Mike Severs

Session Guitarist

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Recent projects in my studio include guitar overdubs for Rod Stewart and Don McLean

I have been a studio and touring guitarist in Nashville for over 30 years working with artists including Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Kenny Chesney and Olivia Newton-John to name a few.

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I am now geared up in my home studio to add my guitar parts to your songs.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Mike Severs
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Rod Stewart
  • Steve Wariner
  • Steve Wariner
  • Steve Wariner
  • Chase Rice
  • Don McLean
  • Eric Church
  • Eric Church
  • Sammy Sadler
  • John Milstead
  • Luke Olson
  • Luke Olson
  • Annie Sims
  • Annie Sims
  • C.C. Jones
  • C.C. Jones
  • Lynda Randle
  • Lynda Randle
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Cledus T. Judd
  • Cledus T. Judd
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Celinda Pink
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Ambriz
  • Chase Rice
  • Jason Greeley
  • Jason Greeley
  • Corey Wagar
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Frank Fara
  • Jesse Rice
  • Buzz Cason

Interview with Mike Severs

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

  2. A: Working with creative people.

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

  4. A: How soon can you get to this?

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

  6. A: Where is this music going? Record, film, TV, jingle? Do you have a specific sound or style in mind or should I let the song tell me what to play?

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

  8. A: I have a lot of experience that I'm willing to bring to your project. I want and need your ideas but at some point you might need to trust me and let me run free with the input that you give.

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

  10. A: A Gibson ES-335, a Fender Princeton Reverb, a Martin D-28, a Fender Telecaster and some kind of recording device.

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

  12. A: I always wanted to be a studio guitar player and I have been for 35 years.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Rock, R&B and country.

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

  16. A: Annie Lennox. She is a true artist.

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

  18. A: Don't be afraid to say "I'm finished."

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

  20. A: Truly, everything imaginable.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: I know my way around a song. I know how to listen to what the song is saying with both the lyric and melody and craft my parts to enhance that.

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

  24. A: I have 30 years of experience working with the greatest songwriters and producers in Nashville. I know song craft and also what it means to create an hook that keeps people listening to a song.

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

  26. A: I receive a stereo mix or preferably separate vocal and track stems, import that into protools and and go to work getting inside the song. Sometimes I have an example to work from and sometimes I'm on my own to create the guitar parts that serve the song.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: Pro Tools HD, a large selection of mics, pres and outboard gear. I have an insane collection of guitars and amps. If there is a sound from a particular guitar or amp that you need I probably have it.

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

  30. A: All of the great Nashville and LA studio guitarists of the past 40 years.

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

  32. A: I add my electric and acoustic guitar parts to my clients songs.

GenresSounds Like
  • Dolly Parton
  • Rod Stewart
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Kenny Chesney
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools HD
  • A large selection of mics
  • pres and outboard gear and an insane collection of guitars and amps.
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SoundBetter Deal

$200 for both electric and acoustic overdubs

News
  • New Don McLean album release.Aug 25, 2017

    Great news!  The new album "Botanical Gardens" by  Don McLean that I produced is scheduled for release in February 2018 on BMG Records.