Exclusive: The inside story of how Richie Biggs and I record together

It didn’t make sense to feature all the amazing players that make up my production crew and not feature Richie too. We began working together in 1998 on the Switchfoot album New Way To Be Human and what a great ride it’s been. One of Richie’s best qualities is that he loves to work and goes wherever the music is good. When he’s not booked with me or other producers he is always working on some exciting new independent artist – tracking, overdubbing or mixing. It never ceases to surprise me when he’ll say something like, “Oh yeah, great film, did you ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Mark Hill and I record together

Hands down, Mark is the most recorded bassist in my production discography. We are a fit with no fuss. His gear, musical ideas, and depth of his tone are phenomenal. You never have a bad session with Mark. It’s always world class. He’s a pro so he takes direction well, but just as important is the fact that he’s incredibly musical. Mark plays a number of instruments, has a great ear and arranges music well. When he’s on a session you’re getting way more than low end. You’re on the receiving end of a first-class musical mind, and that’s money. Mark ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Scott Dente and I record together

I’ve recorded with Scott for nearly 25 years – almost from the time he graduated from Berklee. We’ve worked on a broad range of styles and sounds together from very hi-fi, complex and interwoven parts played on high-end boutique guitars, to cowboy strumming on an old Gibson. Certainly Scott is adept at electric but it’s his unique part-oriented acoustic playing that has given him much success. Over the years he’s added all the plectrum instruments to his menu and brings great skill and heart to everything he does. If Sam Ashworth is the steady as a clock ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how to work with yours truly, Charlie Peacock

I’m honored to curate this exclusive Nashville-centric session musician collective. What a great community of players! Even though I’m in the driver’s seat as producer, I play a lot of keyboards too. I usually create a foundational part with pianos, organs, or pads. Then the second phase (for my production style) is about creating something unique with my vintage keyboards and soft-synths, or by treating/manipulating existing parts (guitars, drums, vocals, keyboards etc.) via software and editing – in short, I do a lot of post-production to my sounds (well, ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Jeff Coffin and I record together

When I’ve done anything in jazz or improvisational music Jeff’s been there with me as a sage guide and friend. We created the recording Arc of the Circle together, played NYC’s jazz club The Standard, and even jammed with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra (look Sun Ra up and have your mind blown). Without a doubt, Jeff is one of the finest musicians on the planet. As a soloist he can be tasteful and ferocious. As an arranger he is peerless. His mixed woodwind arrangements on Arc of the Circle are achingly beautiful. His horn arrangements on my own No Man’s Land ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Matt Slocum and I record together

Matt and I go back 20 years ago to when Sixpence None The Richer first broke as a band. Matt was a good friend to both my kids, first my daughter Molly and then son Sam. He was even kind enough to put one of Sam’s songs on the platinum record that launched “Kiss Me” (when Sam was only 16). So, I’ve got a lot of love for Matt. But most importantly for you, I’ve got a crazy amount of respect for his musical mind and creative abilities. When you work with Matt you’re not getting just a cellist or string arranger – you’re getting an artist. Believe me, ...

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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 ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Dan Dugmore, Bruce Bouton and I record together

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 Jeff Taylor and I record together

There isn’t an A list musician in Nashville that doesn’t know of Jeff Taylor’s phenomenal ear for music. Play it once, he’s got it. Transposition again and again? No problem, he’s got it. Jeff is a giant of a musician and never once will you catch him noodling 32nd notes or trying to draw attention to himself. Humility plus extraordinary talent is how I’d describe Jeff. His accordion collection is amazing. He has a tone for every kind of song, from very reedy rock to pad-like and flutey. Jeff has strong arrangement skills too. Don’t hesitate to ask him ...

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Exclusive: The inside story of how Tim Lauer and I record together

  2013 ACM nomination for best keyboard player (Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Taylor Swift) Even though I play keyboards on most of the projects I produce, I also choose Tim to take my place on occasion, and to augment what I’ve already tracked. I have absolute faith in his taste and musicianship. Not only does he often play just the right part the first time through, I can trust that he’s never phoning it in. He’s both an intuitive and a thinker. This boosts my confidence. I know he’s feeling it with passion and heart, and he’s weighed several ...

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