Dan Hochhalter

Fiddle, Mandolin, and Banjo

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35 Reviews (35 Verified)
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CMA Award-winning fiddle, mandolin, and banjo player. Recording and/or live performance credits include Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and more.

I am a professional session/touring multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. I have more than twenty years experience and have toured and/or recorded with a wide array of artists. For the past eight years, I have been a member of Dierks Bentley's band, playing fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and serving as bandleader. My fiddle playing can be heard on Dierks' latest release, The Mountain. In 2017, I was honored to be named the CMA Touring Musician of the Year. Although my background is rooted in country music, I'm open to any and all styles. I'm looking forward to working on your next project!

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35 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Henrik M.
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    Dan is absolutely fantastic to work with. Very skilled, musical and top professional. Good communication. My best recommendations. Henrik Amdi Madsen, Denmark

  2. Review by Calvin L.
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    Dan is an excellent player. Super friendly and the recordings were top notch. Beautiful mandolin and banjo playing!

  3. Review by Stefanie Drexler
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Dan. What a skilled and professional musician! Dan played the perfect banjo solo on my client’s song, and took the production to the next level with his banjo part. I would definitely recommend Dan, his communication was friendly, professional and clear, and he delivered great tracks very quickly. I’d love to work with him again! Thumbs up and five stars!

  4. Review by Andrew Horowitz
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    Great! Responsive, professional, clean and tasteful recording.

  5. Review by Randy H.
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    Dan is a fantastic instrumentalist. He came up with a mandolin part for my song that was exactly what I wanted. He recorded it perfectly too. A total pro. Highly recommended!

  6. Review by Jagrant
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    Dan did a great job. He added exactly the fiddle we were looking for for our song. Communication was good and easy to work with.Thanks Dan

  7. Review by Martin O.
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    Great from start to finish. Sound, Performance, Communication. Highly recommended.

  8. Review by Angel
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    Great work! Thanks for your time and creativity! The song sounds great!!!

  9. Review by Tyler C.
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    Outside of actually working in an environment together... I could not have enjoyed my experience with Dan any better. I got that 'above and beyond' feeling from him immediately and it carried right through to the completion of his work on my project. I am so very thankful to have a man of this playing sensitivity and skill on my track and would ask for his collaboration again in a heartbeat. Thanks You again Dan!

  10. Review by Darrell Nutt
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    Man... what can I say? I am very happy choosing Dan. He is a pro and his resumé shows that. But as a studio cat, he did me well! He played a great Mandolin track for a song I am producing and after hearing it I asked for one revision. I wanted more on the solo section and outro. Dan nailed it exactly as I heard in my head! Thank you for taking my clients song to the next level! I'll be back!

  11. Review by Trent W.
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    Dan's a total pro. He came up with a great mandolin part that didn't overwhelm the song but still added some magic. Great sounding recording. Really clear & friendly communication. Hope to work with again!

  12. Review by Daniel Solis - DS Productions
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    Fast and Professional for sure!!! Great musician!!

  13. Review by Gary M.
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    Dan's playing really captured the mood of the song extremely well. Dan has a fine touch and an excellent feel for the music. He was prompt, and a pleasure to work with. A really good experience.

  14. Review by Ron F.
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    Dan played violin and mandolin on a country song, and he nailed both parts! I will definitely use him again.

  15. Review by kylestauffer
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    Dan killed it (in the best way)! His mando and fiddle skills were breathtaking and perfect for the track. My go-to dude now.

  16. Review by MESSY
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    5 star musician and human being. Wonderful understanding of feel, technique and what the song needs. A true pro and pleasure to work with.

  17. Review by Justin C.
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    Incredible player, easy to work with, hope to work with Dan again soon.

  18. Review by Jennifer B.
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    Where are the rest of the stars? 5 are just not enough. Dan delivered a beautiful track, he is a stellar, world class musician all the way. Thank you Dan!

  19. Review by james s.
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    Easy to work with, quality playing on a tight deadline. Thanks Dan!

  20. Review by Charlie M.
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    Dan made my song amazing with his addition of fiddle. Definitely will come back.

  21. Review by Gino P.
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    Beautiful work! I'm new to SoundBetter, but being able to find quality talent like Dan for remote sessions is awesome at a time like this. Smooth collaboration, absolute pro.

  22. Review by Kyle D.
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    Had Dan play a banjo part, and he did a fantastic job. Looking forward to having him be part of other projects.

  23. Review by Henrik M.
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    Dan is skilled and professional. Delivered the desired fiddle track in the first attempt. Good communicator. My best recommendations. Henrik Amdi Madsen, Denmark

  24. Review by Lorraine P.
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    Absolutely stunning work! Dan is a perfect professional and is exceptionally talented. I highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed. Will definitely return in the future!

  25. Review by Thomas P.
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    Mandolin part was perfect. Plugged it into the song and played. Can't wait for next time!

  26. Review by Jonathan
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    Great job on fiddle and mando!

  27. Review by Nathan S.
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    Dan is very quick to respond and has great turn-around! I had Dan do fiddle for my song and he interpreted what I wanted perfectly. Dan is a great choice for any of your needs. I look forward to using him again!

  28. Review by Dakota Girton
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    Dan is awesome. Great communication, top notch tracks, and quick turnaround. Highly recommend!

  29. Review by Simon Z.
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    AWESOME fiddle tracks!

  30. Review by Casey C.
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    Dan turned around some awesome banjo & fiddle parts for me. He was willing to work with my budget and was also open to feedback and revisions.

    Such a nice dude and a superb player!

  31. Review by Thomas P.
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    Fantastic work. High quality recording with great intuition on what is needed for the song. Super easy to work with. Would definitely hire again.

  32. Review by Dan Y.
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    Great experience—friendly interactions, quick turnaround and really stayed true to my instructions and overall the vibe of the tune.

  33. Review by Michael T. Silva
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    He did it again! If you hire him you are in good hands.

  34. Review by Michael T. Silva
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    Fast turn around, and great sounding recording.

  35. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    Fast turnaround and excellent work. Highly recommended!!!

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  • ViolinAverage price - $100 per song
  • MandolinAverage price - $100 per song
  • BanjoAverage price - $100 per song
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