Ryan Casey

Guitar | R&B, Soul, Funk

67 Reviews (60 Verified)
Ryan Casey on SoundBetter

I am a Nashville based session/touring guitarist. My adventures in Nashville have connected me with some amazing artists and musicians; Paulina Jayne, Beth White, Tiffany Woys, Josh Gracin, John Rhey, Zach Seabaugh, and Sira Faris. I work at a production company, JBO Productions and have recorded on more than 100 demos and master recordings.

I've been playing guitar for over a decade both on the stage and in the studio. I moved to Nashville to attend music school at Belmont University. I am versatile in jazz, rock, blues, latin, gospel, R&B country, finger-style, and classical guitar. I am currently on tour with an an international party band, the 12th South Band. A high intensity dance band performing celebrity weddings and high end corporate functions. In this three hour show we cover every style from jazz, blues, country, rock, pop, latin, gospel and more.

My goal is to serve the song and provide you with a voice that is unique and well executed. I usually layer between 6 and 9 different parts per track to give you options and room to experiment. My extensive background allows me to serve each song with a well educated and informed approach all while giving me an eclectic voice to make your song stick out.

- UAD Apollo Twin
- Kemper Profilers
- Line 6 HX Stomp
- Supro Cornado 2 10' combo amp
- Fender Blues Junior
- Strymon, exotic effects, boss, and Ibanez pedals.
- Microphones: AKG perception 220, sE8 pencil condenser mic, SM7, SM8

- Fender Stratocaster
- Reverend Telecaster,
- PRS Standard 22
- D'Angelico Premier SS Semi-Hollow
- Antonio Hermosa electric nylon string
- Martin OMC-1E,
- Yamaha FG-300,
- Ibanez 5 string bass.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

67 Reviews - 11 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Daniel A.

    I absolutely love working with Ryan!

  2. Review by Taylor Franklyn

    Ryan Absolutely killed it! Awesome guitar work, highly recommended.

  3. Review by Zefan G.

    Ryan is an amazing professional guitarist, fast response and get things done fast!

  4. Review by adam
    by adam

    Ryan played some great sounding guitars with a really quick turn-around. 5 stars!

  5. Review by David G.

    Great job by a true professional guitarist.

  6. Review by Amir E.

    Ryan is a fantastic guitarist. He took an idea of mine made up of random guitar samples and made it come to life, creating a really amazing pocket and groove for my song. Great tone and great musical ideas. Just a joy to work with. Thank you so much, Ryan!

  7. Review by Yash Vaid

    Great time working with Ryan on my project! He was understanding and cooperative about my requirements and had a quick turnaround time as well :)

  8. Review by Waldemar W.

    Great and timely recording. Great value for money. Thanks Ryan!

  9. Review by Jarren S.

    Ryan is an amazing guitarist! He communicates very well and makes sure that your satisfied with the final product! He puts emotion into his work and a very talented artist!

  10. Review by Micheal H.

    Ryan was very easy to work with and did an excellent job helping me bring my vision to reality. He paid great attention to instructional details. I'd work with him again. Solid stuff!

  11. Review by Gary M.

    Ryan did an excellent job. He has a lot of tools in his tool box, and incorporated them very effectively and tastefully in my song. He responded very quickly, and submitted his fine work, in good time. I would certainly go to him again.

  12. Review by Steven C.

    Working with Ryan was very easy. The guy has great chops and is great at making revisions on the fly. I gave him a song that was hard to define genre wise and he nailed it!

  13. Review by Jarel
    by Jarel

    Always great working with Ryan. He is my go to for guitars

  14. Review by Jarel
    by Jarel

    Ryan did exactly what I needed. I highly recommend working with Ryan. I will be working with him in the future !

  15. Review by Daniel A.

    Love working with Ryan! When he plays, the whole song is elevated! Highly recommend.

  16. Review by Samuel Hill

    Ryan provided some great electric guitars. He is also professional and timely.

