone, but if you have the right microphone and EQ coming in for any variation needed specific to the song, you won’t need to worry about tone much, the drum will sound great as recorded. Mistake? Too much playing with EQ can induce weirdness into the whole mix.
I’ll do another post soon on the actual drum mixing but if all this is beyond your ability/budget then why not consider hiring a session drummer at the drum-tracks-online link above? For a mere fraction of what you’d pay for renting microphones or what you’d waste in studio time on a drummer who fails, we can provide a rock solid foundation for you to build on- b.e.
If you have a song you’d like to get demoed trio or full band style, fast and at a discount, shoot us an mp3 at email@example.com tthen pay via Pay Pal to the same address, less a full 15% off! This offer is good only through January 6th at midnight (we need time to chart it, make suggestions and revise for any approved changes). Limit 4 songs total so we may need to close doors on this if we get too many.
Your song will be on the 1-8-14 rhythm tracking session that includes Steve Peterson’s Wrangler Man which is going to be tracked as a walking bass country song. One other song, Fractured Fairytale, is scheduled so far and we have room for2 more songs in this 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. session.
This is your chance to have Montgomery Gentry’s drummer, William Ellis, play on your tune through world class equipment with pro pre-production, producing and mixing!
If you need fiddle, mandolin, female vocals or awesome stacked backup vocals on your tune, Blake Shelton’s fiddle player, Jenee Fleenor, will be doing overdubs on various songs in a 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. same day!
Visit Nashville Trax for more information on the session players available.
Update: One song, titled “Johnny” has been added, 1 slot left, If you want it, let us know!
Update: Full! Sorry, maybe next session.
Drum Tracks Online : Nashville Trax Recording Studio Session Quality Drums For Your Project Delivered Over The Internet!Posted: November 11, 2013
Nashville Trax announces the addition of Drum Tracks Online! If you need a drum track in your song, you can now have a Nashville session quality player such as session drummer David Northrup or session player and Montgomery Gentry’s drummer, William Ellis,track it on an excellent quality drum kit, using excellent gear and recorded by an experienced engineer.
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Have the Nashville Trax studio drummer lock up to your acoustic guitar or piano track then build your song from there!
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Drums are the foundation of your recording yet it’s difficult to find a good local drummer capable of playing at session quality. They may be great at playing live, but studio? That’s a completely different situation.
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Three special recording/mixing session dates are coming up Nov. 26th, 2013 plus Dec. 3rd and Dec. 4th featuring some musicians who are regular members of Billboard charting country artist’s bands. Tracking and overdubs are on tap the first two days, mixing the last.
Jenee Fleenor, the backup singer and fiddle player who plays for hit recording artist Blake Shelton has confirmed. Blake Shelton’s Mine Would Be You is currently the #2 song on the Country Billboard charts.
Jenee also plays regularly for Martina McBride.
If you’d like to get a song or two in on this event, or even attend the session to watch your song get tracked and meet the musicians, simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many songs you want to include. We’ll promptly reply with the cost. 25% down will secure your slot but all remaining fees must be paid in full, in cash, by first downbeat. There’s room, we’ll work all night if necessary.
Update 11-26-13. 6:00 p.m. We tracked multiple songs today starting at 10 a.m. after which every part was backed up to additional hard drives (we do 1 backup as we record). Long day but the tracks sound great so far, we’re looking forward to the next session!
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 email@example.com with your rough mp3 version attached and request a quote today!
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