Rob O'Block

Session Guitarist

4 Reviews (3 Verified)
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I'm a Guitarst/Producer based in Nashville, TN. I currently tour with country artist, Frank Foster. He and I co-produced his last album, which had a top ten debut on the Billboard Country charts. I have plenty of experience playing all styles of guitar (rock, funk. soul, r&b, country, bluegrass, punk, surf, reggae, experimental, jazz etc...).

I'm a professional guitarist/producer based in Nashville, TN with many years of experience playing all sort of styles. Before moving to Nashville, I was a guitar student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I'm confident I can provide whatever you're looking for, from subtle textures to soaring leads and everything in between. I'm fluent in all sorts of styles (rock, funk, blues, country, soul, r&b, disco, jam, punk, americana, experimental, surf, etc...), and am at home in almost any situation. Playing for the song is what's most important.

I have a wide array of gear that allows me to tailor my sound to fit your song. For guitars, I have three vintage Fenders (a strat, a tele, and a jazz master), a Gibson SG, a Heritage Prospect (essentially a gibson 335 clone), and a 60s Harmony Bobkat. I also have a Larivee D-03 acoustic.

For amps, I have a 1966 Fender Vibrolux Reverb, a Marshall JCM800, and a Valvetrain Bennington Reverb (a deluxe reverb clone). I also have a substantial array of pedals to get any sort of tone you would ever need (from super weird moogerfoogers to straight forward tube screamers).

As a producer myself, I know what it's like to have a specific vision for your track and I will work with you until we get there! I love working on projects, and am psyched to work with you!

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

4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Jim
    by Jim

    It is a real pleasure working with Rob.His sense of melody and technique are superlative. Quick turn-around and very professional results.

  2. Review by Jim
    by Jim

    Wow! Working with Rob was a true pleasure. His ability to transform an idea to a finished product was perfect. Rob has a musical insight for finding the right melody and rhythm that helped move the project forward when I found myself stuck. He was able to deliver an extraordinary guitar track that propelled my project to a new level. Very quick turnaround as well.

  3. Review by Stephen M.

    Rob provided some really top of the line guitar tracks with a very fast turnaround. Easy to work with and got exactly what I needed. Will definitely return with more work.

  4. Review by Matt Musty

    Rob is a monster player who effortlessly dials into whatever the song needs with poise, knowledge, and passion. He's a breeze to work with, plays beautifully, and would add an extraordinarily musical element to any recording scenario.

Interview with Rob O'Block

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

  2. A: My vintage Fender Telecaster, my Jazzmaster, my Vibrolux Reverb, my Strymon el Capistan, and my Analogman Sunlion (presumably cables don't count).

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

  4. A: I work on all sorts of stuff. For example, right now I'm working on producing a new country record, a rock n' roll album, a dance album, an instrumental prog guitar album, and an alternative/dance/funk album. I like working on different stuff. It keeps me on my toes and keeps things interesting.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: I tend to prefer the sound of analog, but that's just my personal preference. There are certainly a lot of benefits to digital, and sometimes the sound of digital is what the project calls for. It's nice that we live in an age where we can choose.

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

  8. A: I get to do what I love every day and travel all over the place meeting interesting people and seeing interesting things.

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

  10. A: I'v been playing guitar professionally since I was 18 (I'm 29 now). I started out playing locally in Boston, MA (where I'm originally from) and teaching in a local music store. After I finished studying at Berklee College of Music I went on the road full-time with a national reggae/jam/fusion act for two years and then moved to Nashville. I now tour full time with a country act full time. I also play locally live and in studio, and produce records.

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

  12. A: My dream gig was Prince, may he rest in peace. He always seemed like he had such a strong command of his vision and what he wanted out of everyone in the band. He was a true musical genius and I would have loved to have been able to see him work up close.

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

  14. A: LISTEN! It sounds cliche but I always think the most important thing is to listen really attentively to both the music and the other people working on it.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a home setup where I use a UAD Apollo Twin and run it into Logic Pro X. I have a Sennheiser e609 and M-441U that I use to mic guitars. I've found that this is a simple but very effective set up to record guitars at home.

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

  18. A: The list could go on forever but Prince, Frank Zappa, Daft Punk, Quincy Jones, Daniel Lanois, James Murphy, and Brian Eno to name a few (but seriously the list could go one forever).

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

  20. A: I mostly do studio and live guitar work, but I also work on the production/arranging side of things as well. This past year I actually started to produce more and was fortunate enough to have two of my projects debut on the Billboard Country charts.

Redneck Rock n' Roll by Frank Foster

I was the Guitarist/Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

The price covers as many tracks as you need for your tune. I allow 3 revisions once we get in the ballpark, but I won't be satisfied until we totally get it right. 72 hour average turnaround.

Gear Highlights
  • Strat
  • Tele
  • Jazzmaster
  • SG
  • 335
  • Vibrolux
  • Harmony Bobkat
  • UAD Apollo Twin
  • Sennheiser 441 and e609
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