Tim Denbo Is an active session bass player and in-demand live bassist. We discuss his recording rig, growing up in Indianapolis playing classical music, buying a bass from the J.C Penny catalog and studying bass at Berklee.
Mike Ewing has been producing for over ten years. He started off in the Beat Battle world. His first major record was on MMG Self Made Vol. 3 The track, “My Man” featured Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Rockie Fresh. He has since produced Gladys Knight and Danileigh, Villz, Kaby, and Mike Floss. We talk about the emerging new Nashville Sound, making records with minimal gear, his production style and signing with Soul Kontrollaz.
Danny Pratt is a Nashville-based drummer who splits his time between touring with his band, The Flying Buffalos, and performing in town with various groups, including Pageant. We talk Chicago, Nashville, Neo-Soul, Whiplash, and what it means to practice.
Andy Ellison stays busy as a touring pedal steel guitarist while maintaining a heavy workload of recording session work both in Nashville and online. He has spent the last three years touring with country artist, Jon Pardi, and is currently on the road with him as a supporting act for the Dierks Bentley Burning Man Tour. We talk about his move to Nashville, college audio engineering programs, online session work and learning pedal steel on Youtube.
In 2018, Grady Saxman reached several personal milestones. He tracked over 100 recording sessions at his studio, overdubbed over 100 drum tracks, produced 50 singles and played on his first #1 single, “One Number Away,” by Luke Combs. We discuss what makes a good studio musician and engineer, how to constantly be learning, how to make connections in Nashville and the importance of being reliable.
One of the greatest thrills a musician can enjoy in his life is to play for an artist he or she is a true fan of. Derrick McCullough had the pleasure of touring with Daryle Singletary for two years. He remembers his first gig with Daryle and we discuss nightmare sound-checks, rehearsing with George Jones’s band, working with Mitch Rossell on the Garth Brooks tours, and stories of our favorite Nashville pedal steel players.
Anne McCue is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and host of WXNA’s Songs on the Wire. She analyses her time spent singing and playing guitar with Australian chart-topping band, Girl Monstar, her reverence for Leonard Cohen, learned lessons from a bad record deal, moving from Australia to Los Angeles and touring with Lilith Fair.
Lij Shaw is an award winning, chart breaking music and podcast producer, recording engineer, musician, and owner of a Grammy awarded recording studio, The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville TN. He has produced and recorded many records awarded praise in Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine for work with artists such as The Spinto Band, Deer Tick, The Living Things, Jill Sobule, and Glenn Tilbrook, Rosco Gordon, and Twiggs. His musical productions have been used in television and film soundtracks, including the Cingular Razor commercial for the 2005 Superbowl. He discusses his career as a producer in Nashville, the Hay Bale Studio at Bonnaroo, and the risks of owning a home studio in Nashville.
In high-demand, Nashville-living electric bassist, Tyrone Coughlin takes time to discuss his professional experiences on the road with Americana artists, Aubrey Sellers, Sam Morrow and Jaime Wyatt. Coughlin began his career in music by working at Oceanway Studios and Record One as a fly on the wall for the Dr. Dre 2001 recording sessions. He breaks down the science of why the bass is the most important in a band, and we trade anecdotes of dive bar gigs on the outskirts of Nashville.