I am a Nashville based session/touring guitarist.
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 the road with country/rock artist Paulina Jayne and up and coming pop R&B artist Beth White. Guitar is my passion and I love working with other creatives.
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.
Instruments: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Slide Guitar, Hollow Body Electric, Baritone guitar, and Bass guitar
Electric Guitar: Rhythm Track, Fills, (Intros, Turnaround, Outros) Hooks, Swells, Solo if need and other ambient effects.
Hollow Body Electric: Rhythm Guitar, Fingerstyle, used for warmer textures.
Acoustic Guitar: Rhythm Track, Strumed Chords, Fingerstlye, Alternative Tunings, Harp Harmonics
Baritone Guitar: Fills, Hooks, and Solos, Used for a added rhythmic layer
Bass Guitar: Three passes for three different options.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
5 ReviewsEndorse Ryan Casey
Ryan is a very professional player. He comes to a studio prepared with different guitar lines to choose from - all of which are smooth and fill the spaces that the song calls for. He sticks to his parts and plays on time, but he'll also decorate a song with simple licks and fills that end up acting as ear-candy. Ryan is a great player and I will definitely be reaching out the next time I am looking for a guitarist.
Ryan is an exceptional guitar player! He's punctual, thoughtful, and cares about the project. Killer tone, I've used him twice now and each time I'm impressed. Definitely would recommend him to any of you!
Ryan has not only proven to be a fantastic guitarist, but he has proven to be a friend, mentor and anything you may need in between. He always goes above and beyond whether its with preparation for a rehearsal or show, making charts for the band, or playing on a track. Ryan is easy to work with, punctual, receptive, hard working and efficient and is always open to feedback. DO NOT HESITATE to hire Ryan as your guitarist. If you're looking for a talented guitarist who is versatile and has a knack for transforming his sound into your vision, you have found your guy!
I was acquainted with Ryan through a friend of mine in searching for a guitarist for a portion of an original song. Not only did he nail the recording by providing his own interpretation of what I needed from him, he was professional, patient, and receptive. He is also a humble human being, going the extra mile to be the best he can be for the client and for himself. Ryan is a true talent and a versatile instrumentalist who can deliver pretty much any genre of music, truly a musical gem in the melting pot known as Music City. My company and I can't wait to work with him again.
Ryan ROCKS! He has what a LOT of what the other guys don't: all the talent PLUS a tireless work ethic and professionalism. As a producer, I've been using Ryan for about a year, and EVERY SINGLE project we do he delivers exactly what I'm looking for with just a few notes of direction. Whether he's tracking in the studio or it's a project I hire him to do remotely, Ryan's playing is always tasteful, technically perfect, and very musical every single time. Plus you will not find a nicer, more professional player of his calibre to work with. Flat out, Ryan is a producer's dream guitarist!
Interview with Ryan Casey
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as soulful, well informed, groovy, and jazzy with a bit of boldness.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am really inspired by a lot of Nashville session guitar players including Guthrie Trapp, Jack Pearson, Derek Wells, and Tom Buckovak.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do country guitar demos. I play a variety of instruments on my track, including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, and slide guitar. I record in many different styles, anywhere from 90's Vince Gill to today's modern rock country sound.