My name is Austin Moorhead, and when not on the road with Warner Bros. Country Artist Jana Kramer, I do session work in Nashville, as well as mixing tracks. I offer pedal steel guitar, dobro, Acoustic guitar, and Mandolin.
I also do mixing engineering, and offer very competitive pricing, and will work to get the sound YOU want for your project.

I offer Pedal Steel, Dobro, Acoustic Guitar, and Mandolin tracks, as well as mixing projects. Recorded in a top-notch home studio on top of the line gear, you can be sure you are getting the top quality in sound, and I will work with you to get it just right.

Rates for single song studio tracks: (discounts on multiple songs or full album)
All Revisions are free until you're happy.

Pedal Steel: $75/song.
Dobro: $60/song
Mandolin: $60/song
Acoustic Guitar: $50/song

Mixing Engineer Services: $150 per song, up to 40 tracks (additional fee applies for more than 40 tracks)
Full Song Instrumental Productions: $300 (You send an acoustic/ vocal or piano/vocal demo and I'll Arrange, record, perform and mix the entire track.

Demo Track Credits Info:
1- Pedal Steel Guitar
2. Acoustic Guitars, dobro, engineering, mixing
3. Acoustic Guitar, Mixing
4. Mandolin, Engineering
5. Full Song Production/ All Instruments
6. Dobro, Full Song Production, Engineering, Mixing
7. Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Engineering, Mixing

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Distressor EL8X
  • Chandler TG2 Abbey Road Stereo Mic Pre
  • API Lunchbox
  • Vintage 1972 Dobro
  • Gibson J45
  • GFI Ultra Pedal Steel

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Austin Moorhead

  • Listing_thumb_christophereades-00623 months agoby Verified Review

    Another great job by Austin! Over delivered on my project and did it in a very timely fashion. Exactly what I wanted (and more). I'll be using his services every time I need additional instruments on my tracks.

  • Listing_thumb_christophereades-00623 months agoby Verified Review

    Great to work with! Fast turnaround and delivered exactly what I wanted with great feedback.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    I have been working with Austin for 3 years and he has done incredible work for me. We recently finished recording my debut EP. He arranged, produced, mixed and played multiple instruments on it. The great thing about Austin is that he cares about the music, doesn't cut corners, and doesn't stop until he get it all 100% right.

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Interview with Austin Moorhead

Tell us about your studio setup.
Home Studio with 2 ISO booths and guitar amp ISO box, Distressor EL8X Compressor, Chandler TG2 Abbey Road Stereo Pre, WAVES complete plugins/ tons of others, Tons of Mics, Pedal Steel/ Dobro/ Acoustics/ Mandolin, Apogee Duet 2, LOTS of other stuff!
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I just finished an album for Nashville based Country/ rock artist Parker McKay- EP I did the Production, Mixing, Arrangements, Guitars (Ac. and El.), Piano.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm on the road a few days a week with Warner Brothers Country Artist Jana Kramer (Pedal steel, dobro, acoustic gtr), as well as always working on lots of projects in Nashville. I do session work often as well as mixing full tracks/ albums.
Analog or digital and why?
Both!! I use a mix of both in almost every project I do. Sometimes you need a piece of hardware for what you're doing, but a lot of times digital plugins work better for what you need. I don't use "templates", and am always trying new things to get the sound I want for the project.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise I will do my best to find the sound YOU want, and not try to put my mark on it as a player. I listen and work with the artist/ producer and won't stop until we have exactly what you want.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I always ask for at least a couple reference tracks that you think fit the style of what you're going for.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Matches Water Purifier Fishing Pole Swiss Army Knife Gibson J45
How would you describe your style?
I love adding the "frosting" on top of the cake. By that I mean instruments like Pedal Steel and Dobro, which add a sweet layer on top of the track you've already worked hard to make. I aim for tasteful and stylistic parts and will never sound "showy". It's always about the song for me and not about the individual parts. It's ALL about the groove. Whether it's a country/ folk track or a pop/rock track, I'll find the sound/ style you want and work to make that come out.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't overuse compression/ effects, or over-complicate parts. And don't record in a vaccuum. Meaning, don't isolate parts and make them sound the best they can on their own. This will actually make the recording worse. When mixing a project, all that matters is how the tracks sound together. Also, don't be afraid to try different/ weird things. If you have a hip-hop track and think pedal steel would sound cool on it, let's do it!! That's more than one tip, but there you go....
What type of music do you usually work on?
Country, Indie, Pop
What do you bring to a song?
As a player, I feel like my strongest asset is arranging/ coming up with the right parts for a song. If you have something that you think needs something and can't figure out what it is, I will work to find the right part to fit it. Whether that's some shiny pedal steel guitar parts on top of your track, or some dobro for a swampier sound, or rhythm acoustic guitar to glue the track together, I'll work to make your track sound the best it can. The parts/ mixes you get from me will always be top studio quality and I will work as hard/ long on a project as I need to until you're happy with it. I will do as many revisions on a project that you want until we get it right where you want it.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm a Session Musician offering Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, and Acoustic Guitar tracks for your projects. I'm also a mixing engineer and offer very competitive pricing for mixing full projects. I also am available to build full instrumental tracks. This includes arrangements, performing, recording, and mixing an entire song from scratch. You send me a guitar/ vocal or piano/ vocal demo of your song, and I'll take it from there. Revisions are free until you're happy with it!