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 also work for demo company and in the last year have recorded on more than 100 demos/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 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.
- Scarlett 6i6i
- UAD OX BOX
- Supro Cornado 2 10' combo amp
- Fender Blues Junior
- LOGIC PRO X
- Strymon, exotic effects, boss, and Ibanez pedals.
- Microphones: AKG perception 220, sE8 pencil condenser mic, SM7, SM8
- Fender Stratocaster
- Reverend Telecaster,
- Epiphone Les Paul,
- Epiphone Hollowbody Joe Pass signature,
- Martin OMC-1E,
- Yamaha FG-300,
- Alveraz Nylon String,
- Ibanez 5 string bass.
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28 Reviews - 7 Repeat ClientsEndorse Ryan Casey
Ryan was easy to work with and his playing was flawless. He had no problem going back until his performance was exactly how I liked and he nailed the job. Will be working with him again for sure!
It was a pleasure to work with Ryan again. Great results as always !
Ryan has elevated my projects every time I've worked with him. He's an excellent communicator and makes sure you always have exactly what you need right til the end -- lucky to have found a talent like him.
Very responsive, understanding and easy to work with! Came up with a great final product that I am very proud of.
My second time working with Ryan and he delivered once again. He took the electric guitar track I was looking for and brought it to life with his unique ability to know what's needed and how he can spice it up. Always a pleasure working with him.
Ryan delivers fantastic results. Great skills and great sound!
Ryan is a great guy to work with, he found the perfect guitar for the track. Can't wait to work with him again!
Fantastic recordings by Ryan. It's exactly what the song needed. I can only recommend him
Ryan was an absolute pleasure to work with, he crushed a guitar track for me on the first try and included a solo that fit perfectly. Couldn't have asked for a better experience, can't wait to work with him again!
Ryan isn't just a phenomenal guitar player, he provides quick turnarounds and his stems are pristine. Do yourself a favor and hire Ryan for ALL your guitar needs. (Oh, and I've been VERY impressed with his producing skills as well!)
Second time working with Ryan, absolute pro and easy as ever to work with. First time we did very clean stuff but this time we did some thing funky off-beat and he aced it! If you're looking for pop to funk to rap or anything, Ryan is your guy!
Ryan never ceases to amaze me!! His playing is brilliant, and tasteful. His ideas and textures are always on point!! He's def my go to for guitars!!
Great, always sees my vision, and nails the music the first time, every time. So easy to work with, and is professional! Which is a huge plus! Recommend him for any live guitar needs you have!
Always, great working with Ryan! Nails it every single time! Recommend him for any guitar work!
Great, easy to work with and fast. Very professional as well. Any session guitar needs you have hit up Ryan!!
Ryan continually does an amazing job!!!!!! He has such a great ear for what is needed, and everything is always tasteful!!!
Ryan did a great job playing on my song. In addition, he had a very fast delivery time, a great attitude and was very professional. Super easy to work with. Solid player.
Great guitarist! Recreated my arrangement effortlessly! Great communication and very easy to work with! Definitely would recommend him for any session work you need done!
Amazing as per usual! This is exactly what I was envisioning in my mind. He enhances my song with his signature playing style. 100% reliable (!) and very friendly.
Ryan did an AMAZING JOB!!!!!! Great communication, he really listens to really get what your wanting. He hit it out of the Park! I will def be sending more work to Ryan.
Ryan delivered and I love what he does to my track, he added the exact flavor. Very easy collaborating! Reliable. Thanks for your work.
Pleasure working with Ryan. Approached him with a Hip Hop track and he nailed the guitar in one take! On top of that he gave me plenty of options with different takes. Very approachable and understanding! Will be getting at him again 100%.
I have had the great joy of working along side Ryan on some recent projects here in Nashville. His energy was so positive and he played every note with passion. Even after I was more than pleased with the tracks that he laid down he said: “I can play it better, let me try one more time” and sure enough I was blown away. Don’t hesitate to work with Ryan, you won’t regret your decision and you will be more than pleased with the results. I am sure you will be back for more! Highly recommended!
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: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently recorded all the guitars for Netflix's hit show "Tiger King" the greatest hits album.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my private teaching studio and working as much as I can as a session musician.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Arianna Hume - female demo vocalist
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will not end our proposal until they are 100% satisfied.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They most commonly ask me what equipment I use which is easy to answer because I will just send them my equipment list.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my American Strat, my Supro amp, my pedal board, my computer and a midi keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working as a freelance musician full-time in Nashville for 2 years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with John P Kee. I love Gospel music and he is one of my ultimate favorite gospel artists.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I often time add a super fast tape delay to my guitars to just give them a bit of a wider feel.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love to work on all type of music but mainly I've been working on funk, R&B, gospel, and jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is being able to interpret the vision a client has.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.
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: 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 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: 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 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: 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.