Brennen Leigh

Classic Country & Bluegrass

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Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, the US, South America and the UK. She is 2018 Ameripolitan Honky Tonk Vocalist of the year. The late Guy Clark said, "Brennen Leigh plays guitar like a motherf----."

I record at a home studio using Ear Trumpet Labs condenser microphones. I can provide vocal harmonies, mandolin, lead acoustic guitar and rhythm acoustic guitar. My biggest guitar influences are Norman Blake and Maybelle Carter. My favorite mandolin player is Ira Louvin. Some of my main vocal influences are The Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizzell and Dolly Parton.

I've been a touring and session musician since 2002. I live in Nashville, where I'm a staff writer at Writer's Den Music Group on Music Row.

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Credits

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  • Charley Crockett
  • Angus Gill
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Interview with Brennen Leigh

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I record harmony vocals most often for clients. I also record lead acoustic guitar and mandolin. Every now and then I record lead vocals for another songwriter.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Loretta Lynn, The Louvin Brothers, Melba Montgomery, George Jones.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I use Ear Trumpet Labs microphones, a macbook and an Apogee interface.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: I spend a few days getting acquainted with the song and then sit down to lay some tracks down.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: I try and "climb into the song," identifying with the message and feel as much as I am able. I come from a classic country and bluegrass background, where there's a lot of feeling, drama and humor.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I'm a lead vocalist with twenty years experience. I'm also a very competent harmony singer. I can layer multiple parts on the same song.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Country, bluegrass, folk and americana.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Use your ears.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Del McCoury. He's such a bright light in the bluegrass genre. I once saw him play at a festival and he'd completely lost his voice. Though I missed hearing him sing, his joy was infectious and the show was great.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: My singing and playing is informed heavily by country music of the 1940s through the 1960s. I've often been called "retro" or "throwback," but I like to think of my sound as simply "classic." I try and sing exactly like I talk, with as little affectation as possible.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I've been a professional musician since 2002.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: My 1940s Buckaroo catalogue guitar, my mandolin, my Kay Sherwood Deluxe Hollow Body Electric, my Gibson Falcon, and a couple of books by Sinclair Lewis. Yes, the last one counts as gear.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Ask questions! I'm happy to chat so we can make your songs sound exactly like you want them.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: Who are your influences? What would you like this to sound like? Is there a specific recording you're trying to emulate, or is this something entirely new?

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: I am a woman who plays lead guitar, and people are often in disbelief of that. I learned just like any other person, through hard practice and experience.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: "Do you write your lyrics or your melodies first, or at the same time?" On my best songs, the melody and lyrics come together.

  33. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  34. A: I like reaching people through songs and finding things we have in common. I also love to travel internationally.

  35. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  36. A: I promise to give all I've got to make your tracks sound great. I promise not to phone it in.

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Digital for now. Eventually I'd love to work with tape, but space and time doesn't permit me at the moment.

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: Mary Bragg.

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. A: I'm about to go into the studio and record a new EP of my original songs, produced by Robbie Fulks.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: I engineered an album of songs by Noel McKay. I also played guitar and sang harmony. The album was made some years ago and I still get compliments on how good it sounds.

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  • Gillian Welch
  • Dolly Parton
  • Emmylou Harris
Gear Highlights
  • Ear Trumpet Labs Microphones
  • MacBook Pro
  • Martin Guitars
  • Collings Guitars
  • Weber Mandolins
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