  17. Review by Randall T.

    Enjoyed working with Ryan! Very professional, very fast turnaround, and he nailed the vision perfectly. Will be working with him again

  18. Review by Michael C.

    Awesome player. Did exactly what i asked for and made it sound wonderful! 10/10

  19. Review by Matt B.

    Ryan nailed the vibe and knocked out everything quickly! I'd work with him again anytime!

  20. Review by Sean Gaffney

    Amazing Job as always!!!!!!

Interview with Ryan Casey

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

  2. A: I recently recorded all the guitars for Netflix's hit show "Tiger King" the greatest hits album.

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

  4. A: I am currently working on my private teaching studio and working as much as I can as a session musician.

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

  6. A: Arianna Hume - female demo vocalist

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Specifically for recordings guitars I would have to go with Analog. There is just a warmness and a response that you get that I think is really hard to replicate digitally.

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

  10. A: My promise is that I will not end our proposal until they are 100% satisfied.

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

  12. A: They most commonly ask me what equipment I use which is easy to answer because I will just send them my equipment list.

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

  14. A: The biggest misconception about what I do as a musician is that I want to be famous one day or success will only be if I'm famous.

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

  16. A: Be as specific as you can with the direction you want the provider to go in. Provide reference tracks and or examples. It will save a lot of time in the process.

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

  18. A: I would take my American Strat, my Supro amp, my pedal board, my computer and a midi keyboard.

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

  20. A: I've been working as a freelance musician full-time in Nashville for 2 years.

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

  22. A: I would love to work with John P Kee. I love Gospel music and he is one of my ultimate favorite gospel artists.

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

  24. A: I often time add a super fast tape delay to my guitars to just give them a bit of a wider feel.

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

  26. A: I love to work on all type of music but mainly I've been working on funk, R&B, gospel, and jazz.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: I think my strongest skill is being able to interpret the vision a client has.

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

  30. A: I usually listen through the song and chart it out so I can see and understand the form. I upload the guide track in logic and fix it to the grid and add in arrangement markers. I then make sure I fully understand the client's directions and ideas and record until I feel like they have come to life. Once I'm happy with it, I edit the tracks where necessary and send a bounced version to the client for consideration.

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

  32. A: The most common type of work for me is in the funk, R&B range. I love playing over beats and adding my own flavor to enhance the vision and direction of the songwriter/producer.

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

  34. A: I love the collaboration with other people, I love taking an idea and creating something meaning full and something that will bring happiness to others.

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

  36. A: What is the message of the song? What is the vibe you are going for, and what artist/records inspired you for this project? What is the purpose for this project?

  37. Q: How would you describe your style?

  38. A: I would describe my style as soulful, well informed, groovy, and jazzy with a bit of boldness.

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

  40. A: I aim to serve the song and to serve the client. First and foremost I bring the best parts I can bring for the song and for the project. I also bring a wealth of experience and styles to any project or track. Because of my versatile back-round I can add new and creative ways to help bring your track to life. I have an eclectic voice and when given creative leniency I can really make my work shine and standout.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I am currently running Logic Pro X on my Apple Mac 2017. I play through a Supro Coronado and use many pedals to create the sound I am going for. I use pedals from Strymon, JHS, Exoitc, Boss and many boutique companies. I am using a Scarlet 6i6 interface and I mic my acoustic guitar with an AKG Perception 220. I use many guitar including a Reverend Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Les Paul, Martin OMC-1E, Fender Baritone, Fender Bass, and a Joe Pass Series Archtop guitar

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

  44. A: I am really inspired by a lot of Nashville session guitar players including Guthrie Trapp, Jack Pearson, Derek Wells, and Tom Buckovak.

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Terms Of Service

I would be glad make as many revisions as possible until the client is happy. The first revision is free and an additional $25 after that. My turn around time is usually 24-48 hours.

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Gear Highlights
  • UAD Apollo Twin
  • Kemper Amplifiers
  • Yamaha FG-300 Martin OMC-1E
  • Alvarez Nylon
  • Supro Coronado
  • UAD Ox Box
  • Strymon
  • Logic Pro X
  • Scarlett 6i6
  • Native Instruments
  • Overload Plugins
  • Guitar Rig 5
  • AKG
  • Shure
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