Garrett Lucas

Guitar, Mixing

Garrett Lucas on SoundBetter

Versatile guitarist with 20 years of experience playing live and in the studio. I provide quality sounding tracks that will compliment your songs. I enjoy bringing feeling and emotion to music with my playing. My studio is named Trailhead Recording, where I am a recording and mixing engineer.

Hi, my name is Garrett Lucas. I am a guitarist, songwriter, and recording and mixing engineer. My influences include Americana, rock, country, blues, and folk. I provide rhythm and lead guitar tracks for these genres. I focus on finding the feeling and emotion of a song and complementing that with my playing. My mixing approach has always been to make everything big and polished, but natural.

A bit about my background. I attended Baker University on a music scholarship, where I played guitar in the jazz ensemble. I received awards for outstanding musicianship at several jazz festivals. I also studied classical guitar and received my degree for music performance. During my free time at college, I would crack a beer and start listening to Americana music. My roommate and I started to write songs. We formed an acoustic duo and played the local bars and college parties. After graduating, I got the opportunity to move to Austin, TX. I have played for Lucky Tubb, The Plainsmen, CJ7, and Jeremy Johnson. I am now focused on writing, recording, and mixing. I play with my band The Plainsmen and have a solo album I am working on.

If you have a project, please contact me and I will be happy to try to help.

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AllMusic verified credits for Plainsmen
  • Plainsmen
  • Plainsmen

Interview with Garrett Lucas

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

  2. A: I co-produced, engineered, mixed, and played on an album called Yellow by Two of Hearts. The songwriting was very good and I had a great time working with the artists. They are great musicians. We were very happy with how the album turned out.

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

  4. A: Nate Barnes for drums. He does an amazing job. Eric McCann on bass.

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

  6. A: Usually about arrangement and production. I will then provide my ideas.

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

  8. A: That I am only a guitarist and mixer. I enjoy producing also.

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

  10. A: I am currently working on a folk album, and a country album. I am also working on my solo album.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: I use a combination of both. I record on pro tools, but I have a nice collection of analog gear. I use this in both recording and mixing. I feel that analog provides a nice sonic quality that is pleasing to the ear. Plugins really sound great now too. If the engineering is executed well, I feel the performance is really what matters.

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

  14. A: I will work until they are satisfied.

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

  16. A: I enjoy helping artists accomplish their goals and achieving an album that they are proud of.

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

  18. A: What sound are you looking for? References?

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

  20. A: Listen to provider's material and find a good fit for the sound you want. Communicate your intentions for the song.

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

  22. A: Fender Tele B Bender, Fender Twin, Martin acoustic, WA-73 preamp, 57.

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

  24. A: I started out playing rock, then discovered Americana and country. Music has always been at the forefront. I have played in bands and recorded or 20 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Eclectic. I have many influences.

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

  28. A: James McMurtry. I am a huge fan of his writing and melodies.

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

  30. A: Capture the best sounds that you can at the source. If you don't like a tone or arrangement, correct it before recording. A great take is most of it.

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

  32. A: Americana, rock, country, blues, and folk.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I serve the song.

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

  36. A: I try to complement and play to the song. When mixing, I find the emotion and really try to amplify it.

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

  38. A: I like to listen to the material, and ask the artist what they are looking for in the track. I will ask for a reference or influence. I also like to do a pass where I just play what I am feeling and give that option too. I work until the artist is satisfied.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a fairy large space. Nice collection of microphones. Mojave M-200, AKG 414, REA Ribbons, Shure. Some Sytek mic preamps that really sound great. They have been modified with Burr-Brown op amps. I also have some Warm Audio 1073 style pre's that sound great, and a pair of racked Yamaha PCM 1000's. I run all my mixes through a Dangerous 2 Bus + summing mixer. Apollo 16 and Twin with Pro Tools.

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

  42. A: I am a huge fan of Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Steve Earle, and Robert Earle Keen. As far as production and mixing, Ed Cherney did some of the best work I have heard. I am also a big fan of Jim Scott, T Bone Burnett, and Steve Albini.

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

  44. A: Providing guitar tracks and mixing.

Garrett Lucas

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Terms Of Service

3-4 guitar tracks. 2 revisions. Stereo mix. 3 revisions.

GenresSounds Like
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • James McMurtry
  • Guy Clark
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Telecaster B Bender
  • Martin acoustic
  • Fender Twin Reverb
  • Orange Rocker 30
  • Sytek MPX-4A
  • Warm Audio WA273-EQ
  • Mojave M-200
  • Dangerous 2-Bus + summing mixer
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