Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I played guitar on the ABC Monday Night Football theme song on TV... just awesome!!
What are you working on at the moment?
My solo project (99% original, maybe 1 or 2 covers, but mainly just me.)
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm not aware that I know anyone on here yet - I'd love to meet some of them, though, and maybe even collaborate on something.....
Analog or digital and why?
Digital - much more portable and convenient to set up and store in a small area, and besides: there's not much you can't do digitally that you can do analog (if you're an audio savant, you MIGHT be able to tell the difference, but I seriously doubt it!)
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That they're going to get the absolute best that I can bring to their project...and that I will respect their ideas.
What do you like most about your job?
Just touching the guitar...creating something from a small seed...bringing somebody else's idea to light - the pure joy of playing; it's just such a gift that I'm always grateful for and in amazement of...
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"What do you think of the song?" or "what do you think it needs?" I tell them to wait until we've put all the parts in the song first, and then tell me what THEY think about it...if they're happy, then I'm definitely happy that I helped them.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That we just hear the songs and magically crank out the parts instantly; sometimes the parts do kind of write themselves, but mostly we have to try a few things first to see what fits the song without sticking out too much.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Just what is the feel (or style) they're going for, or are there any hit songs that are in the same style that they want...
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure you have a good idea about what you want your song to sound like (hear it in your head first), then work with the musicians on it - chances are, they'll already have a pretty good idea what it is that you wanted. The song will pretty much tell them what it needs.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Hmmm... a Tele, a Les Paul, a Fender Deluxe Reverb amp, a Martin D-28 and a cooler full of iced-down beverages.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Straight out of high school into a motor home and on the road!! Been doing this professionally for 41 years (been playing since I was nine!!!)
How would you describe your style?
Chameleon!! I've done so many different styles in my life (but my 27-year stint with Hank Williams, JR. had me playing a lot of outlaw, edgy, southern-flavored material (loved it!!)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I think Eric Clapton - just so soulful and simple
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't play every single note you know when it's time to solo!!! PLEASE!! Play the guitar part almost like a vocal line - let the guitar sing the solo, not produce a note avalanche....just because you know where all the notes are doesn't mean you HAVE to use them all...!!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly demo tunes and lately, a lot of instrumental tracks; lot of Texas "red-dirt" style material, a lot of live performances here in the Houston area
What's your strongest skill?
Listening to others' ideas and working with them
What do you bring to a song?
A deep respect for the music, the joy of creating a specific feeling, and a successful conclusion to someone's hard work..
What's your typical work process?
Unless the customer is specific about what they want to start with, I listen to the rough song first and get a feel for it (I let the song tell me what it needs) and provide my interpretation - always open to suggestion and/or changes.
Tell us about your studio setup.
· Macbook Pro (SSD, 8GB RAM, Core i5 2.53GHz)
· HP Pavillion p6754y PC (1TB HD, 8GB RAM, Windows 10, 3.00GHz AMD Athlon Quad Core CPU)
· FOCUSRITE Saffire Pro 40 interface
· Apogee Duet firewire interface (Mac)
· Logic Pro X 10.2.4 (Mac) DAW
· PRESONUS Studio One 3 Artist (PC)
· Positive Grid BIAS amplifier modeling software
· Addictive Drums 2
· 1965 FENDER Blackface Bassman amp
· RED BEAR MK120 tube head (Russian Marshall-style amp)
· Audio Technica AT4047 condenser
· a closet full of guitars!!!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Tim Pierce, Brent Mason, Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Lukather
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I provide electric and acoustic guitar tracks, chart the songs (if necessary) and help with arrangements if asked