Jonny Therrien

Guitars.Utilities.Production.

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Hey! My name is Jonny, I'm a Nashville-based producer, guitarist, and utility musician. Thanks for being here!

Welcome to my profile! Thanks so much for checking in. From my studio to yours, I can record high quality guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, and dobro tracks. If you're looking for a vibe in your acoustic part, you need some country flavors to fill out an arrangement, or you want some textures to polish the track, I'm here for you.

If full on production is what you need, I'd love to contribute. I can help bring your song to life with arrangement, texture, tone, vibe, and a keen ear. If I'm not getting something exactly right, then I'll bring in a pro from my extensive list of contacts.

A little bit more about me, I'm primarily a guitarist, but I also play dobro, mandolin, and pedal steel. My specialties include bluegrass, americana, modern worship, pop, and country music. As a graduate of Belmont University's music program, I am well-versed in a number of styles and feel comfortable in a wide array of genres. Some of my credits include artists like Gabby Barrett, Madison Kozak, Anna Vaus, and David Dennis.

I like to approach each job as if I am "producing" the instrument(s) that I have been hired for, meaning that I enjoy creating parts that compliment and enhance the song. When I'm done, I like to make sure the song/track can stand on its own with just my part so that the buyer can have as many options as is needed.

Let's talk about your music!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

35 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is an amazing musician - he has a great ear and does exceptional work!

  2. Review by Ella K.
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    Jonny was amazing to work with and I got super clear loud tracks that fitted the track perfectly. So nice to work with.

  3. Review by Abby N.
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    Jonny did an absolutely amazing job on such short notice and was so kind! Even helped with some on the fly audio engineering :) Highly, highly recommend for anyone looking for an incredible musician and great person to be around!

  4. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is an amazing musician with a great production ear! Hire him!!!

  5. Review by Aili D.
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    Jonny was responsive, professional, and completed the guitar tracks I requested way earlier than the deadline. I was working on a pretty dramatic re-production of a song and he totally nailed the vibe I was going for. Will use him again for future projects!

  6. Review by Paul
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    Jonny took my county fair song and added dobro and steel guitar…and he did so well I was craving cotton candy. Haha. He added flavor to the track with tasty parts that fit in so well. He even added production to the track by choosing dobro over mandolin and mixing steel guitar in with the dobro on instrumental where they bounced off each other. Wow, a true Nashville gem I will definitely go back to and a nice guy to boot.

  7. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is an amazing guitar player and a standup guy! Hire him!!!

  8. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is a killer guitarist and overall musician - always gets the job done! Hire him!!!

  9. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is an amazing musician - I've recommended him to several people and he never disappoints. Hire him!!!

  10. Review by Zack S.
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    Johnny delivered a high quality guitar production for me and I was really impressed how it turned out. It was exactly what I wanted !! I am for sure gonna work with him again in the future :)

  11. Review by Mikael Pessi
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    Amazing work! We really got what we were looking for.

  12. Review by Alyssa W.
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    Jonny was amazing to work with, will definitely be working with him again!!

  13. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    Awesome guitar work! Super fast turnaround and delivered exactly what I needed!

  14. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is an amazing guitar player and extremely detail oriented. Hire this guy!!!

  15. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is awesome to work with!! Super creative and totally professional at the same time. A gem!

  16. Review by Sarah Harralson
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    Always a pleasure working with Jonny! He is very talented at coming up with tasteful guitar parts for my songs.

  17. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Jonny is always a pleasure to work with. Delivers great tracks and goes above and beyond!

  18. Review by High R.
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    Job well done!

  19. Review by Reed C.
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    Second time working with Jonny and he delivered incredible performances just like the first time! Total professional!

  20. Review by Reed C.
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    Great tracks delivered in a timely manor! Very professional and he wanted to make sure I was satisfied with each take!

Interview with Jonny Therrien

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

  2. A: My band's upcoming single "Lonely Mountain" was one I was really proud of. We had a studio date booked and we decided to maximize our time in the studio by writing a song rather last minute so we could cut it and release it. We wrote the song in a week and were thrilled with the result. I contributed largely in arrangement and overall structure of the song, so that made me feel particularly fulfilled after we put it to tape. Can't wait for its release!

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

  4. A: I'm working on writing and rehearsing with my bluegrass band the DownRiver Collective right now. It's such a fun project that is helping me as a guitarist, writer, and producer.

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

  6. A: Kyle May, Ryan Casey, RJ Ronquillo, Smith Curry, Curtis McDonald, Patrick Monnious, and Josh Matheny to name just a few.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Obviously we need the digital in today's world, but the thing I connect with most is the music that gets made by acoustic instruments. I am at home behind an acoustic guitar.

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

  10. A: I promise to give your project all the attention it needs for you to be more than satisfied. I will work with you to get the tracks exactly how you want.

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

  12. A: I love getting to work on so many different kinds of projects. I like to keep in touch with a core sense of musicality by playing a few different instruments and staying explorative. Working on other people's music helps me to do the same thing.

