Chris Donohue

Bassist * Producer * Composer

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My artist roster includes Emmylou Harris, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Robert Plant, Shawn Colvin, Pete Seeger, Iris Dement, Steve Earle, Rita Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Clare Bowen, Kristin Chenoweth, and many others. My corporate clients include ABC, USA, SyFy, Amazon Prime, NFL, EPIX, JWT New York, License Lab, and Human Music.

For electric bass tracks I will provide both clean (DI) tracks and dirty (amp/effects) tracks which you can blend to your liking. All tracks will be recorded using Avalon or Useful Arts DIs, a Great River preamp, and a Universal Audio interface. For acoustic bass tracks I use a Stager ribbon mic through a dbx160 compressor. See "Gear Highlights" for my updated instrument list.

Prior to recording, you will provide either consolidated stereo mixes or a folder with consolidated stem files suitable for use in Pro Tools. During this consultation you will clearly express your creative ideas and preferences which I will then interpret and implement accordingly. You are encouraged to send chord charts and/or bass transcriptions as ideas or requests (extensive chart editing or rewrites may incur an extra charge).

Thank you in advance for seeking me out and for trusting me with your music!

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

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  • Stu Garrard
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Indigo Girls
  • Rissi Palmer
  • Doug Seegers
  • Doug Seegers
  • Nashville Cast
  • Danni Nicholls
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  • Yancy
  • Nashville Cast
  • Lucy Wainwright Roche
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  • One: A Worship Collective
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  • Don Moen
  • Don Moen
  • Aaron Keyes
  • David M. Edwards
  • Selah
  • Leigh Nash
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • John Brannen
  • John Brannen
  • Chris McClarney
  • Kelly Minter
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  • Miriam Webster
  • Michael Neale
  • Aaron Keyes
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  • Nina Hagen
  • Stuart Townend
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  • Sherwood
  • Seeds Family Worship
  • Seeds Family Worship
  • Twila Paris
  • Twila Paris
  • Brigitte DeMeyer
  • Brigitte DeMeyer
  • Julie Miller
  • Buddy Miller
  • Margaret Becker
  • Margaret Becker
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  • Margaret Becker
  • Bart Millard
  • Bart Millard
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  • Allison Moorer
  • Allison Moorer
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  • Jeffrey Halford
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  • Brian Smith
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  • Brooks Williams
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  • Out of the Grey
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  • Sheila Walsh
  • Gordon Kennedy
  • Lincoln Brewster
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  • Acoustic Worship
  • Kenny Meeks
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  • X-Treme
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  • Sixpence None the Richer
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  • Vigilantes of Love
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37 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by L J.
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    Chris is highly professional, and a great musician. I found him wonderful to work with, and most importantly his playing and recording skills greatly enhanced and served the song. I feel fortunate to have found him. LJ

  2. Review by Charlie W.
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    chris is great to work with!

  3. Review by Zacharias C.
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    Chris is the man and delivers exactly what I need!

  4. Review by Charlie W.
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    chris did a fantastic job!

  5. Review by Zacharias C.
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    Excellent!!!

  6. Review by vanishingshores
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    Chris is a fantastic collaborator. He is creative, honest, passionate, and readily offers his best on every project. I highly recommend him to you for any of project.

  7. Review by Katrina T.
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    Chris is amazing! He is so talented and he creates the best bass lines that make songs shine! He is friendly, quick, and knows his music theory!

  8. Review by Kevin E.
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    Chris is a real pro. Easy to work with, responsive, and most importantly, a great player. He provided me with a couple of upright bass tracks that were spot on. I will definitely us Chris again.

  9. Review by Phil P.
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    Chris did a great job and the turnaround was very quick. I’m very happy!!

  10. Review by Phil P.
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    Chris did a great job with the part and gave me several options. Top-notch work. I will use him again.

  11. Review by vanishingshores
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    Chris is not only an amazing talent, but a thoughtful communicator who will ensure that he provides the best possible results that fit your musical vision. I highly recommend!

  12. Review by Richard W.
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    Chris was a delight to work with. He communicated with me regularly and without delay. His musical ideas and ability to interpret the part made the process easy and enjoyable. His playing is, as expected from a player of his quality, completely top notch. I’m looking forward to working with him again.

  13. Review by Jeffery David
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    Chris just killed it!

    I Love it!

    Exactly what I needed and same-day service!

    Well done!

    Jeffery David

  14. Review by Charlie W.
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    chris did a great job

  15. Review by vanishingshores
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    Chris has an unbelievable gift and ability to provide exactly what the song needs with both heart and precision. A joy to work with on any song. Highly recommended.

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    Chris once again went above and beyond! A true artist and collaborator. Highly recommended.

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    Chris is absolutely incredible. He not only provided just the right performance but thoughtfully and patiently worked through all of the details. Highly recommended.

