Raymond Klassen

Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel

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Professional, high quality, and tasteful tracks to liven your song, no matter the genre. I have recorded on major label projects, and worked with Grammy, CMA, and CCMA award winning artists and producers.

I will provide top quality tracks that will suit your song, no matter the genre. I have played for more than twenty-five years, professionally for the last nine. In that time, I have played on the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, the Today Show, Live with Ryan and Kelly, and the Canadian Country Music Awards. I have also played on some of the biggest country festival stages in Canada and the US, as well as Europe and Australia. I am currently playing for country band, High Valley.

I work hard to provide my clients with tracks that add life to their music, without overpowering them. Although I specialize in bluegrass and country, I can adapt to many genres.

All I need is an mp3 or wav file of your song, the song tempo (BPM), project sample rate and bit depth, and any instructions on what you are wanting me to play. I would prefer if the track is lined up to a click track, but I can make it work if it is not. Also, providing charts if possible will make the process smoother.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

29 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joonas S.
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    It was a pleasure working with Raymond! :)

  2. Review by Richard T.
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    Raymond did a great dobro track for my song. Cool fills, lead and melodies.

  3. Review by Susan O.
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    Raymond never disappoints! His beautiful dobro work always adds a nice touch to my songs, and I will remain a returning client!

  4. Review by Nias M.
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    Always easy to work musically with Raymond!! I feel privileged actually to have access to a musician of his caliber!! I live in NYC, but all musicians are not created equal. That being said, I can highly recommend Ray 👍🏽 The quality of what I do has been greatly enhanced by using him

  5. Review by Nias M.
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    Raymond is just easy to work with. It’s always a pleasure! What more can I say 🙏🏽 I’m already preparing to send him more work 😂

  6. Review by Susan O.
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    Quick response and beautiful dobro tracks from Raymond - so appreciated! They fit in perfectly with my Bluegrass song!

  7. Review by Sella
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    Raymond is an amazing guitarist! Very attentive and delivery exactly what you need. Would def recommend and also work with him again. Cheers Raymond!

  8. Review by Nias M.
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    Raymond’s intuitive playing and musicianship, his quality tracks are what makes his professionalism stand out as a provider on this platform. I always appreciate your assistance and willingness to help me realize my musical vision 👍🏼 I look forward to working again. Highly recommended!!

  9. Review by Genesis R.
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    Working with Raymond is always a pleasure! Once again, he did an amazing job on the song and I'm already looking forward to the next one! :)

  10. Review by Nick H.
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    Ray is a first string dobro player. Exceptional feel. Very professional, quick turnaround, and gave us an outstanding track on the first take. We definitely look forward to working with him again.

  11. Review by William
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    Raymond is a brilliantly talented player. Top notch and goes above and beyond. Fantastic!

  12. Review by Nias M.
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    Raymond was a pleasure to work with !! He looks for direction to ensure he is accomplishing the task. His experience shows in his work. I wanted a specific sound and he nailed it. I couldn’t ask for more.

  13. Review by Genesis R.
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    Raymond did an amazing job and the quality of the delivery was beyond what I was expecting. Really satisfied and will come back again next time I need Dobro on a song! :)

  14. Review by Kyle D.
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    Raymond was able to send me a high quality Dobro track that fit beautifully into my song arrangement.

  15. Review by Dean Stairs
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    Raymond delivered an excellent track, timely and professional service, with an immediate grasp of what was needed and how to achieve it. We are very satisfied with Raymond's work and we will be using his services again in the future. The only disappointment is that we were not introduced years ago.

  16. Review by Susan O.
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    Raymond did a beautiful job on a singer-songwriter song for me! His track complemented not only my vocals, but also the piano and cello that were in the mix...a rare combination! He's got a good ear to add the right bling to any genre!

  17. Review by David M.
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    Very doubtful you'll find a better dobro player anywhere.

  18. Review by Sam B.
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    Raymond did a wonderful job on the song I sent to him. Recorded and played great.

  19. Review by Mark T.
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    Raymond's dobro playing is superb. I needed a specific blues-driven dobro feel for my song and he more than delivered with playing that not only complemented the existing tracks but effortlessly carved out its own distinctive space and vibe. Highly recommended!

  20. Review by William p.
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    Raymond mixed and mastered 10 songs of instrumental music and he did a very good job. Easy to talk to and just seems like an all round nice guy to work with

Interview with Raymond Klassen

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

  2. A: I grew up listening to Alison Krauss, and recently had the opportunity to play dobro on a song that she sang on with High Valley. That was a real pinch me moment, considering she was (and still is) one of my biggest musical influences.

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

  4. A: I have been playing music for more than twenty-five years, professionally for more than nine.

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

  6. A: I typically record on bluegrass and country projects, but also have experience in the contemporary Christian industry.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My musical strength is finding the right feel for the job. My goal in any situation is to be tasteful and play the right notes.

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

  10. A: I strive to enhance the song, without being a distraction. My playing will bring life to your song, whether it's adding grit, or making the dobro weep.

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

  12. A: Most of my work is adding dobro to client's songs to fill in the gaps and add some shine. Dobro is a great instrument to add emotion to a song, and I like the challenge of making the listener weep, if that's what the song is meant to do.

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I was the dobro, banjo, acoustic guitar player in this production

Terms Of Service

I provide one revision, and can typically get a track back to you in four days or less.

GenresSounds Like
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Dierks Bentley
Gear Highlights
  • Rayco Resophonics dobro
  • Bourgeois Vintage D guitar
  • D'Addario strings
  • Bluechip flat and thumb picks
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SoundBetter Deal

$325 for up to 4 tracks on one song. I can provide any combination of dobro, acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin to bring your song to life.