Exclusive: The inside story of how JT Corenflos and I record together

  2013 Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year I do not even think about attempting to create or produce authentic country music without JT Corenflos. That’s for my production needs. It’s not a means of putting JT in a box – because you can’t, and you shouldn’t. Some of my favorite recordings with JT are Americana, rock and blues oriented. He’s a deep lake of all manner of electric guitar history. I used him on the stomp-blues song “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars and recently on an EP by newcomer Shawn Conerton. Point is, if it’s ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Sam Ashworth and I record together

Full disclosure here . . . we’re talking about my son so there’s no way to be totally objective. Thankfully his work speaks for itself. Sam has great songwriting and production skills but is definitely known first as an amazing background vocalist and rock-steady acoustic guitar player. He’s also a drummer with that hard to come by “indie” feel and sound. Sam’s a gift to me music-wise in a number of ways, but what people might not know is that he does a tremendous amount of Pro Tools editing for me. Of course he’ll make your tracks soar with his ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Jerry McPherson and I record together

Of the great collection of musicians belonging to The Overdub Hub, I’ve known and worked with Jerry McPherson the longest – 25 years to be exact. The first recording Jerry played on was my own, The Secret of Time, produced by the great Brown Bannister. This was my introduction to guitar alchemy and whole new level of sound production using the guitar. My musical life has not been the same since. The Secret of Time was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Rock Gospel category and we were off and running. Next we worked together on Amy Grant’s Heart In Motion, a ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how I record with our drummer-percussionists

A Few Words . . . These four drummer-percussionists are all amazing musicians. They also have the very best gear from vintage to contemporary – these means drums and recording gear. So you can do remote recording with these guys very easily – or you can come to Nashville and work with them in ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Andy Leftwich and I record together

Andy is an indispensible artist in my production toolbox. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him! Like all the rest of the players in this Hub, I’ve yet to stump Andy. His tone, intonation, and ideas are impeccable – and he’s a humble contributor to some of Nashville’s finest music. Andy plays excellent guitar and banjo too – though he’s so humble he’d probably tell you he doesn’t. Nevertheless he is one of the world’s greatest fiddle and mando players. We do traditional stuff together and more experimental like the title theme from the AMC ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Barry Bales and I record together

The right notes are important, but tone and time is everything and Barry’s got more than enough. I really think Barry’s tenure with Alison Krauss & Union Station has made him a very unique bassist. His playing is a wonderful combination of simplicity, just the right movement, with those one-of-a-kind moments of: “Hey, listen to this little tasty bit.” For Bluegrass, Country, Alt-Country, Folk-Americana bass playing, it doesn’t get better than this. But don’t box Barry in – he’s a world-class musician that can fit into any genre. No question. And he’s ...

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