Nashville Bass Tracks, 7-17 Music and the CCMA’s
Holy guacamole! Has it seriously already been a year since my last blog post? I guess it’s true, I’m a bass player not a writer. Playing bass is something I have been blessed to do as my profession in Nashville, TN for 18 years now. Working with some of the best in country music, playing the Grand Ole Opry on a regular basis and playing on recording sessions in Music City is something I never want to take for granted and for that reason I continue to work on my playing on a daily basis.
Something else I’ve been working on is a new website called Nashville Bass Tracks. After a few years of recording remotely for other projects, I recognized the need for a site that offers a one-stop shop for any and all bass tracks. Prior to the site’s official launch today, work has already been generated via word of mouth and through my official Facebook page. The new Nashville Bass Tracks is all about providing professional bass tracks at affordable rates for songwriters, artists, producers and publishers around the world. Recently, I have cut bass tracks at my home studio for songwriter Jimmy Yeary (co-writer of the 2014 ACM Song Of The Year “I Drive Your Truck”), songwriter Molly Reed and a wonderful young country artist named Jody Direen from all the way over in New Zealand! I am looking forward to meeting the needs of many more projects down the road. Shout out to my good friends Sean Harrison and Aaron Farmer for helping with the launch of the site! Drop by the site, have a look around and let me know if there is any bass recording I can do for you. www.nashvillebasstracks.com / www.facebook.com/nashvillebasstracks.
I’ve also decided to officially jump into the producer’s chair with my wife RyLee Madison. After co-producing her award-winning album Where Does The Time Go (2013 East Coast Music Award for Recording Of The Year), RyLee and I followed that with a Christmas EP, collaborating with one of her co-writers Ron Robinson. With the ECMA award and some international critical acclaim under our belts, RyLee and I officially formed our production company 7-17 Music earlier this year. We are very excited and pleased with our first 7-17 Music project with Melody Lovejoy from Edmonton, AB, Canada, and can’t wait to see where her debut EP takes her. Melody will release her first single to radio this month called “I’m Letting Go”, a cowrite of RyLee’s, fellow Canadian Danielle Lowe and Ron Robinson. 7-17 Music will be making its debut appearance at the 2014 CCMA’s in Edmonton this weekend as panelists on the Round Table event. We will also be starting our next project in October with another Canadian talent, Stephanie Lloyd, as well as a third project sometime in November.
Edmonton will also find me doing one of the things I love most: slappin’ da bass for one of Canada’s best, my boss, Terri Clark. We will be performing with Terri live on the CCMA awards show Sunday night on CBC television.
That’s about it. Pretty blessed year indeed. Now, time to finish packing!
Peace and low notes…