Guitar

Jerry McPherson

Electric & Acoustic Guitar
With a discography spanning 25 years and more than 900 albums, Jerry McPherson is arguably the most in-demand Nashville session guitarist of our time. Wearing his signature black beanie, Jerry has played stages across the globe with Chris Cornell, Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire.

Sam Ashworth

Background Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Vocal Editing & Tuning
Of course Sam will make your tracks soar with his background vocals and well-played acoustic. No one is faster, more inventive, or more in tune than Sam on background vocals. And his acoustic playing is rock solid. You can let him clean up your vocals and tracks too - it'll make for a better mix. You’ll be happy you did.

JT Corenflos

Electric Guitar
I do not even think about attempting to create or produce authentic country music without JT Corenflos. That’s for me and my needs, not a means of putting JT in a box – you can’t, and you shouldn’t. Some of my favorite recordings with JT are Americana, rock and blues oriented.

Scott Dente

Acoustic Guitar
I’ve recorded with Scott for nearly 25 years – almost from the time he graduated from Berklee. We’ve worked 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.

Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Dobro

Bruce Bouton

Pedal Steel / Lap Steel / Dobro
I’ve recorded with Bruce for over seventeen years. He was the first pedal steel player I recorded in Nashville. He’s always been there for me and provided some amazingly tasty work on my 2012 solo album, No Man’s Land. As I write this, Bruce is on the road with Garth Brooks on what Garth says will be the biggest tour in the world.

Dan Dugmore

Pedal Steel / Lap Steel / Dobro
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been on a session with Dan that he didn’t play the right thing on the first pass. It makes sense though. In Singer-Songwriter, Country, Alt-Country, Rock and Folk-Americana, producers and artists are still mining the deep well that Dan and a handful of others pioneered in the 1970s...

Drums & Percussion

Greg Morrow

Drums / Percussion
When the drummer plays as well as Greg and has such a great disposition it puts everyone at ease groove-wise and personally. He’s a pro of pros and is timeless in his sound and approach. I just used him on a 18 year-old’s pop record and he killed it.

Ken Lewis

Drums / Percussion
Though he’s often hired as a drummer, Ken is the musician I book for traditional percussion parts ala shakers, tambo, and cymbal/gong swells. He’s quick and like a rock with all that. But where we really have fun together is in working to create unique percussive ways to expand the low and high end frequencies of a track.

Nir Z

Drums / Percussion
The thing that sets him apart though is his swing, basically his feel. Some session drummers specialize in laying it down solid and unmovable. Nir is just as solid, but he’s driven to make even the most solid groove have some earthy, human feel to it. And I don’t know, it might be his birthplace, but Nir has the most unusual, yet completely musical fills.

Steve Brewster

Drums / Percussion
No brag, just fact, but Steve is outstanding on my own recording called “No Man’s Land.” Check out the sounds on that record. Honestly, Steve is the right drummer for everything, especially if you want someone who really cares to get it right.

Keyboards and Programming

Charlie Peacock

Piano, Synths, Programming
Of course I’m in the driver’s seat as producer, but 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, editing, and programming.

Jeff Taylor

Accordion / Piano / Multi-Instrumentalist
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.

Tim Lauer

Piano / Synths / B-3 Organ
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 options in a matter of seconds to give me just what my production needs.

Mandolin, Fiddle, Strings

Andy Leftwich

Mandolin / Fiddle
Andy is an indispensible artist in my production toolbox. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him! His tone, intonation, and ideas are impeccable – and he’s a humble contributor to some of Nashville’s finest music

Matt Slocum

Cello
Not many working cellists can say they have an evergreen hit song to their credit. But Matt can. Matt is a co-founder of the pop group Sixpence None the Richer and writer of their mega-hit, “Kiss Me.” Cello is always on his creative mind, but Matt is also an exceptional guitarist, and arranger for small or large string ensembles.

Bass

Barry Bales

Acoustic & Electric Bass
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.'

Mark Hill

Electric Bass
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.

Winds

Jeff Coffin

Saxophone / Various Horns / Horn Arranging
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 put a permanent smile on my face.

Background Vocals

Sam Ashworth

Background Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Vocal Editing & Tuning
Of course Sam will make your tracks soar with his background vocals and well-played acoustic. No one is faster, more inventive, or more in tune than Sam on background vocals. And his acoustic playing is rock solid. You can let him clean up your vocals and tracks too - it'll make for a better mix. You’ll be happy you did.

Engineering and Mixing

Richie Biggs

Mix Engineer / Tracking Engineer
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.
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