Mike Severs

Session Guitarist

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

Mike Severs is one of Nashville’s top studio and touring guitarists.
Since moving to Nashville from South Carolina Mike has played with some of the biggest names in music

history, including:

Rod Stewart, Brian Wilson, Don McLean, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Olivia Newton-John to name a few.
Recent projects include guitar overdubs for a new Rod Stewart album and the release of a new album,“Botanical Gardens” by Don McLean on which Mike both played guitar and produced.

My studio is equipped with Pro Tools HD and a selection of mic pres from Trident, Grace and others.
I have an insane collection of guitars both electric and acoustic and many vintage and modern amps to draw from.
I have done guitar overdubs in my studio for a wide range of artists from Rod Stewart to Dolly Parton.
I will add as many parts as you need on electric and acoustic guitar. I have many years of experience in Nashville working with top producers, artists and writers so I know my way around a song. I can find the guitar hook or signature lick that you need to make your song stand out.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Michael Severs
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Penny Jayne Black
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Alan Jackson
  • Rod Stewart
  • Steve Wariner
  • Steve Wariner
  • Steve Wariner
  • Chase Rice
  • Don McLean
  • Eric Church
  • Eric Church
  • Dolly Parton
  • Sammy Sadler
  • John Milstead
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Amanda Nagurney
  • Amanda Nagurney
  • Amanda Nagurney
  • Amanda Nagurney
  • One Flew South
  • Luke Olson
  • Luke Olson
  • Laura Bryna
  • Laura Bryna
  • Laura Bryna
  • Annie Sims
  • Annie Sims
  • Dolly Parton
  • Jason Savory
  • Rachel Williams
  • Ronnie Booth
  • Len Snow, Jr.
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Rhonda Towns
  • Rhonda Towns
  • Amy Sky
  • Michele Crisp
  • Legacy Five
  • Jason L. Green
  • Jason L. Green
  • C.C. Jones
  • C.C. Jones
  • Carla Jeane
  • Scott Markley
  • Lynda Randle
  • Lynda Randle
  • Kevin Sharp
  • Lynn McCarn
  • Don McLean
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Promise II
  • Promise II
  • Skyla Spencer
  • Skyla Spencer
  • The Kendalls
  • Cledus T. Judd
  • Cledus T. Judd
  • Cledus T. Judd
  • Corina
  • Signature Sound Quartet
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Chris Campbell
  • Glenn Kearney
  • Glenn Kearney
  • George Hamilton IV
  • Kim Parent
  • Big Kidz Band
  • Big Kidz Band
  • Kate Markowitz
  • Kate Markowitz
  • Kate Markowitz
  • Kate Markowitz
  • Kate Markowitz
  • Steve Conn
  • Russ Taff
  • Joe Diffie
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Perrys
  • Amy Sky
  • Kristy Jackson
  • Kristy Jackson
  • Hampton the Hampster
  • Chad Simmons
  • Wendy Manley
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Jameson Clark
  • Michael J
  • The Perrys
  • John MacNally
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Moore & Moore
  • Reigning Mercy
  • Reigning Mercy
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet
  • Alabama
  • Chad Austin
  • Christafari
  • Steve Wariner
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Carl Wayne
  • Marty Balin
  • Christafari
  • Confederate Railroad
  • Marsha Stevens
  • Marsha Stevens
  • Squire Parsons
  • Greater Vision
  • Beverly Ellis
  • Slim Whitman
  • Melody Birser
  • Christafari
  • Roy Waddell
  • Becky Hobbs
  • Compilation 14 Artists
  • Buffalo Club
  • Marty Balin
  • Raybon Brothers
  • Corinda
  • Barbara Saint John
  • Barbara Saint John
  • Michelle Wright
  • Confederate Railroad
  • Stephanie Bentley
  • Lisa Daggs
  • Steve Wariner
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Gretchen Peters
  • Jeff Foxworthy
  • Celinda Pink
  • Confederate Railroad
  • Don Cox
  • Davis Daniel
  • Gold City
  • Amie Comeaux
  • Kieran Halpin
  • Kieran Halpin
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Bill Anderson
  • Bill Anderson
  • Sammy Kershaw
  • The Cathedral Quartet
  • Squire Parsons
  • Slim Whitman
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Paul Hale
  • Charlie Chase
  • David Grey
  • David Grey
  • Florida Boys
  • The Speers
  • Rob Crosby
  • Janie Fricke
  • Janie Fricke
  • Jack Robertson
  • Mullins
  • Squire Parsons
  • Davis Daniel
  • Davis Daniel
  • Rob Crosby
  • Rob Crosby
  • Joe Diffie
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Geezinslaws
  • Vern Gosdin
  • Johnny Lee
  • Johnny Lee
  • The Geezinslaws
  • Dolly Parton
  • Dolly Parton
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Ambriz
  • Del Way
  • Chase Rice
  • Jason Greeley
  • Jason Greeley
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Moore & Moore
  • Corey Wagar
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Frank Fara
  • Jesse Rice
  • Buzz Cason

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Jim
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    What an amazing experience! Mike went above and beyond. Mike added not only the part that I needed but part that inspired me. If you need a great guitar part, Mike is your guy!

  2. Review by Bill Pittman
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    Mike is "good as it gets." He has played acoustic guitar, electric guitar and dobro on dozens of songs I have recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, USA and I have always been blown away by what he comes up with and his tone. I have never been disappointed! A consummate professional in every way, he's been the guitarist for several superstars, that's how good he is! He has decades of experience and I strongly endorse Mike!

  3. Review by Mark Prentice
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    Mike Severs is the consummate guitarist for just about any style you're looking for. His resume reads like a who's who of the last three decades of the music business.

    A total pro and a gentleman throughout, Mike NEVER fails to deliver. "A" game all the way.

    I work with Mike every chance I get. You should too!!

Interview with Mike Severs

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

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

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. 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.

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

  22. A: Truly, everything imaginable.

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

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

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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?

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

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

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

  32. A: Working with creative people.

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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$200 for both electric and acoustic overdubs

  • 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.