Shawn Byrne

Producer, Mixer, Multi-Inst

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My name is Shawn Byrne. I'm a full time producer, mix engineer and multi-instrumentalist in Nashville, TN. I play guitar, bass and mandolin. I'm also a SESAC and American Songwriting Magazine award winning writer. (Lyric of the Year 2020)

I moved to Nashville 18 years ago from Boston after studying music production and engineering at the Berklee College of Music. I've worn a lot of hats in my music career. As a live guitarist I've worked with Taylor Swift, Rodney Atkins, Jamie Lynn Spears, James Otto and Kelleigh Bannen just to name a few. These days I'm producing artists in the Country/Americana world.

I play acoustic and electric guitar as well as electric and upright bass. Mandolin too. Guitar is my main instrument and I can cover many different styles. Stonesy stuff, Grassy stuff, Jangle Rock, Punk, Old Country, New Country, Southern Rock, Rockabilly, Chicken Pickin' and Slide.

As a songwriter I understand that a great song is the most important element in a production. I‘m able to work with artists on song structure, arranging and lyrical tweaking if needed. My ultimate goal with every record I make is this: Make it sound amazing. Make it stand out. Make the listener know they’re hearing something special. Whatever it is you need, a great mix, some overdubs or a co-writer I put my heart and soul into everything I do. I hope I get to work with you!

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

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  1. Review by Chris Brush Drums

    Shawn is a fantastic songwriter, producer, and friend. His chops on multiple instruments give him a ridiculously broad foundation on which to build a production. He understands that songs are storytelling and music a way of communicating beyond mere words. That understanding helps him to create works that are extensions and amplifiers of an artist's vision.

Interview with Shawn Byrne

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

  2. A: Sarah Peacock's "Burn the Witch" which came out last year. Featured in Billboard Magazine. Produced, mixed and played on it. Amazing songs. Amazing voice. Lots of layers. Check it out!

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

  4. A: A Bowie meets Beatles type record. An "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" type gospel record sung by snake handling Pentecostal preacher. A folksy irish sea shanty record. A punk rock record and an Americana record. Think Ray Wiley Hubbard.

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

  6. A: Will Kimbrough

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Analog because it's awesome. And digital because it's awesome.

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

  10. A: That they will be happy with the final product.

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

  12. A: It's an honor to get to create for a living!

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

  14. A: Can you make my music sound awesome? Yes.

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

  16. A: That it's easy.

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

  18. A: What's your budget;)

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

  20. A: Be open to expanding your sonic horizons.

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

  22. A: Well, you can't plug anything in on a desert island so: Acoustic guitar Upright bass Mandolin A drum and some maracas. Pass the Pina Colada.

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

  24. A: Over 30 years. I started making records in my teens.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I'm a musical chameleon. I can make garage rock, radio friendly country, more organic Americana and Bluegrass on top of David Bowie-esque productions.

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

  28. A: Emmylou Harris. Because she's awesome

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

  30. A: Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. I like to get creative with spaces create depth and vibe within a track.

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

  32. A: Country, Indie Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Helping artists find their true sound and voice.

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

  36. A: Experience.

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

  38. A: Depends on the project but it always includes lots of time and focus.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a small but mighty studio set up in my home in Nashville. Incredible selection of vintage guitars and amps. Top quality mics and gear.

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

  42. A: Too many to mention but for production: Daniel Lanois, T-Bone Burnett, Tony Visconti.

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

  44. A: Producing, overdubs and mixing.

"Love Was Just a Word" Shawn Byrne

I was the Mixer, writer, singer, guitar, bass and mandolin in this production

Terms Of Service

I can do revisions within reason. Quick turnaround.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lucinda Williams
  • The Beatles
  • Brothers Osborne
Gear Highlights
  • Bock
  • Neve
  • Dynaudio
  • UA
  • Fender
  • Gibson
  • Gretsch
  • Rickenbacker
  • Upton.
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