Session guitarist, lapsteel & mandolin. Studio experience inclusive of tracking/writing/engineering for artists published by majors such as Universal, BMG, Kobalt & more, as well as independent artists & bands. Live experience includes TV, Radio & international touring across 3 instruments as a sideman to various artists.
I have a wide array of instruments & sounds at my disposal, and will always aim to deliver 'that sound' to your project. Guitars include genuine vintage (1960s) Fender & Gibson models.
I work in Protools 12, or Logic X. If necessary I can deliver close mic'd tracks, room, and DI (for re-amping) separately.
I can supply Lapsteel and Mandolin for your project across various genres. Lapsteel especially has proven indispensable on many records for its ability to create stand-out melodies or parts, as well as ethereal pads and textures. Lapsteel and Mandolin tracks are offered at the same price as Guitar tracks.
If you would like me to re-amp your existing tracks, I offer a re-amping service for $15 per individual guitar or bass track. My studio includes a Kemper profiling amp loaded with hundreds of profiles (including a vast array of vintage amplifiers from Marshall, Fender, Vox etc as well as boutique amps from Dumble, Divided by 13 & more, profiled by Michael Britt in Nashville), so any tone you require is possible.
I also offer a vocal tuning/correction service, and work in Melodyne 4 Studio. I can also align your BVs to the finished vocal for an additional cost.
My credits include
- 1963 Fender Jazzmaster
- 1965 Gibson SG
- 1969/75 Fender Stratocaster
- Fender USA Telecaster
- Seagull Natural Elements Acoustic
- Kemper Profiling Amp
- Marshall amps
- Fender amps
- Egnater Tweaker
- UAD Apollo
- Mics by Shure - Sontronics - Røde
Terms of Service
It's my job to create 'the sound in your head'. I'll liaise with you before delivery to ensure this happens. 1 revision included - after that, I'm open to negotiate . Typical turnaround is 24-72hrs.
Reviews of Russel Smith
I've worked with Russ numerous times and will continue too. I've produced and engineered a few tracks with him and it's always relaxed and fun. Great player and his gear is too die for.
I've worked with Russell on numerous sessions both as a session player and a songwriter. His musical knowledge is deep, he's technically amazing and has bags of chops, but the key thing is he knows what's right for the song and doesn't over-play anything. I can't endorse him highly enough and wouldn't hesitate to book his genius for studio or live.
In the 30 years that I have been running a studio , Russel stands out as one of the very best guitarists I have ever worked with . His ability to come up with ideas is exceptional . He can get the sound that suits the track and nails the part effortlessly .If I ever need a guitarist ,I call Russel .
I've worked on several projects with Russel and each one his talent has been astonishing. Not only are you working with a highly professional, versatile, incredibly gifted guitarist, but his musicality and understanding of how to best use his skills are what sets him apart. He is a very clever guitarist/producer, he's a huge asset to every track.
I worked with Russel on two EP's and an album for Robbie Boyd. Russel has a natural and accomplished musical skill that became a feature of all the songs. His attitude (and his equipment!) were amazing and he was able to play many different instruments with the same natural flare and skill that he did the guitar. A nice guy to hang out with too!
One of the best guitarists we've had the pleasure of working with. Russel is hardworking, efficient, friendly and very professional in his approach to both guitar and his work in the studio. We, the Dynahorns horn section have worked with Russel on several different projects over the past 3 years and can't recommend him enough.
Very accomplished guitarist. Worked with him in a writing, artist and band capacity. Highly motivated, a good team player and can play what you want in no time. Would recommend him highly, particularly as a session musician
Russel worked on my debut EP. He was the height of professionalism, whilst remaining open, warm and very receptive to ideas. He also made very appropriate suggestions, using his immense creativity to add to the production. His musicianship is exceptional and his playing is incredibly emotive and impressive. HIGHLY recommended.