Dennis Holt

Studio Drummer, Perc & Loops

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I have recorded or performed with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, AD/Kansas, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr, T Bone Burnett, Trisha Yearwood, and The Pointer Sisters, among others.

"Dennis Holt is one of Nashville's most gifted musicians, whose drumming abilities cross nearly every genre from Americana to Country to Rock and RnB. His diversity has proven itself in recording with AD/Kansas, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and Deniece Williams! to name but a few."

"I utilize a very limited number of drummers, Dennis being one of my chosen few. He is eager to please, happy to face a challenge, and plays with an authority and passion that few players can match. And his sounds are amazing!"- Phil Madeira, producer- Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Phil Keaggy, Mindy Smith (Dennis has played on tracks by each of these artists).

Great, well-maintained gear, and the ability to record economically in his own studio makes Dennis an easy choice when it comes to recording from a distance. An endless supply of drum kits and cymbals combined with an amazing talent for engineering his own sounds make him a highly sought after musician. He is also proficient with digital drums, loops, Omnisphere and Cinematic efx! Turn around times are fast, and the level of professionalism is unparalleled.

So, whether you are looking for a rootsy Americana track, a complex prog rock opus, a strident country pop beat, or a grooving rock or RnB vibe, Dennis is one drummer who indeed can do it all.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  • The Long and Short of It
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  • Lee Brice
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23 Reviews

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  1. Review by Madelyn
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    Dennis played amazing drum parts on my songs. He's a great musician with excellent ears. Easy to work with, prompt. The sound quality of his drums is fantastic! I highly recommend this drummer!

  2. Review by Mark Burchfield
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    As a Nashville bassist, I get to work with many of the best drummers in my opinion that this planet has to offer. Dennis Holt is one of those exceptional musician/drummers. He has a great sense of knowing what to play and what not to play which is strategic in recording sessions. Dennis brings a great energy to a session or a live situation and is lots of fun to be around!

  3. Review by MIchael Demus
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    I've used Dennis on several recordings in the last couple of years and had the privilege to play live with him a few times. Dude's got vibe all day long! First of all his drums sound fantastic! So easy to record (especially that Black Beauty!!!!!) Then, whatever arrangement I give him he makes it his own and at the same time his professionalism to get what I'm looking for or to come up with something a little better makes me look good!! I gave him 5 stars for a reason!! I TOTALLY recommend Dennis for any of your projects!!

    www.michaeldemus.com

  4. Review by Jon Conley
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    No one cares more than Dennis Holt. I love his passion and energy. It’s effortless for me to pocket with him. So blessed to have recorded 1,000 or more songs with him and to call him friend.

  5. Review by John Albani
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    Dennis is hands down one of the best drummers I've had a chance to work with. Not only an amazing drummer but a joy to be around and always has great input for the songs on my sessions!!!

  6. Review by Earl Arnold
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    I have worked with Dennis for many years, mostly as a producer and vocalist. He is my go-to drummer and I truly love working with him. It's hard to find someone as skilled and versatile as Dennis. I can say "70's funk", "80's country" or current rock and Dennis always delivers. I've been a demo vocalist and producer for over 30 years and find it hard to find anyone with a better personality to work with.

  7. Review by Luis Espaillat
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    Dennis' experience and credits speak for themselves but, speaking from a musician's standpoint who has worked with Dennis, his feel and musicality make it easy to create music!

  8. Review by David Terry
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    I've recorded Dennis in countless sessions as well as worked with him on many live performances. His professionalism, musicianship, and excellence is second to none! Additionally, his drums always sound impeccable! I highly recommend Dennis!

  9. Review by Henry and the Seahawks
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    Dennis Holt is hands-down my first choice go-to drummer/percussionist/looper whether I'm recording an entire record project or a single. His pocket always feels great; his tones are amazing, and he's super fun to work with! He brings a lot of intangibles to the studio with him: great vibe, great hang and great ideas! It's always a pleasure working with Dennis because his LOVE for music, drumming, life and people always shine through!

  10. Review by Juliana M.
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    When I first met Dennis Holt, I thought "This guy is funny as hell - a great hang!" And then I heard him lay down those tight drum tracks on my songs at Ocean Way. Mind Blown! As a performing singer-songwriter/recording artist," I am always ISO drummers with great feel and the ability to convey emotion to audiences through live performance "and" recording in a variety of genres. Dennis is that player - a groove monster who crosses genres with ease and is always tight, clean, in the pocket, exciting and a goes exactly where the artist or audience wants to go. He knows his stuff!