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

  14. A: I think folks tend to have a hard time understanding that I record for more than just myself or my band. It can honestly be pretty silly, but it's always entertaining to me. Explaining what I do helps me remember that I love doing it!

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

  16. A: I like to ask for references and direction/general ideas for the song. I want to show the client that I care about their project and am capable of giving it what it needs.

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

  18. A: I know there can be an overwhelming number of options, but if you like someone's examples and previous work, don't be afraid to just talk with them to feel out whether or not they're going to be a fit for your project. You don't owe them anything for just reaching out! I'd want to feel like a person cares about my project before I hired them to work on it, so don't be afraid to reach out!

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

  20. A: My Martin 000, my Martin D-18, my MSA pedal steel, a Fender Super Reverb, and a tuner. I think that would be enough to keep me occupied.

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

  22. A: I have been at this for about 5 years. I graduated Belmont University with a degree in music in 2018 and have been figuring out what it means to freelance ever since.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My sound is folky and melodic.

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

  26. A: I would love to work with an artist like Tauren Wells. That music is just so fun and electrifying, I feel like every show would be a blast.

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

  28. A: Get to know the editing capabilities in your DAW! I would say being an efficient and particular editor can save you time when working on a track. We're making records here, editing well can afford you more time to record other parts, ideas, songs, etc.

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

  30. A: I find myself recording a lot of acoustic guitar and pedal steel. The tracks tend to be either folk music or any brand of country, from pop country to bluegrass.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I am best at playing with emotion. From understanding the slightest rhythmic nuances to laboring over chord voices and guitar tones, I pride myself on work that enhances a song's big picture.

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

  34. A: I bring a multi-faceted musical background and a keen ear to any project that comes my way. I love listening to and playing such a wide array of different music, from top 40 pop to old school bluegrass, CCM, rap, R&B, and many more. This diversity in interest has allowed me to develop an ear for objectively pleasing parts. Loving so many styles of music helps me to not focus on just the beat, the tone, the lyric, or the melody, but to zoom out and experience the song in its entirety. I love the feeling of creating cohesion on a track.

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

  36. A: I like to listen through the tracks that I receive a few times before really even setting up mics or plugging in to record. I'll drop audio files into my session and listen while also keeping in mind the direction from the client. Then, I'll take a few attempts to get a part down, edit the tracks for the extra ounce of precision, and send back what I call my "knee-jerk" takes. From there, the clients and I go back and forth until we've arrived at the parts and tracks that best suit what they are looking for. I never settle until the track is exactly right!

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I record out of my home studio. It's built around an Arturia AudioFuse interface that lets me get high-quality audio in and out while also letting me control monitoring in an efficient way. I record with a Warm Audio WA-47jr and a Slate Digital ML-2, a pair of microphones that help me get very nice, complimentary tones. For electric instruments, I am set up to track both DI through a Helix modeler as well as through an amp and into a mic. My studio is rounded out by a host of really great plugins and other virtual tools, such as Slate Digital's VMR, all of Arturia's software, and a curated selection of virtual instruments.

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

  40. A: I am inspired by an array of musicians. Many of my close friends inspire me as much or more than my musical heroes. The people who really inspire me the most are the ones who have a track record of putting in the work and getting good results that are appropriate to the song. Some friends of mine who inspire me and are also available for hire here on SoundBetter are Kyle May, Ryan Casey and Andy Ellison. Everything these guys play feels so right.

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

  42. A: Commonly, when a person sends me music to work on, my typical approach is to consider what energy the song wants or has. I then like to tailor parts that match and enhance the overall atmosphere of the record, resulting in tracks that are tasteful and functional. Many times, I record more foundational elements, such as acoustic guitar tracks on a song. On other records, I get to think more decoratively, adding parts on pedal steel, for example. I enjoy the craft of making the foundational work well with the decorative, it's a passion that helps me get the best possible quality tracks for a person's record.

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Gear Highlights
  • Warm Audio WA-47 Jr
  • Slate ML-2
  • Martin D-18
  • Martin 000-17SM
  • Fender Jazzmaster
  • Milkman The Amp
  • Quilter Speaker
  • Recording King Dobro
  • Arturia plugins
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  • Bluegrass BandOct 26, 2021

    It's been a busy week for my band, DownRiver Collective. We just had a show this past weekend we and have another one tomorrow night! Plus, our next single is coming out in early November! Check us out on Spotify and keep an eye on YouTube as well!

  • A cool conceptOct 21, 2021

    I listened to an interview with Paul Mabury (THAT SOUND samples). He had a really good point about being a professional musician; being a professional means that on your worst day, everyone else is stoked with your performance. I find that inspiring because it suggests that we raise our bottom tier rather than push our top rung as far as possible. It's about consistent quality, not flashy moments.

  • Gear UpdateOct 14, 2021

    It's been a while since I really fine-tuned my electric guitar rig. I've decided that it's crazy to settle with gear that isn't working for you! So, I moved some gear. The new additions in my rig are the Browne Amplification Protein, Milkman's The Amp, a Quilter cab, and the Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water. These pieces are SO good. Moral of the story, be limited by your ear, not your gear.