Dan Hochhalter

Fiddle, Mandolin, and Banjo

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CMA Award-winning fiddle, mandolin, and banjo player. Recording and/or live performance credits include Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and more.

I am a professional session/touring multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. I have more than twenty years experience and have toured and/or recorded with a wide array of artists. For the past eight years, I have been a member of Dierks Bentley's band, playing fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and serving as bandleader. My fiddle playing can be heard on Dierks' latest release, The Mountain. In 2017, I was honored to be named the CMA Touring Musician of the Year. Although my background is rooted in country music, I'm open to any and all styles. I'm looking forward to working on your next project!

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

83 Reviews - 17 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Michael E.
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    An intuitive artist who elevated a little ditty into a warm and engaging song. Many thanks.

  2. Review by Andrew P.
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    Dan not only knew exactly what I was looking for, but completely exceeded my expectations. Look no further if you need an exceptional fiddle player.

  3. Review by James S.
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    Dan did an incredible job. If you're looking for fiddle, I would 100% recommend that you go with Dan.

  4. Review by Gillham M.
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    Dan is a fantastic fiddle player, he understood my track and delivered a perfect take. He has great communication and is a pleasure to work with. I hope to work with him again soon.

  5. Review by Ashley
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    Excellent work again. Great melodies!

  6. Review by Quinton C.
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    Once again, Dan nailed it! I’ll hire him for every project, as should you, you won’t be disappointed!

  7. Review by Vetle F.
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    Dan delivered some beautiful mandolin tracks!

  8. Review by Shane
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    Dan is an incredible talent, plus a total professional all the way. He performed on my project with utmost respect and taste. I would absolutely hire Dan for future projects, and I recommend his work to any and everyone!

  9. Review by Allen J.
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    Dan is amazing. He took a good song and made it great with his banjo playing. Great communication and perfect delivery. Highly recommended.

  10. Review by David G.
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    Dan is the real deal, a great fiddle player.

  11. Review by Gabrielle C.
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    Dan was a fast communicator and did an excellent job on the song I sent! He was patient in incorporating another riff into his own original part, and was also excellent and thoughtful in his technical execution. Looking forward to working on another project soon. Thanks, Dan!

  12. Review by Ashley
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    Once again, Dan gave me exactly what I needed in a really short time frame. You can't go wrong here. He is the best.

  13. Review by Ashley A.
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    Pure genius

  14. Review by Jay
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    I wholeheartedly recommend Dan. He really cares about the tracks and making you happy (which is also pretty easy for him to do because he’s a top pro). This has been an incredibly productive collab experience!

  15. Review by Jay
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    It's been awesome and effortless working with Dan on our album project. He contributes very nice parts/ideas quickly with great quality every time.

  16. Review by Jay
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    Dan is a pro with great instincts. He has tons of pro experience so he can create parts and plays parts you can use to make your project sound like the hit records. Dan brings a vibe of enthusiasm to his role on the team which is a bonus.

  17. Review by Peter W.
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    Dan was very easy to work with. He gave an incredible fiddle take that was beyond expectations. If I could, 10/10 would work with him again. An amazing artist!

  18. Review by Timmy H.
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    Add Dan to your musical plans and you will be a fan!
    Dan delivers top notch quality work. I’d be honored and proud to collaborate again!

  19. Review by Ramesh S.
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    Dan is a terrific player with a great musical ear. He gave my song exactly what it needed and he was very easy to communicate with. I sincerely hope to work with him again!

  20. Review by Rodeo Clown Cowboy
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    Once again Dan takes a musical piece to the next level! It is so nice to work with such talented people like Dan! Simply give him what you have and let him work his magic, he knows exactly how to place his instruments in the right spots bringing out an emotion that can only enhance the musical arrangement. it is simply a pleasure working with this one of a kind talent! Want your job done right Dan's your man!

  21. Review by Dena C.
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    His talent was exactly what we needed for our country pop song! Very professional and delivers fast! Very happy to be able to have him on my project:)

  22. Review by Quinton C.
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    Nailed it again. Out of three projects I’ve sent him, I’ve yet to even ask for a revision. Hire this man NOW.

  23. Review by Zak K.
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    If you need incredible fiddle on your project and you come across Dan Hochhalter...you can go ahead and stop your search. This man will get you top notch quality every time.

  24. Review by Quinton C.
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    Absolutely nailed it the first file. I’ll be using him for every project from this date forward!

  25. Review by David G.
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    Another great job by Dan!

  26. Review by Louis P.
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    Amazing.
    I have sent my demo and tracks and in one shot he was able to play and record what I wanted.
    Sounded exactly like I needed it.
    Lots of soul and emotion in his instrument.
    Highly recommended.

