Electric and Acoustic guitarist proficient in all contemporary styles.
I'm a Nashville based professional guitarist of over 25 years. Since 1990 I've played and recorded most styles of contemporary music. I've been lucky enough to work with Country, Blues, Rock, RnB, Swing, Jazz, Electronic artists and more. I've recorded for film and television as well. My most recent work can be heard on the sit-com Baby Daddy found on the Free Form network.
In addition to traditional guitar playing, I enjoy playing Baritone, Mando-guitar, Lapsteel or anything else quirky that I can add to a track.
As a live musician, I've worked with artists such as (Decca Recording Artist) Lucie Silvas, (Film, TV and Recording Artist) Laura Bell Bundy, (Hit Songwriter and Artist) David Lee Murphy (Grammy nominated singer/songwriter) Steven Lee Olsen, The Voice contestants Angie Keilhauer, Caroline Glaser and many others.
I'm a top selling guitar instructor at Truefire.com which is home to guitarists like Robben Ford, Tommy Emmanuel, Johnny Hiland and more. Other examples of my playing can be found on my website coreycongilio.com I can also send you a Spotify playlist with over 100 examples of my session work.
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Interview with Corey Congilio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The first record I ever produced for an artist Amanda Hertweck was especially gratifying. I had free reign over the entire project and she was on board with the direction I was taking it. I co wrote all of the music and truly felt that a part of me was left on the table at the end of the day. I drove around for days singing into a voice recorder and humming guitar parts. I recorded guitars at 3 am in an apartment and had a blast hiring great players to bring it to fruition.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Music for the TV show Baby Dady as well as preparing to track guitars for an EP I'm producing as well as 2 other guitar tracking projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't looked around but, I'm sure there are plenty of great folks and friends on here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's the world most of us live in.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will work with integrity, sincerity and always be transparent.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting and working with new people and getting to express myself creatively. I love to help someone achieve their artistic goals as well.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They inquire about my taste in music, experience etc. I ask them how much time they have to hear my lengthy answer!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only do one style of music
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your goal with the project. Then I ask more specific follow up questions about direction etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have good meaningful conversations with them/us. A lot can be learned from interaction.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, Tele, 335, any Fender amp and a Nobels ODR-1!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: A player since 1990 and a session musician/producer since the early 2000's.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Originally blues and RnB were what most influenced me. I migrated to country and American. I found more atmospheric players and fell in love with texture so now, it's truly a combination of all of those.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with any artist who is free to let the music happen and go where it goes. That being said, some of my faves would be Buddy Miller, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Keb Mo and many others.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn how to step back and listen like a listener/fan would. Listen for the emotion and personality in the performance.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/Songwriter(Americana) Country, RnB, Pop, Blues and Instrumental music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to the needs of the client.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Although I can "copy" a myriad of styles, I like to think that these days I bring my personality, style and passion to a song or project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listenting to the track many times and consulting with the client/artist is first and foremost. I investigate thoroughly to make sure the tones and approach are as close to the artists vision as possible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have the ability to record direct with amp sims or micing cabinets and instruments. I currently use the Universal Audio Apollo with a large variety of their plugins. My outboard gear consists of mostly DBX brand products at the moment.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musician/Producers like Prince, Daniel Lanois, and Dan Huff are just a few. I've been inspired and continue to be by musicians of all types.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most commonly record electric and acoustic guitars with the occasional "ganjo",mandolin, and dobro overdub.