As a Nashville based, professional guitarist, I've been on the stage and studio with Tyler Childers, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Rozwell Kid and many more. I strive to do what's right for the song and help you get the sound that's in your head!
I moved to Nashville 5 1/2 years ago, and in that time I've toured with and backed up a myriad of artists including Tyler Childers, Emmylou Harris, Joshua Hedley, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Red Simpson and many others. I've also had the pleasure of playing on records for JP Harris, Coco Hames, William Matheny, Roger Harvey, Fletcher C. Johnson and many more. I'm also a founding member of the rock band Rozwell Kid and I'm on all of the full length records. I love all kinds of music and I'd love to work on recordings with you.
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Oh you need an electric guitar? He's got em. Oh you need more than one? He ain't scared.
Adam Meisterhans is one of my favorite musicians to work with. I'm fortunate to live in the same town as him, so to have him join in on a session is always a treat. But having heard tracks he can deliver anywhere in the world via the information superhighway, I now rest assured that even if I make the plunge and move to Uganda, I can still have a little piece of rock n roll legend on my tracks with ease.
Creative, kind, willing to go above and beyond are just a few things that come to mind.
Working with Adam is a dream! He’s an extremely skilled musician, and can do anything, with a deep connection to what he’s playing. He knows his history, and is fluent and inventive. He’s a joy to work with in the studio, and a pleasure to be with on the road. He’s a consummate professional and a great guy; it is not only easy and stress-free to work with him, it’s fun, exciting, and a genuine pleasure! I really couldn’t recommend Adam enough for any project, from writing and recording, to scoring, performing, and touring. You’d be lucky to get him!
Adam is one of the most skilled, versatile, knowledgeable and motivated guitarists I have ever met. He will bring all of these attributes, along with his easygoing personality and incredible sense of humor, to every gig and session. I've been lucky enough to work with him in various capacities over several years (big gigs, bar gigs, basement recording, professional studios) and he's never given it less than 100%.
Adam is my go to for anything guitar. He gets what I'm going for right off, usually better than what I'm hearing, and gets it back to me quickly. He's so versatile I don't ever think to call on anyone else, regardless of the genre. From a single lead guitar part up to building multiple guitars across a whole track Adam is incredibly tasty and musical. Super easy to work with too, I couldn't recommend him any higher.
He’s my first call on everything from studio work to touring. Super tasty, super clean, innovative and a true pleasure to work with. He knows exactly what to do and what not to do without a word being said. Tone for days(any tone) and super detailed oriented(in the best way). Highly recommend!
Adam is exactly what you want when you hire a guitar player. The parts he came up with for my record really captured exactly what I was going for. He was more than prepared and laid down everything well within the time I had booked in the studio. Best I’ve worked with in Nashville thus far.
Adam is hands-down one of the most diverse players I know, in addition to being unequivocally creative in the studio and professional. We’ve made several recordings together over the years and I would never hesitate to recommend him, for basically any genre of music.
He also has a vast knowledge of session guitarists from the last eight decades, giving him the ability to improvise within a style at the simple mention of a reference track, solo, or fill.
Adam is also possibly the easiest human on earth to get along with, and can field any range of stresses that can arise in a session.
Adam is one of my favorite session players to work with. He always arrives to the studio prepared and with parts worked out. Highly recommended!
Interview with Adam Meisterhans
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'd say Precious Art by Rozwell Kid. I played co-lead guitar alongside Jordan Hudkins and I feel like we got some great tones on that record. It's a fun record and it gave me a chance to aim for some Thin Lizzy and Brian May style guitar tones.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just produced a band called the Dreaded Laramie here in Nashville and I'm preparing to play guitar on the next William Matheny record.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Aaron Shafer-Haiss and Clint Wells. Your music will be in great hands with either of them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: No preference. I've worked in both and/or a mix of the two. Great music has been made in all formats.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to treat your music with great care and to find out exactly what you're looking for. I also promise to work with you to achieve that through whatever means I can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There's not a day that goes by where I'm not extremely grateful and thankful for the chance to make music. I love helping someone get the sound that they're in search of.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There's probably not a misconception about me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What reference points would best describe what you're going for? What vibe do you want? Are there any specific types of parts that you want me to favor or avoid? What recording or song of your own best shows what you're trying to do?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't settle for anything. You have access to so many great musicians, so find someone who will work with you in an open, communicative way and help you get what you're looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Strat, SG, Les Paul, pedalboard, and a Princeton Reverb. And a way to signal for help.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing for 20 years and I've been touring and recording professionally since 2010. Since moving to Nashville in 2013, I've spent most of my time on the road, but now I'm getting a lot more work doing sessions in town.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I feel like I'm able to adapt to whatever situation I'm in. If it's country, rock and roll, or anyone else who calls I'm able to get the tones and use the vocabulary for each situation.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'm not picky.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I feel like the "big picture" is the best way to produce, play, or experience a song. How are you going to exploit your skill set, your tones, and your sense of space to best communicate whatever emotional dynamic is required? That's how I like to think of it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Whoever calls! I primarily work on country and Americana, but I came up playing rock and roll and I have a lot of experience playing in churches.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I feel like my perspective is my strongest skill. I've been playing for 20 years and in that time I've been in a lot of different situations - hired gun at a church, band member, songwriter/vocalist/guitarist in a power trio, side man, session musician, producer, diy recording in a band basement. All of these have given me an informed perspective of how I can fit into different situations and what's going to serve the song or make a situation sound better.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I aim to be tasteful above all else. Whatever is most appropriate for the track - that's what I want to do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by charting the song and making mental notes based on my initial listen. If I'm given references or instructions, then I dig into those and try and sort out how they will inform my approach. If not, then I try and suss what will best serve the song. I typically send a few options and I'm open to feedback. I prefer to be as communicative as possible so that everyone is on the same page. It's a service industry, so I want to give you what you are looking for and I don't mind revising if asked to do so.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use an Apollo Twin and Logic Pro and at the moment I'm using a Cascade Fathead ribbon and a Shure 57 for mics. I have several amps and guitars to choose from.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mike Campbell and Jeff Lynne are pretty big inspirations. But on any given day it could be Angus Young, Les Paul, Albert Lee, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my session work in Nashville is country based, but I get called for some Americana and Rock and Roll as well. I'm eager to work on anything I'm sent, I just love making music.