  11. Review by Juliana M.
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    When I first met Dennis Holt, I thought "This guy is funny as hell - a great hang!" And then I heard him lay down those tight drum tracks on my songs at Ocean Way. Mind Blown! As a performing singer-songwriter/recording artist," I am always ISO drummers with great feel and the ability to convey emotion to audiences through live performance "and" recording in a variety of genres. Dennis is that player - a groove monster who crosses genres with ease and is always tight, clean, in the pocket, exciting and a goes exactly where the artist or audience wants to go. He knows his stuff!

  12. Review by Juliana M.
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    When I first met Dennis Holt, I thought "This guy is funny as hell - a great hang!" And then I heard him lay down those tight drum tracks on my songs at Ocean Way. Mind Blown! As a performing singer-songwriter/recording artist," I am always ISO drummers with great feel and the ability to convey emotion to audiences through live performance "and" recording in a variety of genres. Dennis is that player - a groove monster who crosses genres with ease and is always tight, clean, in the pocket, exciting and a goes exactly where the artist or audience wants to go. He knows his stuff!

  13. Review by Chris Leuzinger
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    I've been doing sessions with Dennis for over 30 years and he's one of the finest drummers I've ever played with. He plays with great groove, feel and dynamics and can cover any style. He definitely puts his heart into any project he's involved in. Not only that he's a great guy, great friend and very easy to work with. I would recommend him for any project and you will love his playing.....

  14. Review by Sammy Horner
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    Dennis Holt is not your average guy. He's really tall, gets up at 5am to ride a bike for hours, he's really fit and for a man of his years and he has all his hair! But that's not all, he is one of Nashville's most sought after session drummers and a great guy on stage as well. When Denny locks in to any groove that you might need he instantly makes the rest of the players tighter and better. He is great with click, intuitive in a jam and he has even managed to pull together some tracks I have sent that would have driven other drummers crazy. If you need a drummer, Dennis Holt is the man!

  15. Review by Randy Kerkman
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    I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis on a few different occasions and I have already confirmed his playing on an upcoming project. Dennis is an amazing player with fantastic chops, dynamics, and sounds. You might be inclined to be intimidated by his resume but he is the nicest guy to work with and really communicates well to get you exactly what you want. I can't wait to work with him again soon.

  16. Review by Jeff King
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    I walked into a session one day about 20 (or so) years ago and met Dennis.. he blew me away with his groove, his ideas, and the tones of his drums. He played the perfect parts for each song we cut. In addition to meeting a great drummer that day I made a true friend!!! I’ve loved playing with Dennis since that first day. His creative ideas are a huge plus for anyone trying to “find their sound”. I highly recommend Dennis for any genre of music. Absolutely fantastic!!
    Jeff King
    (Guitarist)

  17. Review by Kevin McCarthy
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    Dennis’ instincts are incredible. He’s usually one take and done. I’ve sent him tracks and with little or no direction they’ve come back exactly how I wanted if not better. He’s also a just a great guy so It makes working fun!

  18. Review by Jimmy Nichols
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    What are the finest drummers I’ve ever had the honor of working with. Dennis and I have been doing sessions together for over 25 years, and his consistency, pocket, sounds, and work ethic are second to none. He’s usually my first call in Nashville. You cannot go wrong with this man no matter what style you’re going after!

  19. Review by Mark Tedder
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    In studio sessions, Dennis Holt brings the special sauce! He's strategic, innovative, and massively creative. In a 'live' setting, Dennis comes alive like no other. He feels the moment, interprets the piece of music and creates the vibe for the rest of us to fall into that deep pocket only a pro can make happen.
    Dennis has played on 3 different projects with me, Studio record, a live worship record in Colorado, and more recently a live 3 day gig for Compassion International where I lead worship. Our hats are off to you mate! Lets do another one!

  20. Review by Joe West
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    5+ Stars for Dennis! I’ve worked with Dennis on tons of records & he brings the fire every time!

    Joe West
    Grammy Award Winning
    Hit Songwriter|Producer|Filmmaker
    www.joe-west.com
    www.apprenticeacademy.net

  21. Review by Michael Flanders
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    I have worked on many albums with Dennis and find him an extremely creative musician to work with bringing inspiration to the songs.

  22. Review by Lindsey Williams
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    Every time I work with Dennis either in a session at his place, or via the internet I have to pick my jaw up off the floor. He never fails to take music I produce to another level.
    I recently hired him to play on some film/tv music I was doing for Warner/Chappell and what he brought to the sessions was simply musical magic.

    Dennis knows how to make great music!

    Lindsey Williams writer/producer, Nashville, TN

  23. Review by Phil Madeira
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    Dennis is fantastic! He is one of the most talented drummers in Nashville, and perhaps in the world! As a producer, I recommend him whole-heartedly! I've used him on recordings I've produced for Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Phil Keaggy, Mindy Smith, and many other great artists. His ability to get sounds is matched by his incredible chops! Add to that his desire to make the artist and producer happy, and you've got one hell of a team player for your next record!

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