  18. Review by Bob A.
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    First time working with Chris. Loved what he gave me; a big, fat, warm upright bass line. Very quick turnaround too. Would definitely work with him again.

  19. Review by vanishingshores
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    Chris is incredibly creative and brings passion and beauty to every track he plays on. His communication is also beyond compare and exceeds all expectations. Highly recommend!!

  20. Review by Katrina T.
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    Chris is amazing! He does his best in every take and livens up each song! He is very knowledgeable and friendly. I want to include him on my entire album! He made my day with his amazing track for my song. Great job, Chris!

Interview with Chris Donohue

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

  2. A: In 2013 I produced a record for the Haitian folk singer Beken, which required several trips to Port Au Prince to record lead vocals, primary acoustic guitar, and accordion, before finishing the tracks at my Nashville studio. It required enormous amounts of empathy, diplomacy, and persistence to bring to fruition, but was well worth it in the end. I remain grateful to Thirty Tigers Music for making it possible and also for the filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who is himself heavily invested in Haitian artistic culture and reached out to me to offer ongoing support throughout the making of the album.

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

  4. A: I am composing an ambient project that combines musical textures and drones with field recordings from around the world. In our current era of sheltering in place and isolating ourselves, it is intended as a means to travel within our imaginations until our bodies can move safely and freely about the world again.

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

  6. A: Pianist/Organist Phil Madeira has been inspiring me and helping me to lift my game since we first recorded together in 1994. He is a soulful, masterful musician and songwriter and a dear friend.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog into digital! Plugin technology is better than ever and amazingly efficient, but there is no substitute for a real vacuum tube somewhere in the signal chain.

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

  10. A: 1) I will draw upon all my years of experience and musical sensibilities to support your songs well. 2) I will communicate clearly and honestly. 3) I will draw you into the process.

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

  12. A: Getting into my flow state, listening deeply, and losing track of time.

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

  14. A: It's "just bass." (-;

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

  16. A: How were the existing tracks recorded? Are there any parts in the song you would like for me to highlight or accentuate? What bass players do you like? How will this recording eventually be used or distributed?

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

  18. A: 1) Consolidate your tracks to :00 and know your exact grid tempo (if a click track was used). 2) Make sure the vocal in the stereo mix is not too loud - otherwise it can obscure the chord changes and groove elements I will need to hear clearly. 3) Wav files are preferred over mp3s.

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

  20. A: My 1975 Fender Jazz bass, a headphone amp, an iPhone equipped with Spotify, a solar charger, and a pocketknife.

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

  22. A: I have been a full-time session and performing musician for over 25 years. After moving from New York to Nashville in 1994, I toured with various artists throughout the nineties including GA-based Vigilantes Of Love and Nashville-based, Grammy Award-winning Sixpence. I built my session career as my creative community in Nashville expanded during this time, and I continue to work with many of the same producers and musicians to this day. I have been a member of Emmylou Harris' live band since 2006.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Tasteful, confident, and - when called for - assertive.

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

  26. A: Springsteen. No explanation required.

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

  28. A: Remain constantly aware of what the listener is meant to be paying attention to at any given moment.

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

  30. A: Recording bass tracks, composing music for media, and live performance.

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

  32. A: In any given season I work on a broad range of projects from the Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, and Musical Theater genres, but Americana has been the main focus of my career.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Deep focus.

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

  36. A: I work hard to make sure my bass parts not only feel good groove-wise but are also tasteful and stylistically appropriate for the song. Though I am alone when recording remotely, I strive to create parts that sound as if they were recorded simultaneously with the other instruments in the track.

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

  38. A: I usually record one take that is very basic and addresses any particular requests from the client, and another take where I play more intuitively and spontaneously. In this way the client can select which approach they like best or combine elements of the two into a single "comp" take.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My work suite is housed within a full production studio in East Nashville. I record using Pro Tools with version updates performed monthly. My signal chain includes preamps by Useful Arts and Focusrite, a Dbx 160A compressor, and various pedals by Aguilar, Lehle, Darkglass, and Tech21 NYC. My 19th-century Tyrolean double bass is recorded with either a Stager (ribbon) or an SE Electronics (condenser) microphone.

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

  42. A: I draw inspiration from so many music professionals I am privileged to work with in Nashville. There are too many to list, but Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris certainly deserve particular mention as they have connected me with musicians such as Robert Plant, Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Dave Matthews, Iris Dement, Elvis Costello, and numerous others.

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You provide a chart and 3 stem mixes: vocal / percussion / all other instruments. I provide two takes and up to two revisions. Additional revisions may incur an upcharge. Timeline is schedule-based.

Gear Highlights
  • Electric basses by Fender
  • Music Man
  • Gibson
  • Lakland
  • Offbeat
  • and Epiphone / Acoustic basses by Kala and Boulder Creek / 19th Century Tyrolean contrabass / Preamps by Great River
  • Avalon
  • and Useful Arts
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