  27. Review by Michael A.
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    Dan killed it. Quick, efficient, and a total pro. Much appreciated, Dan!

  28. Review by Brian L.
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    Dan was awesome to work with! Delivered an A+ track with minimal guidance. Would highly recommend!

  29. Review by Zak K.
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    Absolutely nailed what I was looking for! You just won't go wrong with Dan. Stellar, beautiful fiddle playing.

  30. Review by Theis W.
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    Awesome fiddle, quick to deliver and easy to communicate with.
    See you next time, Dan!

  31. Review by Steve P.
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    First time working with Dan. He's very talented and I especially appreciated how he was willing to ask what I wanted and his willingness to take a few passes to accomplish that. You won't regret hiring him! I would hire him again!
    Steve

  32. Review by Juan E.
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    Dan nailed it on the first pass! I shared a few references and general directions and he translated all of it into killer parts for fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. He is a complete pro and would definitely hire him again.

  33. Review by Nathan S.
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    This is my second track with Dan! Love working with him, always a fast turn around and very good at Interpreting what parts you are looking for!

  34. Review by Sean G.
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    Dan did an amazing job!!!!! I will definitely be using his talents on more projects!!!

  35. Review by DANIEL B.
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    AWESOME TO DEAL WITH. FAST SERVICE. THE BEST FIDDLE AVAILABLE!!! WE SHOULD FEEL LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS AMAZING TALENT ON OUR TRACKS!!!! TOTALLY BROUGHT MY DEMO TOGETHER!!! THANKS A MILLION DAN!!!!!!
    LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER PROJECT IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE, DAN BELLAIRE.

  36. Review by David G.
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    Dan is the man! An expert at what he does, I have used him on fiddle and now mandolin and he makes the song more professional. A top notch artist.

  37. Review by Kathryn K.
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    Dan is a truly talented fiddler, his technique is exemplary and his bluesy phrases really brought my song to the next level. Highly professional recording quality and a pleasure working with him. Thanks Dan!

  38. Review by Jop P.
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    Great communication, awesome result, exactly as requested. Highly recommended!

  39. Review by Jonny S.
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    Great job! Didn't need any direction and picked up the vibe of the song perfectly

  40. Review by Kevin P.
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    Another great experience with Dan!

  41. Review by Stefan H.
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    Dan knows exactly what a song needs and took the production to the next level with his tasteful playing. Great!!!

  42. Review by Theis W.
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    Dan is super cool. Delivered quickly as instructed - and then some.
    We'll be using Dan again for sure.

  43. Review by Rick B.
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    Dan delivers the goods. Can't wait till the next one!

  44. Review by David G.
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    This is the first time I have ever worked with Dan, but it will not be the last. A great profession musician who is a pleasure to work with. The best.

  45. Review by Mike P.
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    Perfect!
    Found Dan through SoundBetter and it couldn't have been easier.
    Dan added the perfect banjo to my track!
    Thanks again!

  46. Review by Felix Snow
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    Dan is AMAZING. Absolutely murdered the track. Fiddle and banjo parts were so on point, no revisions or edits were necessary. Dan kills it. Seriously hire him.

  47. Review by Angie R.
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    If you are looking for someone to help you with your music,I would highly recommend Dan Hochhalter! A very talented musician who knows how to give your song exactly what it needs. I plan to use him on many other projects. Wonderful artist and great person. Thank you again Dan

  48. Review by Kevin P.
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    Absolutely blown away by Dan's work. He took over my song with his beautiful playing in a good way. If you need a fiddle, Dan is your person.

  49. Review by Henrik M.
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    Dan is absolutely fantastic to work with. Very skilled, musical and top professional. Good communication. My best recommendations. Henrik Amdi Madsen, Denmark

  50. Review by Calvin L.
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    Dan is an excellent player. Super friendly and the recordings were top notch. Beautiful mandolin and banjo playing!

  51. Review by Stefanie Drexler
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Dan. What a skilled and professional musician! Dan played the perfect banjo solo on my client’s song, and took the production to the next level with his banjo part. I would definitely recommend Dan, his communication was friendly, professional and clear, and he delivered great tracks very quickly. I’d love to work with him again! Thumbs up and five stars!

  52. Review by Andrew Horowitz
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    Great! Responsive, professional, clean and tasteful recording.

  53. Review by Randy H.
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    Dan is a fantastic instrumentalist. He came up with a mandolin part for my song that was exactly what I wanted. He recorded it perfectly too. A total pro. Highly recommended!

