Online session drummer for hire with over 10 years of session experience. Drummer for Rose Hill Drive, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ryan Bingham.
Hi, my name is Nate Barnes and I've been a professional drummer for over 15 years. Some of my credits include playing with Pete Townshend (The Who), Warren Haynes, Leslie West (Mountain), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ryan Bingham, Rose Hill Drive, Grace Potter, Matisyahu, Mike Watt, and many others. I have made records with producers such as Brendan O’Brien, Jim Scott, Nick DiDia, and more.
My drumming is featured on 2 releases from Oscar and Grammy award winning artist Ryan Bingham ("Fear And Saturday Night LP" and "Ryan Bingham Live LP"), and I am the touring drummer for multiple Grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter. I have also released 3 studio albums with my band Rose Hill Drive. I specialize in Rock, Pop, Indie, Country, Americana, and Folk, and have endorsements with Ludwig, Sabian, and Vic Firth.
I record drum tracks at my state-of-the art facility outside Denver, CO. The room is acoustically treated and features API and Neve style preamps and industry standard microphones. My main goal is to SERVE THE SONG. I strive to hone in on the writer's vision by complementing the song and never distracting from it. I provide 3 "keeper" takes per song, each with slight variations, to ensure you have plenty of options to work with. Check out my Soundcloud tracks for examples of my work, and feel free to message me with any questions- I'd love to work on your project.
Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.
- Ludwig Classic Maple Drums
- Sabian HHX
- and HH series cymbals
- Universal Audio Apollo Interface
- API and Neve Style Preamps
- Industry Standard Microphones
Terms of Service
I can typically turn tracks around in a maximum of 3 days, often in as little as 24 hours. I offer unlimited revisions until you're 100% satisfied.
Reviews of Nate Barnes
I produced some production music in France. I work with Nate since one or two mouth and he played drums on 5 tracks for me. I highly recommanded Nate, he's got a great feeling, great sounds, easy to speak with and he's very reactive. I think that I've find my drummer!
Nate did an amazing track on my track Dove in my hands! Great feel, great sounds, easy to communicate with. Pleasure to work with, I highly recommend!
Nate played drums for our next single. He nailed it. Nate brought so much power to the song & just made it so much better. It was a pleasure to create music with Nate. I highly recommend Nate as a drummer! Thank You!
If this was the wild west, Nate is the best hired gun to handle the job. I needed razor sharp steel and he delivered.
LOL working with Nate. He makes music fun. 40 years of producing and working with drummers, it's like I'm back to the good days of old school live studio producing, but we did it over the internet. Got to love that.
Nate was an absolute pleasure to work with. The drum sounds he gets are impressive, the kick is huge the snare is warm. The timing is solid, and the feel and groove are just right!! Very happy with his work, to say nothing of his turn around time. Highly recommend!! Cant wait to work with him again soon
I sent Nate a track with a strings, vocals and some really bad digital drums. I explained in general what I was looking for and he exceeded my expectations and turned something around very quickly. The drums he records sound amazing and he is obviously a very gifted musician. Psyched to send him more tunes to work on...
Just finished mixing the song for Tantalize (Samu Puuronen) with Nate on drums.
I can say only positive about drum performance and record quality Nate provided.
Everything has perfect timing, no need for extra edits or tightening.
By looking at files I can tell that they were recorded by a true professional.
11 channels including room, reverb and extra mic for adding colors to the sound are all h
I've had the pleasure to work with Nate many many times. He's one of a kind, and always my first call. I've hired him on everything from albums, to commercials, to film/tv cues. He's an incredibly talented drummer, he's very professional, and just all-around a great guy to work with. He always exceeds my expectations!
Nate Barnes is an incredible musician, producer, and all around great dude. His super laid back attitude makes it easy to bounce ideas off of. Nate's experienced, professional, and always accomplishes the task at hand. I started working with Nate about five years ago, and he quickly became one of my go-to drummers for both session work and gigs!
Nate is truly amazing. I've seen him track 16 songs in one day... And he had never heard the songs until that day. He's hands down the best drummer I've ever worked with and the best drummer I've seen live. He can play any style of music, learn a song in a matter of minutes and and then play it better than you could ever imagine.
Nate Barnes is the best drummer on the planet in my eyes. I dare you to find a living match. I don't flinch when I compare him to John Bonham or Keith Moon or the like. To get his drumming at this price point is beyond a steal of a deal... And to boot, he's as professional as it gets.