James Pennebaker

Session Musician

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I play just about anything with strings on it. Impressive accomplishment; Recorded guitar, fiddle and pedal steel guitar on Delbert McClinton's "Cost Of Living" which won the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Equally adept at Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Fiddle-Violin, Mandolin, Bass, Banjo, etc.
40 plus years as a profession session and touring musician. Worked with John Fogerty, Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis and too many more to list.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

AllMusic verified credits for James Pennebaker
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Andrew Chapman
  • JoJo
  • Flaco Jiménez
  • Glen Clark
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Glen Clark
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Glen Clark
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Glen Clark
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Shaver
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Kelley Hunt
  • The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  • The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  • Gary Nicholson
  • The Kenneth Brian Band
  • Bo Bice
  • Bo Bice
  • Hillbilly Casino
  • Don Poythress
  • Don Poythress
  • Don Poythress
  • Bonnie Bramlett
  • Bonnie Bramlett
  • Bonnie Bramlett
  • Bonnie Bramlett
  • Ryan James
  • Ryan James
  • Rob Roy Parnell
  • Rob Roy Parnell
  • Rob Roy Parnell
  • Steve Richard
  • Steve Richard
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Mad Buffalo
  • Big & Rich
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Danny Brooks
  • Danny Brooks
  • Candy Coburn
  • Candy Coburn
  • Candy Coburn
  • Jay Boy Adams
  • Jay Boy Adams
  • Jay Boy Adams
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Cindy Nelson
  • Cindy Nelson
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Clay McClinton
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Kinky Friedman
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Teresa James
  • Teresa James
  • Teresa James
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Marcia Ball
  • Marcia Ball
  • Marcia Ball
  • Marcia Ball
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Pam Tillis
  • Pam Tillis
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Elbert West
  • Elbert West
  • Elbert West
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Shaver
  • Billy Joe Shaver
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Danny Flowers
  • Kevin McKendree
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Fort Worth West
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Jim Cole
  • Jim Cole
  • Jim Cole
  • Hickory Hill
  • David Olney
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Flaco Jiménez
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Juke Jumpers
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Freddy Fender
  • Jason Herndon
  • The Mike Eldred Trio
  • Clay McClinton
  • Donnie Fritts
  • Freddy Fender
  • James Pennebaker

Interview with James Pennebaker

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

  2. A: Electric & Acoustic guitars, Fiddle (Violin), Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel.

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

  4. A: Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Stephen Bruton, Donnie Fritts, Alison Krauss, Buddy Cannon, Willie Nelson, Paul Worley, Kevin McKendree, John Hiatt, B.B. King, Vince Gill

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Pro Tools. Overdub and mixing/mastering room.

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

  8. A: Clients can send a full session or just a 2 Mix and I overdub instrument tracks according to clients requirements and instructions.

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

  10. A: My 40 years of experience recording on major albums and touring. I play just the right parts to complement the song.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Getting great sounds and playing musical parts on multiple instruments to support the song.

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

  14. A: Country and Blues. Bluegrass, Rock, Folk and Singer/Songwriter.

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

  16. A: The most important notes are the ones you “don’t “ play. Less is more.

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

  18. A: Vince Gill. He’s a great musician, singer, writer and person.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I play many styles. My style fits the genre I’m working in.

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

  22. A: I’ve been a professional musician for 40 years. I’ve played on over 185 major releases for artists including Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jiménez, Gary Nicholson, Bonnie Bramlett, Donnie Fritts, Big & Rich, Marsha Ball, T Graham Brown and too many more to mention.

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

  24. A: Fender Telecaster, Princeton Reverb amp, a good mic pre, a good microphone and a MacBook Pro with Pro Tools installed.

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

  26. A: I will give you exactly what you want. I’ll work with you to make sure you get the best performance to make your song the best it can be.

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

  28. A: What file format, sample rate and bit depth do you require? Are you sending a 2 mix or a complete session? What type of audio files do you need? Wav files or other?

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

  30. A: The biggest misconception about being a professional musician is that many people do not see it as being a real Business.

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

  32. A: What kind of recording set up do you have? I explain my Pro Tools rig.

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

  34. A: I get to do what I love for a living.

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

  36. A: I’ll give you professional world class results every time.

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Digital is the only format I have the software to work in. I unfortunately do not own a tape based studio. However living in Nashville I certainly have access to many analog studios.

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

  40. A: Lynn Williams, drummer.

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

  42. A: Yes. I currently tour and record with 3 time Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton.

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

  44. A: Recording guitar, pedal steel guitar and fiddle on Delbert McClinton’s “Cost Of Living” which won the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” Grammy Award in 2005.

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