  54. Review by Jagrant
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    Dan did a great job. He added exactly the fiddle we were looking for for our song. Communication was good and easy to work with.Thanks Dan

  55. Review by Martin O.
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    Great from start to finish. Sound, Performance, Communication. Highly recommended.

  56. Review by Angel
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    Great work! Thanks for your time and creativity! The song sounds great!!!

  57. Review by Tyler C.
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    Outside of actually working in an environment together... I could not have enjoyed my experience with Dan any better. I got that 'above and beyond' feeling from him immediately and it carried right through to the completion of his work on my project. I am so very thankful to have a man of this playing sensitivity and skill on my track and would ask for his collaboration again in a heartbeat. Thanks You again Dan!

  58. Review by Darrell Nutt
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    Man... what can I say? I am very happy choosing Dan. He is a pro and his resumé shows that. But as a studio cat, he did me well! He played a great Mandolin track for a song I am producing and after hearing it I asked for one revision. I wanted more on the solo section and outro. Dan nailed it exactly as I heard in my head! Thank you for taking my clients song to the next level! I'll be back!

  59. Review by Trent W.
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    Dan's a total pro. He came up with a great mandolin part that didn't overwhelm the song but still added some magic. Great sounding recording. Really clear & friendly communication. Hope to work with again!

  60. Review by Daniel Solis - DMP
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    Fast and Professional for sure!!! Great musician!!

  61. Review by Gary M.
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    Dan's playing really captured the mood of the song extremely well. Dan has a fine touch and an excellent feel for the music. He was prompt, and a pleasure to work with. A really good experience.

  62. Review by Ron F.
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    Dan played violin and mandolin on a country song, and he nailed both parts! I will definitely use him again.

  63. Review by kylestauffer
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    Dan killed it (in the best way)! His mando and fiddle skills were breathtaking and perfect for the track. My go-to dude now.

  64. Review by MESSY
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    5 star musician and human being. Wonderful understanding of feel, technique and what the song needs. A true pro and pleasure to work with.

  65. Review by Justin C.
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    Incredible player, easy to work with, hope to work with Dan again soon.

  66. Review by Jennifer B.
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    Where are the rest of the stars? 5 are just not enough. Dan delivered a beautiful track, he is a stellar, world class musician all the way. Thank you Dan!

  67. Review by james s.
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    Easy to work with, quality playing on a tight deadline. Thanks Dan!

  68. Review by Charlie M.
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    Dan made my song amazing with his addition of fiddle. Definitely will come back.

  69. Review by Gino P.
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    Beautiful work! I'm new to SoundBetter, but being able to find quality talent like Dan for remote sessions is awesome at a time like this. Smooth collaboration, absolute pro.

  70. Review by Kyle D.
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    Had Dan play a banjo part, and he did a fantastic job. Looking forward to having him be part of other projects.

  71. Review by Henrik M.
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    Dan is skilled and professional. Delivered the desired fiddle track in the first attempt. Good communicator. My best recommendations. Henrik Amdi Madsen, Denmark

  72. Review by Lorraine P.
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    Absolutely stunning work! Dan is a perfect professional and is exceptionally talented. I highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed. Will definitely return in the future!

  73. Review by Thomas P.
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    Mandolin part was perfect. Plugged it into the song and played. Can't wait for next time!

  74. Review by Jonathan
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    Great job on fiddle and mando!

  75. Review by Nathan S.
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    Dan is very quick to respond and has great turn-around! I had Dan do fiddle for my song and he interpreted what I wanted perfectly. Dan is a great choice for any of your needs. I look forward to using him again!

  76. Review by Dakota Girton
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    Dan is awesome. Great communication, top notch tracks, and quick turnaround. Highly recommend!

  77. Review by Simon Z.
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    AWESOME fiddle tracks!

  78. Review by Casey C.
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    Dan turned around some awesome banjo & fiddle parts for me. He was willing to work with my budget and was also open to feedback and revisions.

    Such a nice dude and a superb player!

  79. Review by Thomas P.
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    Fantastic work. High quality recording with great intuition on what is needed for the song. Super easy to work with. Would definitely hire again.

  80. Review by Dan Y.
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    Great experience—friendly interactions, quick turnaround and really stayed true to my instructions and overall the vibe of the tune.

  81. Review by Michael T. Silva
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    He did it again! If you hire him you are in good hands.

  82. Review by Michael T. Silva
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    Fast turn around, and great sounding recording.

  83. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    Fast turnaround and excellent work. Highly recommended!!!

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